Verizon finally removes pole from leaning on Georgetown home
For more than three years, Georgetown resident Nancy Flinn has had to deal with a nasty eyesore - and a dangerous hazard - right by her doorstep.
In 2008, a Verizon utility pole began to tilt and eventually ended up leaning on the side of her Poplar Street home. But after years of effort to get the pole removed, it's finally gone.
"I didn't think I'd live to see it happen," Flinn says. "I'm very grateful. I feel like I need to applaud."
It's hard to believe that the roar of a chainsaw could be a welcome sign in a quiet Northwest D.C. neighborhood, but at Flinn's home, she's more than willing to be accommodating.
Flinn first contacted 7 On Your Side in November of 2010 after efforts to have the pole removed stalled. Verizon wanted to put the pole in the middle of a walkway or near one of her planters, while the homeowner wanted the lines buried.
Verizon said they'd do the job - just as soon as they were paid $1,932,880. The company responded by saying that Flinn requested an estimate because she planned on getting stimulus money from the District, which she called a total misrepresentation.
"Verizon has no right to damage my house," she said in 2010.
Verizon says that they tried numerous times over the past several years to work with Flinn to resolve the issue, saying that the roots of a tree adjacent to the pole caused it to lean against her home. The company says that once Flinn had the tree stump removed, the move could be made.
Finally, though, after some patience and perseverance, David beat Goliath.
"I feel like I should get out a bottle of champagne," Flinn says, but her fight isn't done yet. She now wants Verizon to pay for damage to her house to the tune of $5,200. She plans to file a claim with the company.
Meanwhile, Comcast had lines on the pole that came down as well, but within 12 hours of 7 On Your Side notifying the company that its lines needed to be moved, they were gone.
While the fight between Flinn and Verizon is over - almost - there's still ill will.
"I'm still very angry at Verizon," she says.
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