Avoyelles family happy to be alive after severe weather flips home
UPDATE: The National Weather Service has confirmed the storm did produce an EF2 tornado with winds between 115-120 mph.
A family in Avoyelles Parish is happy to be alive after their home flipped completely over during Sunday morning's storm.
Around 7 a.m., the Richard family was just starting to wake up at their home on Highway 114 in the Fifth Ward and Belledeau area, when we're told they heard a loud noise, and seconds later their home began to flip.
It left the home in shambles several feet away from where it originally stood, and even scattered debris about three or four miles down the road.
"I woke up, I think to the house shaking," explained Trey Armand, who lives at the home. "A few seconds later, the house started flipping. Everything was dark. It was windy and I pulled everybody out of the house and we just sat in the car for about an hour."
Armand is one of several family members who were in the home at the time. All of them went to the hospital, but their injuries were not life threatening.
A few pets were in the home as well. We're told two dogs survived, and as of Sunday afternoon they were still searching for a dog and cat.
A lot of family, friends, and community members came to help clean up and recover items for the family. We spoke with a couple of extended family members, Steven Soileau and Keith Richard.
Richard told us he was planning on coming to the home on Sunday for a barbecue, but got a call around 8 a.m. that nothing was left.
After seeing the damage for himself, Richard said he's grateful that the family didn't suffer worse injuries. "I'd rather see them at the hospital than the morgue," he said.
Soileau said he was grateful for all the support the family is receiving. "Good community," he said. "Everybody helps each other out. Look at the people out here. This is great. We will overcome this. Like I told them, this is nothing. It's just material."
A GoFundMe page has been made for the family. If you’d like to donate, click on the attached link.