Storm tree damages house
A BILAMBIL Heights couple spent most of early yesterday trying to sleep in their car after heavy rain caused a tree to collapse on their house on Sunday night.
Jaron and Lauren Bull were woken just after midnight on Sunday to the sound of the tree slowly uprooting before coming to rest on the roof of their two-storey Broadwater Esplanade house.
It was one of a dozen rain-related call-outs placed to the State Emergency Service (SES) throughout the Tweed Shire, after as much as 150mm of rain was dumped in a 24-hour period.
“We could hear the roots slowly giving way as it moved closer and closer to the house over a couple of hours,” Mr Bull, 28, said.
“We’re just thankful it didn’t give out and fall on us. It happened very slowly.
“I don’t think much of the house would be left if it had just collapsed in one go.”
Mr Bull said the tree, which came to a rest on the roof above the couple’s bedroom, forced them to move to the other side of the house, where they called the SES.
“They (SES) arrived and said it would probably be safer for us to sleep in the car for the rest of the night. We’re thankful for them for showing up,” he said.
The large gum tree was yesterday resting alongside the house.
One of the tree’s large branches had shattered the bathroom skylight.
No other damage had been detected yesterday.
The Tweed Heads branch of the SES responded to the call about midnight.
Country Energy was also called in to assist by switching off the power so the tree could be removed.
Both Tweed Heads and Murwillumbah SES branches received numerous call-outs on Sunday.