Residents in Elton clean up after storm - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Residents in Elton clean up after storm

By Crystal Price - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - A tornado swept through Jeff Davis Parish Thursday morning knocking over tree limbs, power lines, and even a tractor trailer.

Today residents in Elton reflect on the aftermath of the storm and clean up what is left.

"This is a nightmare I keep thinking I'm going to wake up," says Lisa Hicks, a resident of Elton.

Lisa Hicks is no stranger to severe Louisiana weather.

"I've been through many bad hurricanes," says Hicks. "But this is the worst my place has ever been through."

Today Hicks' house is not stable enough to even walk inside.

"As you can see there's a hole in my roof," says Hicks.

Hicks is also devastated over another special piece of property on her land. 

"The tree that you see they are cutting down right now is family planted," says Hicks. "It's really hurting me to see it come down."

Just down the road, Nolan Semien owns 10 rent houses in this Elton neighborhood.

But of all the homes, Semien says only one house received serious damage.

"It will probably cost $2,000 to $3,000 to repair," says Semien.

Despite the destruction, residents say they will continue to move forward.

"I've grown up here and this where I plan to live for while," says Hicks. "We'll redo my home and start over. When you get knocked down, you get back up and you start walking again."

Workers from Mark's Tree Service in Lake Charles cleaned up fallen trees and tree limbs today in Elton.

Allen Correction Center workers were also on the scene to help out.

Although there is still quite a bit of work to do, workers say the area should be cleaned up later next week.

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