LaGRANGE — A storm that moved through Troup County on Thursday didn’t cause widespread damage, but one woman reported that her car was severely damaged when a tree limb fell on it.
Cora Walker said she was inside her house in the 1900 block of Hamilton Road when she heard the limb fall.
“I was laying in bed and my dog kept running back and forth from my door back to my room trying to tell me something was wrong,” said Walker. “I got up and that’s when I noticed what had happened. Luckily, it didn’t look like there was any damage to my home.”
The limb fell directly on top of her Nissan Altima, while one large branch punctured the center of the windshield. The limb’s impact also shattered the rear windshield of the car. LaGrange police officers arrived to find the tree resting on top of the car.
“I guess these trees have gotten so weak from all of the rain we have been getting that they just broke,” said Walker.
The home is surrounded by towering oak and pine trees. Walker said that she fears more falling limbs could pose a serious threat to herself and her neighbors.
Another large broken limb was visible in the yard next door to Walker’s home where she said another large tree branch had fallen Saturday.
According to the Southern Group of State Foresters’ website, homeowners are recommended to contact a certified arborist to assess their trees for safety and health and determine if they are at risk of toppling. The group also notes that county extension offices can conduct soil tests that can help a homeowner determine if and how a potentially weak tree can be revitalized to lessen chances of it breaking.
The group also recommends homeowners immediately call their insurance providers if there is structural, vehicular or property damage to file claims; and not attempt to remove leaning trees or large branches on roofs.
Donny Karr is a reporter at LaGrange Daily News. He may be reached at 706-884-7311, ext. 2154.