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Tornado tears through South Ruston

RUSTON, La. (KTVE / KARD) - Ruston residents recall a nightmare of a weekend that started late on Friday the 13th in April of 2018.

That's when  an EF-2 Tornado came through.

"It was loud it was whistling and sounded like a train,"" resident Carolyn Hudson said.  "That's all I heard and then next thing my tree fell down". 

It wasn't  just hers.  Over 100 homes in the south side of the city were damaged by fallen trees.  Strong winds snatched the trees out of the ground and landed some of them on top of people's homes.

"It was real scary cause I've never went through nothing like this nothing ever comes through Ruston.   It's always around us or under us," Hudson said.

"Devastation," Taylor Estes, of Ritchie Tree Services, said.  "I mean it was like a war zone. Everyting laid over on houses power lines." 

No one was seriously hurt  but crews here on site tell us some of the trees knocked down in the storm, Some  are as long as 70 to 80 feet tall.  

A devastating nightmare that didn't even seem real until it was time to pick up the pieces.

"There are homes  over there that's totaled and there's nothing they can do about it," Estes said.

 A close call for everyone who was home when the Tornado tore through their neighborhoods.

"My bedroom right there and my car was right there and I thought surely it tore my car up," Hudson said

Now the battle to get things back to normal is far from over.

"I saw a couple that they were about to leave their house and they told workers they can get whatever they want from their house because they lost everything," Evelyn Aimsworth of Rolling Hills Ministry said.

Neighbors helping neighbors recover any way they can. Rolling Hills Ministries is going through the neighborhoods to make sure people have what they need to get through a tough time.

"Just people that we see that need help," Aimsworth said.

"We're giving out some sandwiches and fruit some juices."

"We know that when there's crisis in the community that people need to know that we're hear for them and we can all come together," said Cole who also works in Rolling Hills Ministry.

For more on how to help people recover from the storms visit the Ruston Rolling Hills Ministry website below:


Or contact the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce at: (318) 255-3481


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