NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) — Niagara Falls police are trying to find out who uprooted a dozen trees on Main Street. Police believe it happened over the weekend, either late Saturday night or early Sunday morning.
Twelve trees were uprooted on both the right and left side of Main Street close to the new train station. Mayor Dyster says to replace them it will cost the city about $200 per tree, replacing all of them will cost at least $2,400.
According to the police report there are no suspects and no one witnessed it happening. Mayor Dyster says police believe it was an act of vandalism.
“This was a part of the street that the city had totally reconstructed a couple of years ago as part of the train station project so these were sapling trees maybe an inch and a half or two inches in diameter. They were just pulled out of the ground and kind of lying on the ground next to where they’d been planted a couple of them I think had been snapped off so the root ball was still in the ground and the tree had been broken off the top,” said Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster.
Mayor Dyster says a number of the trees that were uprooted were dead due to the drought, and he says they were slated for removal anyway.