Lucky escape for residents as 80ft tree falls down in Bournemouth

Bournemouth Echo: THIS CLOSE: Sarah Marshall with the tree next to her home THIS CLOSE: Sarah Marshall with the tree next to her home

RESIDENTS had a lucky escape after a massive tree came crashing down just inches from their property.

The 80ft beech tree on Alumhurst Road in Alum Chine was brought down in the early hours as strong gusts and driving rain pounded Bournemouth.

It fell right across the road and along the driveway of the flats opposite.

Incredibly it fell between two buildings – clearing them by inches.

Shocked resident Sarah Mar-shall said they were woken by a loud “whump” noise just after 4am – she peered out of the window to find the tree completely blocking them in.

The 43-year-old, who was at home with her seven-year-old son, said: “It fell straight down the driveway and stopped literally inches from the walls “If anybody had been driving along the road I dread to think what would have happened.

“And if it had gone two or three feet either way it would have come through the roof.

“I think we’ve had a lucky escape – but it’s also quite bizarre and surreal. I think everyone is looking at it quite bemused.”

Bournemouth Council was in-formed and officers were at work with chainsaws from 5.30am.

The county was pounded by bad weather overnight with heavy rain and gusts of up to 46mph felling trees and flooding roads.

Flooding on the Cooper Dean Roundabout in Bournemouth caused problems for drivers around 3am.

In Bournemouth residents of Queens Court in Richmond Park Road were blocked in when a tree fell across the entrance to the flats.

A tree fell across the C12 near Charlton Down around 4am. And in Dorchester trees and power lines were brought down.

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11:29pm Fri 5 Oct 12

Old Harry says...

Lucky, yes. Incredible, no! Shall we all contribute to buy the Echo reporters a dictionary. Nice photo Sarah.
Lucky, yes. Incredible, no! Shall we all contribute to buy the Echo reporters a dictionary. Nice photo Sarah. Old Harry
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11:34pm Fri 5 Oct 12

fletch for manager says...

Bournemouth Council was in-formed and officers were at work with chainsaws from 5.30am. surely this should read informed?
Bournemouth Council was in-formed and officers were at work with chainsaws from 5.30am. surely this should read informed? fletch for manager
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11:44pm Fri 5 Oct 12

thevisitor says...

So...which house did it hit? Which road did it block? Whose head did it hit? In the same gust of wind my shed was blown down and my lawn mower was rushed away with serious injuries to the pull start......oh my life!
So...which house did it hit? Which road did it block? Whose head did it hit? In the same gust of wind my shed was blown down and my lawn mower was rushed away with serious injuries to the pull start......oh my life! thevisitor
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11:53am Sat 6 Oct 12

portia6 says...

Its an ill-wind that blows don't you
know?
Its an ill-wind that blows don't you know? portia6
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