Home built in early 1900s damaged by decades-old tree in Evansville

Home built in early 1900s damaged by decades-old tree in Evansville
Published: Jun. 17, 2022 at 11:36 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 17, 2022 at 7:09 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Near Engelbrecht Orchard, a tree limb has gone through the roof of a home, leaving a hole that’s now leaking through the family’s attic.

Connie Engelbrecht-Almond tells 14 News she was asleep when the house started shaking. She stayed in her bed until it stopped, then she discovered the hole in her roof.

“It sounded like we were in trouble. I mean, the whole house shook, and I knew that wasn’t thunder, and I couldn’t see anything but the limbs in the windows, and then we stared, you know, investigating after we realized that it wasn’t still falling,” said Engelbrecht-Almond.

She says the house was built in the early 1900s, and the tree was planted by her grandfather. Engelbrecht-Almond says she’s sad that it came down, but she’s glad nobody was hurt.

Her son, Dalton Hollander, was asleep in the barn right next to the house when the limb came down. Family was knocking on his windows, trying to wake him up because they thought the entire roof was falling in.

“I didn’t even hear them banging on the window, but I know it was windy, and up on this hill we get we’re like one of the highest points of Evansville other than the church and cemetery,” says Hollander, “so we get a lot of wind. We get all the wind.”

Hollander owns his own business, and one of his employees, Kier Pedersen, was sitting outside waiting to get the work day started.

He actually heard the tree fall.

“I was just watching the wind blow in, and watching all the trees, you know, start swaying over from it blowing so hard,” says Hollander, “and then I hear a big crash. I was like, looking around, so many trees up here, I didn’t even know which one it was.”

Engelbrecht-Almond says the house was built to last back in the early 1900s, and even the tree that the limb came from was planted by her father, so the entire incident hits close to home, but she’s just glad nobody was hurt.

“There’s no damage to us personally, you know it’s all fixable,” says Engelbrecht-Almond, “so, you know, it’s a good thing, but it’s just very inconvenient and scary.”

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