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Neighborhoods surrounding Sugar Hill RV Park see extensive damage during storms

Damage in Convent, La. (Source: WAFB) Damage in Convent, La. (Source: WAFB)
Damage in Convent, La. (Source: WAFB) Damage in Convent, La. (Source: WAFB)
Damage in Convent, La. (Source: WAFB) Damage in Convent, La. (Source: WAFB)
CONVENT, LA (WAFB) -

Many of the homes and trailers in the neighborhoods surrounding the Sugar Hill RV Park in Convent, La. received extensive damage during Tuesday's storms. 

"This was my living room area. The back half is my bed room, and two other rooms back there which is totally gone," said Michael Davis, who has lived on Water Tower Street for more than four decades. 

He was at work when the storm hit. He came rushing home after receiving a phone call from his wife. 

"When I got here I was totally devastated. I've been through hurricanes before, but not no total devastation like this," he said. 

The roof collapsed over his living room, leaving ceiling tiles and other debris crushed and crumpled on the floor. His car port flew from the front yard, landing in the backyard.  

Still, some memories including family photos remained. One of his most cherished items, a painting of the Last Supper, was left unscathed. 

"This picture been in my life since we've lived here, and it always withstands the trials and tribulations of this home," he said. "We can replace this, but if it was a person, myself or my wife, love gone, love lost, just memories." 

Across the street from Davis' home, a neighbor's trailer was left in shreds. The storm flipped it with the owner inside. Pieces landed on nearby homes, while part of the roof was left hanging from a power line. The individual inside was taken to the hospital, according to Davis. 

A few blocks away was another devastating site. The roof and wall of Frank Hill's trailer ripped off entirely during the storm. 

He was inside with his wife and kids when the tornado approached. 

"We was gonna run to the bathroom, to go to shelter in the bathroom, but the walls started caving in, we all got caught right in the middle of it  and walls fell in on the back wall, so we jumped out and went to my mother in law for rescue," he said. "I'm grabbing my kids and praying in my heart that nothing serious is about to happen - by the grace of God, we got out of there without a scratch." 

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