Massive downed tree removed from front of Adelphi home after neighbors, councilmember come together

A Prince George's County man will finally get a massive downed tree removed from the front of his home after help from a councilmember, the community, and a landscaping company.

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The tree has been blocking the front door of Matt Lee's 22nd Avenue home in Adelphi since it fell during a lightning strike last fall.

FOX 5's Bob Barnard spoke with Lee who said the County quickly restored power after the tree fell but said he couldn't afford the over $6,000 needed to remove it from the front of his home.

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Lee told Barnard he purchased a chainsaw and has been working himself to cut the tree and remove it. He says once it's removed work can begin to repair the damaged roof.

District 2 Prince George's County Councilmember Deni Taveras, who is running for State Delegate, was at the property Thursday morning and told Barnard that the tree needed to be removed. 

"I was concerned for the people living here because i don't know how they were getting their mail. I don't know how they were getting their groceries. How they were even walking in and out of the home safely. I mean, imagine during snow," Taveras told Barnard. "I just thought it was an egregious situation to live in and so this is why i felt we needed to do something about it and do something about it very quickly."

Jennifer Salaj with Denchfield Landscaping said they were happy to give back to the community after receiving a call from Taveras.