by Meteorologist Kyle Myers
TENSAS PARISH, La (KNOE-8 News)- Yesterday's violent thunderstorms that rolled through the nation's midsection left a lot of debris to clean up today. An army of clean-up workers marched into Tensas, Grant, La Salle and Catahoula parishes to help clean up storm damaged homes, trees and power lines.
"We loaded up some clean up kits and some water into the emergency response vehicle. Today that is what we are probably going to be doing. Some damage assessment, visit with people and see what their needs might be" Carroll Babb, American Red Cross.
The country club at Lake Bruin, what the locals call the island, had extensive damage to their trees. The mature pine trees were twisted and stapped in two. Just across the street multiple power lines were laying on the road causing power outages since the storms hit.
The National Weather Service confirms that an EF2 tornado struck in Tensas Parish 4 miles north of St. Joseph. Cindy Moeler lives on Lake Bruin and was terrified when it hit.
"I just grabbed my pups and went into the closet and hunkered down until it was over with and Im really lucky," Cindy Moeler, storm victim.
Limbs were blown down and Cindy lost patio chairs and a smoker. However, Ricky Ellington's property didn't fare as well. His pre-Civil War home lost its entire 2nd story.
"We'll have to start over here. There is just so much damage. There is so much water damage. It is an old home it is going to hard to replace what it was made out of," Ricky Ellington, storm victim.