Storm Causes Tree To Crash Roof of Northwest Gainesville Complex
It was around 3 a.m. that a Gainesville woman was startled awake by a loud boom.
She said it sounded like a couch being dropped on the floor, but when she went outside, she was face to face with a tree.
Natacha Hooker was one of dozens awakened by the crashing of a 75-foot Water Oak tree into their Horizon House Apartments.
Most of the damage took place in the south end of the complex in Building S.
Four units toward the front took the brunt of it. The two on top were hit by the tree's impact. The bottom units faced heavy water damage.
Complex managers say they are still assessing the damage, but say there's at least $10,000 worth of damage so far.
The four families living in the units have been placed into hotels courtesy of Red Cross, which is providing food and clothing for the next three days.
Natacha said that she is just glad her family and she survived.
Apartment staff say they hope to complete repairs within one to two weeks.
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