Corbett woman injured when tree falls on house

Strong wind in the Gorge has taken a lot of trees and power lines down

A tree fell onto a house in Corbett, December 10 2017. (Corbett Fire)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Strong wind has been whipping around the Columbia River Gorge, so strong at times that one Corbett woman was injured by a tree limb when a tree fell on her house.

Cars struggling to stay in their lanes on I-84 and the Columbia River’s white caps show how strong it’s blowing. Parts of the Historic Columbia River Highway had to be closed temporarily due to tree limbs scattered all over.

High winds downed trees along this road in Multnomah County, December 11, 2017 (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)
High winds downed trees along this road in Multnomah County, December 11, 2017 (Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office)

“There were some trees and debris that came down the Historic Columbia River Highway,” ODOT Spokesperson Don Hamilton said. “This is a section of the road that we had to close up until a few weeks ago, but with the fire everything is a little weaker.”

The Corbett Fire District said crews responded to dozens of calls of down trees and power lines over the weekend, including a 65-year-old woman who was struck by a tree around 11:30 p.m. Sunday.

Fire officials said the limb of that tree fell through the woman’s house while she was sleeping, piercing her torso. She was conscious when crews arrived and had to be extricated before she was taken to the hospital.

“She was alert, conscious, even kind of holding the limb,” Assistant Chief Rick Wunsch said. ” [It] went into her torso, we’re not sure how far. It was about one inch in diameter.”

No one else was injured by the house was seriously damaged.

“Up to that point there’s been no injuries, fortunately it was just power lines down, people losing power, a lot of those type of calls,” Wunsch said. “The last 4 days have been really busy.”

High winds downed trees along this road in Multnomah County, December 11, 2017 (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)
High winds downed trees along this road in Multnomah County, December 11, 2017 (Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office)