Wednesday, July 15, 2009

at least she wasn't outside...

Sunday night, we arrived home from the cottage, with little time to spare before we had to dash out to a funeral home. (father of a friend). The phone was ringing as we dashed in, and it was my Mom. She didn't want to bother us at the cottage, but thought we should know her place was touched by a possible tornado.

Well. That stopped me in my tracks, and I got the info from her. She's fine (if a little freaked out) and the insurance guy was coming Monday to inspect the damage. It seems that the storm hit a towering blue spruce beside her patio, whacking the top 15 feet of it into her roof and down onto her patio.

After assuring us that all was well, we finished up what we needed to do Sunday, then Monday morning I drove out to her place to see the damage first hand, and talk to the insurance guy. (Mom's a widow and feels more comfortable having us handle legal things.)

When I got there, this was what I saw:

(if you click and embiggen, you really get the full effect of this). We don't know the damage to the roof yet (a roofer was going to come this week), if there's any, it's minor, but we're kind of hoping there's enough damage to warrant a new roof. Mom's planning on selling soon, and a new roof would be an added bonus.

Her patio set is somewhere underneath this, and when they cleaned it up, it was discovered that the set is pretty much a write off. I've talked to her insurance, and we will probably end up negating her deductible as payment for a new set.

But really, all that matters is that she's fine, the house is fine, the tree is looking a little funny, but what's left is still about 50 feet high and sturdy. The tree top was cleaned up off the patio later that day, and Mom is feeling better about things.

She's off looking at new patio furniture today. Mom loves to shop...

8 comments:

Needles said...

Thank goodness your mom is ok.

Anonymous said...

Thankful your mom is fine. That happened to a neighbour last month, the wind lopped the top 30 feet of the tree and dropped it down beside their house. Unbelievable!

Anonymous said...

WOW!!!
Glad your mom's okay!!!
Nancy

TracyKM said...

Glad she wasn't outside for sure! Was that last Saturday? We drove through one of the storm cells on the 401 near Ajax. There's a woodlot there that's a mess now. My inlaws street in east Oshawa was also hit hard, and we saw many areas yesterday as we drove around, with trees down like this. It was one of the scariest drives I've had in awhile, so it's very much good she was inside!
Hope she gets a great patio set!

Carol said...

Yikes! That's a dramatic excuse to get a new patio set!

deirdre said...

Hell of a way to justify a shopping trip...

glad she's okay and everything else is intact - where did it hit, and wow, am I glad I was away last week!

KnitTech said...

OMG!! Glad to hear she's fine and everything else was minor.

Acorn to Oak said...

Whew! Glad your mom is ok.