Couple says Tom Konvicka saved their lives during severe weather
It's been a day of severe weather as storms tore through Louisiana leaving a path of destruction in its wake. One of places hit hardest here in central Louisiana is Cherokee Village in Alexandria.
A couple of those residents are counting themselves lucky to be alive, despite major damage to their homes. And they're giving all the credit to our very own Tom Konvicka.
Charlot Taylor explained that her parents, Tony and Isabelle Miller were sitting in their favorite chairs just seconds before the tree fell in the house. She said it was what they were watching on television that made them get up.
"Tom Konvicka, he says get to shelter now," said Taylor.
That’s just what they did. They worked their way into a closet in the middle of the house as the tree made impact.
"Just when my daddy got in there, because he's 91 and he can barely walk, it threw him in the closet,” explained Taylor. “He's got a cut on his arm, but he's okay. So I want Tom Konvicka to know that he saved a WWII veteran's life."
The home is one of many in the Cherokee Village area affected by the storm. Others also suffered from fallen trees and limbs, and damaged homes.
Taylor said she expects her parents’ home to be a total loss. But she said at the end of the day it's not the about the building, but the people in it.
"They’re alive,” said Taylor. “And that's all that matters. That's all that matters."
She said her parents are now safe at her home, going on with their usual routine.
"They’re good,” exclaimed Taylor. “Mama's cooking a roast at my house right now."
She now goes forward with a bit of advice during severe weather.
"When Tom says ‘take shelter now,’ please do it," said Taylor.