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A year later, homeowner stills wants final reimbursement from city

Posted at 8:55 PM, Jun 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-09 20:55:31-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- A Richmond man whose home was damaged in 2014 by a storm-felled red oak tree believes the city should be responsible for cleaning up and paying for the damage.The tree stood more than 90 feet tall with a trunk more than 11 and a half feet around.

Walter Gill just wants what he believes should be coming to him, after all he says, he had complained about the 90-foot red oak for more than a decade.

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The tree was on city property, between the street and the sidewalk. The tree was finally removed and hauled away, the side-walk fixed and the homes repaired, but Gill still had about $150 in plants that were destroyed  from the fall and the clean up.

After he filed the initial claim, he said it was four months before he learned the claim had been misplaced.

Over time, he has received some payments.

"I think the city still owes me around 90 dollars to wrap this up and that's settling for 50 percent of my purchases."

Trip Wells, a neighbor says Gill is well-known for his lawn, flowers and shrub's "I am a little surprised that it hasn't been all wrapped up considering it has been over a year since the incident".

CBS 6 reached out to the city and to the third-party company handling the weather related claims, but we have not heard back from either one at the time of publishing.