Video Update: Century Old Tree Falls Over On House

A tall century old tree crashed down on the front of a home in midtown Omaha one day after the owner called the city to warn it was leaning over and appeared ready to fall. The uprooted tree stood on city right of way near 33rd and Walnut.

Homeowner Sue Ryan said when shew got home from work about 4pm Friday she saw the tree leaning toward her house. Ryan said she called city hall and after being transferred four times was told by someone at the city that she would have to take the tree down or if she felt in danger "call the fire department."

About 24 hours later the tree came down on Ryan's porch and damaged the front roofs and gutters on her three story brick home. The tree had been marked with a yellow X for removal some time ago.

Ryan told Channel Six News Fact Finders "Why not come and do something before it falls or hurts somebody or damages something really badly."

Acting City Parks Director Brook Bench called it a breakdown in communication. Bench said, "Late in the afternoon on a Friday I think it just kind of fell through the cracks so I apologize for that. We would have gotten somebody out there right away if we would have known about it."

Bench said the city has a list of about 180 trees to be removed n city right of way. He said the city has added two need tree trimmers and new equipment to cut into that removal backlog.

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