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Judge unscathed from storm that crushes Alton home

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By Brendan Marks By Brendan Marks

ALTON, Ill. -- A southwestern Illinois judge is counting his blessings after escaping unharmed from a storm that toppled two century-old trees onto his home in the Mississippi River city of Alton.

Dave Grounds says he was in his home of 43 years on Wednesday night when he heard rains suddenly intensify before winds came with what he called “incredible resonance.”

He says that’s when the house at the end of a dead end on Shady Place started shaking violently as it if was grabbed by both sides. The 64-year-old Madison County juvenile court judge thought it was an earthquake, and that’s when he says “things started collapsing.”

An oak tree and an ash tree, each with root balls 10 feet wide, caved in his bedroom and crushed two of his vehicles.

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