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Tree branch sent crashing into car
A SOUTHAMPTON woman is left counting the cost of freak storm damage after a tree branch crashed onto her car.
Charlotte Foan said she was thankful her four-year old daughter Sienna was not outside after the 20ft branch fell outside her home in Porlock Road, Millbrook – smashing her car windscreen and denting the bonnet.
Moments earlier a neighbour had parked up alongside but had gone to nearby shops just before sudden heavy rain and winds developed over parts of the city around 6.30pm on Thursday.
Miss Foan told how she had made repeated calls to the housing association, Western Challenge, to complain about the overgrowing trees since she moved in to the flats with her three children in March last year.
She said her fears were raised in February this year when they began “moving” in the stormy weather.
Despite numerous calls to the Bristol-based firm, Miss Foan says nothing has been done.
She said: “I have made so many complaints about it. It’s going to cost a fortune to get the car fixed.
“Why don’t they cut the branches back? Something terrible could have happened.”
Last night a spokesman for the association told the Daily Echo they will be investigating the situation saying they would be dealing with it “in the appropriate manner”.
The damage comes just a day after the Daily Echo reported how a mini-tornado lashed a New Forest town leaving a trail of destruction. A couple in New Milton, Neil and Sandra Carlse, came home to find the roof of their conservatory had been lifted and tossed into the air before coming to land in a neighbour’s house three doors away.