By Associated Press - Wednesday, October 14, 2020

BAKER, La. (AP) - A woman and her father lived to tell their tale after a tree crashed through their Louisiana home during Hurricane Delta and almost crushed them.

Coral Anne Dunn and her father Thomas Dunn were sitting on two reclining chairs Friday when the roof came down, trapping them under the rubble, WAFB-TV reported.

“God is so good because there’s no reason we should be alive in here,” Coral Dunn said. “God put his hand down and said, ‘Baby, it’s not your time to go yet.’”

Thomas Dunn, U.S. Navy veteran, said the incident happened suddenly but soon after, he was screaming his daughter’s name to get her attention. Coral Dunn said she blacked out for a brief moment, then woke up to see her father buried under the rubble.

Coral’s daughter was in the home and able to call 911. Emergency crews arrived quickly and were able to pull the pair from the rubble.

“They got me out and we’re safe. This could happen to anybody, you just don’t think it’s going to happen to you,” Coral said.

The two suffered minor injuries.

The Dunns are staying at a hotel and waiting for assistance.

Coral Dunn said although the house was destroyed, she’s walked away with something great: community support.

“There are good people in the world and the world is still a good place because people we don’t know have helped even a little bit, and that means so much and it means our world is going to be okay,” she said.


An earlier version of this report incorrectly said it happened on Saturday instead of Friday.

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