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Red River Parish recovering from storm damage

“At first, it was just raining and hailing. And then we saw the garage go flying ...,” Hall Summit resident says
Storm damage in Red River Parish.
Storm damage in Red River Parish.(KSLA)
Updated: May. 11, 2021 at 10:16 PM CDT
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RED RIVER PARISH, La. (KSLA) - Pastor Marvin Leleux is volunteering alongside many others from the Louisiana Baptist Convention Disaster Relief Ministry to help people in Hall Summit clean up after straight-line winds tore through the town.

“There’s a tree that tore this gentlemen’s house and we have equipment and we are trained to take these things and it helps them recover quickly,” Leleux explained.

”It’s not a job I’ll get paid for, but I will do it all day long in Jesus’ name.”

Just up the street, recovering quickly is something Undriette Jackson is hoping to do. “I have leaks in every room of the house; it tore my shed up.”

During the storm, Jackson and her family took shelter in the hallway.

“At first, it was just raining and hailing. And then we saw the garage go flying and we knew it was a tornado,” she recalled. “The wind started blowing and it started shaking the house and you can hear stuff start breaking.”

Neighbor Kevin Caldwell’s home and vehicles, including his police unit, were also damaged.

“Right up there, that’s the part the plywood and the tin came up. If you take the plastic, you can see right through the house,” he said.

Caldwell said it was a scary experience to go through. “Only thing that was on my mind was that I was just trying to survive.”

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