Time is ticking to report storm damage

By Ben Wolf – bio|email

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) – When driving through the Greenacres Place neighborhood in Bossier City, it's clear homeowners took a devastating blow.

Now they must patiently wait for everything to get back to normal.

Don Weathersby now laughs about when he stepped through his ceiling while looking at tornado damage.

"Phew! Pretty interesting day," he said.

The National Weather Service confirms an EF-2 tornado pummeled the Greenacres Place subdivision in Bossier City.

A week and a half later, many neighbors say their insurance company has already sent them a claim check.

Weathersby, however, is having a problem finding someone to fix a lot of the damage--especially on his roof.

"I've ranged from 48 squares to 34 squares.  Somebody isn't telling it like it is or they don't know what they're doing," he said.

His neighbor Robert English says it was a shock when he first saw his damaged home, but his family is safe and his home will eventually get back to normal.

"Just taking it day by day, just working on the house and working in the yard," he said.

In the meantime, Weathersby knows where he will find the workers to fix his home.

"I'm not going to hire anyone to do this work if you don't live and work in Shreveport or Bossier.  I'm going to make sure they get my work," he said.

Don't forget that if your property has been damaged by the recent storms from either a tornado or floods, officials want to hear from you.

In Caddo and Bossier parishes, residents can call (318) 425-5351 between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm.

You have only until Wednesday to get this done.

For homeowners who suffered damage in Webster parish, the phone number to call is (318) 377-1515.
This is only for damaged sustained from the storms between October 1st and November 5th.

The reports of damage will be used by parish officials in an effort to secure financial assistance.