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It was not the message Overlie expected

Call from wife alerts him tree had fallen into house during thunder storm


Paul Delaney

Earl Overlie examines the damage from a tree that fell on his home during the July 23 thunderstorm that rolled through Spokane County.

It wasn't the usual call Earl Overlie might have gotten from wife, Bonnie, asking him to maybe pick up a few things at the store on his way home from a meeting he was attending.

Nope, last Wednesday's message had some real urgency attached following the passage of a fast-moving thunder storm that literally blew through a swath of Spokane County, starting about 4 p.m., leaving down trees and damaged homes in its wake.

Unfortunately, that included the Overlie residence on Cheney-Spokane Road where the family has lived since 1990.

Fortunately, it could have been worse, much, much worse Overlie...

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