ROXBURY, NJ – The Molina family of Landing, whose home was severely damaged last month by a storm-toppled tree, sustained another setback this morning when a second tree fell on the property, according to a neighbor.

The neighbor, Linda Catto, said she was awakened by a loud noise. It wasn’t until later – when police arrived – that Catto realized a second tree had fallen on the Molinas’ property, taking down a utility pole.

“It woke me up at 4:15 this morning, but I didn’t know what happened,” said Catto, who lives across Logan Drive from the Molinas. “Everything was black outside and the windows had rain on them, so I couldn’t see.”

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Catto went back to sleep but not for long. About an hour later, flashing lights from police vehicles woke her and - as dawn arrived - she realized her neighbors’ tree-related headaches had multiplied.

“A tree went down right in front of their house and took down all the wires again,” Catto said. “They’re going to have to pay to have these trees taken down. It looks like there are about three more that are going to need taking down.”

The Molinas have been living in a hotel in Rockaway, according to Catto and other friends. They were forced to leave when a huge tree fell on their home as Tropical Storm Isaias whipped through the area on Aug. 4.

Shortly afterward, another neighbor of the Molinas, Wendy Oakes, set up an online GoFundMe site on their behalf. The site can be reached by clicking here.

Catto hopes more people with chip-in to help.

The Molinas have three children: Josseline, 14, entering Roxbury High School next month as a freshman; Josue, 12, a sixth-grader at Lincoln-Roosevelt School and Joel, 7, a second-grader at Nixon School.

“On top of what happened last month, this happens today,” said Catto. “It’s terrible. They’re the nicest, nicest people. They have beautiful children, and they’re just the most appreciative people.”

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