Residents cleaning up after Friday's storm

Posted at: 12/23/2012 7:45 AM
By: Cadence Acquaviva

When Scott Coonradt got a phone call from his mother that a tree had fallen on her home, he thought he'd come out and handle the job himself.

“I was going to wait, but I decided I'm a little worried, she's a little older, let me get right over there,” Scott Coonradt.

He grabbed his chainsaw, but when he got to the house on Sharpe Rd. in Wynantskill, he barely could recognize the place where he was born and raised. A massive spruce split in half and went crashing down on the home during a wind storm on Friday, covering the roof from the front all the way to the back.

“Absolutely shocked, anybody would be shocked. I could not believe how big this was,” he said.

He knew his chainsaw was no match for the fallen tree, so he called the professionals.

They had to bring in a crane, a bucket truck, a wood chipper and other heavy duty equipment to clean things up. The crew first removed a branch that looked more like a tree itself. That was only a fraction of what they had to do. The major section of the spruce that smashed onto the roof was the bulk of the work.

Coonradt says he's still trying to assess the extent of the damage, “A couple of branches penetrated through the ceiling upstairs. It knocked part of the chimney off, which is serious.”

Coonradt says the house can be fixed, and just in time to celebrate Christmas with his family, “The good news is everybody is telling us we'll be able to celebrate Christmas here which is what we've done as long as I've been alive.”

But he says the best present this year, his 82 year-old mom, who was inside the house when the tree fell, came out without a scratch.