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BATON ROUGE - People are hiring tree services to protect their homes before hurricane season arrives. However, it's creating a new problem across East Baton Rouge Parish which has flooded the Department of Public Works with phone calls.

DPW calls it "illegal tree dumping." It's when tree services cut down trees and leave them behind. It happened to Joel Fousse, who wanted a sick tree in his yard torn down.

"He gave me a good price of $2,350 to remove the tree and haul things away," said Fousse. "Unfortunately, they didn't do the back end of the service."

The company Fousse hired cut down his tree and said they would be back to haul away the debris. A week went by, and the service hadn't returned.

East Baton Rouge Parish residents pay $19 a month for trash collection. If a resident hires someone to do additional work on their property, it's up to the company hired to take care of the waste.

DPW says there are a number of things to look out for when selecting a service. They include a written contract, shopping around for more than one price, pay after the service is completed and the debris is hauled away, and paying by check in case you need to cancel it.

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