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After windstorm, family comes home to harsh note

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This note has shown up on some doors in Spokane. This note has shown up on some doors in Spokane.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

While the region recovers from last week’s storms, some families have a note taped to their door telling them their home is unsafe to live.

Spokane Fire Department says they’ve done 136 site visits, not all of them were homes, and the damage ranged greatly from minor to major. The notes they put on the doors of these homes were also different. But for one family, their note read that their home may be “structurally deficient.”

Elisa and Aaron Jones have been surveying their house everyday since the storm.

“We’ve got to get with an adjuster and figure out money and they’re looking at 6 months to rebuild, $200,000 plus to do it,” Elisa says.

Their roof and garage were completely destroyed by two trees.

“We were at the window when it happened,” say Elisa’s daughters Evelyn and Holly. “We were looking at the tree and then the house started rumbling. Then the tree started going faster and faster coming down on us.”

The family ran into the basement for cover and left their home. Now, they are staying in a hotel.

“And we just found out there’s asbestos in there so that’s going to take a while,” Elisa says of their home.

Now they’re looking for a place to rent while they wait for the house to be fixed.

“We actually have it better than some people because our insurance put us in a hotel,” Elisa says. “I feel bad for people who still don’t have any heat or electricity.”

They’re just happy no one was hurt.

“Everyone is safe and eventually we’ll get a new home,” she says.

The city says the thing you should do immediately is contact your insurance agent to properly document the damages. There are also warming shelters around town you can stay in if you need to.

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