Beverly Conachy sat in the front room of her house as the heavy rain and dense winds of Saturday's storm raged outside.
“I was sitting next to my son and said, ‘it looks like the worst of it is over.' And then it happened.” A large tree crushed the roof of her Orchard Drive home, along with bending her son's Ford Ranger at the point between the cab and the rear tire. Her cats and dogs scattered to safety as they heard the crash that “sounded like a bomb,” she said.
“They hid in the closet for a whole day,” Conachy said about her pets with a laugh. “They're just now coming out.”
The fallen tree didn't injure any living things and Conachy's thankful for that, she said. The incident also isn't a lone case in the wake of the violent weekend storm.
Town officials estimate that about 20 large trees fell in the storm, according to an email to The Post from Paradise Public Works Director Paul Derr. About 356 homes were left without power during the storm.
Crews working on removing the tree from Beverly's roof and front room gave similar numbers. James Morgan, of Morgan Tree Service, said that he and his crew worked on at least 11 similar cases of fallen trees in the Paradise and Magalia area from Saturday to Monday afternoon.
Joshua Hunt, of PuroClean Certified Fire and Water Damage Recovery, was working on at least three different properties in Paradise after the storm, including Conachy's.
“Beverly is a super nice lady,” Hunt said. “It's very bad that this happened to her.”
Conachy herself isn't shaken up too much by everything, given that she can still live in her home while repairs are made and her insurance will help to cover costs.
She was concerned about the trees around her property before the storm and had some others removed in the past — she just didn't get to this one in time, it seemed.
The home now has protective covering to keep it from coming rains, but there could still be concerns, she said.
“It's the wind that's scary, not so much the rain, I think,” Conachy said.
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