Families Picking Up The Pieces After Tree Falls Onto 2 Homes In Oakmont

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Many are cleaning up after vicious winds toppled trees onto roads, power lines and homes throughout western Pennsylvania on Friday.

One of the major incidents was in Oakmont, where a large tree crashed into two homes.

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It was a close call for a married couple who lives in one of the homes on 13th Street. They were one room away from where the tree came down after it hit the neighbor’s house.

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“We heard a noise like I had never heard. It just sounded like the whole house was imploding,” said Dorothy Nixon.

It was a normal morning for Nixon and her husband. She said they were upstairs in the front bedroom when they heard the ear-splitting noise of the tree falling.

“We ran out into the hallway and I noticed all of the ceramic on the floor in the one bathroom. And when I went to walk in, I was so stunned. I didn’t realize there was a big log coming through the roof,” said Nixon.

The Nixons have called the house home since 1974. Now they have extensive damage on their roof, a hole exposing their back bedroom and their two vehicles were totaled.

Their next-door neighbors will also have repairs to make to their home. There was serious damage to the roof and side of the home.

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No one was injured.

Flaherty’s Tree Service crews spent much of Friday cleaning up in the Nixon’s backyard.

A spokesperson said it was a dangerous situation when crews first arrived. Duquesne Light had to go to the scene before anything could be cleared because active power lines came down with the tree. Officials said a crane may have to be used to remove the tree.

“Very scary, you know I’m standing here talking to you and feeling OK. But I know inside I’m not okay,” Nixon said.

Even after the terrifying and destructive day, the Nixons feel lucky to be alive.

“The wind was so loud. It was unbelievable. I had no idea what was happening, but we’re OK,” Nixon said.

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A Flaherty’s Tree Service spokesperson said the company had to respond to many wind-related emergencies on Friday.