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Tree falls on area home during storm

Friday, October 19, 2007

A tree smashed Steve and Leia Ellis’ garage Thursday evening following a storm that passed through the area. The tree also did damage to the Ellis’ home. Jason Moon Photo.
When they heard the thud late Thursday evening, Steven and Leia Ellis both knew what had happened.

The Ellis’ live at 725 N. Ashley St., Brazil. As a storm front blasted through the city late Thursday evening, wind gusts ripped a tree next to their home apart.

“I said, ‘that tree limb fell,’” Steven said Friday morning.

“This happened from the wind,” Leia said, adding it took place at about 10:30 p.m. “I heard it snap and the whole house shook. “It wasn’t a dead tree. There’s a lot of green on it.”

The tree that fell into the Ellis home was on a vacant lot next to their house. It landed on their garage and house. Steven said their back porch is now caved in and siding is dented.

They weren’t the only ones who had trees or large limbs fall on houses Thursday evening.

Brazil Fire Department Capt. Joe Bennett said they received one call regarding fallen trees Thursday.

The call came from Kim Quilliam, 822 N. Indiana St., Brazil. Bennett said a tree collapsed into the home.

Bennett added that several volunteer fire departments across the county spent most of the evening clearing debris from roadways.

Brazil City Street Supervisor Mike Head said the street department spent several hours Thursday evening clearing up debris from city streets.

“It’s just one of those things,” Head said. “We were out until about 2 a.m. It was worse than we thought it was.”

Head said most streets were cleared Thursday evening but some weren’t cleared until Friday morning because the street department was unaware of them.

He added that trees striking houses was not an issue for the street department unless it was a city tree. Then, the street department would contract the work out.

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