No one hurt as tree crushes Kannapolis home

  • Posted: Monday, April 29, 2013 3:55 p.m.
    UPDATED: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 12:39 a.m.
A fallen tree sits on a home at East 23rd St. after heavy rainfall likely caused the tree to uproot about 2:30 a.m. Monday morning.
A fallen tree sits on a home at East 23rd St. after heavy rainfall likely caused the tree to uproot about 2:30 a.m. Monday morning.

KANNAPOLIS — No one was hurt when a large tree crushed part of a home on East 23rd Street Monday morning.

Fire officials said the tree was likely uprooted due to excessive rain over the last two days.

Kannapolis Fire Public Information Officer Maria Bostian said crews were called about 3:20 a.m. after the hardwood slammed into the back left corner of the home.

Neighbor Gary Childers said the family appeared shaken up, but no was reported injured.

Childers’ home was also clipped by the tree. He said his roof was leaking Monday morning.

But for Childers, the experience was just a fraction of what his neighbors must have experienced.

“The only thing I heard was the tree limb brushing up against the side of my house and the window,” Childers said.

He said the family of four came to his house following the collapse.

“It just came right out of the ground,” Childers said.

Rowan County Emergency Management Services Director Frank Thomason said only one other home was damaged due to the torrential downpours.

A home on Woodland Drive in Rockwell was struck by a falling tree but the severity of damage wasn’t immediately known.

“I believe both of them were a result of the ground being saturated for the last 24 to 48 hours,” Thomason said Monday.

Rowan County got about 2.44 inches over a 48-hour period, according to the National Weather Service.

Larry Lee, a meteorologist at the Greer, S.C., office, said Rowan County should see drier weather in the coming days.

“We don’t see anymore significant rain coming,” Lee said. “And the chances of any strong wind are virtually nil over the next few days.”

Residents in Rowan County have a chance of seeing dense fog this morning — but the rest of the day should be mostly sunny with highs in the mid-70s this afternoon.

Contact reporter Nathan Hardin at 704-797-4246.

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