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Man picking up the pieces after downed trees damage car

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Kevin Ch'en's '58 Chevy Bel Air may be totaled. Kevin Ch'en's '58 Chevy Bel Air may be totaled.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

In the aftermath of Tuesday's powerful storm one man is trying to pick up the pieces after fighting a battle for twenty five years.  He's been trying to convince the last six neighbors who owned the property next door to split the cost of removing a tree he believed to be dangerous under the right circumstances. 

After the record windstorm in the Inland Northwest, his fears were realized. 

"We were both in the house and we just heard a big huge crash," says Kevin Ch'en.  " I came out here and there was that tree laying across the Chevy." 

Bad news for Kevin Ch'en who used the '58 Chevy Bel Air as a date car with his wife.  They were going to have one more night out before they put it away for winter. 

Sadly, that didn't happen.

"It might be totaled," says Ch'en.  "We have to talk to the insurance company and talk to some body and fender guys."

The huge trunk that fell on the Chevy also took out several fences and a trailer, but the storm wasn't done wreaking havoc on the Ch'ens yet.

"The other one when it blew off you could see that they went airborne."  The second large trunk fell on the other side of Kevin's property taking out their deck and koi pond.  "We know it punched a hole in the liner because we just filled it up again yesterday," says Ch'en.  "It's losing a lot of water." 

It also crashed through part of the house.  "We had a big ole' limb sticking in the roof of the house.  They punched through in one place, cracking the wall."   

Even with all the damage Kevin says things could've been worse.  "It landed 8 feet from where my wife was." 

As for the third large trunk of the tree still standing, Kevin says now it definitely has to go.  "The logging crew was here and said that is really dangerous.  It's way out of balance.  It's not if, it's when it will fall."   

Ch'en says they pulled branches out of the house and patched it up.  The insurance company will be out Monday to survey the damage.

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