East Rochester woman fears neighbors trashed lawn after tree knocked out their power


    A woman whose tree knocked out power for dozens in East Rochester believes neighbors are targeting her because of the mishap. (WHAM photo)

    East Rochester, N.Y. - A woman whose tree knocked out power for dozens in East Rochester believes neighbors are targeting her because of the mishap.

    Strong winds on New Year's day knocked over a large tree on Holly Gekoski's Garfield Street property. The tree got caught in the power lines, resulting in 28 homes in the neighborhood losing electricity.

    Gekoski, however, didn't lose her power, because she's on a different grid.

    Since the outages, Gekoski told 13WHAM somebody has been littering on her yard.

    “We were noticing trash was in the yard. Beer bottles," said Gekoski. "Bags of cat poop and all sorts of stuff we hadn’t noticed earlier.”

    “It was definitely a plot, because it was out there and it had not been out there earlier,” said Gekoski.

    Jean Foster, who lives next door and lost power, says if someone is leaving trash on Gekoski's lawn, it's crossing the line.

    But she also said the tree has been a concern for months, and wishes it had been taken care of earlier.

    “I was kind of upset at first, too. The tree has been leaning for awhile and we all knew sooner or later that tree is going to go over," said Foster.

    The power outage meant a frustrating start to the year for Leeosha Allen.

    “I woke up on New Year's Day and I didn’t have power. I have a one year old. I had to pack up all my food and bring it to my parents' house," said Allen.

    On Wednesday, RGG&E worked on restoring power and cleaning up the mess. Crews expected to have power back on by Wednesday evening for all 28 homes that lost it.


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