Fair Park woman seeks help with downed tree at her home




Posted on July 10, 2012 at 10:54 PM

DALLAS - Clarine Whitaker is a familiar face in her Fair Park neighborhood. It's a place she has called home for more than 60 years.

She is a longtime community activist who prides herself on being a good neighbor.

"When I was able, I helped others," Whitaker said.

But after Sunday's storms, she's the one in need of a helping hand.

"It was just like a boom, boom," Whitaker said. "I just thought it was an earthquake or a tornado."

The strong winds sent a massive pecan tree crashing down on her roof. It's created a clean-up job that is just too big for the senior citizen.

"I can't remove that tree," Whitaker said. "I can do everything else, but I can't remove that tree."

She has asked for help, but is yet to receive any.

"If I could just get someone to come out and finish cutting it down, at least where it won't damage the house or something like that, I'd certainly appreciate it," Whitaker said.

While she waits for help, Whitaker does see one silver lining in the storm clouds.

"I'm so thankful the Lord blessed me to still be here," she said. "He promised to protect me, and he did just that."

If you can help Ms. Whitaker, please contact WFAA staffer Paul Rios at prios@wfaa.com.