Tree falling on President’s home labeled “an anomaly”

A tree fell and landed on the roof of the President’s home Feb. 12. The only damage was to the roof on the north side of the house above Kitts’ children’s room, Graham said.

by Life Editor Monday Sanderson

A large tree fell on the President’s home Feb. 12. UNA President Kenneth Kitts and his family were in the house, but no one received injuries.

This tree had no signs of being in an unhealthy condition, said Paul Graham, supervisor of ground maintenance.

“We look for signs, such as rot or a wound or abnormal growth,” he said. “This particular tree is an anomaly. It was a healthy tree. However, we noticed that there was a lack of structural roots. There weren’t as many roots as we expected.”

Graham said this could possibly happen again on campus.

“We do have older and larger trees on campus, and there is a possibility of a failure of some kind,” he said. “It’s not a matter of scaring anybody, but it is kind of a given.”

The only damage was to the roof on the north side of the house above Kitts’ children’s room, Graham said.

“There was a small hole in the roof,” he said. “It was probably a 1 1/2-2 feet by 3 feet.”

Editor’s Note: Editor-in-Chief Jasmine Fleming contributed to the report.