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Community Cleans Up Storm Damage in Union, Lincoln Parishes

A look at the storm damage in Union and Lincoln Parishes.
A wooden plan was thrown into the metal roofing at North Haven chicken farm. (KTVE/KARD)
A wooden plan was thrown into the metal roofing at North Haven chicken farm. (KTVE/KARD)
The chicken farm where 30,000 chickens were lost. (KTVE/KARD)
The chicken farm where 30,000 chickens were lost. (KTVE/KARD)
Tin sheeting wrapped around an electrical pole at the chicken farm. (KTVE/KARD)
Tin sheeting wrapped around an electrical pole at the chicken farm. (KTVE/KARD)
Twisted metal beams of Shipps Arena near Downsville. (Alanna Quillen, KTVE/KARD)
Twisted metal beams of Shipps Arena near Downsville. (Alanna Quillen, KTVE/KARD)
Treetops sheared off in a Farmerville neighborhood. (Alanna Quillen, KTVE/KARD)
Treetops sheared off in a Farmerville neighborhood. (Alanna Quillen, KTVE/KARD)
A barn building near Downsville. (Alanna Quillen, KTVE/KARD)
A barn building near Downsville. (Alanna Quillen, KTVE/KARD)
Damage at a home on Goss Street in Farmerville. This particular street saw a lot of damage to trees and homes. (Alanna Quillen, KTVE/KARD)
Damage at a home on Goss Street in Farmerville. This particular street saw a lot of damage to trees and homes. (Alanna Quillen, KTVE/KARD)
Damage in Downsville (KTVE/KARD)
Damage in Downsville (KTVE/KARD)
Uprooted pine tree in Farmerville. (Alanna Quillen, KTVE/KARD)
Uprooted pine tree in Farmerville. (Alanna Quillen, KTVE/KARD)
Storm damage of the Fines' home in Farmerville. (KTVE/KARD)
Storm damage of the Fines' home in Farmerville. (KTVE/KARD)
This was originally at the bottom of the hill in the background. It flew several yards during the storm and somehow landed upright, the Downsville mayor said. (KTVE/KARD)
This was originally at the bottom of the hill in the background. It flew several yards during the storm and somehow landed upright, the Downsville mayor said. (KTVE/KARD)
Tree top in Farmerville. (KTVE/KARD)
Tree top in Farmerville. (KTVE/KARD)
MONROE -- Goss Street in Farmerville, almost looks like a war zone.

Tree tops sheared off, debris scattered everywhere.

But the Fine family is thankful.

"We're safe...And that's what's most important," said Heather Fine, who lives on the street. Her roof was torn apart when a tree fell on top of the house.

Heather, her husband and their two young kids huddled in a closet when the storm blew through.

"What we heard was nothing like what we'd seen...It was just destroyed," she said.

Meanwhile, at NorthHaven Farms in Lincoln Parish, owner David Manual says he lost 30,000 young chickens. There were a total of 80,000 chickens.

A chicken house was blown apart, tossing metal and debris through the fields, a pond and into tree tops.

Manual says the winds were so strong, it took wooden planks and speared them into the ground and even into a thick metal roof. It also took tin sheeting and wrapped it around beams and electric poles.

Manual says it will take about $900,000 to replace everything that was destroyed. He does not believe they will be replacing the buildings that were destroyed.

A few miles away in Downsville, Mayor Reggie Skains is picking up pieces at Shipps Arena, which he manages. The area is owned by Kay Shipp of Monroe.

The National Weather Service confirmed an EF-1 tornado ripped through here.

"Wrinkled it up like it was nothing," said Skains, regarding the collapsed arena building. "Scattered [debris] all over this 500 acre farm."

He's glad no one was inside when the building collapsed. A horse that was in a stable within the area even survived, untouched.

Skains remembers some advice a friend gave him after the experience.

"Is this something that money can put back? And if it is, then don't worry about it. If it's something that money can't put back, like a life, then it's really devastating," he said.

Like many other families in Northeast Louisiana, Christmas won't be the same for the Fines'.

But the community has stepped up to help. During her interview with KTVE/KARD, a neighbor brought by a Christmas present and a hug.

"I think you find that in our part of the country, people reaching out to help others," said Skains.

The Fines' tattered Christmas tree sits amongst the rubble in the front yard.

"We would love to spend Christmas morning in our living room, but we're safe, we can go somewhere else and do that," said Heather.

And like a Christmas miracle, they made it through the storm, without a scratch.

"We can replace this so, we're good," said Heather. "Healthy, safe...We're happy about that."
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