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Bossier Parish neighborhood cleans up after tornado

A frightening morning for those near Plain Dealing.
A frightening morning for those near Plain Dealing.

Bossier Sheriff Deputies confirm a tornado touched down just west of town.

Residents say they've never seen anything like it.

The tornado came with a vengeance.

"We've had the high winds and rain, but nothing like this," said resident Katie Trusty. "This storm was completely different."

It happened just after 3am on the 100 block of Buckshot Road.

As residents look at the damage, they can't help but think just how lucky they are to be alive.

"Just surprised they could be okay with all the damage," said Carol Cason. "I'm very thankful everyone is okay, I've never seen damage like this."

Stephen Walley and fiance Katie Trusty say it happened within seconds.

"I woke up to loud winds, trees crashing," described Walley. "My first reaction was to make sure that she [my fiance] was in safety."

"So he kind of threw me in the bathtub, he grabbed our two dogs and put us all in there," said Trusty. "We could hear the windows breaking, we could hear trees falling, it was very scary."

Down the road, Cason's son got up to shut a window, but realized he too needed to act quickly.

"He grabbed his son, threw him on the ground, laid on top of them and that's when the tree fell through the home." said Cason. "He said the leaves brushed him on the back of his head."

Homes, cars, and memories all destroyed.

"There's no roof in the kitchen, the walls are coming down," said Trusty.

"It was bad, my father lived in his home for a long time," said Walley. "I know he's upset about his house, but we'll get it fixed."

As neighbors pick up the pieces of their past, they stand strong, confident that they'll rebuild and move forward.

All three homes on the street were damaged in some way by the storm.

Thankfully, no one was injured.
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