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NY1 For You: Springfield Gardens Residents Concerned By Uprooted Tree

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Residents in a Queens neighborhood with a history of trees falling are worried that a giant uprooted tree could topple the next time a storm blows through. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following report.

Concerns about a huge tree that's uprooting has residents in a Springfield Gardens neighborhood on edge.

"It's picking up the ground, and pretty soon, it's going to be falling," says June Baylor, who says the tree is in front of her house.

"I think it's really dangerous," says Constance Haynes, whose house is across the street from the tree.

Neighbors say the tree's roots have been rising up out of the ground for quite some time, breaking up the sidewalk.

"People trip on this cement quite a bit," Haynes says.

"It's coming into my house. It's coming into my pipeline," Baylor says.

The roots are not only rising way up out of the ground, but they're also spreading out.

Neighbors say they've filed numerous complaints with the city, but the only response they get is that the tree is healthy.

After residents called NY1 For You, we contacted the Parks Department, and the agency sent an inspector to the site.

A spokesman told us it's a "very healthy" oak tree. However, he went on to say that if funding allows, the sidewalk could be repaired under the agency's free trees and sidewalks program next year. The spokesman claims that the sidewalk would be contoured around the tree roots as part of the repair so the problem won't re-occur.

Residents are skeptical that a sidewalk repair will be enough to support what they say is a growing problem.

NY1 For You will keep you updated.

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