Tree crashes through councilman’s home



ALPHARETTA, Ga. — A councilman’s celebration was cut short when a large tree crashed through his home. A dozen people were still gathered in the area, but no one was injured.

The group, including Alpharetta City Councilman Dan Merkel, was celebrating a high school graduation Saturday, May 27, when a five-ton tree fell around 1 a.m. on Merkel’s roof. Part of the tree speared through the wall and became stuck inside.

Their deck stopped the tree from hitting the kitchen, where many people had gathered, Merkel said.

He added that the tree was probably brought down by the strong storms and wind that had been dogging the area the past few days.

Merkel said he anticipates a long summer of repairs, but the most important thing is that everyone is safe.

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