By Justin Schmidt, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -
A metro family is counting their blessings after a tree came crashing down on top of them.
The huge tree cracked right through the trunk and fell on a little house next door in the area of South Ninth Street and Shawnee Avenue. A big branch smashed right through the roof into the living room.
The homeowner, Nicky Dominguez, was inside with her four young children, who were all taking a nap, when it happened about 2:30 p.m. She said she is lucky no one inside was hurt.
The tree appeared to be rotted out at the base and a wind advisory was in affect Saturday.
The tree was on a neighbor's property, and that homeowner rushed over to cut down some of the branches and patch up the roof.
"It knocked down all the guttering. Now there is a hole in the middle of the house," Dominguez said.
Her neighbors and plenty of friends say they were happy to break out the chainsaws Sunday and get to work.
"Times are tough. We have the means to help. It is partly our responsibility. It was our tree, even though we couldn't help anything that happened. We still feel we can come out and help, get it removed, and get the roof water tight so it doesn't leak," Jordan Newlon said.
Chris Holst says seeing what the wind can do gives him a new respect for Mother Nature.
"It is a crazy thing when trees come down wherever they want, and trying to get them off is a little difficult," Jordan Newlon said.
Once the smaller branches came off, the biggest challenge was the trunk and how to clear it safely.
"It was very sweet of people to act like that when people are in need," Dominguez said. "Now I can go to sleep and feel like something is not going to cave in on me on the house."
Dominguez said she still doesn't know how she will pay for the repairs to the house. She doesn't have homeowner's insurance and she's turning to family to figure out what to do next.
"We don't even have money right now to pay for all this. I start my job Monday so I don't know what I'm going to do," she said through tears.
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