Cleanup efforts underway following nor’easter

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Residents spent Saturday dealing with the lingering effects of the nor'easter that pummeled Brooklyn.

The storm knocked down trees and power lines, cutting power to residents across the city.

In Flatlands, a family was left without power after a fallen tree caused damage to their home.

A woman living in the home says her grandmother was in an upstairs room around 1 p.m. Friday when she noticed a large shadow go across her window. Moments later, a neighboring tree came crashing down.

No one was injured, but the ceiling of the home's second floor was damaged.

The tree was taken away by the New York City Parks Department, but the family says the tree has been an annoyance to them for years.

“We were only able to cut off a few branches which was about 600 a piece to cut off the branches,” said Cagney Phillip. “That was all we were able to do, the city wouldn't let us do anything else."

Phillip says she even created a petition with the neighbors to remove the tree but the city refused to remove it.

The NYC Parks Department could not explain why it was not removed before. 

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