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Close call!

Family counts lucky stars

Caprice Woodall and her family were shaken Wednesday when a massive mahogany tree, on a neighbouring property, fell on their Britton’s Hill, St Michael home and motor vehicle.

Woodall and residents of the area believe it was the strong winds which came with Tropical Storm Matthew that caused the old tree to fall on a section of the house, owned by her father.

The mahogany tree that fell on Caprice Woodall’s house and car yesterday during the storm.

The mahogany tree that fell on Caprice Woodall’s house and car yesterday during the storm.

The incident happened around 3 p.m.

When Barbados TODAY visited the home, a composed Woodall was busy discussing plans with representatives from insurance companies. How and when the huge tree would be removed, was among the issues being determined.

The 33-year-old said she was yet to see the extent to which the car was damaged because a large part of the tree was still on it. She indicated that the roof and wall of the garage were partially damaged and water was leaking in as a result.

“It happened so suddenly,” said the mother of a seven-year-old daughter, who was in the house at the time. She said when she heard the loud crack, she immediately knew what it was, recalling a similar incident in which another mahogany tree which was planted nearby, had also fallen about three years ago, but did not damage any property.

“It happened so quickly. I just heard a loud crack and it was down. But we are more than grateful because it could have been a lot worse. We are thanking God that it was not any worse,” she explained.

“My daughter was a little scared when it happened but she is good now. She was scared because she was in the house and just heard this loud noise,” she said.

What was puzzling about the incident, Woodall said, was that even though she has lived at that location all of her life, her family did not have a clue as to who owned the property where the tree stood.

“It has been there for maybe a 100 years as somebody was saying. To me it started to rot a little bit for a while now. But right now I am just trying to put things in place with the insurance companies,” she said.

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