Home crushed by 4 trees

Alanna Kelly

Sandy Friend was at work when she received a phone call telling her four massive trees had crushed her house during a windstorm.

“I just prayed all the way here, 'God please keep my dogs safe,'” she said. “I ran from work and came here right away, the hydro line was down, there was a fire truck here, I ran right by them.”

The family has been living in hotels since Tuesday's windstorm, and had to move twice now because there were no rooms left.

Friend saw nothing but trees when she arrived at her home on McCurdy road.

“You just hope nobody got hurt or injured or killed,” she said.

She was able to rescue her two Chihuahuas, who were unhurt, from inside the home.

“We are just taking it one day at a time, just staying in a hotel,” she said.

Insurance came through and will help cover the cost of the hotels, but Friend said they need somewhere more permanent to keep their dogs.

“They have to take the trees off the house before they know how long we will be out of the home,” she said. “We’ve been too stressed out, we can’t even go to work.”

Friend wanted to thank the people of Kelowna that have reached out and offered support.

If you want to get in contact with the family you can email them at [email protected]

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