COLUMBIA FALLS - Winds gusting to over 50 mph on Thursday night were clocked in various parts of the Flathead Valley, causing trees to snap and fall on power lines causing outages and fires.
Power lines weren’t the only thing affected by the storms -- homes were as well.
Anthony Zollman, his girlfriend and her daughter were in their trailer home around 9 p.m. when a large tree snapped and fell on top of their house. The tree fell directly onto the water heater and branches were sticking through the roof of the home.
Fortunately, no one or the two cats were injured but the family scrambled to find a place to stay with the storm in full force and temperatures continuing to drop.
“You struggle so hard most of your life, working your job and putting away. You finally get a home that you own and you do everything you can to protect it and sometimes you really just can’t. Because nature has its way of making its path and making its presence known especially in Montana in the winter,” Zollman said.
Zollman says the family has reached out to the Red Cross and has already been helped. He wants to thank everyone else who helped his family last night.