Toppled tree into home a “close call” for Greenville woman

GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA-TV) – As powerful storms rocked Greenville County Wednesday night, at one point more than 4 thousand people were without power across the area.

Crews were out all day, Thursday, working to restore it and clean up huge toppled trees. Some Greenville homes took a direct hit.

“I had been sitting on that chair right there doing my evening devotional and writing and I had this urge all over the sudden to go into my office,” said Lucy Stewart, a homeowner in the Brookfield subdivision off Pelham Road in Greenville.

Within a few seconds, that chair where Stewart sat was trapped under a massive oak.

“I did walk in and saw all this installation, then I looked and I saw the tree,” said Stewart.

Inside Lucy Stewart's master bedroom in Greenville
Inside Lucy Stewart’s master bedroom in Greenville

Stewart believes it’s God who saved her. She’s just glad she and her husband are safe.

“My philosophy is “what will be will be”. You know, it’s terrible but we do have insurance and the fire department was so gracious,” she said.

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That department – Boiling Springs Fire District – told 7 News they responded to 23 calls in less than two hours, Wednesday night, including two other homes with trees on them.

Just up the street in the Botany Woods Subdivision, neighbors checked on neighbors, as more than half were left without power Thursday.

“We are known for the big trees, but they can be a liability when a big storm hits. They can do a lot of damage,” said Botany Woods Board Member, Erik Rhine.

He wanted to be sure a 96-year-old couple was ok after their massive oak came within inches of causing irreparable damage to their home.

“We tend to know our neighbors and help out as much as we can,” said Rhine.

As cleanup begins all across the county, it’s that same spirit of community that Stewart said will get them through, as well as a sense of humor.

“I guess we won’t be putting the house on the market next week, unless someone wants a real rustic look,” laughed Stewart.

Duke Energy estimates power restoration by 11:45pm Thursday for the majority of homes affected.

They’ve got about 400 crews on the ground, with some coming from Florence and Charlotte.

Check out the outage map HERE.

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