Terror as tree smashes house


Sarah Staples

A FAMILY home in West Felton may need to be demolished after a 40-foot oak tree crashed through the roof.
As storms battered large parts of Shropshire at the weekend the tree fell through the house on Nursery Close at 9.30am on Sunday while Ian Stokes and his family were inside.
The ceiling of the upstairs bathroom and a bedroom collapsed while the ceiling of the dining room at the back of the house also fell in.
Mr Stokes, 51, said: “I was just getting dressed and it felt like the whole house was rumbling and I couldn’t gather what it was.
“Then my wife screamed ‘the tree has fallen on the house’. I was so shocked to see it, my son’s room was just covered by the tree so I couldn’t see if he was in there.”
His 12-year-old son, Henry, had left the room just two minutes before the tree fell and was downstairs with Mr Stokes’ wife and seven-year-old daughter.
Mr Stokes, who has lived in the house since July 2012, said: “We were told to gather our valuables, lock the house and get out. So we got our passports, jewellery and all our documents and went to my sister’s place.
“You just think it’s never going to happen to you. We might have to have the house knocked down and rebuilt,” he added
One of the family cars was also damaged when broken roof tiles and branches fell off the roof onto the driveway.
The family are staying with Mr Stokes’ sister while alternative accommodation is arranged.
The oak tree was in a neighbour’s garden and fell across the Stokes’ back garden and into their home.
Mr Stokes said he had never considered the tree falling into their home.
He said: “It wasn’t even a windy day when it happened. But it could be that the ground has softened after the rain we have had recently.
“I hope the insurance company send a structural engineer to check the house and they need to re-home us too.
“Our neighbours have been great to us, just after it happened one neighbour came and told us to take the kids over to their house.”
l Meanwhile the region continues to battle severe weather conditions.
The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning in Melverley as levels of the River Vyrnwy remain high at Llanymynech and Crew Green.
The Severn Vyrnwy confluence continues to be on flood alert and the Environment Agency warns of flooding to roads from Melverley Green to Maesbrook, Cae Howel to Edgerley, Ponthen to Cae Howel, Melverley to Melverley Green and Ponthen to Melverley.

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