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Tornado touchdown causes damage to Livonia church

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LIVONIA - An EF-1 tornado touched down in the small Pointe Coupee town of Livonia as a strong storm rolled through Louisiana Sunday morning.

The National Weather Service says the tornado snapped multiple trees and caused minor roof damage to a mobile home and church. The storm and tornado touchdown occurred just hours before people were set to gather at this church for Sunday service.

The path length of the tornado was one mile, with estimated winds of 90 miles per hour. The tornado destroyed the church's breezeway and ripped large sections of its roof off.

The building has already been patched up as more severe weather is expected later in the week. A group of men saw the need for immediate repairs to help protect the church from future damage. Today, Robert Herbert, along with others from the Southern Baptist Association, helped cover the church's damaged roof.

"I mean, really we just feel blessed by helping others."

The team is not new to disaster relief, as they have traveled all over the world to help others.

"We've been all over the United States, to foreign countries, doing this volunteer work."

But Herbert did not have to travel too far from his home in Port Allen to come assist those in Livonia. The church's patch job will hopefully stop the wet weather expected Wednesday from causing any more damage. 

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