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Rayne cleans up after tornado

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Posted: Mar 7, 2011 5:31 PM by Mike Steele
Updated: Mar 7, 2011 5:31 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: EF2, tornado, Rayne, Red Cross, damage

Rayne, LA - People are still cleaning up the mess after a deadly tornado hit the city of Rayne Saturday morning.

The EF-2 tornado ripped a five mile path of destruction through the city, damaging or destroying nearly 150 homes. Volunteers helped people repair damage while state and local emergency crews patrolled the streets.

Harold Mouton moved to Rayne about ten years ago after spending 40 years in California. He says he's survived earthquakes but nothing prepared him for this. Mouton's house was picked up and moved about five feet off its foundation.

Veronica Coleman says her family only had enough time to dive into a safe spot in the house. Coleman says windows blew out and the roof started falling during the tornado which lasted only two minutes. She says the winds picked up and the sky went dark as it hit.

Kaylyn Coleman and Kimberly Augustus watched as family members worked on her grandmother's home. They say the family is devastated because many of them grew up in the area. About 20 people showed up to help.

The Red Cross and the City of Rayne gave out water and food to those helping. If you would like to donate time or resources, there is a link to the Red Cross under our links section.

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