Trees dodge woman's home during tornado

Posted, Monday July 7th, 2014 --- 6:06 p.m.

The road to recovery---after a tornado tears through Dodgeville last week we spend the day with a survivor.

"I cant believe I'm alive, it's been a whole week and I still cant believe I'm alive. "

The massive storm may have left it's mark on Betsy D'Angelo's property but her spirits are sky high.

"I don't know, I don't know how you explain these things. It's a miracle," says Betsy.

At least a thousand trees down on the property she and her late husband built their home on decades ago. Each one miraculously dodging the house.

"When I opened the door there was this wall of gigantic trees."

Betsy says she wasn't trapped, but it took some effort to get out.

"I waited till daylight and I was then able to crawl through the trees."

That's when she saw just how bad things were, her quite home tucked deep in the woods was now suddenly exposed for the first time ever.

"He kept saying "I cannot believe your house is still standing, this doesn't make any sense to me.""

Thousands of dollars of damage, and a forest taken out. Betsy says there's no good explanation on why she wasn't killed except her late husband and daughter protecting her.

"I think it was Cara and Charlie working really hard to keep me safe to be honest."

Now left to clean up the mess, Betsy is hoping to sell off some of the timber.

Finding the perks of the new landscape mother nature has painted her.

And if you're like Betsy and have a lot of downed trees but don't know exactly what to do with them all, the DNR is hosting a meeting tomorrow night at 7:00p.m. at the Dodgeville Service Center at 1500 N. Johns St. They'll have all types of information about what your options are.


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