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West Baltimore Neighborhood Blocked By Fallen Trees

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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — It’s been days since a snowstorm crippled traffic for thousands of people in our area. Now neighbors say all that heavy snow is uprooting trees and causing even more problems.

Alex DeMetrick reports much of the Hunting Ridge neighborhood in West Baltimore has been sealed off since Wednesday night when snow and trees fell.

The only trees being cleared on Briarclift Road are the ones homeowners are removing.

Residents say they haven’t seen the city, and the street itself is basically roadblocked by trees.

“I haven’t gone anywhere because of the trees,” said Pam Bennett, Hunting Ridge resident. “I had to cancel all of my appointments yesterday and hopefully I’m going to be able to get up the other side of the road today.”

The downed trees have caused some property damage, and it’s made it difficult to get essentials. Those trapped can only get out by going uphill the wrong way.

“If you don’t have really good four-wheel drive, you’re stuck here. We’ve been after the city since 10 p.m. Wednesday to get somebody out here to clear the trees away,” said Glenn Heisey, Hunting Ridge resident.

Fallen trees have also been an ongoing obstacle for BGE crews with repairs likely to stretch to the weekend.

“That sounds like a long time if you’re out of service,” said Rob Gould, BGE spokesman. “But unfortunately, that is what it is, and we’re finding significant damage on the system. “

Meanwhile heavy snow on limbs continue to bring down more trees.

“A lot of trees are down. I went on Windsor Mill this morning. There’s actually 10 trees down there. I can understand the city is slow in getting to similar areas like this. It’s pretty sad,” said Dave Weir, Hunting Ridge resident.

People in Hunting Ridge are showing a great deal of patience. They seem to understand it’s a big problem with a lot of trees down in many areas. The city says it is doing the best it can to get to the problems.

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