Wednesday, August 31, 2011


Just like the Allstate "mayhem man" came calling this morning around 5AM!  He sat on my Beech Tree limb and made it fall on my house.

When I got home from school last night Judy told me cable had been off since 7, and I went to bed early last evening since cable was off.   I called Comcast and they said it should be restored around 1AM...much too late to do any good, so to bed we went.  I know the tree had not fallen when I got home so it was not the cause of the outage.

I awoke this morning to a bump and jolt, but wasn't fully awake enough to realize what had happened.  I remember thinking, "There's been another earthquake," so I said a silent prayer for all those involved and went back to sleep!

Cable, therefore our phone and Internet, was still off when we got up this morning.  I grabbed the cellphone and began looking up the repair number.  I heard Judy step out onto the deck, as she often does to check the weather, and then she came back in and said, "Uh, I think we have another problem!"

I went outside and this is what I discovered (CLICK ON THE  PHOTOS TO ENLARGE).  About a 14 to 15 inch limb, about a 60 feet long, had broken off the main trunk and slammed into the house and was resting on the corner of the screened porch/deck.  The Comcast line lay beneath all that, so no wonder cable didn't come back on!
I immediately called Charlie (my mayhem man) at Farm Bureau and reported the incident and they said they would notify an adjustor, who would be out soon.  It's been about 7 hours and no visit, no call!
I called Comcast and in 3 hours I was back on line and was able to report this breaking news!

Needless to say, this is going to take time and I'll get more and more steamed each passing day.  I'm sure there is at least $5K in damages, plus the cost of cutting apart and removing the tree.  How long do you think it'll all take?  Month?  Two months?

I just hope they call this week!

Be careful out there...Mayhem is always lurking!


FHB said...

Noooooo, not the porch! That sucks dude.

PRH....... said...

Ouch....There She Blows'

Mushy said...

Update...tree people coming Saturday to remove the tree. Construction company coming Tuesday to estimate the damage.

Farm Bureau is a no show...guess the hail damage in Knoxville is just too much to worry about me!

Scott from Oregon said...

Oh my goodness!

Good thing you said a silent prayer!

Glad nobody was hurt!

Marian Love Phillips said...

I tell you when it rains it pours...I hope all is well by now. Haven't been over to check on you lately and sorry this happened to you guys! Hopefully, it want take too long to get your home fixed. You hang in there also my friend! :)