Thanks to so many of you who sent me emails with prayers and good wishes to my sister and her family and asked for an update on their situation.
On Monday experts, with an enormous crane, came to start removing the two trees. It was done section by section, all the time securing the remaining trunk to stop it moving and destroying the rest of the house.
It took seven hours of Monday and several more hours on Tuesday before it was all removed.
Once it was done they could enter the house safely and remove some of their belongings. The children are staying with friends and my sister and her husband are meanwhile in a nearby hotel.
Many friends have offered to have them stay with them and local hotels have offered free showers to people who are still without power. One of the kosher delis has offered free dinners to them also.
Their immediate neighborhood was the worst hit, it seems, as they are still without any electricity although most other areas have had power restored.
The local paper sent reporters to the area and they were interviewed .
An insurance assessor has only just been assigned to their case as there weren’t enough for all claims. Hopefully work on mending and rebuilding will start soon but it will still probably be several weeks until the house can be lived in once again.