Act of God possibly leads to trees coming down in Augusta


News 12 at 11 o'clock / Thursday, July 18, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The rainy weather we've seen helps plants grow, but it can also cause trees to fall. News 12 reported about a local woman's car was damaged by a falling limb as she drove down Walton Way earlier this month.

Now the city has a plan to remove trees near that area they say could potentially be dangerous.

It's something Tonya Price knows all to well.

"The next stop is hoping they would go around and trim some of these trees. The limbs are hanging over the street," Price said.

She says a tree on city property fell and caused thousands of dollars in damages. Price was told it was an act of God and the city refuses to pay for it.

"We've been looking at this program for a month," said City Engineer Steve Cassell.

Private contractor Arbor Equity will get to work next week. They'll start at the intersection of Walton Way and Highland Avenue cutting down dead trees. They'll remove nine trees that could be a hazard.

"We're trying to maintain the health and life as long as we can," Cassell said.

The weeks and weeks of rain have over saturated the trees and the ground. Any high winds could prove to be dangerous, especially for trees hanging over the streets.

"The city could be held liable since they know about these streets. It is a liable issue, and since we know about these, as a government, we have to act," Cassell said.


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