Storm causes large tree to fall on car, power lines in Flatbush

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Wednesday, November 22, 2023
Large tree crushes car, knocks out power lines in Brooklyn
Janice Yu has more on the storm cleanup and power line repairs.

FLATBUSH, Brooklyn (WABC) -- A large tree fell in Flatbush, crushing a sedan and knocking out power lines for blocks.

Officials say this happened about 2 a.m. Wednesday as soaking rain fell across the area. The tree was located along Snyder Avenue near Rodgers Avenue.

Residents say the wind picked up and they heard a loud crash outside. When they left their homes to see about the commotion, they saw the mess the tree had made.

Neighbors told Eyewitness News they were worried something like this could happen and they have reported the tree dozens of times. They said it looked unhealthy and they feared it would eventually fall over.

Petal Johnson says city workers had come to check on this tree before, but they reported nothing was wrong.

"We were calling, asking them to please come check the tree. They keep sending people out and they keep telling us, 'Nothing is wrong with the tree,'" Johnson said. "You can see from where we just looked at the root where the tree broke, the tree is bad."

Debris from the tree damaged several cars, leaving them with smashed windshields. and wires were scattered around the cars,

Crews were working to clear the debris and fix the poles all morning long but the work was expected to take a while.

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