Local Family Has Tree Crash Through Home

By BROOKE WELCH | bwelch@wfft.com

Published 06/04 2014 02:33PM

Updated 06/04 2014 02:46PM

Do you have any trees in your yard or neighborhood that you think might need some attention or even need to be cut down?  Arborists say that you should get them check out. The extreme cold and snow we experienced this winter, combined with the brought of 2012 has caused a lot of injuries to many kinds of trees in our area.

WFFT's Brooke Welch spoke with a family that had a tree come crashing through their home this past weekend.

As you can see, this large tree crashed into the Berkshire family home on Sunday and homeowner Andrea Berkshire tells WFFT she had no idea what was happening when she heard the sounds.

"Well, we just woke up to a thundering crash, and wasn't sure what went on.  I knew something had hit the house, I heard glass shattering, it knocked pictures off the wall."

That crash was from a tree in their backyard coming down into the house.

"I did not know this was hollow.  I knew there were raccoons living in it but I figured they just had an area hollowed out just to live in."

Master Arborist Tom Myers says that this past winter was hard on area trees.

"Just because of the extreme cold, suffocation, the drying of the tissues can kill a percentage of the branches or twigs and in some cases, the entire tree.  I've seen plenty of those."

Myers says to look for root distress or peeling barn and if you have any doubts to call a board certified arborist. 

For the Berkshire's, this tree cause a lot of damage.  Holes in the roof, broken and cracked windows, it tore down power lines, some of which are still stuck in the tree, broke their fence, tore off their gutters, damaged their patio furniture, and even ruined their grill.

Andrea is extremely thankful that her family is safe.

"We have bonfires out here in the evenings.  Who's to say if it would have just started snapping at night, we wouldn't have known to not run in the house and that's the way it fell.  I'm just thankful it happened when no one was around."

For those wondering about the raccoons that might have played a part in this whole mess to begin with, Andrea tells WFFT that the raccoons survived and have been taken to a farm where they are being cared for.

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