Queensborough tornado restoration efforts fuses volunteers

Workers come together to clean up Queensborough neighborhood

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Neighbors, residents and volunteers are working to clear debris following a tornado that ravaged a Shreveport neighborhood.

It's been weeks since a powerful tornado touched down in Shreveport's Queensborough neighborhood and left its damaging mark. Volunteers have been working restlessly to restore homes and move collapsed trees.

"To see a tree sitting up on a house that's been here for just about two or three weeks, people are still living in it and nothing is getting done about it," said Kenneth Dean, a volunteer. "This could've been my mom's house, my grandmother's house, anybody that I'm related to."

Dean said he's admired how people from all walks of life and different backgrounds have galvanized to clean up after the storm.

"People can come together from whatever neighborhood they're from," Dean said. "Whatever your religion, your race...you can come together for a greater cause and that's to help people that need help."

Kenneth Calhoun, a member of the Louisiana Patriot Militia, said he saw the extent of the destruction while watching the news. He said he knew right away he needed to lend a desperately needed hand.

"It should be in people's own nature to go out and help someone else," Calhoun said. "People have reverted back to 'it's me, me, me' when really it should be 'us.'

Calhoun said it's time our society set its differences apart, step up to the plate and make a difference in our communities.

"I think everyone should reach into their own hearts and come up and say, 'hey, I should help make a difference,'" Calhoun said.

Officials with the Queensborough Progressive Citizens, a service organization dedicated to cleaning up after the storm, said they're in need of more volunteers, food and water.

Donations can be brought to the New Elizabeth Baptist Church, 2332 Jewella Ave.

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