Gary Young has seen his roof pierced more than once by falling dead tree limbs. Standing in his bedroom Young said, "Water ran down through the wall like a waterfall." Every time there's a storm forecast he fears it will happen again.
Two huge silver maples stand next to Young's north Omaha home. Young said, "The trees are not on my property." Next door is a vacant lot owned by a man living in Texas. It was purchased 10 years ago through the land revitalization program. Some times those vacant lots are purchased for a few hundred dollars by speculators.
The owner of this lot had been warned by the city to cut dead limbs hanging over Young's house. Those notices have been ignored.
City Forester John Wynn said he'll send one more 10 notice then send in a city crew and bill the land owner or slap a lien on the lot.
Wynn said, "At least we can take out dead limbs over his roof and he won't have to worry about them falling and causing more damage."
The city is rebuilding Young's roof through a block grant but the project has been on hold in part due to the dead limbs hanging over the home.
Once the city removes danger dead limbs that work could start again.
Gary Young said, "That's a lot of peace of mind to get this done."