- Grove City, Pennsylvania

Local News

December 15, 2009

Renters left homeless after trees fall on roof

Occupants get out OK; Christmas gifts, other items lost

By Felicia A. Petro

Allied News Staff Writer

A Stoneboro woman was pinned in her Branch Street trailer after two trees fell on it early Wednesday morning.

“I can’t believe this,” said Trudy Nordick on Wednesday afternoon, still visibly shaken.

“It’s a wonder it didn’t kill us,” added Dale Long, who saved Nordick, his fiancee, around 4:30 a.m. when the trees fell.

“We were sleeping. It was windy with lighting and thundering,” Nordick said.

The lightning hit a neighbor’s tall tree, which toppled and brought down another tall tree on their trailer, Long said.

One tree struck the kitchen area; the other, the living room, where the couple were sleeping.

Nordick and Long slept on a mattress in the living room, since it was roomier than the spare room in the trailer, Nordick noted.

She was pinned on the bed by the roof, which crumpled like a piece of tin by the weight of the one tree.

Dale “pulled me off the bed and pulled me outside” through an opening that buckled out the wall, Nordick said, pointing at the damage.

“He was going to stay at a friend’s last night and hunt tomorrow, but I had this feeling. I convinced him to stay home,” she noted.

Nordick was limping, but hadn’t sought medical attention for her leg injury.

The 40-year-old woman’s children were sleeping in their rooms in the back of the trailer when the trees fell.

Her daughter, Nancy Shick, 18, ran to the bedroom of her brother, Michael Beers, 8, and made sure he was OK, their mother said.

Her boy’s room was closest to the tree that fell over the kitchen, but least impacted. All three back bedrooms could be accessed from the back door.

Nordick made sure Michael stayed at a new friend’s house in the neighborhood while she, her daughter and Long tried to retrieve what personal items they could find from the wreckage.

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