Caught on camera: snow-covered oak topples

October 30, 2011 3:46:15 PM PDT
One of things that made Saturday's nor'easter so damaging was the timing.

Leaves still on the trees caught more snow and that meant more broken branches to bring down power lines.

It's one thing to find a tree knocked down in your backyard.

It's quite another to see it and record it as it happens!

Thankfully no one was home at the time the giant oak toppled into the century old home.

And thankfully, no one was injured.

But as you watch the tree falling there is a feeling of helplessness because when a multi-ton tree is coming down in your direction there's really nothing you can do about it.

If a tree grows in Brooklyn, it fell in New Jersey; fell hard on a house on Hamilton Road in Glen Ridge.

Rick Gearhart just happened to be out videotaping the October snow-fest Saturday when a giant tree toppled onto his neighbor's home.

James Cousins got the bad news while at the grocery store.

He ran home to find the giant oak out front had done a belly flop on his 100 year old historic home.

The town removed the tree first thing Sunday morning.

Now he's left with tens of thousands of dollars in damages.

"There's several holes in the roof, tree limbs coming into the bedrooms," Cousins said.

While this was certainly one of the more dramatic moments from the storm, a quick drive through Bloomfield, NJ showed trees, branches and wires just as vulnerable.

In addition to all the downed trees and branches we're told 70 percent of Glen Ridge is without power on Sunday night.