Some waiting for clean up from Derecho

MIDDLE RIVER, Md. (WMAR) - After the "Derecho" storm back on June 29th, people who live in a neighborhood in Middle River were promised that help was on the way.
They're still waiting.

"Somebody's going to wind up getting hurt bad," said Robin Phillips, who has lived on Compass Road in Middle River for more than 30 years.  "I'm going to tell you right now I'm petrified.  I'm afraid one of these trees is going to come down. I really am."

Some of the trees behind Compass Road are more than 100 feet tall.  Some are already dead; others are being choked by fast-growing ivy.

During the June 29 storm a huge tree came down, taking out a power pole and cables -- cutting power for more than a week.

The trees sit on land owned not by the neighbors, but by Baltimore County.

Robin Phillips and her neighbors called ABC-2 News, and on July 23rd, a county spokeswoman told us at least some of the trees would be coming down -- in two weeks.

July 23rd, was more than six weeks ago.

"I really thought that I could count on Baltimore County," Phillips said.  "But evidently I can't."

Friday, County spokeswoman Ellen Kobler said: "The job has been assigned to a contractor but there was such a large number of trees downed and damaged that there is a major backlog among tree contractors in the area."

That's little comfort on Compass Road -- especially with storms in the forecast for Saturday.

"I don't know what it's going to take, to be honest with you," Phillips said.  "I really don't know what it's going to take."

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