Clean up underway after Fayette County tornado - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Clean up underway after Fayette County tornado

(WMC-TV) - Residents and family members living in the Belmont community in northwest Fayette County said it looks like a war zone after an EF-1 tornado ripped through the small community, tearing up an animal shelter, a historic cemetery, and an old church.

Many people in the area are now in clean up mode.

"My parents were married in this church, my mother grew up in this church and I don't know what's going to happen," said resident Ridley Clifton referring to the Belmont church that was blown 20 feet off its foundation.

The inside of the church remains intact. Family members said there are thousands of dollars worth of damage to the Belmont church and cemetery.

94-year-old Paul Rogers grew up in the Belmont community.

"I was in the war, and it looks like a war zone or worse than a war zone," he said.

Rogers said the church was established in 1848. It closed years ago.

The Belmont Cemetery Association Storm Damage Fund has been set up at the First Citizens National Bank in Oakland.

Copyright 2013 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Mucho Bueno hosting eating contest for charity

    Mucho Bueno hosting eating contest for charity

    Tuesday, June 27 2017 11:52 AM EDT2017-06-27 15:52:18 GMT
    (Source: Wikipedia)(Source: Wikipedia)

    Fundraising and food, those are the two key factors in this weekend’s taco eating contest at Mucho Bueno Mexican restaurant in Sulphur. 

    More >>

    Fundraising and food, those are the two key factors in this weekend’s taco eating contest at Mucho Bueno Mexican restaurant in Sulphur. 

    More >>
  • BREAKING

    LCPD hoping 'unique' jacket design will lead to arrest in connection with armed robbery

    LCPD hoping 'unique' jacket design will lead to arrest in connection with armed robbery

    Tuesday, June 27 2017 10:24 AM EDT2017-06-27 14:24:47 GMT
    LCPD officials are hoping that the "unique" design on this jacket will lead to an arrest in an armed robbery case. (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)LCPD officials are hoping that the "unique" design on this jacket will lead to an arrest in an armed robbery case. (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)

    The Lake Charles Police Department has released a photo from an armed robbery of a convenience store in the 2700 block of Country6 Club in the hopes that someone will recognize the "unique" design on the jacket. The subject took out a gun and demanded money from the clerk before leaving on foot headed south, said Deputy Chief Mark Kraus. Kraus said the subject was wearing a "distinct" jacket with a "unique design on the back." Kraus asked any...

    More >>

    The Lake Charles Police Department has released a photo from an armed robbery of a convenience store in the 2700 block of Country6 Club in the hopes that someone will recognize the "unique" design on the jacket. The subject took out a gun and demanded money from the clerk before leaving on foot headed south, said Deputy Chief Mark Kraus. Kraus said the subject was wearing a "distinct" jacket with a "unique design on the back." Kraus asked any...

    More >>
  • Road closures in Southwest Louisiana

    Road closures in Southwest Louisiana

    Road closures in Southwest Louisiana

    Tuesday, June 27 2017 9:42 AM EDT2017-06-27 13:42:12 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The following is a list of road closures for Southwest Louisiana.

    More >>

    The following is a list of road closures for Southwest Louisiana.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly