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A Cass County homeowner is upset after a tree was removed from her property

A Cass County homeowner is frustrated after Caroll White REMC removed a tree on her property. It was touching power lines around her home.

Posted: Aug 8, 2019 10:58 PM
Updated: Aug 8, 2019 11:04 PM

CASS COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) -- A Cass County homeowner is frustrated after Carroll White REMC removed a tree on her property. It was touching power lines around her home. 

Homeowners take pride in their front lawns. Cass County's Tiffany Gibbs is no different.

"This is just unacceptable," said Gibbs, who has lived at her property on West Towpath Road for four years.

Gibbs said the damaged caused by a tree removal service hired by Carroll White REMC is going to take her 20 hours to clean up. It's cleanup she said wouldn’t have happened if the tree removal company wouldn’t have overstepped.

"They just wiped it all out,” said Gibbs. “I've got metal through here, I've got nails through here, I've got barbed wire, I've got fence down. There is also a cow pen all mangled back there. They had more trees marked all the way up to my driveway that they were going to take out."

We reached out to the company for a comment and this is the statement that was emailed to News 18.

"Trees are a big part of our safety initiative at Carroll White REMC," said Carroll White REMC. "Safety to our employees and the public is our largest priority. Reliability of our electric service is at the top of what our members feel is important that we provide to them. We do have a dedicated tree crew in the area of along the Towpath Road. In speaking with our personnel, they felt they had proper permission prior to cutting and clearing this particular area. Our understanding is the tree crew did speak to a person at this location this morning and it was resolved. Carroll White REMC has left a voice mail and are waiting to hear back from our member. Our member’s safety and reliability come first."

Gibbs said she wants to be reimbursed for the damages she claims the company caused.

"Well I think they should be the ones out here cleaning it up,” said Gibbs. “I think, they should reimburse me for all my trees plants and fencing because that's not cheap."

She hopes by sharing what happened to her, Carroll White REMC will make sure this doesn't happen again.

"It's just going to be a huge hassle for me and really what I'd like to accomplish is them never do this to somebody else," said Gibbs.

No word yet on if Carroll White REMC has agreed to pay for the damages.

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