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Wind sends tree into St. Martin Parish home

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Posted at 3:34 PM, Jun 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-07 22:40:14-04

ARNAUDVILLE — Strong winds sent part of a tree into a St. Martin Parish home last night.

Owner Robert Tesch tells us that it was about 11 p.m. Saturday when he heard and felt the strong winds battering his home. He was dozing in his recliner when he felt a strong gust of wind, heard a crack and then saw part of his 50-year-old tree coming through the roof.

"I was about five feet over that way from it, " Tesch says. "(I was) scared as hell for one. Because I didn't know where to go, not at that point."

He says after the tree fell, he ran to the back door, then the floor shifted on him, causing him to run the other way.

"All of a sudden, this came through the roof, I went running towards the kitchen, and the floor came up, so I started going towards the bathroom, I didn't know which way to go," Tesch said.

The tree not only destroyed the home, but a piece of his family's history. Tesch says the home was built in the 1940s as a honeymoon cottage for his in-laws. Then in the 1980s he and his wife moved in.

"It's all just sentimental value, something we raised the kids in, we didn't want to lose it, but if it happens, it happens," Tesch said.

Now they are left with a difficult decision.

"I'm not going to be able to do anything to salvage it, I mean it can be salvaged but it is going to be a lot of work. So we will probably tear the house down, I'd hate to," Tesch said.

Tesch and his dog escaped unharmed, as did his cats. He also says, he lives across the street but stays in the cottage sometimes so it doesn't look empty and attract vandals.

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