The town of Forest prepares for potential severe weather episode

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FOREST, La. (4/17/19) With the help of mother nature, Charles B. Duke’s wish to have the tree in his yard cut down, was granted. 

After Saturday’s severe weather uprooted the 80-year-old tree in his yard, he says nothing in his over 20 years of living in Forest, compares.

“This is the first time, I think that forest has ever seen a hit like this. It happened so fast, my daughter was over there sleep,” she said.

Dukes reported that for 10-12 hours over the weekend Dukes was without power, but the damages in town go beyond just his home built in the 1920’s.

“Over here across the road, there’s a shed with the top done blew off, it just picked it up and blew beside it over there,” Dukes said.

Dukes home used to be a store where he ate ice cream. He believes Saturday’s storms could have been a lot worse.

“It’s a good thing it didn’t take the whole top off, I think it was a really close call,” he said.

That’s why with the potential weather threat possibly coming to town for another visit, Duke’s is already thinking of the best option for protection.

“I’m thinking about building an underground now. I got a lot of stuff to it, but I really got it in my mind to build a little underground to go get in. Anytime there’s an incident, you have to be prepared for the next time.”

Dukes is now waiting for the insurance company to determine what repairs need to made to his properties.

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