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Storm damage brings Quakertown family closer together

Close call for local family after tree falls

QUAKERTOWN, Pa. - Branches swayed on the blustery Saturday in Quakertown, but for Chuck Moyer the wind felt like a light breeze compared to Friday night.

"There was this huge gust of wind that came through," Moyer said.

Moyer lives on Camp Rockhill Road in West Rockhill Township.  Around 5:30 Friday evening he said he heard the wind whip by and then what sounded like an explosion.

"It sounded like a freight train coming through, but it wasn't stopping," Moyer said.

It was the sound of a massive tree in his front yard crashing into his home.

"The alarm system started going off, it was just chaotic," Moyer said.

The chaos then turned to panic as he and his wife realized the tree landed in their daughter Brianna's bedroom where she was laying in bed.

"As a father, you always want to protect your children." Moyer said. "I come running down the hallway, she's stuck in her room, I don't know whether she's under the tree, I don't know whether she's under debris, I can't get to her."

Moyer said he was yelling out to his daughter but with the loud storm and alarm siren blaring, he couldn't hear a thing.

"A million things go through your mind," Moyer said.

The tree missed Brianna by just inches, falling perfectly next to her bed.  On the other side of the door, she said she could hear the screams from her parents but she was busy formulating a plan.

"I'm really amazed at how calm I was," Brianna said. 

Brianna said she realized she had two options, either climb down the tree and into the yard or crawl through the debris, which she did, making it out to the hallway and into her parents' arms.

"Everyone was crying," Brianna said.

Looking at the damage the next day, Brianna said she doesn't even remember it happening.

"I must have blacked out because I don't remember hearing it, seeing the tree fall, anything," Brianna said.

"It took a hard hit, unbelievable hit actually," Moyer said as he stared at his home.

The Moyers are now dealing with the aftermath.

The tree shook the entire house, damaging just about every room.  They said a crane will come remove the tree in the next day or so and then they'll stay in temporary housing until everything's repaired.  While the unknown is scary and frustrating at times, the family said Brianna's incredibly close call helps keep it all in perspective.

"Everyone's safe, this can be replaced," Moyer said.

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