Residential Ruston is in ruins

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RUSTON, La. (4/28/19)- It looks like a scene from a movie.

Trees toppled over houses, cars completely crushed, homes split in half.

This is one of Ruston’s hardest hit neighborhoods.

  “I’ve been doing this 34 years, I’ve never seen this much damage concentrated like this. I mean, every home has a tree on it, almost every vehicle that was at the house is crushed,” said Troy Cage, owner of Cajun Tree Cutters.

Line crews and tree cutters working tirelessly near Pinewood Lane in Ruston.

Powerlines–entirely mangled by Thursday’s wicked winds.

Many residents with partially or completely damaged homes.

  “I was sound asleep Thursday night and my husband came and grabbed me–yanked me–out of the bed and we went and stood in the hallway hugging pillows to stay safe,” said Ruston resident Joy Annison.

While the Annisons retreated to their hallway, a massive tree ripped through their home.

Outside, their two cars totally smashed.

They’ve been without utilities for days, camping in their severely damaged home.

  “We have camped our wholes lives so we got a camp stove and we’re able to fend for ourselves,” said Annison.

 As the massive clean up continues, officials are asking for everyone’s patience and cooperation.

   “We’re asking everybody else to stay out because this section of the electrical grid is top priority right now, we’re trying to keep everyone out and let these guys do their jobs,” said Ruston chief of police Stephen Rogers.

Miraculously, no one in the neighborhood was hurt.

   “We’re all safe, and that’s what matters, every person on our street is safe and no one was hurt, and our furry four legged children are safe too so that’s a good thing,” said Annison.

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