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Ask Laz: Handling neighbor's debris from recent windstorm [Video]

December 9, 2011 |  2:35 pm

Good fences make good neighbors, as Robert Frost wrote, but they aren't always a good barrier against the mighty Santa Anas.

And now that last week's fierce winds have settled, you might have found the better part of your neighbor's trees are scattered across your fence and in your yard.

Last week's Southern California windstorm caused at least $40 million in damage, though that number is expected to rise. Pasadena, for instance, sustained nearly $20 million in damage from more than 1,200 downed trees that crushed cars, knocked out power lines and scarred homes and businesses, according to city officials. 

KTLA viewer Rosella's place was trashed in windstorms. Her neighbor's foliage is now hanging on her side of the fence.

Who is responsible for cleaning up the mess?

Los Angeles Times consumer columnist David Lazarus digs through the debris to offer an answer.




You can watch David Lazarus on KTLA-TV Channel 5 weekday mornings and during the 1 p.m. newscast. 

If you have a burning consumer-related question, write or send a video to You might just get David's answer on KTLA. 


Windstorm caused more than $40 million in damage

State emergency management officials tour wind-damages areas

All Edison customers' power restored a week after windstorm  

-- Michelle Maltais