Downed tree forces family out of home

Posted at 6:06 PM, Sep 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-02 18:06:57-04

Mitchell Lashley thought they had dodged any damage. It was 6:00 a.m., he told his girlfriend he didn't even think there were any branches to pick up on their yard after Hurricane Hermine, then it happened.

"The whole place shook like it was an earthquake," he said.

A 40-foot-tall oak tree uprooted, shearing off a section of his trailer on Teak Street.

"It took 3 feet off of the end of the trailer like it wasn't even there, like it was a piece of paper," he said.

Mitchell says the county has condemned his home. He has family helping him to clean up the damage, still he says it could have been much worse.

"It at one point was my daughter's bedroom," he explained.

He's been renovating his 3-year-old daughter's room. She was not asleep in that part of the home because of the work being done.

While he's grateful nobody was hurt, he's now concerned about where his daughter, 6-year-old son and girlfriend are all going to live.

"Basically homeless with my two kids right now until we can find something out," he said.

The young family plans to stay in a hotel for a few days while they figure out where to go next.

They've set up a GoFundMe page.