Little Rock Family survives fallen tree

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A Little Rock family counts their blessings this week. A massive tree fell onto their home on Katherine Street late Sunday night, and not a single person was injured.

As the sun thaws Central Arkansas to a sense of normalcy the remnants of winter's strength remind Regina Brooks of what really matters.

"It's a blessing for us to be alive, and that's just one of God's prayers that he answered," said Brooks.

Likely the weight of ice caused a massive tree, between 60 and 80 feet tall, to fall across Brooks' home late Sunday night.

"My daughter was screaming and I got up to go to her room to see what was going on and we noticed a hole in the roof," said Brooks.

The tree only damaged the roof and didn't leave a scratch on the family.

Even though the tree fell from a vacant lot beside Brooks' house the city is not picking up the tab. The owner damaged property where the tree fell will have to pay for repairs.

"The city will only remove the part of the tree that's on the public property," said Eric Petty of Little Rock Public Works.

In most cases the owner of the damaged property pays for repairs unless there is proof a neighbor failed to maintain the tree in question. Most of the time weather related issues do not apply.

Life goes on for Brooks. Her landlord will take care of the tree in the next couple of days. She'll continue to take in winter's reminder right off her front porch.

"Every time I come out I just thank the Lord because it's just a scary sight to even see," said Brooks.


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