Storm leaves broken RVs and broken lives behind - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Storm leaves broken RVs and broken lives behind

GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) -

In a matter of minutes, dozens of people had their lives literally turned upside down when a violent storm ripped through the Santa Maria RV park in Gautier Monday night. Tuesday morning, they got their first daylight look at what remains of their homes and belongings.

Harold Robbins was one of more than 25 campers whose RV was tossed around like a tinker toy.

"We were thrown around the camper. She's got staples and stitches in her head and my knees and elbows and back is banged up a little bit, but we're alive. We're okay. We got our little dogs out and this is temporary," Robbins said.

Cherie Quinn recalled the harrowing moments.

"It tilted and we thought it was going to come back down and it didn't. And then it came down a little bit and then it just rolled and everything just came tumbling on top of us," Quinn explained.

Mike McLaughlin is a disaster logistics expert who came to help.

"Well, right now the most important thing is their mental health, and they are assessing the damages they have and just try to keep them calm and realize that everything will be okay. It's just stuff," McLaughlin said.

All of the people who live in this campground and felt the full wrath of Mother Nature's fury recall one similar thing about this violent storm - it happened with little notice.

"You didn't have time to get terrified, until you crawled out and then your knees start shaking. You didn't have time for anything," Lee Wibstad said. "It was just, all of a sudden she just started turning over and that's where she stopped."

"It just happened real quick. There was really no warning," Tim Green said. "I thought the wind was blowing pretty hard and then all of a sudden, just over it went. There was nothing you could do about it."

Some, like Scott Sullivan, knew something was wrong, and literally dodged a weather bullet just seconds before his trailer flipped over.

"I peeked my head out of the door again and at that time, I decided it was time to get out of my trailer, and I immediately left for my truck and, of course, started to drive out of the park and was dodging debris," Sullivan recalled.

It's debris that will take a long time to clean up. What will take even longer is erasing the memories of this violent storm.

Incredibly, officials say only two people were hospitalized with injuries. Several others were treated for cuts, scrapes and bruises, but did not have to be admitted to the hospital.

Copyright 2014 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • CPSO hosts gun safety class in Moss Bluff

    CPSO hosts gun safety class in Moss Bluff

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 11:04 PM EDT2017-09-20 03:04:20 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)
    "If you're going to be a gun owner...you take care of your guns," said Trinity Meche. "You lock them up (and) get them out of the way of your kids."  The message of gun safety came from the father of Gage Meche,  the boy who accidentally shot by another student during school last year. It happened at Moss Bluff Elementary when another kid brought a loaded gun to school in a backpack.  Gage was hit in the stomach and spent weeks recovering from the ...More >>
    "If you're going to be a gun owner...you take care of your guns," said Trinity Meche. "You lock them up (and) get them out of the way of your kids."  The message of gun safety came from the father of Gage Meche,  the boy who accidentally shot by another student during school last year. It happened at Moss Bluff Elementary when another kid brought a loaded gun to school in a backpack.  Gage was hit in the stomach and spent weeks recovering from the ...More >>
  • Police still searching for suspect in fatal hit & run

    Police still searching for suspect in fatal hit & run

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 7:11 PM EDT2017-09-19 23:11:54 GMT
    Police are still looking for a suspect after a cyclist was killed Friday night. When you combine a university of over 7,000 students with one of the busiest roads in Lake Charles accidents are bound to happen. “It's tricky, it's a 4-lane road that runs alongside a university,” said Lt. Richard Harrell. “There's a high volume of foot traffic and motorists that aren't paying attention for various reasons. These things do happen unfortunately.” Harrell says wit...More >>
    Police are still looking for a suspect after a cyclist was killed Friday night. When you combine a university of over 7,000 students with one of the busiest roads in Lake Charles accidents are bound to happen. “It's tricky, it's a 4-lane road that runs alongside a university,” said Lt. Richard Harrell. “There's a high volume of foot traffic and motorists that aren't paying attention for various reasons. These things do happen unfortunately.” Harrell says wit...More >>
  • breaking

    Contraband Days Festival changing its name

    Contraband Days Festival changing its name

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 8:42 PM EDT2017-09-20 00:42:36 GMT
    (Source: Lake Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau)(Source: Lake Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau)

    For 60 years residents and visitors to SWLA have looked forward to the annual Contraband Days Festival but now the festival is changing its name, according to Angie Manning, spokeswoman for the Lake Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau.  The board that has overseen the festival wants to bring a new focus to Louisiana culture and history from the food, music, and artists to the pirates and the rides, Manning said.  The new name of the festival is the Louisiana Pirate...

    More >>

    For 60 years residents and visitors to SWLA have looked forward to the annual Contraband Days Festival but now the festival is changing its name, according to Angie Manning, spokeswoman for the Lake Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau.  The board that has overseen the festival wants to bring a new focus to Louisiana culture and history from the food, music, and artists to the pirates and the rides, Manning said.  The new name of the festival is the Louisiana Pirate...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly