Got home today to find that cable company showed up when no one was home and buried a new cable in response to my husband's repeated phone calls and complaints going all the way to corporate headquarters. Discovered that they ran the cable all the way from the road to the back of our house and then came right through the base of a large oak tree by our deck that overhangs our home. They just cut right through those huge old above ground roots and dug them up. When we first saw the pile of what looked like a sawed up tree and tree stump we kept trying to figure out where it came from. That's when it hit us that it was the roots to the large oak tree. Sure enough you look down and about three feet out from the trunk they just cut a path the size of a canal and dug it out. Huge exposed tree roots just sawed off and left there. I spent the better part of the day crying and now I'm just mad. I think they did it on purpose because my husband would not stop calling them and having them out here to see why our internet connection would not stay consistent. We'd even switched to DSL months ago because of it but he would not let up. He became obssessed with making them fix the cable - which he wanted to keep as a "backup" system in case DSL went down. I had been pleading with him to let it drop - it wasn't worth the day after day phone calls and complaints and service calls. They never could find out what was wrong other than our house was too far from the road. Well today they showed us - showed up unexpected and though they had 8 acres in which they could have laid that line or gone around that tree - they went right through the base of it. O.K. now I've vented. My question - anyone out there an arborist? Anyone know if the tree will live. I've looked online and all info I found says "probably not". I'm so upset right now I could chew nails. Any help or consolation would be much appreciated. Will probably cry myself to sleep. I'm afraid the tree will die and now we'll have to pay hundreds if not thousands of dollars to have the tree cut and removed. Sad part is that this tree survived Katrina when we lost over a hundred others. We stayed during the storm and watched that tree sway and sway but it held. I don't think it will hold up now in a simple breeze because all roots on one side have been severed. In fact it is the only side in which they were exposed above ground. On the other side (the shady side) most of them are below the surface. It's like the guy just looked for the worst place to run it. Our existing cable was wrapped around the house, through flower beds and under the deck. This guy just sawed through that tree and then left the rest of the cable laying on the deck for us to deal with because he didn't want to climb under deck. He could have even tied the new cable to the existing cable and just pulled it along the same path and under the deck so he wouldn't have to dig or climb under deck. Help!!! Is there anything we can do to save the tree!!! Hubby ran to Depot World and bought top soil, manure, fertilizer and I don't know what all else and dumped it on exposed tree roots as an emergency procedure. I can't walk out there without feeling like I'm watching my best friend die.