Tornado targets church


The tornado that ripped through Bowie County Sunday night set its sights on not only homes, but a church in Dekalb.

At Radiant Life Fellowship, crews spent the day cleaning up.  Community volunteers pitched in with supplies Monday, working to secure the building.  Amid all the downed power lines and uprooted trees, Pastor Jeff Fitzgerald said he’s thank no one was injured.  “The brick and the windows are pulled out of the back of the church, and we had an education building on the side of the building, it’s a total loss.”  

Teams from the National Weather Service in Shreveport surveyed the damage and concluded it was an EF2 tornado that hit the area.  Senior Meteorologist Felecia Bowser said, “When I see damage such as this, I know it was a relatively significant tornado for sure.”

At Radiant Life Fellowship, Pastor Fitzgerald said Monday that it is unclear when services will resume.  The church is in need of people to help clear and haul debris, along with building supplies.  

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