Disabled woman receives help with tree limbs - WNEM TV 5

Disabled woman receives help with tree limbs

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Sheila Morehead stared at the 80-foot chestnut tree and sighed, "Those acorns are all over my yard."

"They're chestnuts," her father, Bob Crowl gently corrected.  

"Yes. Chestnuts," Morehead declared.

Crowl and his disabled daughter have been trying everything they can think of to keep Morehead's homeowner's insurance policy from being canceled.  She received a letter threatening cancellation if the tree limbs that hang over her roof aren't cut off by mid-November.

"It's sad when no one will help you," said the 50-something woman who's confined to a wheel chair.  "I even went to Bay City's City Hall and asked for help.  They told me 'no.'"

The tree is actually rooted in the property of her neighbor and good friend Keith Tyson, but he's disabled, too.  

"I want to help her so badly," Tyson said.  "But I don't have any money."

Tyson said his insurance company is probably threatening to cancel his policy as well, but he hasn't answered his phone.

The folks at Mid-Michigan Contractors saw the story and sent a crew to take a look. It's a big job, but they said they will cut down the tree for the labor cost which is about $400.

Morehead met the crew Tuesday afternoon.

"I couldn't thank that guy enough. He made me wanna cry," Morehead said.

The work is scheduled for Nov. 7.

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