Tree falls on Phoenix home after monsoon, crushes garage

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(Source: 3TV/CBS 5) (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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A decades-old eucalyptus tree became a lawn ornament for Matt Johnson after Thursday's storm. 

"I left by the front door this morning but I came home to this," said Johnson.

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"I got home and I was wondering how I was going to get in my house, because it's blocking the front door, blocking the back," he said. 

It caused his garage to cave in.

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This is where all my tools are, where I do work sometimes, and it's all crushed," he said.

Neighbor Christine Brandell Melendez also was affected with the power outage that ensued.

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"I start school tomorrow, I'm a teacher," she said, wondering when her air conditioning would come back on. 

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Lindsey returned to the Valley in 2010 after covering border and immigration issues in El Paso, TX. While in El Paso she investigated public corruption, uncovered poor business practices, and routinely reported on the violence across the border.

Lindsey feels honored to have several awards under her belt, including a Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award, Hearst Journalist Award, and several National Broadcast Education Association Awards.

Lindsey is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, and she currently serves as a mentor to journalism students. She studied for a semester in Alicante, Spain and also earned a degree in Spanish at ASU.

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