Orlando wife frustrated after she says the city tree fell on her house – WFTV
ORLANDO, Florida – A Parramore woman says a tree fell on her home from the Orlando city drive. The city has made claims like this one in the past, but 9 investigators have learned they have no plans to do so in this case.
9 Investigators investigated the problem of old or dying trees in downtown Orlando as early as 2018 during the hurricane season. At that time, we learned that settlements were paid for trees that fell on a person or when a city tree was marked for removal before the tree was dropped.
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The tree that once stood next to the house on S. Parramore Ave. 825 was never marked for removal, and the city found that its maintenance was not negligent, even after the homeowner said a private company cut out part of their root system and added a sidewalk right next to it.
There is now a code enforcement warning on the front door of Frances Claxton’s 21 year old home.
“It’s a city tree so it was very frustrating. You think you are doing the best you can and no one is helping you, ”Claxton said.
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Claxton was evicted from her home in September 2020 after the giant oak tree landed right on her roof.
“The fire department, the police, code enforcement, the city of Orlando, the apartment complex, everyone was out here and the tree was all over my house,” Claxton recalled.
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9 Investigates looked at what some in laurel or live oak communities across Orlando refer to as “time bomb trees.” Five years ago, a man won a $ 1.1 million judgment against the city after a downtown tree was marked for removal and seriously injured him.
Orlando maintains a rotating list of trees that are classified as hazardous or need to be removed, but the tree has never been flagged in this case. The city has not agreed to help cover the damage caused.
City officials have put Claxton on with support, including helping them find alternative housing and connecting to the heart of the Florida United Way, but that still means she’s paying rent on an apartment while she’s the mortgage on Their home has to pay for the tens of thousands of dollars needed in repairs.
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“We have to pay mortgages, we also have to pay house rents, and it’s heartbreaking,” Claxton said. “It wasn’t bad paying a mortgage, but paying both is almost impossible.”
A city spokesman also said that Parramore Kidz Zone staff are making efforts to provide the family with possible economic, food and academic assistance as Claxton’s daughter and grandson live with them. Claxton contacted an attorney to review her other options.