Oklahoman Shows Destruction Left In Louisiana After Back-To-Back Hurricanes


Friday, October 16th 2020, 9:26 pm
By: Kristen Weaver


An Oklahoma woman who is living in Louisiana said her town is destroyed after two hurricanes tore through the state in the past few weeks.

Kasie Thornton said many people’s homes were ruined and lives changed forever. Now, they are relying on each other to get through each day.

Thornton shot video Friday as she drove through Westlake, Louisiana, right outside Lake Charles. It shows trees destroyed, and houses flattened on street after street.

"There are people lots of people that do not have homes, or they did have homes and Delta finished it off," Thornton said.

Thornton, who just moved from Inola, said the Lake Charles area was already dealing with damage after Hurricane Laura six weeks ago.

Then just over a week ago, Hurricane Delta came barreling in through same area, bringing 100 mile per hour winds and intense rain and flooding.

"Everybody is trying to get back to normal, and 28 days later here comes Delta," said Thornton.

Thornton said her home only had minor damage, but she said her mom's awning was ruined, she had a tree uprooted, and her RV and shop were damaged from high winds.

"Inside there this whole yard was nothing but water," said Thornton.

Oklahoma Task Force One members have been down in Louisiana for the past 10 days to help with search and rescue. They were also in Louisiana to help during Hurricane Laura alongside Oklahoma linemen.

Thornton said her town needs all the help it can get.

"We're helping each other," Thornton said. "It's completely insane."

She just wants people to know the reality of what her community is facing.

"It's bad and I don't think anybody really knows," said Thornton

To help with efforts, you can directly email Kasie at kec13_13@hotmail.com or you can donate to the Red Cross here, the Salvation Army here, and Direct Relief here.


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