Dangerous dead ash trees in Toledo

By Joe Stoll - bio | email

Posted by Dave Dykema - email

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - Over the weekend, a limb came crashing down and scared neighbors in one west Toledo area.

Residents along Talbot Street say limbs on dead ash trees have been falling down and they fear someone is going to get hurt.

Thursday, the city responded in a big way, beginning to cut them down.

More than two dozen ash trees on this block died from the emerald ash borer.

People wanted the trees down.

"I have a handicapped daughter. Walking down the street is dangerous," says Carlene DeFalco.

"Neighbors have called the city numerous times to ask when the work would start. The city would respond with 'you're on the list, you're on the list' and people were getting very frustrated," says Jenni Johns.

After a tree fell across the Johns's yard, Jenni wrote a letter to the mayor. She got an email response from Mayor Finkbeiner, but she says it was one she did not like.

In the letter, the mayor says the work can't be done because the economy is horrible and the city laid off 75 police officers.

"To put the life and safety of any Toledo citizen at risk for falling down trees because police officers are laid off is rather pathetic," says Johns.

That aside, she's just happy to see crews out.

"Thank you. Thank you."

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