Neighbors unhappy about overgrown trees

YAKIMA, Wash. -- You never know when it'll be you.

"One of these trees over here just collapsed on the fence and it broke all the fence," said Martin Roque.

It's situations like these that neighbors worry about.

"You hear this big huge crash on your roof, you have no idea what it is cause you don't know if somebody's trying to break in your house," said Tammy White.

In this case, the thing that broke into Tammy White's home was a branch that her neighbor should have trimmed months ago. Like any devoted homeowner, she wishes Yakima would force people to maintain their trees better.

Currently, city law says it's illegal for property owners to have any part of their trees hover less than eight feet above a sidewalk or street. If you break the rule, the city is allowed to cut trees without your permission. And KIMA learned it's been happening more often. Just last summer alone, the city trimmed more than a thousand trees by force.

With more kids playing during the summer, parents worried about their safety. They said they're worried about branches breaking off and seriously injuring someone.

"It's kinda dangerous out there," said Martin. "One of the trees fell on them or something causing an accident."

If you're fed up with your neighbor's trees, you have to consider one important thing. If you want the city to cut down your neighbor's tree, it's up to you to pay for it.

"When the wind blows, they all blow down and so you think maybe that's going to fall into your house," said Tammy.

Some could only hope a little bit of maintenance will make things safer. On Monday, Yakima will start cutting down eight trees along Naches Avenue.