Possible tornado touches down in Livingston parish, damaging homes

Heavy rains and wind pound Capitol City area
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB

LIVINGSTON PARISH, LA (WAFB) - A possible tornado caused damage in Livingston Parish Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

No one was injured in the reported tornado, which touched down briefly along Hutchinson Cemetery Rd. in Albany around 1 p.m.

The brunt of the damage happened to the home of Jerry Ervin.

"I got a phone call from my neighbors saying my roof was gone," Ervin said.

The powerful wind pulled off the tin roof covering the living room and deck of the house.

"I was worried about the dog," said Ervin, who was not home at the time of the storm. He was in Hammond eating with his wife. His dog, still at home, was unharmed.

Next door, Ervin's neighbor was first alerted to the weather event when his trailer began to shake.

"When you're in that position, I don't know, I was lost," neighbor Kevin Lemken said. "It was like a burst of wind and then suddenly it got calm … I was seeing my neighbors roof fly off."

Some of the pieces of Ervin's roof landed in Lemken's back yard. Ervin and his wife said they hope to use those pieces to repair their home.

"The Lord made it happen and we're going to have to repair and that's it," Ervin said.

Ervin built the home himself with help from friends and family. He has lived in the home for more than seven years.

"I was hurt. My wife was hurt. She started crying," Ervin said.

The destruction reached to other parts of the neighborhood. A wooden fence was flattened to the ground.

Across Livingston, other buildings were damaged. A barn was reportedly left in shambles.

At the end of the day, Lemken said there was a silver lining to the day.

"We were lucky that it didn't hurt none of us," Lemken said.

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