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Neighbors upset after hundreds of trees ripped up in West Hartford

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WEST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Some West Hartford neighbors are standing together after crews ripped out hundreds of trees that were part of their neighborhood.

It started as controversy over a dredging project off Trout Brook Drive, but crews said they would keep some trees.

Now, Eyewitness News found out that they didn’t keep some trees.

Neighbors said the trees, some of which were well over 60 years old, were special.

Now, not much is left in the wooded area as crews tore down hundreds of trees.

“To be honest now, I don't want to even walk out of my house, it's so depressed and sad to look over there. It makes me so infuriated,” said Dana Perlmutter of West Hartford.

The controversy surrounded the area, which is owned by the state, and the trees that have grown there.

The area runs parallel to the busy Trout Brook Drive and was not properly maintained over the years.

The state and the town revisited the site and reportedly worked on a compromise with neighbors.

Crews were supposed to cut at least 20 feet away from homes.

Residents now have concerns about their property values, because now people can see and hear the cars on Trout Brook Drive.

“They just destroyed a natural habitat for a lot of birds, rabbits and squirrels and see deer back there. So I just don't understand how you just clear cut a whole forest and call it an improvement,” said Joe Calboreanu of West Hartford.

The town manager did not return calls made by Eyewitness News.

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