We have a lot of old trees on the property. A LOT. & although many are close to the house, you never think they are going to actually fall on the house. So I guess we weren’t paying a whole lot of attention to the tree outside our porch, that was slowly rotting.
Well, it fell on Saturday. Hard.
It happened at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning. As you can see in the photos the way it fell was directly above our dining room, but the majority of the branches rested on the roof of our bedroom. I heard it snap and when it hit the house our house shook like mad. I legitimately thought the roof was coming in. I grabbed Maggie and ran downstairs, disoriented and a bit scared.
Here is the picture I took once we realized what had happened and that our roof was, thank heavens, still intact.
The irony of it is that Troy spent an entire week tearing down that side porch roof, and mother nature could have taken it right down for him. Although, I feel like if the roof was there we could have had more damage to our roof. I guess we will never know.
The tree was completely rotted.
The boys came over Sunday afternoon to help try and wrangle this beast off the house. We had low temps and pouring rain but did the best we could to chainsaw as many branches off as possible.
It became pretty clear the tree was too big and it was too dangerous to be completely removed. The way it hit the roof, it was pretty set in there and the worry was if you cut the wrong piece there would be backlash or worse, something would fall and someone would get hurt. It was time to throw in the towel and get insurance involved.
Fast forward to the next day – trees removed from the house. Roof is tarped up and the damage is assessed. Always something over here isn’t it?
It could have been so much worse. We are thankful it didn’t go through a window, or through the roof. It’s a pain in the ass but at the end of the day we got off lucky.
Since the tree guy was there, we also had him take out the tree in front of the well house, which was completely destroyed by the emerald ash borer. Better safe than sorry. I just kept coming home from work to trees on the ground.
All the other trees around our house were checked out and given the OK to stay.