Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Tree Goes over as Rain Buckets

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Tree Goes over as Rain Buckets

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Byline: Patrick Williams patrick.williams@tweednews.com.au

A BILAMBIL Heights couple spent most of early yesterday morning trying to sleep in their car after heavy rain caused a tree to collapse on their house.

Jaron and Lauren Bull were woken just after midnight Sunday to the sound of the tree slowly uprooting before coming to rest on the roof of their Broadwater Esplanade home.

It was one of a dozen rain-related call-outs placed to the State Emergency Service (SES) throughout the Tweed Shire on Sunday after as much as 150mm of rain fell in a 24-hour period.

"We could hear the roots slowly giving way as it moved closer and closer to the house over a couple of hours," Mr Bull, 28, said.

"We're just thankful it didn't give out and fall on us; it happened very slowly.

"I don't think much of the house would be left if it had just collapsed in one go."

Mr Bull said the tree, which came to rest on the roof above the couple's bedroom, forced them to move to the other side of the house before calling the SES. …

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