Downed powerline, trees creating headaches for residents - WNEM TV 5

Downed powerline, trees creating headaches for residents

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One Mid-Michigan family has been dealing with a downed powerline for weeks.

A dead tree knocked down a utility line in Marilyn Christensen’s backyard on May 4.

“I am concerned about myself because they tell me that there’s power in that line and I’d like to be able to cut my grass and take care of my yard,” Christensen said.

Shortly after the storm happened, she tried to find out who was responsible for the line. She called Consumers Energy and a representative told Christensen the line belongs to Comcast.

“It’s very, very hard to reach Comcast,” Christensen said.

She said she was finally able to talk to someone after getting hung up on several times.

“The lady said she would put a work order in and tomorrow it would be two weeks ago that I talked with someone. No one’s been around. No one’s doing anything,” Christensen said.

Comcast now tells TV5 that the line is not theirs, but belongs to Charter. TV5 has reached out to Charter, who is investigating and may be at the address on Thursday to take a look.

The problem on Christensen’s property isn’t the only time this type of situation has happened in this neighborhood.

The same utility line rests on a garage in a backyard next door to Christensen. The homeowner’s father, George Anthony, said old, dead trees behind the property line have smashed into the structure five times over the past 15 years.

“Two years ago, the back half of their garage was taken out,” Anthony said.

He said his daughter contacted Saginaw Township at the time. An official came out and took pictures and told her they would contact a homeowner association that maintains the large trees in the area, but they haven’t heard a worse since.

Christensen and Anthony hope the utility line will be quickly repaired and the dead trees will be removed before another one falls and hurts someone or causes more damage.

“It’s too bad that people in this area have to put up with this situation,” Christensen said.

A Saginaw Township official said in the past it was the responsibility of individual property owners to deal with fallen or dead trees. The official said because of an uptick in incidents, they are looking into ways to deal with the tree issue.

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