Storm recovery continuing at Priest Lake | News
Hundreds are without power, cabins and trailer homes are being repaired and people are talking about their narrow escapes from Friday's big storm after it pummeled the east side of Priest Lake.
Everywhere in the Indian Creek campground, where people are enjoying the calm waters and soaking up the sunshine, the rumble of machinery is constant in the background, along with snapped trees and boarded up trailer homes.
"Plowing out the stumps, removing all debris making sure the camp sites are fine to go back into," park manager Loni Johnson said.
Friday's storm ripped through Priest Lake State Park. Johnson said that as many as seven visitors' vehicles were hit during the storm. One tree fell on top of Darcy Nott's trailer, the exact spot he ran to for cover with his family.
"It came down right behind my back. Water started pouring in. I couldn't get the door open," Nott said.
Nearby, another tree uprooted and landed on a cabin, shattering a window. It took just a half hour of fierce winds to cause all this damage, flattening 150 trees that crews are now cleaning up.
"Fortunately besides that which is bad, no personal injuries, not even a scratch," Johnson said.
But the storm proved to be deadly elsewhere in North Idaho, when a tree fell on a car killing one person.
Hundreds are still without power and anywhere between 5,000 and 10,000 trees were flattened on the east side of the lake.
Clean up is ongoing and the Indian Creek campsite is open to the public.