Uprooted tree destroys WA. home, narrowly misses homeowner

Uprooted tree destroys WA. home, narrowly misses homeowner

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by KREM.com

KTVB.COM

Posted on July 22, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 9 at 5:53 AM

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.

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