Wind-blown tree awakens homeowner, puts hole in roof
Camden — When a strong wind brought down half of a large pine tree in his yard about 2 a.m. Thursday, April 24, “it shook the whole house,” Wayne Pendleton said.
“I thought it was lightning, but I didn't see any flash.”
Some smaller limbs from another tree came down on the power lines near his home, but did not cause him to lose power, he said. However, one branch went through the roof into Pendleton's attic. He said it did no damage other than making a hole in the roof.
He has lived in the house at 118 Mechanic St. for 30 years, and grew up in the house next door. He had never experienced something like what happened in the early hours of Thursday, he said. Faced with a day of dealing with Central Maine Power to get the limbs off the wires and calling his insurance company about the hole in his roof, Pendleton was philosophical.
Noting that he will be able to burn the wood from the tree that crashed into his yard, he said, “At least there's some good come out of it.”
Sarah E. Reynolds is copy editor for the Courier Gazette and Camden Herald.
Sarah E. Reynolds has been a reporter and writer for more than 20 years, winning awards from the Maine Press Association and other professional organizations. She loves to read, ride her ATV and play word games.