Woman claims City cut down her 40-year-old tree

Posted at 6:36 PM, Feb 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-15 19:36:14-05

“I got to the house and I saw that they were cutting my tree down so I got off the car and I started saying what are you doing you’re cutting my tree after you told me your weren’t’ going to cut them,” said Hermalinda Garcia.

Garcia planted her trees decades ago, and she says the city allowed her to have the trees there

“This trees have been here for 40 years plus I’ve been taking care of them and it’s just like a child that you take care of that you maintain they can’t just come and cut them off,” said Garcia.

Now she says she wants either the contractors who cut it down, or the city, to make amends.

“If not I need compensation for something for all those years or buy me some trees and I’ll plant them inside my yard,” said Garcia.

But according to the City, where the trees were planted may be the cause of her issues.

“It’s a common occurrence that we have people who plant trees in the right of way it’s actually against the Code of Ordinances,” said Jeff Edmonds, director of engineering for the City of Corpus Christi. “Those will have to be removed if they’re in conflict with the construction.

Garcia says the City called her this morning to set up a meeting to discuss the future of her trees.