Crews work to reverse windstorm damage at Lucky Pines Estates

POST FALLS, Idaho — Arborists had their work cut out for them Sunday as they worked to free homes of trees that were crushing them after a windstorm whipped through Post Falls over the weekend.

Starting around 6:30 a.m., you couldn’t go a few minutes without hearing the roar of chainsaws followed by the sound of branches falling to the ground at the Lucky Pine Estates. It was a similar story this weekend, only there were no chainsaws and arborists didn’t have control over the trees that were being uprooted.

The Lucky Pines Estates seemed to have gotten the worst of the storm, but neighbors there are doing their best to keep their spirits high.

“Kept hearing snap, snap, snap, snap all over and looked out the window, saw a snap of a tree over there and it hit the ground real loud,” said neighbor Savannah Rodgers. “Trees started coming down [and were] blocking us from getting out, so we were pretty much trapped.”

Rodgers said her family was eventually able to get out, but she couldn’t stop thinking of the possible damage while she was away. Rodgers figured it was only a matter of time until a tree came down on her place, but that time never came. Her neighbors across the street weren’t so lucky.

“I’ve kind of, I did a walk through of different neighborhoods. This one seems to have gotten it the worst,” Rodgers said of Selkirk Avenue. “You know, there’s a little bit of a sigh of relief seeing that nothing happened to me, but I definitely push that aside and kind of worry about how my neighbors are going to recoup and rebuild.”

Rodgers said she looks forward to helping her neighbors recover once the crews clear out.

“They’re here and they’re helping,” Rodgers said. “But I think as soon as everybody’s gone, we can come together more.”