Woman killed when tree crashed down on home in Port Moody

PORT MOODY (NEWS 1130) – A woman is dead after a massive tree fell through her family home in Port Moody during today’s powerful windstorm. A tree came crashing down on a home on Alpine Crescent, off Noons Creek Drive in the Heritage Mountain area when strong winds were clocked this morning.

Port Moody Mayor Mike Clay says the tree crushed the victim while she slept.

“It’s over 30 inches in diameter. It’s certainly the biggest tree in this neighbourhood, I would say. If you see it from the backyard, it is a big, heavy tree. Unfortunately, that part of the house goes through the master bedroom.”

He adds the neighbourhood was hit particularly hard by the storm.

“That 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. was really windy. I heard gusts of up to 90 km/h and then it dropped off again and just turned to heavy rain after that, but I guess it was in that period that this tree came down.”

Neighbours say crews responded within minutes.

“We’re a small town, the fire hall is just down the hill here. Anecdotally, I heard the sirens out all night last night, so they were probably already out on the road as well and we have a pretty good response here,” explains Clay.

“These houses were built probably close to 30 years ago so this is the older part of Heritage Mountain and there are not a lot of trees here. In this neighbourhood, we haven’t done a lot of calls or work in here.”

He adds her husband and two adult sons were also in the home at the time but were unharmed. The Coroner is on scene investigating, while Victim Services has been called in to help the family cope.

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