Starting from scratch; woman reflects on losing her home after wind storm

Wind Storm Damage
Post Falls home a total loss after wind storm.

POST FALLS, Idaho — Gusty winds over the weekend brought down trees and changed lives in Post Falls.

“Pulling up every time, I just can’t believe it,” said Amanda Nickerson who lost her home.

Nickerson was out of town with her husband this past Saturday, when she got an unexpected phone call from her kids.

“They called us at about 5:30 a.m. and said a tree had fell on our house,” Nickerson said.

Shortly after another tree fell, crushing both her husband and her sons car.

“We got there right after that happened and the winds were just blowing so hard and we could hear trees snapping and falling around us,” said Nickerson.

Eventually, four trees total fell on both her house and cars.

“It’s not fixable. The whole floor, the whole everything is just… I mean there’s a tree in our kitchen,” Nickerson said.

Turning the place she called home for the past 17 years into a total loss.

“I don’t have a house to live in. I don’t know what they are going to do to help,” said Nickerson.

“I know what it’s like to have your house destroyed. To see all this is just like, oh my god. My heart aches for these people,” said Bridger Gaul with Nolan’s Tree Service.

Meanwhile, tree service companies have been working to clean up the mess at Lucky Pines Estates. However, they’re not the only ones stepping up.

“We’ve known a lot of these people for our entire lives. My good friends and stuff I’ve known since I was very young,” said Ben Clary, who volunteered his time to help.

While the storm may have caused a lot of damage, for now, they’re focusing on the bigger picture.

“If nobody got hurt, that’s what matters,” said Clary.

“It’s just one day at a time,” Nickerson said.