A Linden family is now pondering their next move, after a freak storm yesterday afternoon demolished the kitchen and bathroom, and left the house leaning at a precarious angle.
The owner of the house, Maureen Stoll, of 34 Rainbow City said that she was at work when her neighbour, Gem Chester, called her and said, “Maureen, see how quick you could come home. A tree root out the ground and fall on your house.”
“I then asked her if the fridge and everything fall down? And she said she didn’t know, because she couldn’t go over because of the heavy breeze and rain.”
Stoll said that she immediately went home and saw her kitchen completely destroyed by a mango and a cashew tree which had been uprooted, and crashed into the structure.
The woman said that ever since she noticed the heavy winds, she immediately thought of her children at home.
The woman estimated her losses at approximately $2.5 million. “I had everything in that kitchen– fridge, gas stove washing machine, microwave. Now I don’t even know what gon happen. I can’t even get in there, to see what damage or what. All the toilet bowl and bathroom break up. All the pipes break up, so we can’t even get water. All the food I had in the cupboards fall out and damage.”
Stoll has been a widow for 12 years, and is an employee of Amazon Security Services. She pointed out that she now has nowhere to cook, or no toilet and bathroom facilities. She said that she has been living in the house for the past twenty-five years.
One of Stoll’s sons who was at home at the time of the incident, said that he was cooking, when he felt a vibration in the kitchen after the rain started falling heavily, along with strong winds. I didn’t even finish me pot,” Kevon Stoll added.
“After I feel the vibration, I run out the house, and when I reach outside I see the tree on the kitchen. I didn’t hear anything as the rain was falling real heavy, and breeze was blowing.”
Maureen Stoll lives with her four children.
And at the head of the street, a short distance from where Stoll lives, two other trees were uprooted in an empty lot.
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