Family's horror run continues

THE Brown family of Upper Orara has again been hit by bad luck and the destructive force of Mother Nature.

Josh Brown and Leeanda Angus thought their devastating run with the elements was over after two floods in six months struck their home last year.

That was before yesterday, when the strong wind gusts uprooted a large elm tree and sent it crashing down on the carport, flattening their back verandah.

“I moved the car thinking there would be hail from the storm. It looks like the car has saved the house by propping up the carport and breaking the fall of the tree. It’s good in one way, but bad in another,” Josh said.

“The timing couldn’t be worse, losing the car this close to Christmas with two young kids. Sometimes you just wonder what’s next.

Next door, Josh’s parents Rex and Reidena Brown were thanking their lucky stars after a pine tree split and fell onto their roof, just above their bedroom.

Mr Brown said it looks like a wire boundary fence and an outdoor balcony, finished just days ago, softened the blow of the falling tree.

“When you look at the length of the tree, a few more inches longer and it could have come down through the ceiling right on top of us in bed,” Mr Brown said.

“I’ve seen thunderstorms, plenty of rain, but this was a climax, the strongest winds I’ve seen in 18 years here.”

The couple only realised what had happened under torchlight, after the power went out earlier in the night.

“We heard a loud bang. It was frightening, absolutely frightening,” Mrs Brown said.

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