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Faces of the Storm: Isaac Martin

The storm has passed but the memory will never leave Isaac Martin. The Cobbham Road resident said he was watching television Thursday evening and got up to get a soda when the whole house started shaking. Mr. Martin said his wife was sleeping in the bed against the front wall of the house.

"I grabbed her arm and pulled her out, and as soon as I did, then it fell," he said.

The Martins had been renting the house for only 12 years, but the structure was "much older" and could not withstand the force of the winds. The walls on three sides of the house collapsed and the roof caved in. Mr. Martin said his mother-in-law was trapped in the living room, and he had to kick the crumbled walls down so she could get out.

"Everybody keeps telling me I'm lucky," he said.

Friday, Mrs. Martin wanted her husband to go into the debris and retrieve some of her items, but Mr. Martin refuses to step closer than the front yard.

"I'm not going to step one foot back inside of there, I don't care what it is," he said.

Thomson residents are familiar with the sight of the elderly gentleman riding on his bicycle around town. The storm left the bicycle bent and twisted in the mud beside the house.

"As much as I loved that thing, I am going to miss it, but I'm not going to even touch it, either," Mr. Martin said Friday.

Web posted on Thursday, March 08, 2007

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