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Moment tree fell on Milwaukie home: “We thought it was an earthquake”

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The tree that crashed onto the home April Correa rents in Milwaukie. The tree that crashed onto the home April Correa rents in Milwaukie.
The damage to the bedroom shared by her two daughters. The damage to the bedroom shared by her two daughters.
MILWAUKIE, OR (KPTV) -

The rain and wind storm that whipped through the Portland metro area Tuesday evening sent part of a large tree crashing onto a Milwaukie home, damaging the bedroom shared by two young sisters, ages 8 and 10.

“We heard a big crack, some kind of boom,” renter April Correa told Fox 12.  “The whole house shook, we thought it was an earthquake.  That was my first thought: is there an earthquake?  I heard things breaking, falling off the walls in the living room.”

It wasn’t until her 10-year-old daughter Arielle ran upstairs to check on her bedroom that April realized what happened.

The impact of the tree damaged the bedroom Arielle shares with her 8-year-old sister, Angelique.   It tore a hole in the ceiling, sending debris across the floor and cracks through the walls.

“I saw all this on the ground,” Arielle said, pointing to the debris.  “I got all scared because I was worried the roof was going to fall, or the tree was going to fall through and go in my mom’s room too.”

“I was afraid the ceiling was going to cave in on us,” April added.

The mother of five was also worried about the bedroom on the other side of the house.  It’s the nursery she just finished for her new baby, due in January.

Luckily, it wasn’t damaged.

“I was afraid that all of my hard work in painting this room would be gone before he could even spend his first night in it,” she laughed.

But this isn’t the first hardship her family has endured.

They moved into the home on River Road in March, after losing everything they owned in a house fire in Longview back in December.

Despite the string of bad luck, April’s counting her blessings; nobody was hurt back then, and nobody is hurt now.

“If it would have been a little bit later the girls definitely would have been up here,” she said.  “I’m just so thankful they weren’t.”

The landlord and insurance adjuster will be taking a closer look at the damage to determine how much of the roof structure needs to be repaired or replaced.

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