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Family Member of Mt. Jumbo Avalanche Survivor Shares Story

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MISSOULA -

The survivors of the Mount Jumbo avalanche continue to recover.

Retired UM professor Fred Allendorf is serious condition and his wife, Michel Jo Colville is in critical condition.

The third survivor, 8-year-old Phoenix Scoles, is in good condition.

Casey Greene said on Friday afternoon, his fiance, Erin Scoles, saw a nightmare play out before her own eyes.

Greene said his fiance watched as the avalanche came sweeping down Mount Jumbo engulfing her two children who were playing in the yard.

Greene, an experienced back country skier, estimated the slide was traveling between 60 and 120 miles per hour when it struck Scoles' 10-year-old daughter, Coral and 8-year-old son, Phoenix.

Coral was able to get herself out of the snow quickly, but Phoenix was trapped under the snow.

Greene said miraculously, Phoenix and the other two survivors were trapped inside air pockets. That allowed them to breathe while search and rescue crews and neighbors with avalanche shovels and probes worked furiously to dig them out.

Forty-five minutes, later, crews pulled Phoenix out, and then, Fred Allendorf and his wife, Michel Colville surfaced.

And the community support continues.

People have already donated more than $19,000 to an account for the Scoles family, surpassing their goal of $15,000.

Greene said they'll use the funds for hospital bills and a new rental, after their home was significantly damaged in the slide.

And dozens of volunteers continue to shovel through snow and debris from the homes that were destroyed in the slide.

Amy Cilimburg, a Missoula resident said, "I think it's a beautiful example of what Missoula wants to do."

Greene said he and his family have been absolutely blown away by the unwavering support the community has shown in the aftermath of the avalanche.

If you would like to make a donation to the Scoles family, click here.

You can also make a donation to Fred Allendorf and Michel Colville through the Allendorf Family Fund by calling the Missoula Federal Credit Union at (406) 523-3300.

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