CROWLEY, LA (KPLC) - It took many folks by surprise when a tornado wiped some homes in a neighborhood north of Crowley on Christmas Eve.
"We woke up to a disaster," says Kenneth Mire. "It's just a clean up process now."
It's not what the Mire family usually wakes up to on Christmas.
But this year Kenneth and his son Noah are spending their Christmas day picking up what's left from tornado.
"Some of my friends in the neighborhood had their houses destroyed," says Noah Mire. "We're just picking up debris from their houses."
Lyle Johnson is one resident in the neighborhood who lost his home in the tornado.
The family's roof was completely blown off and the storm even ripped through one of the bathrooms in the home.
Although yesterday morning's tornado might have destroyed their home, the Johnson's say it didn't destroy their Christmas spirit.
"While it's not good, the best Christmas Eve gift we've ever had in our life is that all three of us were alive," says Johnson. "We made it out. God does things and why he does it nobody knows, but he does protect you."
Johnson says he's also thankful for the support from the community.
"It's just amazing the friends that turn out and help you do things," says Johnson. "It just makes you really thankful for where you live and for the people."
Although the Johnson family's home is a total loss, they say they were fully covered by their insurance company.
If you would like to help out the Crowley residents, contact the Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office at 337-788-8700.