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Protect your home from trees

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DEKALB COUNTY, GA (AP) -

Sylvia Walden is fortunate she was not injured, when a tree limb fell on her house.

"I'm blessed and highly favored. God had his angels around me, because I'm not hurt," said Walden "I was asleep around 6:40 a.m., when this great big limb fell from my neighbor's tree and fell on the house. I heard it cracking, and then it went boom!"

The tree damaged Walden's truck, car and her house.

"It's devastating to see it, but all of this is material things that can be replaced," said Walden.

With all the rain we've seen throughout the metro area, Walden is not the only one having problems with trees falling.

"This morning we got 50 calls from people calling in trees falling in driveways, trees on people's roofs, cars and power lines," said Cesar Semas.

Semas said his tree removal company can't keep up with all the calls they are receiving.

"We had bad weather, so we had emergency calls left and right," said Semas. "It's been raining the last couple of days, and the trees are soaking in a lot of water, and that's why it's causing them to uproot."

Trees are uprooting and limbs are falling.

"At lot of the limbs that are falling down, for example, like Mrs. Walden's, is because the tree is so heavy and the bark ridge is weak, and that caused it to collapse," Semas said.

Homeowners can save money by getting the trees around your property inspected.

"A lot of times you look at a tree and it looks healthy, but the tree might need some trimming to take the weight off. When rain comes, all that weight makes the limb come down," said Semas. "It's always safe to call before it happens. It's cheaper and you are going to save a lot of headaches."

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