Sacramento Storm Damage Hits Home, Literally

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Gold DRE #00697006

 Sacramento Storm DamageFriday

Friday morning started out like any other Friday, except instead of waking up because a cat was in my face meowing at 6 AM, the howling winds outside my bedroom window jolted me awake. I stumbled into the kitchen to turn on the coffee pot, prepared a bowl of food for my sick cat and hit the power button on my computer. The rain was pounding the roof and wind rattled my windows. I reached into the kitchen sink for a spoon when my eye caught a looming figure in the still dark yard moving rapidly toward me.

Bang. Thud. And all the lights in the kitchen went out. Everything in the house stopped humming and my back-up battery on my computer began to squeal. I squinted through the darkness to try to make out what was on my deck.

It was my 30-foot beech tree. Ripped apart six-feet from the base, and its canopy had slammed on top of my roof! Leaves and limbs and twigs were scattered everywhere.

"Honey," I called for my husband, "You better get up."

I called a client whose family owns a tree service. They were booked solid. I called a contractor who referred me to Land Park Tree Service, a company that takes care of many trees on the lots of Land Park homes. Fortunately, the tree dude was only a few blocks away. He arrived, looked out my kitchen window at the looming mass filling my deck and roof and said, "I have to get a haircut. I'll be back in two hours."

Three hours went by. I called Land Park Tree dude again. Oh, somebody else needed his help on a bigger job, so he needed to push me back. Would have been nice if he had called me.

I turned to my husband. Hey, we had nothing else to do. Couldn't go online. Raining too hard to go anywhere. I figured we could don raingear, grab a couple handsaws, a ladder and tackle this job ourselves. I gave up trying to find somebody to remove the tree. Six hours later, we had the tree off the roof, and by the following day, and after buying a battery-powered chain saw, we had the tree trunk and all its accompanying limbs cut up and in the street!

Of course, it is now day four. We still have no power. Stay tuned for Part two of Sacramento power outage.

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Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.

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Rainmaker
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Michelle Pine
Kris Weaver Real Estate Team - Virginia Beach, VA
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Oh my, that is awful.  Hello- TREE DUDE- where'd you go to get your haircut??  John Edwards hair stylist?

Hope you get your power up and running soon!

Jan 07, 2008 12:06 PM #1
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Thanks, Michelle. I know, I couldn't believe it when he said it. Besides, he looked like a homeless guy to me. Who cares what you look like in the rain, for crying out loud -- are you running a business or about to lunch with the Governor? Who, by the way, declared Sacramento a disaster.
Jan 07, 2008 12:12 PM #2
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Michelle Pine
Kris Weaver Real Estate Team - Virginia Beach, VA
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It's terrible that when a disaster strikes, the vultures come out. Unfortunately they have you by the..ummm..ROOTS.

GOOD LUCK!!

Jan 07, 2008 12:23 PM #3
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Roberta LaRocca
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Elizabeth, That is terrible!  It probably scared the s--- out of you!  When I was young, we had a very large pine tree fall on our house during a crazy storm.  Hope you get your power back soon.
Jan 07, 2008 12:56 PM #4
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Fran Gatti
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Elizabeth,

I'm glad your tree didn't damage your roof.  I'm sorry the tree dude didn't follow through but that's sure been our experience with most of the subs we've hired to work for us. 

Jan 07, 2008 01:38 PM #5
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Hey Elizabeth........I can't believe it? I asked you on my blog if the rain had negatively affected you. Well, apparently it did! Yuck!!! I like your, "honey you'd better get up." :-) Made me smile. That sounds like you. Getting it done yourself was a good thing since you probably wouldn't have gotten it removed yet. Did it damage your roof?

I remember in - I think 1997 - we had an earthquake in Northridge, Californai in January and our power was out for four days. Truly sucked. I need to get a generator though we don't typically have earthquakes in Arizona.  We do have those microbursts where you see similar damage to yours. Take care,

Jan 07, 2008 01:38 PM #6
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Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop
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Oh my, I remember this WELL! A few years ago we had a tree fall on our house, no major damage but I will NEVER forget my husband's reaction. He jolted out of bed and just ran around the bedroom saying "Holy S*** a tree just hit the house, a tree just hit the house, that was a tree and it just hit the house" It wasn't funny at the time but it is now. It's unbelievable how much MESS these things can make. Sorry your tree dude isn't more accomodating but he'll probably look really good if he ever makes it back. Hang in there, it gets better!

-Colleen

Jan 07, 2008 02:15 PM #7
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Jesse & Kathy Clifton
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Well, I have to admit, that's quite a way to start the day.  Coffee and a bagel usually work for me, but a tree falling on the house works too.  Glad to hear no one was hurt... that's always a good thing.  Good luck with the tree dude.
Jan 07, 2008 04:25 PM #8
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Jen Hudson
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WOW!  Glad to hear you're safe.  My aunt had a tree come crashing through their roof last year and that was a horrible mess.  It took a while, but they got it cleaned up.  Hope your power is restored soon.
Jan 08, 2008 04:47 AM #9
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Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
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Elizabeth,

You are okay, or  are you not. I was thinking of you lately.

Hope all is well.

Thank You

Tom Braatz

Jan 08, 2008 06:26 AM #10
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
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Thanks, everybody, for your thoughts and comments. I have survived having my home fall into the ocean -- during the winter storms of 1981. My Victorian in Minneapolis was flooded plus hit by hailstones the size of baseballs in 1996. My husband says I am cursed. I am a jinx. :)


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I bet you just dread filling out your sellers disclosure statement when you get ready to sell.  A flood here, falling into the ocean there... Your hubby might be on to something. j/k.  :)
Jan 09, 2008 06:31 PM #12
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