Tree topples into surprised woman’s pool during mighty monsoon


strong storms across the valley leaves behind a lot of damage, and a woman witnesses the same destruction in her swimming pool after a tree that had stood in her garden for a year finally toppled over.

In Surprisea woman found a tree in her neighbour’s yard in her swimming pool and she’s struggling to get help to remove it.

“It’s a frustrating situation. I have kids,” Crystal Fernandez said. “The wall is unstable.”

She returned to her Surprise home near Cactus Road and Bullard Avenue after a rainy Friday night drive to survey the damage. A tree from the next door neighbor’s backyard ripped through the brick wall and landed in their swimming pool.

“I was actually an eyesore coming home. Oh my God, what happened? I have kids, I have pets,” she said. “Just very scary.”

Fernandez says the tree made her feel uncomfortable for a while as it intruded on her garden. Since last year, she has been asking the homeowners association for help to trim the tree.

She owns her home, but says the house next door where this tree was planted is rented and owned by Progress Residential. She tried to reach them but had no luck so far.

His HOA has been sending courtesy letters to the company about the troubling tree since 2021.

“They sent several courtesy letters to Progress Residential to rectify the situation, but nothing was done,” Fernandez said.

His family are advised, for now, not to move the tree as they have not received a response. She just hopes the owners of the house can fix it.

“I would like them to come out and take responsibility for what they have been told since 2021,” Fernandez said.

On August 20, Fernandez says a group of landscapers showed up and began removing the tree without permission from his yard. She says they caused more damage than there was before.


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