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Family Homeless After Tree Crashes into House

YAKIMA, WA - The wind blew over trees and knocked out power all over the valley.  One family in Yakima is homeless after a tree crashed into its roof, but it could've been worse.

Almost all the homes on Cornell Avenue avoided any serious damage from the windstorm.

"Nobody gets anything, but a big tree goes through my house," says Christopher Roberts.

An elm tree, forty feet long, crashed into the house where he lives with his family.  Roberts says he was at friends house last night when the tree fell.  His family is on vacation.

"For them and me both. We're very fortunate," says Roberts.

He blames the rains as well as the wind.  He thinks the rain loosened up to soil around the tree - which made it easier for the wind to blow it over.

"This right here is the dining room," says Christopher, pointing to where the tree's trunk has ripped a hole in the house.  It finally landed on Roberts' car.  Now he can't open his driver's side door.

"Tree has been up for a while," he says, "I didn't think it was going to topple over on everything."

Roberts says for now he'll stay with a friend, until his family gets back from vacation.

"I don't know if we have any idea right off the bat, but I'm sure we'll come up with something pretty quick."

The Roberts did not have any serious damage to their property in the house.  Their landlord estimates that repairs will cost about $40,000.

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