Posted: Aug 18, 2012 5:45 PM by Erika Flores
Updated: Aug 18, 2012 10:39 PM
NOGALES-Imagine eating breakfast inside your home, and then all of a sudden you hear a 100-year-old tree rip from its roots and inch towards your home.
The storm that brought more than four inches of rain in less than 24 hours did just that.
The Morales family is devastated by what has happened, but they said they feel blessed that they all made it out safe and sound.
"We were in here and then all of a sudden, we hear a loud bang on the roof," said Maria Morales.
When Morales saw what was coming their way, she said she grabbed her mom and took her outside to safety.
"It was a very scary moment...very scary," she said.
That experience now has neighbors getting to work on their trees.
"That's why we're cutting down these trees so that nothing bad will happen to the people in those houses," said a neighbor.
This tree was in another neighbor's yard, and as it got soaked with water, it just kept tipping over until it couldn't stand any longer.
Now, they're concerned the tree could fall into the street or cause more damage to the home.
For now, the family is staying at a hotel.
"We just got out with whatever we had on," said Rosario Morales, the owner of the home.
They said their insurance company told them they'd have to wait until Monday for an adjuster to assess the damage.
"We are frustrated and mad because then what are the insurances for?" said Rosario.
Allstate tells us they are assessing the situation as best they can with the resources they have.
This is their complete statement:
The family said they hope soon they can once again call this damaged house their home.
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