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High winds blow top of tree off, damage home

by Matt Marquardt –

MASON CITY – Sharon Larue wasn’t home late Sunday afternoon, and she’s glad she wasn’t.

High winds, causing mischief throughout the area, blew the top of her neighbor’s tree off.  It landed on her house at 620 South Polk Place, snapped in half, and came to rest in her front yard and driveway.

“I’m just glad I was gone, that’s where I usually sit,” Sharon said, pointing to a broken window, courtesy of the tree.

Her neighbor at 624 South Polk Place, who owns the tree, was busy calling and trying to make arrangements to have the tree removed.

A man from across the street offered to get his chain saw and start cutting up the debris if the neighbor couldn’t find anyone to do it Sunday.

Damage seemed to be confined to scrapped up siding, a broken window and snapped railing on the front deck.  Wires to a satellite dish were pulled out as well.

Sharon’s car, still in her garage, was totally blocked by the tree.  “I need to be able to get out in a hurry.  When I wanna go, I wanna go,” she said.

Top of tree at 624 South Polk Place snapped off and fell…

and landed on 620 South Polk Place



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