Woman says NES allowed tree to fall on her home, NES denies allegation

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A tree fell on a woman’s home in South Nashville three weeks ago and it still hasn’t been moved. The homeowner can’t pay to move it and she said Nashville Electric Service (NES) is responsible. 

Paulina Jones has lived in her Edgehill home for over 30 years. She said on Friday, July 6 she heard a noise outside. 

“I thought who’s out there cutting grass because it had started to storm,” Jones told News 2. “I could see two safety men on the ground with the yellow safety jackets on and I said, ‘boy that’s dangerous.'” 

She said NES was trimming her tree when then came a louder noise. The tree had fallen, Jones said, and couldn’t open her side door. She called police. 

News 2 obtained information from Metro Police, the National Weather Service, NES and Ms. Jones and put together a timeline. 

At 2:11 p.m. on July 6, an NES worker took pictures that show the tree in Ms. Jones’ yard was split in half before the crew started trimming. You can see the branches in the power lines.  

According to the National Weather Service, at 5:20 p.m., while NES was still out there, Nashville was hit by storms that brought 32 mile-per-hour winds. 

NES said its crew finished at Ms. Jones’ home “around” 6:30 p.m. Metro Police say they got a call from Ms. Jones at 6:46 p.m. 

NES took pictures three days later on July 9. The power company said the photos show the tree isn’t on Jones’ home. 

NES said in a statement “The tree in question was broken and down due to storm damage, with limbs falling on to NES equipment and power lines. The tree was trimmed to remove the debris from NES equipment and to safely restore power. Based on photos, the tree in question did not fall during or after tree trimming.”  

NES said it does not remove debris due to storm damage so it’s up to Ms. Jones to move the tree. 

“It’s not debris,” said Jones. “It’s a tree that’s on my house and you knocked down my back fence and knocked down my patio and just walked away.” 

NES says on its website that it makes every effort to contact a homeowner before tree trimming begins. Ms. Jones says she wasn’t contacted before the tree trimming or immediately after.  

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