Community rallies behind Lacey family that lost home during storm

Jenna Hanchard reports

The rain and the wind from last weekend's storm didn't do the damage that was expected, but a good deal of the weather fuss landed on top of one house in Lacey.

"Nobody has lost their home except for me. I do feel special," said Dale Jodway.

Jodway and his wife were inside of their Lacey home when a 100-year-old Douglas Fir broke at the base and fell onto their home.

"We got the dog, got the cat, got everybody got out. Everybody is okay, life goes on. It's good,” said Jodway.

Jodway and his family survived, but the family van is out of commission, and a home with years of memories is gone.

"After 20 years of being in this home raising three girls and everything that's happened here, it's just sad to see it have to end like this,” said Jodway.

But the storm isn't the source of the blame for the downed tree.

"No, it was kind of the straw that broke the camel’s back," said David Drewry, an arborist.

He said it's been rotting for at least the last 50 years, and over the weekend it finally had enough.

"The only safe tree is a dead tree away from your house,” said Drewry.

You could say when one tree falls, an entire forest leans in to help. Applebees and Shari’s has offered up free meals, and friends from 4H and church have also helped.

"Friend have put us up, and then we have a local person who is allowing us to stay in her rental home until we stay on our feet,” said Jodway.

While last weekend's storm didn't come knocking on many doors, it destroyed Jodway’s, but he's smiling through it.

You always think years go by, I'm going to sell my home. I'm going to be able to drive by and see it from time to time,” Jodway said. “It's sad, but it's life. What are you going to do?"

Copyright 2016 KING


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