I've been after the city to remove a dead elm tree for several years. It's heaved the sidewalks, and has been a hazard for a long time. About 10 years ago, I had to have Consumers Energy cut some branches that were in my electrical wires, and causing my power to flicker. By the time they finally got around to it, the branches were causing the wires to shower sparks and smoke. The city marked the tree for removal back in July, with a red spray painted circle. This morning, the wind took a huge dead branch out of the elm. The branch completely destroyed my redbud tree. It took the entire top out of the redbud. I loved that tree. It was just gorgeous in the spring. I'm so angry right now. If the city had removed the tree two years ago when I asked, or even last July, August or last month, when I asked, my redbud would still be fine. I'm going to call my insurance company in the morning, as well as the city. I want the city to remove the elm, remove my destroyed redbud, and replace my redbud. I'm furious!!! Oh, and now the elm branches are tangled up in my electrical wires again. I just called Consumers to come remove it. I took a bunch of pictures to document the damage, just in case Consumers has to remove the redbud or elm branch.
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10/26/08 at 1:13pm