Shuswap residents cleaning up after powerful weekend storm
Winds up to 80 km/h hit communities along the lake
Toppled trees are strewn all across the yard of Gail and Brian Paradis' Shuswap cabin after a powerful storm this weekend.
Winds up to 80 kilometres per hour ripped through Magna Bay Resort, and the Paradis' are now assessing the damage.
"We could see trees starting to fall. My daughter yelled for everyone to get down, and we all hit the floor," Gail Paradis told Radio West host Audrey McKinnon.
"We could hear trees falling all over, and the wind was gusting very loudly. My husband got everyone to crawl underneath a support beam, and we just kinda covered under there until we could hear the trees stop crashing."
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Brian Paradis says their lot saw about 25 trees come down, most of which fell around the cabin. One did hit the cabin and others crushed their boathouse and their garage.
He also says five or six trees crushed their daughter's car.
"It's about two feet high," he said.
Although no one was hurt, the Paradis say their grandchildren were traumatized by the storm and look at black clouds in the sky with fear.
The Paradis weren't the only ones to experience the storm's devastation.
On Twitter, people posted pictures of how they were impacted.
Big storm last night <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/shuswap?src=hash">#shuswap</a>. This large tree split and fell on our roof. <a href="https://t.co/pVUOytIiUo">pic.twitter.com/pVUOytIiUo</a>—@cowellr
Our first clue that the storm was worse than we thought. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Shuswap?src=hash">#Shuswap</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/twister?src=hash">#twister</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/parkthecarandwalk?src=hash">#parkthecarandwalk</a> <a href="https://t.co/fKtQ6KHv7l">pic.twitter.com/fKtQ6KHv7l</a>—@RoxanneSnopek
<a href="https://twitter.com/GlobalBC">@GlobalBC</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/globalnews">@globalnews</a> Magna Bay home destroyed.Roof was in the middle of the road. <a href="https://t.co/HJotEbHfib">pic.twitter.com/HJotEbHfib</a>—@chasroe
With files from CBC Radio One's Radio West
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