Pine Tree Makes Unexpected Visit To Home

By: Venton D. Blandin
By: Venton D. Blandin

July 14, 2005

The recent storms in our area may have come and gone, but their impact is still being felt by some in our area.

Residents throughout the viewing area are bound to see leftovers from yesterday's storm. One Albemarle County couple is feeling the calm after the storm thanks to a tree dropping in for an unexpected visit.

"I was at home on a conference call with my office, and heard this sort of loud thumping noise," explained neighbor Middle Carr. The noise wasn't someone, it was some thing.

"It sounded like a bunch of little kids running across the roof. It was sort of like a thumping noise," added Carr.

Making the noise to the neighbor, was a branch of an old pine tree, which had fallen onto and over the house next door. Around 3:30 p.m., the residents who live in the home were not there to see the branch of the tree fall, but a neighbor sure was.

"I saw the last part of the fall because the leaves were all still shaking. It knocked over, the large branch that broke off knocked over smaller trees in my back yard, and that is what I saw shaking," said Carr.

While the homeowner missed the leaves shaking from the fallen tree, she did not miss the mess outside her door when she arrived home after work.

"I saw what looked like a Christmas tree lying in our yard. I could not figure out why it was there, but then I saw there was a note [sticking] in door, so I figured it would explain what happened," said Melody Day, who's home was damaged by the tree.

"I went to the back, and looked out onto the deck. You could not see the deck because there was so much greenery there, but you could smell the pine," continued Day.

The pine fresh scent filled the home because part of tree's branch made it into the home, too.

"You could smell pine very strongly, and sure enough it had come in through the roof into the ceiling of our master bedroom," Day added.

Once Melody's husband arrived home, the fire department was notified, and a tarp was placed over the roof to protect from rain later this week.

The maintenance supervisor for Condominium Management, assured Melody Day, her home will be taken care of over the next few days.

The Day family had the right idea, to take pictures first, in order to document the event for the insurance company.

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