Posted at: 09/18/2012 11:12 PM
| Updated at: 09/19/2012 9:58 AM
By: Dan Bazile
CLIFTON PARK -- A shed in Chris Hodgens's backyard in Clifton Park was no match for the roots of a gigantic oak tree that came crashing down. Torrential rains that came down in buckets combined with the wind, uprooted the tree and left a massive crater behind Hodgens's home on Haystack Road. It was part of another tree with a crack in between that fell first in the other direction.
"Then we heard that. We came out and looked. While we were standing there looking, we noticed the other tree started, we heard something move," Hodgens said.
Hodgens's neighbor, Dan Fogg, went to take a closer look at the first fallen tree when he heard her yelling to get out of the way.
"Then all of a sudden she yelled that here comes the rest of it," Fogg said. "I swear she said here it comes before I heard any sound. Once she said that and we started to move, I could hear a cracking behind us."
Luckily they both got out of the way in the nick of time with the tree falling squarely in between their homes and narrowly missing them. They're still working to assess the extent of the damage.
"I mean it hit the corner of our deck and their fence, otherwise, it went right in between. It's wide. It's very wide," Hodgens said.
"Very lucky. It's a miracle the way it fell and the little bit of damage that it did," Fogg stated.