Families left homeless, trees down, many without power after storms

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by Claudia Coffey

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 26, 2011 at 8:40 AM

Updated Thursday, May 26 at 5:20 PM

(WHAS11) - In the metro area there are reports of trees down, people without power and in Okolona seven families are homeless after high winds uprooted a tree and sent it smashing into an apartment complex.

Residents at Oldham Square Apartments are packing up and heading for a drier safer place to live.

"You could feel the building shake," said resident Gregory Wallace.

Gregory Wallace is among a number of residents here who felt their apartment move when a massive tree was uprooted and came down on several units. There was extensive damage in Kelly Diaz's bedroom, a room that her two children were sleeping in when the tree came down.

 "Me and my husband were sitting on the couch and we heard a big crash, glass shatter and then we heard the kids scream so we ran in grabbed them and ran out and saw that the whole ceiling had collapsed," said Diaz.

Further out in Okolona, there was more damage and close calls. A tree narrowly missed Sheldon Dobson's kennel.

"We started hearing the wind pick up and then we heard this loud crash out back, came out back. Thought initially it was just the top of the tree that fell over and broke off cause it was dark," said Dobson.

The tree tore through his shed, landed on his neighbor's garage and ripped part of the roofline. Plenty of damage but luckily no one was hurt.

"If a tree that big would have fallen on a house you'd probably lose somebody," said Dobson.

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