News 12 at 11 o'clock / Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- The couple got married seven months ago and back in January, they bought their first house in Hammond Hills in North Augusta.
Chris and Mary Caraza were still unpacking boxes in their new home when Friday's storm sent a tree crashing down on it.
"We've been worried about the tree, we were gonna have someone come out and look at it because it had been leaning a little bit," Mary said. "We were gonna have someone look at it, but not soon enough. We just moved in last week."
Chris said they both work nights and slept through the storm. When he woke up, he saw the tree.
"I turn around and I see [the tree] in the front yard and I'm thinking, oh man the rest of the house is gone," he said.
But the rest of the house wasn't gone; just a branch through the ceiling.
"I came into this room expecting there to be a large chunk missing. Thankfully, it was only this," Chris said. "Just a branch coming through."
They said they're thankful for a lot today.
"We're having a baby in September and this is gonna be the nursery," Mary said. "So that was one of both of our first thoughts was, 'Oh thank you Lord,' that this happened now and not in a year when there was a baby sleeping in here."
Surprisingly, they said it has been a great introduction to the neighborhood.
"Through this we've met our neighbors a little bit more because we just moved in, but I'd be walking outside checking out things and people would be stopping by and introducing themselves," Chris said. "I now know several of my neighbors just through this."
"Apparently, it's a good way to welcome you to the community," she said.
It did damage a few boxes, but the full extent of the damage is still unknown.
"We don't know how much water damage, like how much water is behind this wall or anything, because the ceiling was pretty wet. It's dried now, but you can see the stain, so we'll see," Mary said.
Even with a branch through their ceiling, they know how lucky they are.
"It was much worse in other places and I know it could have been a lot worse here, so I'm just very very thankful," Chris said.
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