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City officials demand answers after oak trees are cut down

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Savannah city officials are upset and demanding answers after old oaks were cut down and in some cases damaged as a result of paving White Bluff Rd., which is part of the Truman Parkway Project.

Alderman Tony Thomas and Park and Tree Commission Chairman Walt Harper are pointing the finger of blame at Georgia Department of Transportation.

State representative Ron Stephens is still in discussions with DOT officials about the situation, which Harper referred to as a travesty and Thomas called disgusting, but the damage may not be done yet.

Thomas says he has learned that not only were the oak trees on White Bluff Rd. cut down but the old oak trees at Abercorn St. and Holland Rd., the end of the Truman Parkway Project, are now scheduled to also be cut down. He says, once again, the city and residents had no warning or chance to save the trees.

"Absolutely, this should not have happened. We lost a lot of tree cover. We knew we would lost tree cover because of the road way but the carelessness and destruction that has taken out these majestic trees should not be occurring," said Thomas.

Thomas is hoping Stephens will come back to the city with good news, as he wants to see the state repair the damaged oak trees and replace the trees that have been cut down.

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