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when 20,000 pounds of red pin oak falls on your house

2003-07-06 - 4:23 p.m.

Here is the last picture that BF took of the flooding back yard while standing in the aviary. You can see the protective hardware cloth that he added beneath the mosquito netting, so that when chewy parrots got out of their flight cages, they wouldn't munch a hole in the screen.

last view of flooded back yard
© 2003 by Roger Williams, all rights reserved
He then walked back into the house and was walking through the living room. I was standing behind the kitchen counter. There was a huge slamming sound, and all the lights and various house noises like the air-conditioner and refrigerator suddenly went dead. BF reported that he felt as if he were being shoved forward toward the kitchen. What he felt was one of the branches of the tree -- just the very tip -- pushing him as it fell through the ceiling. He is very lucky to be alive and unhurt. These branches impaled the ceiling of a house. It is too horrible to think of what they could have done to a human being standing in the wrong place.

branches coming through the cathedral ceiling

a close-up look at one of the branches coming through the ceiling

© 2003 by Elaine Radford, all rights reserved
This is a four person hot tub smashed beneath this huge oak tree:

smashed hot tub
© 2003 by Elaine Radford, all rights reserved
This is the tree where it smashed into the house. As you can see, the tree is actually much larger than the house. We escaped total annihilation because our house is some distance away from the root of the tree; in fact, when I called people to tell them what had happened, several people asked, "What oak tree?" because they knew that there was no tree of this size actually on our property.

tree on house
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