Melody Dopp certainly doesn’t consider herself lucky although she concedes that of the two big trees that fell, only one landed on her car.
Dopp’s 2016 Ford Escape SUV was among the casualties of a brief but intense windstorm that battered Baker City a bit before noon Saturday, toppling numerous trees and power poles, turning at least one trampoline into a flying sculpture, and cutting power to almost 1,800 Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative customers for several hours.
The weather station at the Baker City Airport recorded a peak wind gust of 56 mph on Saturday. The anemometer at the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center had a gust of 66 mph and a station in Baker Valley measured a gust of 57 mph.
The winds accompanied a cold front that also splattered the city with heavy rain showers.
Dopp said she doesn’t believe the tree, one of two mature evergreens that fell at the home of her mother-in-law, Eleanor Dopp, at 2460 Clark St., caused significant damage to her Ford Escape.
But that’s not as much of a consolation as it might be.
Because this isn’t the first of Dopp’s Ford Escapes that has had an unfortunate fate this year. A fire on Jan. 20 that started in the garage of the home that Dopp and her husband, Wayne, own in Baker City destroyed the 2008 Escape parked inside.
That vehicle, Melody Dopp said, “looked like it had been in a war.”
“It didn’t even have a steering wheel — it all just melted,” she said.
The 2016 model that was in the falling tree’s path Saturday morning was a replacement for the scorched Escape.
“Maybe I’m just not meant to have an Escape,” Dopp said with a chuckle. “I’m not escaping, that’s for sure.”
See more in the April 9, 2018, issue of the Baker City Herald.