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Faces of the Storm: Lisa Lazier

The power went off for the second time in Lisa Lazier's Magnolia Drive home, and she had an uneasy feeling about what was about to happen. In the darkness, she gathered her 15- and 13-year-old sons together to brace for the storm.

Then came the sound of cracking wood as a tree came crashing through part of the house. It wasn't the only damage that disrupted her family's life that night.

"It sounded like it was coming from everywhere," Ms. Lazier said. "We went ahead and hid in the doorway. Then another tree hit the house, so we went and stood by the chimney where there's three doorways. ...I figured the chimney's going to hold."

It did hold, and the family was able to escape to safety.

"When it all settled down and nothing else fell, I grabbed my kids and said 'Grab your shoes. Grab your pants, whatever you're going to get. You've got two seconds, and we're out of this house.'" she said. "We climbed over the boards, out the neighbor's yard and went over to (Thomson Middle) school."

The next day, Ms. Lazier returned to survey the damage. She had lost all four cars, and simply having the trees removed from her home would cost $9,000.

"And what the trees didn't do, the water did," she said. "...Actually, I'm really happy that we made it out safe and didn't panic."

Web posted on Thursday, March 08, 2007

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