Residents have been left stumped over why a huge tree which crashed into their garden during a storm is still there – almost a month on.
People living in properties at Shepherd’s Loan, off Perth Road, were shocked when the four- storey high copper beech toppled onto their houses during Storm Ali.
Gusts of wind of up to 102.2mph were recorded on the Tay Road Bridge during the storm.
A large chunk of the tree still remains in the grounds of the car park near to the junction with the Perth Road and residents said work is still under way to clear away the damage.
Campbell Meikle and flatmate Holly Taylor, who live in one of the properties affected, told how they had to contact fire crews at the time of the incident – and had to climb over the tree to get out of their home.
Campbell, 22, a biomedical student at Dundee University, said: “I’ve lived here for three years and that was the most wild storm I’ve seen.
“The tree came down in two bits and hit our house.
“It smashed into the over-hanging part of the roof.
“If that part of the roof hadn’t have been there then I reckon the tree would have come straight into the house – there was a split-second where we really feared for our safety.
“I’m surprised there is still such a large part of the tree sitting there now. There were workers there in the aftermath clearing up the damage, but it would appear they had maybe bitten off more than they could chew.
“The tree must have been about four-storeys high and I don’t think they anticipated how big the tree was.
“There was certainly a really loud crash when the tree came down.
“Because of the way our house sits, the tree had fallen over our footpath and we had to duck under the tree and climb over the wall to get out of the house.”
Holly, 23, an anatomical student, said it was lucky that no one was hit during the incident.
She said: “The tree fell in two stages.
“We contacted the fire crews just in case someone had been injured.
“You can still see the damage that it has caused to the back of our house – luckily no one was hit.”
The grassy area where the tree fell has been cordoned off with traffic cones and red tape.
One passer-by said he was “amazed” to see the extent of the damage caused in the area.
He said: “I just wasn’t aware just how much damage had been caused – I’m amazed.”
Storm Ali caused havoc across Dundee, Tayside and Fife leaving the Tay Road Bridge closed, train services from Dundee cancelled and buses disrupted.
Turriff’s Garden Centre and Farm Shop in Broughty Ferry was forced to close for much of the day after part of its historic conservatory roof was blown off.
Pinegrove, which lets out Campbell and Holly’s property, could not be reached for comment as the Evening Telegraph went to press.