Irving homeowners upset after finding trees chopped down

To keep everybody safe, Oncor tries to keep trees away from power lines, and that means trimming them from time to time.

But some Irving neighbors are upset and say that Oncor went overboard.

Matt Heppner of Irving came home from work Monday and found half the vegetation in his backyard was missing. Work crews were up and down Poplar Lane, chopping trees down.

He had three beautiful trees, including a weeping willow, and all of them were gone down to the stump.

Heppner says Oncor workers told him the trees had to go because they were too close to the transmission lines.

What was the focal point of his yard is now an eyesore.

Neighbors says they are aware their landscaping is within a 40-foot easement, but feel the utility didn't have to chop down whole trees, especially smaller ones that will never grow anywhere near the power lines.

They say they would've been happy to pay to have the trees pruned themselves or work out some sort of deal with the utility to pay extra to have them chopped down completely.

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