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Storm damage

February 25th, 2016 at 10:52 am

Last night we had a terrible (and totally unexpected to me)storm. It was driving rain and high winds, even a thunderstorm. It was the storm that brought all the tornadoes to the south.

Even though they said CT would be marginally affected, I have some storm damage now. I THOUGHT i heard something crash down last night, but in the pitch black I couldn't see anything. The power flickered several times, but stayed on, and I saw nothing on the lawn.

This was the view from my front door a few years ago (sunrise):

It was a large white pine that stood with others along the roadside. One of its two main trunks had been taken down in a prior storm when my neighbor's tree across the street crashed into it. Last night, the one remaining trunk came down and it managed to avoid hitting the power lines, which are directly under these trees, and it also fell in such a way that it only hit my huge burning bush.

Here's the view now:

Kind of like looking at someone who's lost a front tooth.

I know this doesn't look like much, but it's a pretty big tree trunk, probably 18" plus in diameter.

I could see by walking around the huge burning bush that it took some damage by limbs broken under the weight of the white pine.

My neighbors behind me are just getting by, financially. He was laid off from a very high paying job a few years ago and is now driving a school bus.

He doesn't sound thrilled with it. He said the kids are always screaming and carrying on, once there was a fight on the bus and there are so many narrow back roads in town that you can get lost, or get stuck on a narrow cul de sac with no room to turn around.

So I called to see if he'd want to cut the tree up for me and I'd pay him $50/hr. I would think there's a good 4 hours of work there. I just wanted to try to help them; they've been so helpful to me over the years. He said yes, probably next week.

6 Responses to “Storm damage”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    That was kind of you.

    I didn't have any personal damage, but last night I heard a lot of commotion coming from the street perpendicular to mine -- turned out they were cutting down a big tree that had been damaged in the storm. It's a little sad. All our streets are lined with big trees; as you say it's like looking at a lost tooth.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    So sorry you lost a beautiful tree. Glad you weren't hurt!

  3. VS_ozgirl Says:

    That was a very nice thing to do, I'm sure that guy really appreciated your offer.

  4. PatientSaver Says:

    Actually when i talked to the wife first about it she said yeah, go ahead and ask him, we can use the money. When i talked to him, he said you don't have to pay me $50/hr, we don't need charity. He said it in a very nice way but i do find he is more sensitive about appearances, and i spent some time explaining that if i had to hire a professional tree company to cut up the tree, they'd charge me just as much, or more, so who shouldn't it be him? I'd rather help a neighbor. That seemed to satisfy him.

  5. VS_ozgirl Says:

    That was a good point, if you were going to pay someone else that, then why not him?

  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    That's great that you're getting a job done that needs done, and being able to help out a neighbor at the same time.

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