TOMBALL, Texas -- It’s a Tomball homeowner versus Montgomery County after a giant pine tree fell down and caused about $15,000 in damage.
The tree crashed onto Susan Edgar’s carport back in July. Her insurance paid for some of it, but she’s still in the hole about $9,000 dollars.
Edgar feels it’s the county’s responsibility to pay up. That’s because the tree came from a property owned by the county.
According to Edgar, this isn’t the first time a tree from that property has caused problems.
She recalls a tree falling across the road back in March.
Edgar claims she voiced concerns about the dead trees next door back then.
“If it had been my tree that had fallen onto their property and my tree damaged their property, I would be held financially responsible,” Edgar said.
Edgar claims the county chopped down the dead trees on the neighboring property only after the one fell onto her yard.
“I was just glad it wasn’t my staff injured by the tree,” said Edgar, who runs Cozy Paws Pet Lodge boarding kennel from home. “They have claimed sovereign immunity and are not holding themselves responsible for any of the damages.”
State law does not necessarily force the county to pay for tree damage.
Montgomery County Attorney J.D. Lambright said there’s still a possibility that the county will help pay for the mess. He told KHOU the issue is on the agenda for Monday’s Commissioner’s meeting.