Tree crashes into man’s bed 30 seconds after he wakes up

Published: Aug. 28, 2020 at 9:52 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 16, 2020 at 9:03 PM CDT
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VERNON PARISH, La. (KALB) - Weeks after Hurricane Laura, several residents are struggling to rebuild. Duane Sharp Jr, who lives in the Hicks community, does not know what to do next after being denied assistance by FEMA.

“I was told I do not qualify for FEMA,” Sharp explained. “So, I have made a GoFundMe account. Right now, I have set it at $5,000. I don’t think that’s going be near enough, but nobody was donating, so I reduced it.”

Duane continues to live in the same home that had three trees on top of the roof after the storm.

“I am, I’m living at the other end of the house,” Duane said. “I’ve shut everything on this end off. But the rest of the house is livable. As long as I don’t have any problems with mold.”

Sharp further explained that he does not have anyone he can stay with, but he has to deal with his current situation.

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VERNON PARISH, La. (KALB) - One resident in the Hicks community says he is thankful to be alive after a tree nearly crushed him during Hurricane Laura.

“I had no idea that was fixing to happen,” Duane Sharp Jr. said. “I got out of bed to go start my generator, and I didn’t even make it to the bedroom door. Before, all that stuff crashed down right behind me.”

Sharp believes if he stayed in bed for 30 more seconds, he probably would not be here today.

He shared his Thursday morning experience on Facebook, which caught a lot of attention: receiving more than 180 shares and comments filled with thoughts, prayers, and well-wishes.

Now Sharp’s trying to figure out what’s the next step.

“I am hoping to get some aid from FEMA,” Sharp said. “I’ve got a pretty big deductible I have to pay out of pocket before my insurance will do anything.”

If he does not get help from FEMA, Sharp says he’ll have to make a GoFundMe, to restore the only home he has known for the past 12 years.

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