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Neighbors rally around family when tree falls on home

TUSCOLA -- Gusting winds caused havoc in Central Illinois Monday afternoon.
TUSCOLA -- Gusting winds caused havoc in Central Illinois Monday afternoon. This house may have seen the worst of it. Winds got as high as 60 mph, damaging many properties in its wake, including a house on Overton Street. WCIA-3's Gary Brode tells us, no one was hurt, but it could have been a lot worse.

Marsha Ray says, "We got someone up there watching us."

It was a close call for Marsha Ray.

Ray says, "The limb fell, so I was lucky that I had just came back in."

Strong winds ripped through Tuscola. Ray has Huntington's disease, making it difficult to get around. Once the tree fell onto her home, neighbors sprung into action.

Dwayne Adkins says, "The branch was laying right here and I just moved it out of the way to make sure she was alright."

Branches were still falling around Ray's home when Adkins and Andrew Messer ran in to check on her.

"I was worried about her at that point," Andrew Messer says. "She's like family to me and I would take care of her no matter what."

The two men say it feels good to help someone they've know for most of their lives.

"Family and friends. Yeah, that's about it."

That's what the Ray's lean on in their trying times and they've had a few of them recently. About a month ago, softball sized hail damaged their cars, and now this. The two have lived here for 20 years, but even now have no intentions of leaving because sometimes it's not the house that makes the home.

Ray says, "It's something special. You don't get neighbors like this too often."

The ceiling did cave in a bit from the impact, but most of the damage is to the roof, so the house is still livable, but it's just another problem for a nice family.
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