City removes cypress knees from woman's yard after 9News Alert Team story

City removes cypress knees from woman's yard after 9News Alert Team story
The city-parish has removed all the cypress knees from Donna Belanger's yard (Source: WAFB)
The city-parish has removed all the cypress knees from Donna Belanger's yard (Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The 9News Alert Team got results on a problem that got buried in a bunch of phone calls and emails to City Hall.

The East Baton Rouge City-Parish removed two cypress trees and leveled the stumps that were taking over a homeowner's property off of Stumberg Lane. The trees were planted on city property nearly two decades ago.

The stumps, known in Louisiana as cypress knees, kept popping up all over the yard. It eventually got so bad, some of them were growing up under the house.
After our story back in May, the city took action.

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"I know the city is really busy with projects, but I feel like WAFB got me moved along. Thank you," said Donna Belanger, the homeowner.

Belanger says the city removed approximately 170 stumps. She hopes the grass will grow back by spring so she can plant flowers again.

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