Communities clean up after Thursday’s storms

(WTNH/ Kent Pierce)

MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– You will likely hear plenty of chainsaws around Connecticut Friday. Many communities around the state are cleaning up after Mother Nature’s fury Thursday.

The one place with the most damage was probably a house on Lindy Street in Milford. High winds brought down a big tree right onto the rood Thursday afternoon. The homeowner says the timing was terrible, except for the one way it was very good.

“I heard a crack and a bang and two seconds later, there was a tree about 5 feet from me in the house,” said Ryan Crowley, who was home with his wife and 7 year-old stepson at the time. They had been making improvements to their house including, just yesterday, finishing putting on a new roof.

“The roofers had just left about 3 hours, 4 hours prior to the tree falling on our brand new roof,” Crowley said.

That seemed like cruel timing until Crowley said his wife stepson were in another room and were not hurt due to the fact that room where the tree hit was not done yet.

“In about 3 weeks, we would have been done painting, the furniture would have been back in and we would have been sitting in that room watching TV,” Crowley said. “So if it was going to come down, this was the best time for it to come down.”

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Right behind Crowley’s house is a construction project. It has been very controversial in the neighborhood because it involved cutting down a bunch of trees to build low income housing. Crowley and some of his neighbors tell News8 that removing all those trees and grading the ground may have made it easier for this tree to blow over in yesterday’s storm.

“He managed to remove all the roots that supported that tree on his side of the property,” Crowley said. “The only thing that was holding it up was nothing.”

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As the tree experts brought in bigger and bigger equipment to remove the tree, they recommend that everyone get their trees checked if they are near the house.

“If they’re real close, have someone take a look at them, make sure that they’re not cracked or anything like that, and just have someone come out and take a look at them,” said Dave McAllister of Ron’s Tree Removal.

All that new construction and renovation, now turning to demolition, but the Crowley family says they will rebuild.

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