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Snow moved by Wayne County snow plow damages fences in Trenton

Posted at 11:36 AM, Jan 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-19 18:21:38-05

TRENTON, Mich. (WXYZ) — Residents in Trenton are looking for answers after fences at some homes were damaged by a Wayne County snow plow over the weekend. The county's road commission says it was the weight of the snow being moved by plow trucks that caused the damage.

"... Because of the volume of snow that fell, the weight of the snow damaged fences," said Tiffani Jackson, interim communications director for the Department of Public Services. "This was an unavoidable accident. The driver contacted his manager immediately after this happened. The manager went out within an hour and spoke to residents and (Trenton) police."

One resident posted photos of the damage to her fence on the Downriver and Friends Facebook group.

"Anyone else on here live on Fort Street and have your fence tore down by the crazy Wayne county plow truck," posted Corinne Cotner-Mullins.

The post brought about more than 400 comments.

Fortunately, Trenton police say the damage will be resolved.

Trenton snow plow damage

"Typically, the damage gets resolved," a spokesperson for the department said. "Usually ends up being a civil type matter due to difficulty of proving intent."

Residents are now being walked through the process of filing a claim for these incidents. It's unclear at this time how many fences were damaged. There will be follow ups on Tuesday, Jackson said.

To report damage to your home's fence, contact 1-888-ROAD-CREW.