Lucky escape as tree crashes through home

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Several trees fell during the night and early morning on Wednesday as stormy winds battered Louth.

The most serious incident occurred in North Louth at Waterlodge Balriggan, Kilcurry where a large tree crashed through the roof of a bungalow owned by local family, the McNamees.

Dundalk Fire Service were on scene to remove an elderly woman who was trapped inside the house where she lives with her daughter, son in law and grandchildren.

The 81-year-old woman was taken to hospital but fortunately her injuries are not serious.

The woman’s daughter said that the family may not be able to return to the house before Christmas as the tree broke windows at the front of the house and caused some structural damage to the roof.

Emergency services were on site from early morning securing the house and worked for more than six hours to remove the tree which was blocking the Kilcurry to Toberona Road.

The tree broke windows at the front the house and caused some structural damage to the roof and the family may not be able to return home for Christmas.

The McNamee family would like to extend their thanks and gratitude to the Dundalk Fire Service, local council authorities, ESB, ambulance service, friends, family and neighbours for all their help.

Mid-Louth was also affected by the stormy weather with some wind damage reported by Louth county council who had crews checking the area and removing debris during the morning.

A large branch of a tree near Tallanstown at Glyde Farm was blocking the road for a short period before it was removed also and there was a report of a tree/branch down near Smarmore.

Met Éireann had issued weather warnings due to the gale force winds rampant throughout the country and gusts of up to 110kph were recorded in the region however the rest of December looks set be quiet on the weather front.


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