Stephanie Barford had a tree fall on her flat.
Stephanie Barford had a tree fall on her flat. Sharyn O'Neill

Big tree damages city unit

STEPHANIE Barford was relaxing in her lounge room watching television when she heard a loud crack.

In the middle of torrential rain and gusty winds, a large tree fell on the roof of her public housing unit in Rockhampton, tearing down the powerlines.

"I think my cat jumped out of its skin," she said.

After investigating what had caused the noise, she said she called the emergency services.

"I was on my own," she said.

"They told me to stay put because of the live wires. I couldn't get out."

Trapped in her own home, she had to wait until firefighters and police arrived.

She said police officers had to kick a hole in a fence in the backyard for her to crawl through.

Luckily, her next door neighbour was home and she was able to stay there while crews worked to disconnect the power.

She said there was a lot of structural damage.

"I moved in last October," she said.

"I was just settling in … now I've got a tree house."

She believed it would take some time to repair the structural damage.

"It's shaken me up," she said.

 

 



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