Monsoon storm damage has been devastating for one Phoenix family, who lost their only car to a fallen tree.
On Monday, Brent Yosick was running things out from his car into the Extended Stay America where his family was living. His car was only in the parking lot for a few minutes when a gust of wind knocked over the entire tree next to it.
“I came out and looked at it and the car’s totaled. Ya know, all four doors are jammed, the back window broke, the tire was flat," Yosick said.
The tree has since been removed, but from the remaining trunk it's obvious it was at least a foot in diameter. It seems the soil was saturated, making it easy for the entire tree -- roots and all -- to tip over.
“So it caved in the roof, obviously. It bent the little side frame over here," Yosick said as he showed Arizona's Family his crushed car. He's lived in Arizona his whole life, but has never personally dealt with storm damage like this.
His wife, Britney Payne, is at a loss of what to do once they have to return their current rental car on Friday.
“I came rushing out, it was still raining and windy and I saw it and I just cried. I mean, even looking at it now, I just want to cry."
The family has only had the car for about 5 months. The car they had before that was stolen.
“I just feel like we keep getting hit with hardship after hardship,” Payne said.
"That was our only car. Ya know, that was our only car to get from point A to point B, to get kids to school, wife to work, me to work. That was our only vehicle," Yosick said.
Payne's job is nowhere near a bus line, so as of right now she has no idea what’s she’s going to do to get to work on Monday. The family says their car insurance only covers liability, so they won't get any help on that end.
They also say the hotel’s insurance told them they won’t cover the car's damage either because it was ‘an act of God.’
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