Neighbors say cleanup, aftermath of violent storm has been treacherous

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PITTSBURGH - Duquesne Light crews were trying to fix a problem, but neighbors say they created another one that’s just as dangerous.

Ever since a violent storm wreaked havoc in Renee Aldrich’s block, she and her neighbors have been living on the edge.

“It makes everybody nervous here,” Aldrich said. “I get off at 11 o’clock at night, so I have to park way down and walk up here in the dark.”

About two weeks ago, a lightning strike split the tree in front of Aldrich’s house in half. Now, on Thursday, the situation appears worse.

“Finally I get the electric company out here again and he saw the tree down. He told me now the city needs to come and move that. We’ll see if they come,” Aldrich said.

Not only are there branches and debris on the sidewalk, the toppled tree is causing a rotting utility pole to lean forward.

“Not one word (from the power company). Just, ‘Oh yeah, that is our responsibility,’” she said.

Channel 11 News reached out to city officials on Thursday, and they said cleaning up the sidewalk is the responsibility of the homeowner.