Neighbour’s Tree fell on our Yard

damaged-fence-on-backyardOn one unforgettable night, I was having dinner with my son  at around 8:45 pm in the evening when we heard a thump.   I couldn’t figure what it was, but my son could see it from the window, even in the dark.  A big tree from our Korean neighbour fell sideways and landed on our balcony.  Thank God no one was hurt.

We took a flashlight out to inspect the damage.  The fence between the neighbour and us was damaged.  But that would not be the big expense.  It would be the tree removal that would be the expensive part.

There were  no strong winds that night.  It was very calm when we were having dinner.  There were very strong winds the day before.  So the tree must have been wobbly since then and finally it fell.   The tree was  about 60 ft long and 18 inch in diameter. The tree had a wide circle of leaves, so the branches cushioned the fall with a gentle thump.

This is the second time in the last two years that a big tree from the backyard fell.  Last year, it was our tree that fell on our other neighbour’s yard.  My suspicion is that the trees might already be sick due to recent construction and so it didn’t take much for them to fall whenever there’s a bit of a windstorm.

The next day, I phoned the insurance company and they told us that the tree cutters are very busy with cleanup work after the storm, so it would probably take a month before any cleanup would be done.  The morning after next, I phoned the neighbour’s insurance company to find out how we will deal with the damage since the tree that fell belonged to the neighbour.  Well, the agent told me that the tree cutters are already doing the clean up.  I looked out the window and discovered that they took the tree out of our yard and my photo opportunity is gone.

This story tells two things about life in Canada.  We have lots of tall trees around, and sometimes they can be a menace.  Secondly, we are very efficiently here.  Things get done fast.  Imagine that it was faster to remove a big tree from our yard than for me to pick up a camera and film the damage.

4 comments on “Neighbour’s Tree fell on our Yard

  1. Wow. I’ve also seen a tree fall before, just randomly when there was no wind.

    I would recommend calling out the ‘tree man’ to come to your yard, and inspect your trees. You should try to get the ones that are very old, and are over your house. I mean, two trees in one year, I think that you may be pushing your luck…

  2. Believe or not, the same thing happened in our yard here in the States few years ago but I was in TW back then. It was a big tree and there was a hurricane. My hubby still has the photos.

  3. That is really scary to have trees falling so suddenly. Those trees must be very old or sick. You should really have the trees inspected hanging over your house, because if one falls on your house that can be very damaging and dangerous.

    But I like the point you made about the efficiency of getting the tree removed before you could take a photograph. That’s one good thing to be noted about Canada.

  4. Hey Man,

    At least they cleaned that mess up for you pretty quickly.

    Canada must have some good insurance because Mine sucks really badly.

    Have a good one.

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