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Tree falls onto Boise house

Posted: 11:43 AM, Mar 21, 2018
Updated: 2018-03-22 05:22:09Z
Tree falls onto Boise house
Tree falls onto Boise house
Tree falls onto Boise house
Tree falls onto Boise house
Tree falls onto Boise house

A large tree fell onto a house in Boise’s North End neighborhood Wednesday morning, causing what appears to be extensive roof damage.

Boise resident, Diane Shelton is lucky to be alive after waking up to the sound of a tree crashing into her home.

"It was absolutely the biggest sound I've heard that close," Shelton said.

At first, she didn't know what to make of the loud noise.

 "And I could hear someone saying Diane, Diane and it was the neighbor wanting to know if I was in the house," Shelton added.

When she and her dog, Aunt Jo, walked out her back door, they found their house surrounded by first responders and neighbors.

"It's very sad. I guess I am still in shock," Shelton said.

Diane was surprised but said she had an eye on that tree for a while. 

"There was quite a bit of a slant towards the house," Shelton said.

She said she called the City of Boise on numerous occasions to report the tree and asked for it to be removed. 

 "They thought it was okay each time, telling me that the root system is compensating for the slant as it was supposed to be going underneath and making it balanced," Shelton said.

The city spent hours trying to assess the situation.

"Underground there was some root decay which weakens the structure of the tree, and I don't know if it was the wind or bad luck that the tree went over today," Brian Jorgenson, City Forester for the City of Boise.

The city decided to cut the tree out piece by piece to avoid any further damages. 

Shelton said her family house was built back in 1938 and is likely destroyed.