BENTON, IL (KFVS) - An elderly Benton couple has a big problem.
A majestic old tree in their back yard that formerly offered shade and beauty has now become a source of constant terror. The several hundred-year-old oak is threatening to crush their home.
Wayne and Monnie Hall say two days ago the giant tree trunk split. Since, the crack has continued to widen to the point you can see light through the trunk in some places.
The halls say tree trimming experts have come out to see the damaged tree, but they won't touch it because they tell the halls it's too dangerous.
The danger only gets greater the longer the large tree stands.
"Each minute we're wondering if it's going to fall on us or not," said Monnie Hall. "If that falls, we've got nothing. "We don't want to lose our home; it's all we've got."
Tree experts told the Halls it will take two cranes to take the old oak down safely, but that's something the Halls, who live on Social Security, say they just can afford.
They say they've called tree trimmers, their insurance company, the power company and even the town's mayor but nobody can help.
If you would like to help pay for tree removal, you may donate through any branch of Midcountry Bank.
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