Two Trees Fall In One Block So City Takes No Chances

In less than one year two century old tall trees fall on houses on one block in south central Omaha. The city takes no changes with a third one marked for removal and moves it up the cut down list.

The third tree stood in front of Frank Hilt's home. Watching a city crew cut down the tree Frank said, "We don't have to worry about it falling on the house do we. It will be easier to sleep at night."

Last week a tree marked for removal crashed on to Sue Ryan's home. She's getting damage estimates to send the city. Another tree a few houses down toppled during a storm last summer. However the city denied a claim by the owner of a house where the tree stood out front. It was in city right of way. However the city doesn't necessarily take responsibility for trees in the city right of way.

That tree also wasn't marked for removal like the others. Neighbor Karen McGrane said after insurance she had to pay $2500 out of her pocket for repairs from that fallen tree. Se believes the city should pay that because the tree stood between the sidewalk and curb.

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