Massive tree breaks, destroys family car

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – In New Mexico rain is a very good and rare thing. But the strong wind gusts that sometimes come along with it aren’t.

Roswell resident Jazmin Galaz knows it all too well.

Thursday the windy weather knocked half of her front yard tree down.

Massive limbs toppled to the ground crushing her family car to pieces.

“I was like oh my God what if we were in there? What could have happened to us?” she said.

Luckily, Galaz wasn’t in the car at the time, but just moments before the tree came crashing down she was and so was her 10-month-old son.

“His baby car seat was in there. It got squished and everything,” said Galaz.

She says she’s relieved her family is safe, but now the clean up begins and she says the city’s not willing to help.

“The city didn’t help or nothin, my family and some neighbors helped, but nobody wanted to help us,” Galaz said.

Thursday night Galaz spent three hours clearing the debris from the street.

She says she asked the city to help pick up the limbs that were on their property, but they told her they couldn’t.

“There were two or three guys here in a city truck taking pictures with their telephone. That’s all they did; they didn’t help them,” said neighbor Steve Carrol.

The Safety and Streets Department says even though a majority of the tree fell into a city street they don’t have the authority to clean it up.

They say they’re allowed to clear limbs from city property, but not an entire tree.

It’s up to Galaz or an outside company to do the work.

For now Galaz says she’s doing the best she can to clean up the mess and counting her blessings.

“I thank God that we weren’t in there and nothing happened to us,” she said.

In early May another tree in the same neighborhood toppled over onto a city street.

The owner in that situation had to pay $5,000 to have it removed.

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