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If trees are taken down by a tornado and fall on the neighbors property who is legally responsible for the cleanup cost?

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10/12/2007

Unless the trees were known to be weak and dangerous prior to the tornado, the damage is an "act of god" and the owner where they landed is responsible for cleanup. If the trees were previously known to be "ready to crumble", then there could be an argument that the tree's owner would owe some duty to remove them or clean them up when they fall, regardless of the intervening storm.

Your local laws may vary, so if you can't work it out with the neighbors on your own, seek legal counsel for a specific set of facts in a specific jurisdiction.