New Orleans East community comes together for tornado recovery
Following the seven tornadoes that affected Louisiana parishes on Tuesday (Feb. 7), community members in New Orleans East came together, in the wake of the natural disaster.
“Tuesday morning, Jordan Clayton, an equipment operator for Hayward Baker Construction Company, was building drainage infrastructures on Florida Avenue in the Ninth Ward, New Orleans, Louisiana. He and most of his coworkers received a tornado warning and promptly ignored it, he said.
Not much later, the owner of Parc D’Orleans, a trailer park on Chef Menteur Highway in New Orleans East, called him and told him the park was hit.
“He said ‘your trailer was upside down,’” Clayton said. “I asked him about my truck, but he said it was alright, and luckily, there isn’t a scratch on it.”
Clayton had lived in his trailer for less than two weeks upon returning to the city. He travels to New Orleans as work becomes available.
On their way to the park from Florida Avenue, one of Clayton’s co-workers, Christian Nibert, called his wife in Columbia, Mississippi, to let her know he was OK. Once they arrived, they got back to work.
“Every time there is some kind of disaster, everybody instinctively comes together,” Nibert said. “We helped everybody get to the front. We helped one lady who thought she broke a rib to the EMTs. The EMTs got here quick. Their response time was immediate.”
Governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency in multiple Southeast Louisiana parishes after seven tornadoes injured 20 and destroyed 250 Louisianans’ homes.
Within hours, members of the New Orleans East community once more exemplified their resilience through natural disaster.”
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