Shannon Hicks, the homeowner's niece and neighbor was there. "We just heard 'boom'!" Hicks said.
She immediately jumped into action. "We threw our shoes on and ran out the front door to see what happened."
Hicks went searching for her uncle in the back of the house who was found sleeping safely in his bed.
"He said he had no idea it was like that," Hicks continued.
The family then called 911. Americus Fire Department told the family their home was not safe until the tree could be cleaned up, something that could take several hours.
"Because its between two houses, it's the hardest part about the job,"Cross said. "I mean we are going to get it out of the way."
Although the tree drove this family from their home, they are thankful no one was hurt. "That's an old tree, that's a heavy tree, and I'm really surprised it didn't do more damage than it did."
"It's a grace of God that it didn't go all the way through the house."
As each branch is peeled away, family members can rebuild and move forward.
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