Warwick woman’s home destroyed, uninhabitable after severe storm

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WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — A Warwick woman still cannot live in her home – after it was ripped apart during this week’s storm.

If several areas in the city look like they bore the brunt of the storm, Patricia Pollock’s house looks like it took a direct hit.

Eyewitness News spoke with Patricia Saturday. Her yard is an obstacle course of downed trees and dead power lines – all a product of Tuesday’s severe storm.

“I was just terrified, I had just gotten up,” she explained.

Pollock said she was in her kitchen when the storm hit.

“I head this very loud rumbling sound, like scraping and rumbling. And a loud, loud bang,” she said. “I went down on my hands and knees because I was really frightened.”

In just minutes, Pollock said her once beautifully shaded and decorated yard on Wilbur Avenue looked more like a battlefield.

And the toppled trees didn’t just ruin her yard. They crashed through the roof of her home, puncturing the ceiling in two places.

“Water coming through everywhere. Poured all over my computer,” she explained. “Water pouring through the light in the bathroom ceiling. Same thing all the way down into my basement.”

According to Patricia, she had not seen a storm so bad in her 78 years, 48 of which she spent in her home on Wilbur Ave.

“It’s just so devastating. I don’t know where to turn, I’m telling you. It’s been the worst nightmare of my life,” she said through tears. “I brought my family up in this house. It’s so sad for me.”

But fortunately for Patricia, she does have insurance. Right now, she said she is staying in a hotel because her home is completely uninhabitable.

She told Eyewitness News that she is hopeful the home can be refurbished one day – but she admits that it is very hard for her to even imagine it happening right now.

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