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Livingston Parish residents count blessings after surveying damage

Damage in Livingston Parish (Source: WAFB) Damage in Livingston Parish (Source: WAFB)
Damage in Livingston Parish (Source: WAFB) Damage in Livingston Parish (Source: WAFB)
Damage in Livingston Parish (Source: WAFB) Damage in Livingston Parish (Source: WAFB)
Damage in Livingston Parish (Source: WAFB) Damage in Livingston Parish (Source: WAFB)
LIVINGSTON PARISH, LA (WAFB) -

The shock of Tuesday's storms had barely worn off before the clean up began as people in Livingston Parish pick up the pieces and wonder what is next. 

From the air, the storm damage that dots Livingston Parish is breathtaking. Tree lines are flattened. Roofs are ripped off. 

On the ground, the damage is heartbreaking. 

"Coming back this morning, you just don't recognize it. It's like a war zone," said resident Wynda Underwood. 

The neighborhood on N. Willow Street is unrecognizable. Underwood's home is now just a few standing walls. Among the spots left, the bathroom where she took cover. 

"I ran from the living room into the bathroom and as I got in the bathroom I saw the roof come off. I closed the door and was fighting it to keep it closed," said Underwood who only suffered a scratch on her hand. 

A few miles away on N. Doyle Street, Arthur Dean and his wife Eleanor were without the place they have called home for 53 years. A pine tree crushed the roof as they took cover from the tornado. With no electricity or water, the couple is looking for somewhere else to stay. Dean fears his home is beyond repair. 

"You don't get over something like this. It takes a while, not knowing what we're going to do. I don't know. I’m getting too old to try to redo all this work here now," said Dean. 

Across the street, Dean's nephew Vernon Dean is also looking at rebuilding. A tree nearly took out his auto glass shop that has stood for more than 30 years. 

"Hurricanes, you know you prepare for them," said Vernon. "But this is a matter of 15 seconds and it changes your life forever." 

Even with the amount of destruction, these residents are all counting their blessings. No lives were lost in Livingston Parish. 

"It could have been worse. It could have killed us," said Dean.

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