Woman 'furious' after Xcel cut her trees

Posted at 7:44 PM, Sep 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-13 21:44:00-04

A Boulder woman is looking for answers from Xcel Energy after she said they came into her back yard when she was out of town and cut the top half off of eight trees.

Carla Johnson was on vacation when her partner called and told her there was a tree removal crew taking trees out of the back yard. That was September 3rd and 4th. 

"I came in the back yard and fell on my knees," said Johnson. "I was in shock."

A row of trees that are near to a power line in the backyard of Johnson's Fairview Road home were cut down to stumps that are about 12 feet high. Johnson said the trees were at least 30 feet high before they were cut.

"I absolutely am furious at the fact that they entered my property when I was not here," Johnson said.

Johnson said she was not notified crews would be coming to her house. However, a representative for Xcel Energy said Johnson and her partner were definitely notified before anyone went there because that's part of their policy.

Johnson said she believes crews came to her house because there was a small fire underneath one of the trees that sparked the week before crews came to the home. She said they were able to put out the fire with their hose, but called firefighters anyway to figure out the cause. Johnson said firefighters weren't sure if the fire was caused by the power lines.

The Xcel spokesperson said he couldn't comment on this case until he looked into the reason for the crew's visit. He said that cutting trees near power lines is not illegal.

Johnson wants the company to remove the rest of the trees that were cut.