Vinton residents picking up after Tuesday’s storms

Published: Jan. 25, 2023 at 2:39 PM CST
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Vinton, LA (KPLC) - Like many others who fell victim to Monday’s storm, one Vinton family is still in shock at the sight of their destroyed home.

A line of storms rolled through Tuesday evening, spawning high winds throughout Southwest Louisiana and possible tornadoes.

“The worst thing you could ever imagine in your life,” one of the residents of the home, Rustie Chapman said. “It was really scary.”

An 84-year-old woman, her husband and her two children were in the home when it shifted completely off its cinderblocks.

The home is now unlivable, along with two travel trailers outside, forcing the family to find temporary living arrangements.

Rustie Chapman tells 7News they had just completed repairs from damage caused by Hurricane Laura, and the thought of rebuilding is unfathomable.

“Anything that could happen, happened,” Chapman said. “I mean it was just horrible. I don’t really know how to explain it. My stepdad has no insurance, so that’s the worst part.”

Chapman said she doesn’t know what’s next for them. They’re just trying to salvage their belongings, though her stepfather wants to rebuild.

It’s a long road of recovery ahead, but she said they are just grateful no one was seriously hurt.

“We’re still alive,” Chapman said. “That’s the most important thing.”

The National Weather Service is out surveying damage today.

One tornado was confirmed close to Vinton. It began in Texas and traveled northeast through western Calcasieu into western Beauregard, causing damage in Ragley.

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