Massive fallen tree causes power outages

Massive fallen tree causes power outages

KINSTON, LENOIR COUNTY - A tree taller than a telephone pole fell into a roadway and caused power outages in Kinston Friday morning. The homeowner, Beady Hall, thinks all the recent rainfall finally made the old tree topple.

Hall said she has been trying to get rid of a massive tree in her front yard ever since she moved into her home in the 90's.

"I've been trying to get that tree down for years and now it's finally down," Hall said.

She said during storms, tree limbs would fall down, and she feared it was only a matter of time before someone got hurt.

"I usually come out and pick some up and put them in the trash, so it's no problem," Hall said.

This time however, there's a much bigger problem. Hall said the tree, more than 60-feet tall, split in half in her front yard.  It knocked out power to dozens of nearby homes. The debris also shut down parts of Carey Road in Kinston for several hours.

"I'm blessed that it did not hurt anyone or hit anyone's house, but I'm glad that it fell in the road," Hall said.

Hall said she's asked the City of Kinston to help her take down the tree - with no luck.

A city spokesperson said it's the homeowner's responsibility to take care of any tree debris or tree maintenance, even if it poses a risk to the community.

"We couldn't do it on our own because just for guys to come in and trim it, it's $1,500 or $2,000," Hall said.

Any tree debris found on roadways though is always handled by the city, county or state, which is why Hall was happy the tree fell into the road.

Kinston Public Works said the tree knocked out power up to 125 houses Friday morning. Power to all but two houses was restored in about an hour. The last two homes did not have power until noon Friday.

Hall said if anyone needs firewood, they can come by her home near Susan Road and Carey Road. She said she does not how she will move the rest of the limbs out of her front yard.

One other note, state law says even if tree debris falls onto your yard from a neighbor's tree, it's still your responsibility to clean it up because it's on your property.

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