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Cajun dance hall makes a comeback after tornado

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BREAUX BRIDGE- For decades people have danced to the grooves of Cajun music at La Poussiere.

"The dance hall was established by my dad and mom back in 1955," said owner, Lawrence Patin.

It's a landmark in the Breaux Bridge community and when a tornado packing winds up to 110 mph hit the dance hall last Thursday, memories and hope went down with it.

"It has a lot of importance. When this thing happened, to tell you frankly, we were probably walking away from it," said Latin.

But the community had other plans.

"We started getting an outpouring of response from the people. It made us realize how important this thing was to people," said Patin.

A construction company agreed to fix the damages at a low price and to pay for that small fee, Cajun music groups from all over offered to foot the bill.

"They don't want to lose their good time. They're worried more about their dance floor than anything else. Did the dance floor get damage? No, the dance floor didn't get damaged at all, not a scratch on it," said Patin.

Berliy Latiolais is on that dance floor every Saturday, so to know that his hangout is coming back stronger and better makes his life a little simpler.

"Makes me feel great. I promise you I don't have many more days left I guess to live. I'm going to enjoy that as long as we can have this place open, we're gong to have a good time," said Latiolais.



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