Tree crashes through home: “God was watching over us”

Posted at 8:06 PM, May 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-19 21:06:25-04

A Ville Platte woman says, “God was watching over us” after a tree crashed through her home.

Ashley Godeaxu and her significant other say it’s by the grace of God they didn’t die.

“I really did not think we were coming out of here alive,” said Godeaux.

This morning, her phone went off with an emergency alert, but she ignored it. Moments later, her dog was waking her up.

“The corner of my bed, the ceiling fan is sitting on it,” Godeaux said. “I was sleeping where this insulation is. The rafters and the fan were on top of me. I had to push my way out of this in the dark.”

Godeaux said she tried calling 911, but the rain and hail was coming in and she could not unlock her cell phone.

“If this isn’t a sign, I don’t know what would be. How am I even standing here. We probably shouldn’t even be in here,” Godeaux said.

Governor John Bel Edwards and Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine toured Godeaux’s home. They were shocked everyone is alive.

Godeaux said she was able to salvage some priceless memories and a few other essentials.

“This could have been a tragedy way worse than losing my house. Even though I have nothing right now, at least I’m still alive,” said Godeaux.

If you’d like to help Godeaux, there is a GoFundMe setup. You can donate by clicking here.

Here’s our 5:30 PM storm coverage: