Residents Trapped By Giant Fallen Tree
MARION COUNTY- A group of residents in a Marion County neighborhood are angry after a huge tree fell, blocking the only way to get to their homes.
"We're just stuck," Charlie Hewlett said. "In or out."
The tree collapsed Tuesday afternoon, almost landing right on top of a nearby home.
"Next thing I hear is 'boom!' and I come outside and saw this catastrophe," Alex Laino told TV20.
The top of the tree barely missed his bedroom.
"God watched out for us with this right here, he did," Laino said.
The tree measures eight feet in circumference.
Hewlett and his neighbors called the county for help, but with no results.
"I called the county to ask them if they could do something with the tree and they refused to," he said. "They said they don't take care of this road."
County officials said that's because South East 38th Terrace is private and that they are prohbited from expending county gas tax funds for roads that are not county maintained.
The statements clears them of the responsibility, but to these residents, not the blame.
"It's crazy, I mean the county should be here, taking care of this stuff," Sandi DeMeis said. "I pay my county taxes and here I am."
The trapped residents must drive through other neighbors' back yards, on private property and over railroad tracks to get to a road.
Wednesday evening, a team of arborists showed up, paid for by the owner of the land where the tree was planted and began the removal of the huge tree.
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