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Mar 9, 2011 7:23 PM by Melissa Hawkes

Tornado Clean Up in Rayne Continues


Crews are still cleaning the streets of Rayne after Saturday's tornado. Hundreds of volunteers have been working to make progress, but residents say there is still much more work to be done.
Erica Hulin lost her home in the 135 mile per hour tornado. She said it's the most terrifying thing she's ever experienced.
"It blew it one way and then blew it another way and then I flew out the trailer," she said. "He was the only one who stayed in his crib in the trailer untouched."
Hulin says shes thankful her whole family, including seven-month old Javantah survived, but as for their home, only scraps of wood remain. They've been staying at a friend's house.
Laticia Verssette said, "Red Cross people just left. They issued me a card for Wal-Mart to be able to replace some clothing and stuff. They gave me a voucher to bring to the new land lord that pays our first security deposit and our first months rent."
More than 700 homes were affected by the tornado. Forty-two were declared completely destroyed and another 49 have severe damage.
Mayor of Rayne, Jim Petitjean, said "there s a chance that the major could turn into destroyed once they actually do a physical evaluation inside the homes."
Rayne resident, Bobby Ray Chevis, said he doesn't know if his home will be salvaged. He's been working on cleaning up the mess.
"Home Depot came and helped me a lot help me pick up all the debris and haul it to the road,"
Mayor Petitjean said all residents are encouraged to haul debris to the streets and then works crews will come and take care of the rest.
The American Red Cross said financial donations are needed most. You can visit www.batonrouge.redcross.org or call 337-234-7371.

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