REPUBLIC, WASHINGTON -- A woman suffered bumps and bruises but was able to walk away after a large tree uprooted and fell on top of her house.
Joy Culp was standing in the kitchen of her Republic, Washington home when a severe storm hit the area late Friday afternoon.
Her husband, Wade, was working at a nearby construction site when the wind started to pick up.
“It hit so fast, I barely had time to run to my truck a hundred yards away,” he said, “Trees were snapping left and right every where for about 3 or 4 minutes.”
Back at the house, Joy became trapped after the roof came toppling down.
“The tree landed a half inch from her, and the roof came down on her back. I think the stove probably saved her life,” her husband said.
Neighbors heard Joy’s screams for help and rushed to her side. One of the neighbors climbed up on a two by eight piece of wood and was able to pry her out. She was treated at a nearby hospital for cuts, bruises, and possible a small arm fracture.
“She’s doing find, and the dog is good. The house is destroyed, but we’re lucky,” Wade said.