CONVENT, La. (KLFY) – Downed power lines lay across roadways, trees uplifted from their roots.
Gina Aguillard and her daughter were inside when tornado winds ripped the roof off of their home.
Other residents, like Mike Davis along Water Tower Street, survived hurricanes Rita and Katrina, but never have they had damage to this degree.
“I wasn’t expecting this! I came home and saw this, I cried. The most I had was he tin come off the roof. We would patch that up, put more tin up there and kept on living. I never thought I would come home and find my house totally devastated,” Davis told KLFY’s Dalfred Jones.
Red Cross, Salvation Army and law enforcement from St. James and surrounding parishes assisted in every way possible to help the people of Convent restore their lives back to normal.
Like Ronald Guillory, pastor at Zion Travelers Baptist Church. Parts of their roof and ceiling were damaged, and a column was blown out from under the the awning.
“We’re going to have to close the building down for a while due to the excessive damage. Minus a home for his congregation and in the midst of destruction,” Pastor Guillory offered a word of prayer for everyone affected.
“Let it be something that brings us together and not tears us further apart. We ask in Jesus name, amen,” Guillory said as he ended the prayer.
St. James Parish Government has set up shelter at the Lutcher Senior Care Center.