“If she had been standing a foot to the left it would have crushed her” - strong wind and rain bring a branch crashing down onto a Holt couple’s driveway
11:50 11 July 2014
Archant Norfolk 2014
Strong wind and rain brought a tree branch crashing down into a couple’s driveway, narrowly missing the woman below.
Emma and Jamie Wedderburn were settling in for a cosy night at home with a movie when Mr Wedderburn, a police officer, went to the shop for ice cream.
But when he returned at about 8.30pm yesterday, he found his wife crying and shaking outside their rural Holt home.
Their great ash tree had fallen victim to the wind, and a giant branch had broken away - falling across a new shed and landing either side of Mrs Wedderburn, who was checking on her chickens.
Mrs Wedderburn, 37, who is head chef at Cley Windmill, said the branch fell just feet from where she was standing.
“At first I thought it was just thunder,” she said. “It came down so quick and heavy.
“I shot over the fence and ran and stood in the road, it was such a shock.”
The branch brought electric cables down with it when it fell, cutting the power to the Bayfield house, and crashing through the couple’s shed and a friend’s horse lorry.
Mr Wedderburn, who works in Holt, said his wife had had a lucky escape.
He said: “If she had been standing a foot to the left it would have crushed her.
“And if it hadn’t hit the shed it would have fallen on the house and smashed the windows.”
But as a police officer, Mr Wedderburn said he had seen worse in his job. He said: “The main thing nobody was hurt, a shed can be fixed and so can the lorry.”
Mr Wedderburn said he was also thankful their four dogs, chickens and two ponies were safe.
After the accident and worried about the fallen power cables, the couple headed to Mr Wedderburn’s mother’s house where they contacted UK Power who quickly came to restore power to the house.
He said: “With the horrible weather we were nestled in with a film, getting ready for a quiet night watching the new Sandra Bullock movie, The Heat.
“Next thing we knew we were out in the rain with no electricity and everything squashed.”
And having lived in the house for nine years, Mr Wedderburn said it was not the first time it had happened.
He said: “A couple of years ago we lost two beautiful birch trees but this one was close to the house.”
Today the couple woke up to assess the damage, and began the clean up job, with the help from the estate which owns the house.
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