Tree smashes Auburn couple's cars, damages home - WRBL

Tree smashes Auburn couple's cars, damages home

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AUBURN, Ala. -

With some places around Lee County seeing four or five inches of rain over the last few days, potential flooding and storm damage is a concern.

An Auburn couple had a tree fall on their cars because of the heavy rains.

Limbs and debris were being moved at one Auburn home Friday morning. The residents were home when a big tree fell in their yard on Debardeleben Street

"We were inside yesterday about 2 o'clock and we just heard a huge crack and a huge bang," said Auburn resident Justin Puder. "We just ran to the other side of the house as quickly as we could."

Nobody was hurt, but Puder and his fiancé's cars were crushed by the tree.

"It landed right on top of both of our cars," said Puder. "They are smashed up now, probably totaled. And the thing is, we are supposed to get married next week down in St. Augustine, Florida. So, kind of stuck in the rain on that one."

The tree was dying, but they didn't know it was rotting at its core.

 "These trees have a lot of age on them," said John Upton, owner of Hall's Tree Service. "You can try your best to do it, but, a lot of these trees will have issues on the inside that you will not see."

When you have such prolonged rain, it can weigh down the trees, and that is when they can fall.

Puder and his soon to be wife have rented the house for a year and a half. They plan to live there for at least another year.

"The house, we lost the little front porch, the hangover," Puder said. "They are going to replace the roof. The funny thing, the roof is only three weeks old. So, that has already got holes in it.

The tree company that is cleaning up the mess says if this happens to you; make sure you have a contractor with the right credentials.

"Definitely the work comp," Upton said. "Homeowners need to understand, if somebody gets hurt on their job, it's coming back on them and not their contractor."

Puder says the wedding will still go on in Florida next week, and they are thankful.

"That's the important thing, that we are all okay," said Puder. "We feel blessed on this day. This will be a story we tell our grandkids for sure.

The Auburn fire department helped move the tree Thursday. Hall's Tree Service says they only had two cleanup jobs since the rain began earlier this week.


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