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Assessing the damage: Comparing the August 2nd storm to the July 23rd storm

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SPOKANE, Wash.- On Monday crews remained out in Spokane and beyond cutting up trees and patching damaged electrical wires, two days after a severe storm ripped through the region. Tens of thousands of people remained without power, and the trail of damage from the storm was widespread. Trees line the streets and are hanging out of dozens of homes and this was the second line of severe weather to hit the Inland Northwest in the past week and a half.

Monday is the day that many insurance assessors were finally able to take a look at much of the damage to people's homes and yards. On the campus of Whitworth University 30 large pine trees were lost. Just a few blocks south on North Wall, the damage at Lisa Montague's home was not covered by insurance because none of the trees hit her home.

On Monday Montague told us, "one tree started to go down, then this one after that. We were by the door just praying, please don't hit that house! It was almost like the wind was changing direction or something.

Ron Miller with the National Weather Service says despite heavy damage to homes, cars and trees, the storm on July 23rd was actually stronger than the one that hit August 2nd. Miller says "the event overall on the 23rd was more rare. We had 2-inch hail in Kettle Falls. That's so rare.

Spokane officials say after the July 23rd storm it accepted more than 60 tons of storm debris from 260 customers. So far from Saturday's storm 181 people have dropped off debris totaling nearly 40 tons.

 

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