High powered wind and rain did a number on a couple houses in my neighborhood this past Thursday night. The one pictured to the left (2 streets down from our home) was dealt a serious blow as a large branch from the looming oak tree snapped, causing significant damage to the roof and sunporch. My neighborhood is full of old homes dating back to the early 1900s and possibly older. Although the destruction could have been far worse, even seeing this amount of damage left a bit of a sinking feeling in my stomach. I can’t imagine what a nightmare it would be to deal with something like that – hearing the loud crash as the tree slams into your house, keeping out the rain as it pours through the roof that is now split in several places, and managing the cleanup and repairs, not to mention calming your young kids if you have any.
Makes me feel good about our decision to remove the large, hollow branch that hung over our driveway and the corner of our house. When these things happen I can’t help but wonder what if. And how the flip side of a $150 decision could have wound up costing me a whole lot more.
The heavy rain and high winds lasted less than 10 minutes – isn’t it amazing how much can happen in such a short period of time?