Bathtub shelter saves lives of elderly couple in Napoleonville, La.

Bathtub shelter saves lives of elderly couple in Napoleonville, La.
(Source: Louisiana State Police)
(Source: Louisiana State Police)

NAPOLEONVILLE, LA (WAFB) - During the tornado warnings Tuesday, the public was advised to take cover in a bathtub and one elderly couple got into their bathtub in the nick of time in Assumption Parish.

A 75-year-old man in Napoleonville told Governor John Bel Edwards that act no doubt saved his life. Louisiana State Police shot the video of the man explaining to the governor those frightening moments when the powerful tornado tore apart their home.

Governor: Did you hear it or see it?
Homeowner: My wife heard it, but I was coming. I seen it right over there when it passed over those trees over there and it was coming just at the time I said 'Get in the tub. Get in the tub.' I said 'There's a tornado coming. Move.' By that time we got in. It was boom, boom, boom.
Governor: How long did you have to get in here?
Homeowner: Two seconds. That's all. It didn't take no more than a minute or so for it to pass over and keep going but the wind was blowing behind it. Just about 2 minutes, but in 2 seconds that we got in here. I mean it was over. We barely had time enough to get down.

He walked out of the bathroom to see the rest of his house where debris was all over and the roof was gone.

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