LOCAL FAMILY ESCAPES INJURY
A large tree was uprooted around 9 a.m. Friday morning by high winds and soggy ground, causing heavy roof and other damage at the home of Robert & Laura Wulff on Blackstone’s South Main Street, as well as one of the family’s parked cars. The Wulffs have lived in the 1910 home since 1994. Mr. Wulff, shown at lower left surveying damage with Nottoway Supervisor John Roark, said the tree struck right above the bedroom of his daughter, Maddy, who was sleeping because Nottoway Public Schools were closed due to flooding concerns. “Thank God she’s OK.” Wulff said other family members were downstairs when the approximately 200-year-old tree fell. Wulff said the home is uninsured because a company required him to replace the home’s roof and windows. He said he replaced the roof about two years ago but hasn’t been able unable to replace the windows. Wulff, who has suffered from heart problems, said he and his family are still able to live at the residence. About an hour after the incident, an adjacent tree fell in the opposite direction, sparing Wulff’s next-door neighbors. Town of Blackstone electrical crews responded Friday afternoon and removed limbs from the home.
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