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Tornado recovery in Union and Lincoln Parishes

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DOWNSVILLE, La. (KNOE 8 News)- Residents in the town of Downsville are slowly recovering from the EF 1 tornado that struck them this past weekend.

Most of Union Parish is still without power. Many business owners are forced to spend 300 dollars a day for diesel to keep electricity generating through out their business.

Earl Roberts is the chief of police in Downsville, he shared with our Jeremy Pierre a very vivid picture of the tornado.

Roberts was outside during the tornado protecting his horses, who were not harmed. 

"I'm just glad to be alive, because I have never see a tornado. It felt like a freight train was coming through here," Roberts said.

In Lincoln Parish, David Manuel lost two chicken houses and 30 thousand chickens on his chicken farm in the aftermath of the tornado.

He estimates that the damage will cost him close 800 thousand dollars.

Roberts and Manuel count it a blessing that no one in the area has been seriously injured.

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