AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - An Amarillo family is still unable to enter their home after multiple trees fell onto their house on Wednesday.
The Aguilar family’s great aunt was the only one in the home when trees began to fall on top of the house.
“She’s handicapped so she could only see out the window, she could only see the one tree,” said Javier Aguilar. “So later on that day, my father-in-law ended up coming out here and told us there was multiple trees that had fallen down.”
“In the middle of all the wind and stuff, they actually had to cut a hole in the entrance of our thing, through the trees and stuff to be able to wheel her out of the house,” said Javier’s wife, Kelsi Aguilar.
After their great aunt was safely removed from the home, the family waited out the storm until the next day.
“The following morning, we came out and there was, I want to say at least over eight, nine trees that were fallen,” said Javier. “Two of them had fallen on the house. One of the trees is completely blocking the entryway.”
A neighbor’s security camera also captured one tree falling and blocking the entire street.
The Aguilar family is now working with a contractor to have the trees cleared.
Because of the trees and hit power lines, the family is staying in a hotel.
“It’s better to be safe, to stay out of the situation and not put yourself in harm’s way,” said owner of Thiltgen Farms Jesse Thiltgen. “A tree can collapse through a roof and hurt somebody or you can get an electrical short. You don’t know the internal damage of the house and you can cause a fire.”
They advise anyone dealing with wind damage to call someone for help before trying to clear any debris on your own.
“If you don’t think you can do it, don’t do it. Call somebody," said Thiltgen. “Call a relative you think could do it, call a company.”
The Aguilar family said they anticipate waiting two weeks or longer before everything returns to normal.
But despite the situation they’re in, they’re glad no one was hurt in the damage.
“It’s bad, looks bad, but at the end of the day, you know, we don’t take a U-Haul with us when we die,” said Javier. “You always have to think about there’s somebody that had it worse.”