Family count themselves lucky after tree smashes through house
One family were given a wakeup call to forget yesterday after a tree fell through their house after a savage storm ripped through Croydon and the south of England.
Mahesh Jambunathan and his wife Shobana were given quite a shock when a Beech tree smashed into their house.
It caused damage to the living room and bedroom windows as well as leaving a thick branch sticking through their porch ceiling.
The couple, who live in Chepstow Rise near Sandilands with their two daughters, were making at coffee at 6.15 am when they heard a loud bang.
Mr Jambunathan, who works as an I.T manager, said it sounded like an explosion and when he went to the front of the house he found the windows smashed and a branch sticking through the ceiling.
Some of the guttering at the top of the house was also damaged.
Croydon Council and the fire brigade were called to move the tree as it was difficult for the family to get out of the house.
The 43-year-old added he was thankful nobody was hurt and said the damage was repairable.
He said: “It sounded like a huge explosion. There was glass everywhere and when I went into the porch there was a branch sticking through.
“The kids were nervous when it happened but they are ok now.
“It is the first time something like this has happened to me but I have seen worse things happen to other people so I can count myself lucky.”
Residents in Grange Road, Upper Norwood, were also faced with a difficult task on Monday as cars were damaged by falling trees.
In last week’s Croydon Guardian it was reported four families are facing homelessness as the Metropolitan Police take back control of the Southbank building, which has been leased to the Crown Housing Association.
The families have been trying to move out by October 30 but trees damaged and trapped many of the resident’s cars.
Tina Hussien, one of those trying to put her belongings into storage, said: “We have an even bigger problem now. Cars are badly damaged or squashed in.
“We only have today and tomorrow to take our belongings out and although we have moved some things we still have the heavy stuff to go. We are all in a state of shock.”
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