Publicly owned tree falls and damages property in Crestwood homeowner wants to know who pays for cleanup

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CRESTWOOD, MO (KPLR) - Eric Robertson loves to use Grants Trail, part it runs right behind his Crestwood home.

Things were good for the homeowner until last Tuesday when a huge tree fell to the ground, tore up his fence and blocked the trail. Robertson went back and forth with St. Louis County, Great Rivers Greenway and the city of Crestwood about clearing the tree. He says the city ultimately cut the tree to clear the trail but the problem is what they left behind his home.

'I know from the overgrow that`s definitely causing the water back up to run in to my yard is what I think caused the tree to fall. It's just kind of a bummer that they just cut this up and leave it here to make more of an overgrown mess. Like everything else on the sides of the trail. I was told they maintain 8 feet on each side of the trail. said Robertson.

Robertson's property ends at the fence where the tree fell and he makes it his duty to keep the area cleared because he says it`s not maintained by those managing the trail.

Now the question is who`s responsible for the full clean up. News11 made some calls and reached the Crestwood City Administrator who said he had to investigate before making any comments.  If homeowners eat the cost it won’t be cheap.

"I'm guessing between $500 to $1000. I`d just like to see it cleaned up.' he said

News11 reached out to the city of Crestwood and Great Rivers Greenway for a comment and is still waiting for a response.