Good samaritan woman moves storm debris to clear neighborhood street

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WICHITA, Kansas – City crews say they won’t be picking up down downed tree limbs and branches from private property owners unless it fell into city streets and property.

A Wichita woman believes she’s being punished for helping the city do its job.

Katie thought she was being a good samaritan Thursday night when she decided to brave the storm.

“I looked out our bay window and I saw huge branches had landed in the middle of the road here,” said Katie, concerned resident. “Huge oak branches like probably 15 to 16 feet long and there were probably 4 of them.”

The debris was blocking the street in the 600 block of North Mission preventing drivers from passing through so she decided to move it to her curb.

But it caused more problems than she needed after putting in a call to the City Manager’s Office.

“Beyond frustrated because you try to do the right thing and you’re trying to help your neighbor,” said Katie. “I heard so many stories about people in Kansas helping each other out last night and it’s like you’re getting punished for doing the right thing.”

Katie wanted to see if city crews would pick up the debris since it originally landed  in the middle of the street before she dragged it to her curb.

A woman from the City Manager’s Office told her no.

“She said we’re not going to pick them up and I said why, they’re in the street,” said Katie. “She said you moved them and once you touch them they became your financial and physical responsibility to take care of the branches.”

But Katie was hoping for a different answer.

“This side of the street didn’t have power and we did and we were calling them,” said Katie. “I mean everyone really stepped up and helped each other out, but you know I would just expected more from my city.”

KSN News contacted the City of Wichita. A representative told us that given extreme circumstance city crews will move the debris, but it depends on a case by case basis.

KSN News also learned the debris in front of Katie’s home has since been picked up and removed by someone she calls a good samaritan.

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