Ricky chainsaws his way to freedom
A Timaru man has taken matters into his own hands to cut himself out after a tree blocking his driveway left him ‘‘stuck’’ in his home.
Ricky Hunter, 69, had no way out of his Bouverie St property other than on foot, after a tree fell down onto the driveway during Friday’s wild weather.
The ‘‘massive’’ gum tree, which stood on a neighbouring property. fell at about 11am on Friday, completely blocking his driveway. In a bid for freedom, he used a chainsaw to cut a hole big enough for his car to get through.
Hunter had been in contact with Housing New Zealand, which owned the neighbouring property. He said a Housing New Zealand staff member had got in touch with him after he saw the photo of the tree in the media.
The duo cut out a hole to get his car through on Saturday, and by the end of the day on Monday the driveway had been completely cleared, Hunter said.
He said it took the pair nearly all day on Monday to clear the driveway. ‘‘I’ve got heaps of wood now,’’ he said.
It was lucky the tree didn’t fall on the house or his caravan, which is usually parked right in the spot where the tree fell.
‘‘I would have been broken hearted, it’s an expensive little beast.’’