Thanks to some good friends, good neighbors, a little ingenuity and a lot of elbow grease, Kelly’s car has been safely removed from beneath the fallen tree.
I spent an hour inching it forward until I’d gotten to the point where I had only about 3 more feet to go to get the car free. But the front right tire was spinning on ice. I called my buddy Todd, and he and another friend, Chris, along with a neighbor, Kent, came over to help push. That didn’t work. We needed traction under the tire but there was nothing to use. None of us had plywood. So I got the idea of breaking off tree branches (evergreen leaves) and putting them around the tires. After a few tries, that worked and the car was freed! A good thing too since we are now under another winter storm watch and the additional weight of snow on an already strained trunk could very likely bring down the tree.
Our homeowner’s association was doing the best they could. The problem is that with all of the fallen trees in the metro area, there is about a 2 week backlog on getting tree removers out to cut down the tree. And I wanted the car out from under it before tomorrow’s snow. Fortunately, it all worked out in the end.
As for damage: thanks to a layer of snow on Kelly’s car, there were not even any scratches. The only damage I’ve seen so far is a bent antenna and a bent right wiper blade. It could have been a lot worse.