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Tornado victims still have long road to recovery

It's been more than a week since a tornado ripped through Laplace. (FOX 8 Photo) It's been more than a week since a tornado ripped through Laplace. (FOX 8 Photo)
LAPLACE, LA (WVUE) -

There's still a long road ahead for neighbors in Laplace. It's been just over a week since a tornado ripped through St. John the Baptist Parish, leaving destroyed homes and damaged businesses behind. 

Last Tuesday, we were at the Belle Terre Shopping Center just moments after a tornado hit. It tossed debris all over the place and shattered store fronts while customers and employees were inside. 

More than a week later, there are still plenty of reminders of what happened there.

"We fixed the front, but as we're speaking they're fixing the roof right now because of the leak damage," said AllStar Outfitters employee Thaer Quran.

Some businesses remain closed; others are boarded up, but open.

"We're up, we're running. We don't put grass under our feet, we're just moving on," said Wonder Cuts employee Cynthia Breaux. "Our loyal customers still come in, still call up to see if we're open. We still let everybody know that we're doing it and we're just taking it one day at a time."

Just down the road, you'll find devastated neighborhoods and destroyed homes. It appears recovery may be coming faster for some. While blue tarps cover houses here and there, others are missing windows, walls and roofs. Those who live and work here know they have a long way to go until they're back on their feet. But, they're doing what they can to get there.

"Everybody's been doing a little bit of everything for everybody," said Breaux. 

St. John Parish is taking donations for storm victims, for more information on how you can help, just click here. 

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