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'This hit us hard — harder than we ever expected'



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Residents on Conlin Road couldn’t leave their home on Sunday after waking up to find a giant tree lying across their driveway. Amanda Collins. (click for larger version)
November 01, 2011
CHARLTON — Mike Bishop and Kathy Goddard consider themselves seasoned New Englanders.

Living in their Conlin Road home for nearly 30 years, they've braved blizzards, hardened hurricanes, and even withstood more than a week without power after an ice storm.

But nothing, they said, prepared for them for last Saturday's weather.

"This hit us hard — harder than we ever expected," said Bishop, as he set down his chainsaw on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 30, taking a break from a day of cutting up downed tree limbs that had fallen across his front yard. He pointed up his driveway to Goddard's SUV, parked haphazardly betweens trees and bushes.

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"That slid down the hill last night," he said. "It's four-wheel-drive and I can't even get it out. We're going to have to cut down all the plants to move it."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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