Tree falls on RV in Parksville during weekend windstorm

Tree falls on RV in Parksville during weekend windstorm
Mark Corbett

A weekend windstorm ripped through multiple communities on Vancouver Island causing a copious amount of trees and branches to topple in its wake.

Residents of one RV park in Parksville are lucky that no one injured after a tree, estimated by witnesses to be over 100 feet tall, fell and landed on a recreational vehicle.

“Oh yes it was loud,” said Alina Bjorklund who was in a trailer next door. “So I ran to the door and first it looked like we only saw the car that was crushed and then you take two steps around and we’re like holy smokes the whole front of the motorhome was crushed.”

“They happened to be at their dinette table and not at the front of the motorhome and thank God,” said Warren Bjorklund.

The incident occurred at Riverbend RV Resort in Parksville on Sunday, March 28.

Images of the aftermath show the downed tree had crushed the front passenger side of the vehicle.

Significant damage can be seen on the roof, passenger door, windows, windshield, awnings and front wheel well.

According to witnesses, no one in the RV park was injured from the downed tree.

The tree also landed across the hood of a Subaru that was parked in the same vicinity, causing damage to the car.

“We’re a treed resort, we have trees everywhere,” said Riverbend RV Resort manager Alison Rees. “And each winter we have an arborist come in and they look and we take down what we think is dangerous but this was a perfectly healthy tree that we never even would have looked at taking down.”

The incident occurred at approximately 8 p.m. Pictures of the fallen tree can be seen below.

The windstorm resulted in outages for thousands of Vancouver Island residents and BC Hydro was still working at restoring power to customers on Monday morning.

The below images are courtesy of Mark Corbett.

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