Five homes in Westfield damaged in Tuesday’s storms

WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)– Tuesday night’s storms brought powerful winds that uprooted a large pine tree in the Hampden Village mobile home community, located just off of Root Road. That tree landed directly through the middle of one home.

Other trees and large limbs also came down during the storm, destroying one other nearby home, significantly damaging two others, and causing some minor damage to one other, according to Jeff Glaze, the owner of the mobile home community.

Fortunately no one was hurt in any of the homes, but 22News talked a woman living near where the trees came down, who said she had to hide in the closet while the storm came through.

“I just thought it was super loud pounding of the thunder, so I was shocked at what I saw, especially only two houses away from me,” Kathleen Buotte said.

Not far from where the homes were damaged, another tree fell across Root Road, knocking down power lines along with it. That caused a brief power outage in the area, but power has since been restored.

Wednesday morning, Glaze told 22News that they have just recently began a several year process of removing all the large pine trees form the 50-acre property, and they are updating the underground power infrastructure.

As for the damaged homes, “We’ve got to get to the point where the houses are safe enough for the people to go back in and take their personal belongings and things like that and then once that is done we will be making plans to demo the houses and probably replacing them,” Glaze said.

There are a total of 258 homes in the Hampden Village community.

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