Fallen tree damages Ridgeway Dorm
This story was updated at 7:02 p.m. on Nov. 13.
Freshman Ash Cameron was in her room sitting on her bed when the branch crashed through the ceiling above her head.
“I was laying down when I heard a branch snap and thought, ‘hey, a tree must have fallen down,’” Cameron said. “Then all of a sudden pieces of drywall fell on my head and a branch fell through the roof.”
It was two branches that broke through the roof of the Ridgeway Beta Hall Stack Nine room during a windstorm Monday, Nov. 13.
Cameron’s roommate, freshman Marie Ytell, was not in the room at the time, but said she heard the crash from the Beta lounge.
The roommates said they were offered a paid hotel room by their Resident Director, but declined to stay with friends.
Ytell said they were told it would take no longer than three days to move back into their room.
Western Chief of Police Darin Rasmussen said no one was injured, but folks were shaken up.
Rasmussen said officers, facilities management and housing were all on location to assess the situation.
“It does appear that the tree kind of spoked into the roof of one suite,” Rasmussen said. “The tree broke off, but it is still attached.”
A Western Alert said the top of the tree fell at 4:20 p.m., creating two small holes several inches in diameter.
Rasmussen said they will have to wait until the wind dies down before they have arborists trim it away. He said housing is making its assessment for the residents of the room that was damaged.
The National Weather Service has put out a high wind warning until 9 p.m. tonight for western Whatcom County, with wind gusts reaching up to 60 mph.