New Orleans East residents turn to each other to rebuild, in wake of EF3 tornado
New Orleans East residents reassured one another that they will be there for each other to rebuild, after a tornado touched down in the area on Feb. 7.
Jeremy Scipio, a senior at Joseph S. Clark High School, was in class when he was called into the hallway with the rest of his classmates. Sitting in the hallway for three periods, Scipio grew anxious when hearing news of a class EF3 tornado sweeping through the New Orleans East.
“I was nervous; I wanted to call my mom. But the teachers wouldn’t let me get up, so I had to wait it out,” said Scipio.
When he arrived back home and saw the devastation, Scipio was despondent and taken aback.
“When I first saw the house I really didn’t want to go into it, but when I looked at the damage, I knew some things were messed up,” said Scipio.
Brandy Paige, a resident of New Orleans East since 1997, was in disbelief when hearing the news of the tornado.
“I was like ‘you’ve got to be kidding me.’ I’m originally from Los Angeles. I’m used to earthquakes, and then I had to deal with Katrina, so I think I have had my fair share of mother nature,” Paige said.
For residents of New Orleans East, this was a feeling they were all too familiar with. Some of the members of the neighborhood had experienced the same devastation during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
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