Storm Eunice: Family ‘shaken’ after roof crashes into kitchen and destroys garden3 min read
The Small family had been sitting down for breakfast when an estimated 10x40m piece of roof from a nearby care home smashes through their kitchen window and flattened their garden
A family was left “shaken” after the roof of a nearby care home smashed through their kitchen window and destroyed their garden.
Martin Small and his daily from Ernesettle, Plymouth, were sitting down for breakfast at 10am when the roof of the River View care home came crashing through into their house.
Amazingly, no one was hurt in the incident, PlymouthLive reported , one of a huge number as the UK is battered by Storm Eunice.
Windows in the family home were smashed in, their garden fence was crushed and the oriental garden was completely destroyed as well as the conservatory being significantly damaged.
The Plymouth dad said: “We’re a little bit shaken, we were sat at the table having breakfast and then the roofs come through the window.
“We didn’t expect this. We nearly jumped out of our skins. It’s not just a large piece of metal, half the roof has come through our window.
“The fence is totally destroyed, the ornamental garden is totally destroyed, the window on the back of the conservatory will have to be replaced.”
This comes as the storm led to Red weather warnings across much of the UK with record-breaking 122mph winds causing havoc and damage, including endangering lives and property.
Lorries have been toppled over, trees smashed into homes, a number of people have been rushed to hospital because of injuries sustained, and there has been massive disruption to travel across the country.
Martin estimates the large chunk of roof which was ripped from the Ernesettle care home measures approximately 10 metres by 40 metres.
And with such a large piece of metal lying in his garden he believes it’s only a “matter of time” before someone is hurt.
He said: “We have a 10-metre wide strip and about 40-metre long in our back garden and then the whole River View care home has debris all around it.
“The roof is in trees all around the street.
“My neighbours have said a strip of the roof has come off and hit their shed. It’s destroyed the shed and now they can’t shut their door.
“There’s no personal injuries as of yet but with it just flying around it’s just a matter of time in my opinion. It could decapitate someone in an instant.”
A spokesperson for Aster Group, who own River View care home, said: “We’re deeply concerned about the ongoing situation at River View.
“Our absolute priority is the safety of our customers and we’re working with the local authority and emergency services to respond to the situation.
“Colleagues from our customer services team are on site providing reassurance to those affected and we’ll continue to work closely with our partners to ensure suitable temporary accommodation and support is available to every customer.”
A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Police were notified at around 10am to reports that part of a roof had blown off a residential home on Hornchurch Road in Plymouth. Fire services are on the scene and no injuries have been reported.”