PAULS VALLEY, Okla. – A woman who’s been without power for six days following storms last week is thankful for the kindness of strangers who are helping people clean up.
“I was crying out to God, that’s what I was doing because I know, I know He helped me,” Linda Quinill told News 4.
Fighting back tears, Quinill said she feels lucky to be alive after her neighbor’s tree narrowly missed her bedroom when high winds tore it down last Wednesday.
“My bed was just jumping up and down and shaking, and my nightstand was shaking and stuff going on the floor,” she said.
Then, the power went out. When she went outside, Quinill quickly learned why. The tree destroyed her electric meter and part of her roof when it went crashing down.
“I’ve always tried to help people and do the right thing, and then you wake up one morning, and this has happened and it makes you wonder, it doesn’t make me wonder about God, but it makes me wonder about people, like this man says it’s an act of God,” she said.
That’s why Quinill's neighbor won’t pay for the damages his tree caused to her home and she said money is tight right now. She said her insurance only covers structural damage to her home.
However, just when Quinill was starting to feel discouraged and overwhelmed, she received some kindness from a group of strangers.
“I know there's still a lot to be done, but we tried to get what we could with what we had,” Jamell Williams told Quinill when he showed up to check on her while News 4 was there Monday.
Williams and other members of his church, The House, are helping people clean up.
“It was so bad. You couldn’t see. It was that bad. It was like a jungle, like worse than a jungle,” he said.
Williams didn’t know about the condition of Quinill’s electric meter until he showed back up Monday. He offered to ask a local electrician he knows to take a look at the meter to see what he could do.
Quinill told News 4 that she’s thankful for good Samaritans like Williams through this stressful time and God who she believes saved her life.
“Without Him, I know I couldn’t have made it. He protected me,” she said.