June 13, 2017 07:59 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- A close call for a local family who was inside their home when recent storms caused a tree to fall on their roof.
Deanna Schnell, a mother of four says they're all just lucky to be alive.
"We heard this loud boom or shaking of the house. It really felt like an earthquake. I didn't know what was happening," said Deanna.
Jesse Astorino with Astorino’s Tree Service says the results could have been deadly.
"Could have been fatalities yesterday if they were standing anywhere in that house through the basement, anywhere," said Jesse.
Scary moments for Deanna who says this 75 to 100-year-old tree fell in her son's bedroom.
"He had just come out of his bedroom when that happened cause we are going downstairs. I have a little playroom down there," said Deanna.
There are things to look for in trees to prevent something like this from happening to you.
"When you start seeing signs of like holes in trees or a lot of dead branches or mushrooms or fungus growing on the base or any signs that don't look normal you know, I'd contact an arborist or local tree service," said Jesse.
While you can't fully prevent Mother Nature from having her way, you can take steps to lighten the blow.
"70, 80-mile an hour winds are gonna take anything down, but if it's properly trimmed you got a better chance of it surviving the wind versus if it's in decline," added Jesse.
As for the Schnell family, so far damages to the home are estimated to be in the $50,000 range but they are still trying to stay positive.
"We were hugging quite a bit yesterday you know counting our blessings cause it could have been worse, could have been a lot worse," said Deanna.
Created: June 13, 2017 07:59 PM
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