It was home to Deana Dallas for six years -- the one-story rental on the 600 block of Smith Avenue in Richland. But Sunday night's storm sent a towering maple tree onto the roof, and now Dallas needs a new place to live.
"I'm still in shock. I really don't know what to say. I don't know what to do. I don't know," the 42-year-old told the Herald on Monday afternoon.
The storm that displaced Dallas also damaged crops, toppled power poles and left thousands without electricity in the Mid-Columbia.
In the city of Richland, which has its own electric utility, about 2,000 customers were in the dark.
About 1,000 Benton Public Utility District customers lost power, along with about 400 covered by the Benton Rural Electric Association and about 2,700 covered by Franklin PUD.
In northeastern Oregon, more than 10,000 Umatilla Electric Cooperative and Hermiston Energy Services customers were plunged into darkness at the height of the storm, according to a Umatilla Electric news release. Thousands had their power restored by 9 p.m., the release said.
The lights also were back on in most Tri-City area homes and businesses by early Monday, although about 77 Franklin PUD customers -- mostly irrigation loads -- in the Smith Canyon area around Elm and Kruse roads still were without power as of noon that day because of downed transmission poles, the utility reported.
Paterson School in Benton County closed Monday because of water damage to the gym.
At the rental house on Smith Avenue, Dallas still was reeling Monday afternoon from her close call the night before. She had been in her bedroom but had gotten up moments before the tree fell onto the roof above, saving her from being hit by broken glass, she said. She wasn't hurt, and neither were her fianc and her 16-year-old son, who both were home at the time. The five parrots Dallas had at the three-bedroom house -- she runs a parrot sanctuary -- also were OK, she said.
But the house, with a gaping hole in the roof, is uninhabitable, said Dallas, who stayed with relatives Sunday night. An account at HAPO Community Credit Union has been set up to help with new housing.
The Smith Avenue home is owned by a Redmond woman, according to county property records. She couldn't be reached Monday to talk more about the damage.
Benton County Emergency Services is collecting information on storm-related property damage and asks Benton County residents to send in their accounts, along with contact information, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The thunderstorms that damaged property also broke a heat wave that set a new daily high temperature record and tied two others at Hanford.
The high Friday at Hanford was 99, tying the previous daily record high of 98 set in 1948, according to the Hanford Meteorological Station.
Saturday the high was 95 and Sunday the high was 96, tying the daily high temperature records for each date.
The Hanford Meteorology Station keeps daily temperature records back to World War II.
-- Reporters Ty Beaver and Annette Cary contributed to this story.
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