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Indy resident blames the City for tree totaling her 2 cars

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - An Indianapolis woman is angry at the City after a tree she reportedly asked to be removed years ago, fell on two of her cars during a severe thunderstorm.

“This morning I got up around 3:30 a.m. and I heard all of the wind and storms. I went to the bathroom and I heard a big crash,” said Indy resident Janet Vandever.

Vandever woke up Thursday morning to find a very expensive mess in the front yard of her home on Parker Avenue.

“I opened up the door, stepped on the porch, and that is when I saw this,” said Vandever.

Her two cars were totaled, after a branch fell down and crushed them during the storm. Branches from the tree that she says have been partially uprooted and a hazard for years. Vandever tells CBS4 the tree was planted by the City and says she tried to contact them for help for the past few years.

“We have been reporting this tree to the city for the last three years, when Mayor Ballard was in office. We called and we have a case number and everything,” said Vandever.

Vandever says a city crew never showed up to fix the issue. Now, a tow truck beat them to it. Taking away two totaled cars.

“Now that Mayor Hogsett is in, we emailed them. They told us that they received it and now it has been over a month. I knew this was going to happen. It is just a matter of time because you can see the roots were pushing up out of the ground,” said Vandever.

Vandever tells us City crews came by Thursday morning to remove the debris. She hopes they listen to the issues sooner, before other residents get his hard with storm damage too.

“What can I say? It could have fallen on the house, so god is truly good. That is all I can say. God is good, because we sleep right there and it could have fallen on us,” said Vandever.


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