This fallen tree has been down near a family's home in the 2800 block of Kelsey Street for the past month. (Source: Nick Lawton/KSLA News 12)
Mary Dizadare said this is the hallway where she came face to face with a burglar Wednesday. (Source: NIck Lawton/KSLA News 12)
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -
What seemed to be an easy fix continues to be a major problem for a Shreveport family in the 2800 block of Kelsey Street.
"It was like 5:30 in the morning. When it broke the line down, we were like 'Well, what's happening?'" Mary Dizadare said.
A tree came crashing down near her family's home at the beginning of September. Ever since, they've been trying to get it moved.
First, the family tried calling AEP-SWEPCO.
"They told me that's something they don't do," Dizadare said.
Then they tried the city of Shreveport.
"He told me: 'Well, we're going to come out there and get it.' That was last Thursday," Dizadare said. "Friday, they didn't come. Monday, they didn't come. Tuesday, they didn't come and didn't call me. Didn't say anything."
The family says their biggest concern is not damage to their home or property value. Rather, the danger lies in what could be behind the fallen tree's dense branches.
The tree hides a small trail into the woods that anyone can use.
"I'm afraid of somebody being up in there, come into my house like they did!" Dizadare said.
Someone did break into her house at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.
A Shreveport police report says a burglar broke through her door and Dizadare wound up staring down the intruder across her hall.
"I look, I realize it's not my husband. It wasn't my children. I don't know. Who is this and why are they in my house?"
After Dizadare made eye contact, the burglar quickly ran out of the house without taking anything.
Dizadare said she never got a good look at the burglar to come up with any description. The police report says the only sign of the burglar was $100 worth of damage to a door.
Now Dizadare says she's lost the peace of mind she had in the home where she's lived for nearly 50 years.
And she wants no one using the cover of the fallen tree to try again.
"I walk out my door, I don't want to think anybody hiding back there and tap me on the head or something. That's not a good feeling."
KSLA News 12 called the city and its Public Works Department.
Dizadare reports that city inspectors already have visited her property and promised to remove the tree for her.