Woman, 67, Climbs Into Tree to Keep Crews From Cutting it Down

A 67-year-old woman climbed into a tree outside her Dallas home Monday morning to prevent electric company crews from cutting it down. [[416041793,C]]

The woman's son told NBC 5 his mother — later identified as Jeri Huber — climbed tree in the 7100 block of Westlake Avenue just after 11 a.m.

Huber said she climbed down from the tree after being told crews would return with a restraining order.

Huber said she initially went into the tree as part of an ongoing dispute with Oncor about a pole that is leaning on her property.

According to Oncor, this isn't the first time Huber climbed a tree.

Oncor says six years ago, Huber climbed her tree with a BB gun to prevent crews from cutting it, forcing Oncor to get a restraining order against her at that time.

Oncor released the following statement Monday afternoon:

Oncor provides safe, reliable service to more than 10 million Texans. After months of face-to-face meetings with this customer, including with elected officials, it is now necessary for Oncor to proceed with vital tree trimming in the 7400 block of Westlake in Dallas. The trees in this area must be professionally trimmed in order to keep local residents safe and ensure reliable service to this area of the city.

We understand that trees are a beautiful, important part of all of our communities, and Oncor takes great care in performing this work while balancing cost, aesthetics and reliability.

Today, and during this routine trimming in the past, this customer has threatened her own safety and the safety of others, in order to further delay this vital maintenance. Oncor has been in contact with this customer for several months and we have discussed all available options which would minimize trimming. We must now perform this work for the safety of all involved.

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