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'My son and I were sleeping inside when it happened'

The April 7, 2017, windstorm brought a tree down on the camper where Kasandra Redick and her son lived with Redick's fiance in Eugene. "My son and I were sleeping inside when it happened. My fiance had just walked out of the door to leave for work and saw the tree fall right on top of us. My two year old son and I are fine not even a scratch," Redick said. The family is seeking a new camper to move to the mobile home park where they live. (SBG and courtesy photos)

EUGENE, Ore. - Kasandra Redick and her family lost their home during the deadly windstorm that swept through the Pacific Northwest on April 7.

The storm dropped a tree on the 5th-wheel trailer where Redick and her son lived with her fiance.

"My son and I were sleeping inside when it happened. My fiance had just walked out of the door to leave for work and saw the tree fall right on top of us," Redick said.

Redick said she threw herself over her son and pushed up against a cabinet in the 5th-wheel trailer when she heard the tree crashing down.

The outcome could have been worse.

"My 2-year-old son and I are fine," Redick said. "Not even a scratch."

Now the family is "couch surfing" and staying in motels as funds allow as they look for a new camper to move to the mobile home park where they live, Redick said.

"We were told that it was too old to insure because it's an '84 and however, we didn't realize though, and nobody had really told us that you can get renter's insurance on anything you live in," Redick said.

President of the Northwest Insurance Council Kenton Brine said people are frequently under-insured or have no coverage at all.

"That's just the saddest situation because it is avoidable," he said. "The crowd source funding option, GoFundMe page or something like that might be the best early option for someone who's, you know, stuck in a position where they've got a child and everything that they have has been lost."

The American Red Cross and a local church are helping Redick and her family get back on their feet.

Redick reminds others, "You cannot prepare enough for something like this."

The spring storm caused widespread damage to trees, crushing cars and knocking out power.

To help Kasandra Redick and her family, visit their GoFundMe page.


Deadly, destructive storm


The spring storm caused widespread damage to trees, crushing cars and knocking out power.

The storm also directly caused the death of a Portland-area man when a branch fell on him.

A 56-year-old fisheries technician died after the boat he was in capsized on the Columbia River during the storm.

The cause of a plane crash that killed a prospective University of Oregon student, both his parents and a pilot is still under investigation.

The plane went down amidst the storm's intense winds, with gusts up to 45 mph at the Eugene Airport.

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