Bellevue couple lucky to be alive after tree plunges into home
BELLEVUE, Wash. - The wild wind left a trail of damage across Western Washington over the weekend. The high winds toppled trees, damaged homes and power lines, with some areas getting hit harder than others.
Some areas were hit harder than others. In Bellevue's Cherry Crest neighborhood, a 60-year-old Blue Spruce tree came crashing down onto the Olson's rental home.
"It's just unreal," said Jason Olson, who has lived in the home on 126th Ave NE for just six months. "It happened so fast too."
Jason and his wife Christi Olsen were watching college football when the tree plunged through the house.
"It was just a really loud boom," said Christi Olsen.
The tree collapsed into the attic of home pushing two wooden tresses though the living room ceiling, hitting Chris who sustain a slight scrape.
"You expect so much more from a tree that big," said Jason.
Sunday, Jason said he's counting his blessings for walking away from such a dangerous incident.
Renter's insurance is providing the couple funds to stay at hotel while the home is being repaired.
"We're in good spirits because the outcome is just a scratch." said Christi. "We're just very thankful."
As the clean-up continues around King County, Seattle Public Utilities is asking neighbors to be proactive about clearing leaves and debris from storm drains around their home. Officials say it can prevent flooding.
If you're still in the dark tonight, multiple utilities companies are asking customers to contact their office so they can get service restored as soon as possible.