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Who is responsible for trees leaning perilously over a road, the property owner or the county?

Ashley Withers
StarNews

Q. There are several trees leaning heavily over the east side of Edgewater Club Road that look perilously close to falling across the road. Is the county responsible for removing this hazard before someone is killed or is it the responsibility of the people who own the property? The trees are very close to the ditch and in a very wet location.

A. The owner of the property is responsible for these trees, according to New Hanover County spokesperson Charles Smith.

But the county has no requirement for the owner to take them down and it is up to each property owner’s discretion.

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