Wind Brings Down Tree Onto Marysvale Family’s Carport

Feb 14, 2019, 10:50 PM

MARYSVALE, Utah – For as many times as Bonnie Rasmus has looked outside her home Thursday afternoon; she still can’t believe what happened.

“There’s stuff laying everywhere,” she said as she walked out her front door. “Wow, that’s a big tree.”

She and her family were inside their Marysvale home Wednesday afternoon when they heard the wind start to pick up.

Lawrence Rasmus describing the wind

“It was the windiest I’ve ever. It was a burst that came through,” said Lawrence Rasmus, who is Bonnie’s husband.

They have lived in this part of Piute County for close to 25 years, but that wind brought a sound they have never heard before.

“It was just all of a sudden, boom, and I heard all that lumber coming up against the house: boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, like that,” said Lawrence Rasmus.

It was so loud, they didn’t even hear the big tree fall on top of their carport.

They felt it.

“Baboom,” said Bonnie Rasmus, while shaking her hands. “Like something hit, it shakes the whole ground. The whole house shook.”

The large tree on the side of their home fell in the wind.

It toppled the roof of their carport, damaging a van, but somehow it didn’t hit their home.

“We were lucky because we always thought if it was going to come down, it might hit my son’s room,” said Bonnie Rasmus.

Bonnie Rasmus

Bonnie’s car was also in the carport, but somehow wasn’t damaged.

The roof fell around her car.

“I think because the van is higher, the roof stayed off of my car,” said Bonnie Rasmus.

Now, it’s a matter of cleaning up.

They have lost trees in other storms, but nothing as big as the one that fell Wednesday afternoon.

“They’re old trees, and I don’t even know what happened to them,” said Bonnie Rasmus. “But they’re done. I guess they wanted to be out of there. They just wanted to come down I guess.”

The family is hoping their insurance will cover the damage the tree did.

However, even if it doesn’t, they’re just happy no one was outside when it came down.

“The whole town of Marysvale has been great,” said Bonnie Rasmus. “They came and checked on us. They offered to help us clean it up and even offered a backhoe. We’re just having it cut down and removed. The people here are nice.”

Lawrence Rasmus describing the wind

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