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Derecho knocks down tree, destroys Eskimo Hill Road house

Linda Williams says she and her family are thankful to be alive. A white oak tree fell on top of their house on Eskimo Hill Road during Friday night’s severe thunderstorm system, leaving it uninhabitable.

A tree destroyed this home on Eskimo Hill Road.

A stack of photos taken Saturday morning shows the blue home barely visible beneath the brush. “When you saw the tree, it didn’t look that bad,” said daughter Jenny Boyd. But now, a tarp covers the roof of the house as debris covers the yard.

Had the family been inside, they could have been crushed, said Williams.

But they’re worried about what they’ll do now. Living paycheck-to-paycheck means they can’t afford a motel any longer. “We’ll be sleeping in a tent in our field,” Williams said. “It’s not like I can feed my children and pay for a motel for days.”

One man dropped off a cooler of ice for the family members that have been trying to stay cool in the shade across the street from their home, near the intersection of U.S. 1. They’re waiting to hear from an insurance adjuster to find out what may happen next.

Jenny Williams holds her daughter Jayda, 18 months, while her mother-in-law Linda Williams sits in the shade, on Monday, July 2, 2012, along Eskimo Hill Road in Stafford County where their house that was destroyed by a tree that fell through the rough last Friday. (Reza A. Marvashti / The Free Lance-Star)

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