Community helps with clean up in wake of last week’s tornado


The folks in Northwest Louisiana know a lot about taking care of their own – more than a week after an EF-1 tornado ripped through Springhill, the community has pitched in to help neighbors who were affected. 

Residents have been working long hours to help survivors get back on their feet. 

Jerry Strahan wasn’t home when the storm hit, but said if he had been, he is “probably 100 percent positive I would have been killed.”

Although Strahan said he trained not to panic, he also said fear is exactly what rushed through his body when he realized his 10 puppies were in danger outside. 

“They had been sucked into a deep hole. We had to rope-rescue them out,” he said.  

But, Strahan added, as bad as the tornado was, he said he finds hope in the outpouring  of community support.

Shelby Crehan, a volunteer helping with the cleanup on Strahan’s property said, “We were actually in Carterville (in Bossier Parish) when it hit Springhill and we heard about it and came over here to check on (Strahan) and saw the amount of damage.”

Several large oak trees in Strahan’s backyard were up-rooted, barely missing his home. “Since the tornado hit, we’ve been here some days from nine in the morning until midnight cleaning up,” Crehan said.

Limb by limb, day by day, Strahan said he’s beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

“This is just a bump in the road as some would call it and it’s got to me, but I’m slowly getting better as I see so many people helping out,” Strahan said.

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