It was sometime after 6 p.m. Thursday when Donald Blakney grabbed his son in a moment of panic, unsure of what just shook their home and caused the lights to flicker. After almost running into his wife downstairs, all he could think about was keeping his family safe.
In the end, no one was hurt, sources said. But eight families in Westhaven were unable to stay in their homes overnight after part of a tree between two Hardy Drive apartment buildings came crashing down onto two of the units, significantly damaging the roof of the building and severing a power line.
“I thought a plane crashed … or it was an earthquake,” Blakney said Friday afternoon as crews worked to remove the tree and remaining debris in the public housing community. “We ran out the back door and through our gate onto Run Street. Everybody was outside.”