BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Residents woke up to a shocking surprise as an early morning storm rolled through Central with a wind gust going about 40 to 50 miles per hour.
Some residents experienced damage to their homes, while others only dealt with debris from broken trees, but one resident’s life will be changed forever, as a tree fell into her family’s home.
“I just saw limbs breaking and falling and it just started popping. You could feel it in the ground,” said next-door neighbor Joseph Nelson. Nelson said he immediately rushed over to make sure everyone inside was safe.
“I tried to find her and eventually she came to the window, and I wanted to find out about the kids because she has really nice children, and they’re really good people,” said Nelson. “I just let her know that we have people coming, don’t worry, and she said, ‘I’m trapped,’ and I felt so bad for her. We stayed around to comfort her.”
Luckily, her children weren’t home. Fire crews entered through a window to get to the woman, she was safely removed and transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.
“I felt when the tree hit the ground, it was scary the trailer was shaking and I thought it was like straight-line winds, I called my buddy when I got up and saw a tree down in my yard,” said Curtis McMorris. McMorris also experienced a tree falling in his yard.
Residents say they hope cleaning crews will be out cleaning tomorrow and are asking for the community’s support in donating to the family that lost their home.