RUSTON, La. (4/25/19)– A deadly tornado ripped through Ruston in the early morning hours, leaving behind a path of destruction.
The storm uprooted trees and battered businesses and homes–leaving parts of the city unrecognizeable.
There’s a lot of clean up that will follow the chaos, but safety and shelter are a main priority.
“Quickly the boots on the ground here in the community as it always is, phone calls were made, we opened this shelter and had people in place immediately to serve our community,” said Amy Stegall, shelter director at Glen View Elementary.
Glen View Elementary serving as a shelter for those who are displaced by the devastating storm.
Governor John Bel Edwards briefing the community on just how serious the storm was.
“It was an EF3 tornado that came through here in Ruston and potentially stronger,” said Governor Edwards.
Glen View will have food, water and toiletries for those who need it. Several families have already made their way to the school; something that hits close to home for shelter volunteers.
“Emotionally for me, I mean, I’ve been up like I said since early this morning and then driving into meetings to meet with different people throughout the community. I’ve been able to see the actual impact of the storms and it’s pretty devastating,” said Stegall.
Governor Edwards, planning to work closely with Mayor Ronnie Walker and local law enforcement to start clean up efforts after the storm.
Ruston has a long way to go—but it’s residents have faith.
“Ruston has had a hard day, but Ruston is a great place and Ruston will overcome that,” said Stegall.
The shelter will stay open as long as Ruston residents need it.