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Couple sues Will FPD over cut down trees

Updated: January 18, 2014 6:02AM

A Shorewood couple is taking the Forest Preserve District of Will County to court, accusing the agency of chopping down trees on their property last fall.

The district cut down about 50 trees on Debi and John Abel’s property, the couple alleges in their lawsuit, filed Nov. 8 in Will County.

The Abels’ home is situated north of Jefferson Street and east of Route 59, directly west of the DuPage River near Hammel Woods forest preserve.

The district began the work in November 2012 without determining who owned the property, the lawsuit states.

The Abels claim the district removed 50 trees from their property, removed asphalt from their property and destroyed a drainage area on their property that directed the flow of water across their land.

The lawsuit also names Homer Tree Service as a defendant, accusing the company of trespassing and failing to determine who owned the property.

The couple is seeking more than $50,000 on each of six counts in the lawsuit. They declined to comment on the case.

A spokesman for the Forest Preserve District did not return any calls seeking comment.

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