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Giant oak falls after heavy rains

The tree is about 225 years old.... The tree is about 225 years old....
There's a Prius under there.... There's a Prius under there....
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A giant oak tree, which is estimated to be far older than the state of Georgia, could not withstand recent heavy rains and bad weight distribution Friday night.

The tree toppled over late Friday night on the Pace and McWhorter home on North Jefferson near the Creek bridge.

Experts estimate the oak is 225 years old.

The tree did only minor damage to the home but totaled a Toyota Prius parked in the garage.

The family said when it hit, they thought it was a burglar trying to break in and were shocked it was a fallen tree.

"We [had] just spent the day or 2 before putting down this pinestraw and buying these flowers, and getting ready for Easter Egg hunt Thursday. We'll see how that goes," said property owner Steve McWhorter.

"With the ground saturated like they are, all this weight was leaning toward the house anyway, because these 2 oaks are too close together. And that's what made it fall on down," said Lee Harper with Harper Tree Service.

Lee says the tons of oak will be removed and cut up into firewood.

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