One couple is encouraging their neighbors to get the trees around their house checked after one fell on top of their home Saturday. The Hattiesburg Fire Department responded to the 400 block of S. 36th Avenue just after 5: 00 p.m. where they found a tree toppled on a roof.
The Hattiesburg Fire Department responded to a house in the 400 block of S. 36th Avenue where a tree fell on a home after heavy rain and wind came through the area. @wdam #WDAM7 pic.twitter.com/scQ3YeiYpA— ShakariSBriggs (@ShakariSBriggs) May 26, 2018
“Just as a warning to other people that live in this neighborhood--- look at your trees or get a tree man to assess them,” said Linda Meylan. “That’s what we had done recently and he told me this tree was aging out.”
Meylan and her husband, Maurice, were inside the home when the incident occurred. Shortly before, heavy rain and wind moved through the area.
They say a neighbor told them the news, which prompted both to run out of the house with their dog Trinket.
“I wasn’t really alerted to anything that was going on,” said Maurice Meylan who was in the back bedroom at the time. “My wife let me know there was a very big tree that fell on our house.”
When both finally got outside to see the sight, they say it was a surreal feeling. The Meylan’s are the second homeowners in their area to have a tree fall on their property.
“The folks next door had something similar happen to them, but it was more between our houses,” Maurice Meylan said. “So, it was something that was unexpected, but because something like it happened in the recent past, I wasn’t terribly surprised.”
The Meylan’s have lived in their home since 1982 and say it's the first time they’ve experienced a “fiasco” such as this one.
“This neighborhood, from Hardy Street on back, is an old neighborhood,” said Linda Meylan. “The trees are aging out. They’re not Redwood’s--- meant to live 1,000 years. You got to prune your trees, which we never paid attention through all the tornados and everything.”
Even though they have taken down quite a few trees around their home, the Meylan’s are planning on removing more following the accident. A tree expert is expected to extract the tree from their roof on Tuesday.
“The electricity is still good,” she said. “There’s no sparks flying anywhere. It’s in tact. We’re not leaking at this moment unless Alonzo (Alberto) or whoever it is (is) coming up from the Gulf Coast.”
Maurice says despite the damage to their home, he's grateful his family is safe.
“After looking at what happened, it just seemed to be something that we’re going to have to get repaired,” he said. “But, the house is still livable and so, it could’ve been worst.”