A family of eight has been trapped in their mobile home in Louisiana after a tree crashed on top of it during a devastating storm.
The incident took place in the village of Powhatan in Natchitoches Parish in the US state of Louisiana on 30th March 30.
According to local reports, Katie Stewart, 67, was preparing breakfast for her disabled husband, 70, and handicapped daughter, 47, when the tree crashed through the mobile home.
The tree narrowly missed a sleeping baby as Stewart’s five great-grandchildren were also in the home at the time.
She said she began checking that everyone was okay and found the eight-month-old baby awake in bed and surrounded by tree branches.
Stewart told the emergency services at the scene: “Thank God we’re all okay.”
Police spokesperson Tony Moran confirmed that no injuries were reported, and that electricity had to be cut to the home before rescue crews could remove the tree.
However, it was not the only tree to cause damage in the area, and Moran said they were down “all over the parish”, with reports of homes and even a church suffering structural damage.
Overturned trees also blocked main roads and officials are having a hard time accessing affected homes in the area due to the storm damage.
Meanwhile, a GoFundMe campaign (https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-for-pillars-of-the-community) has been launched by Valeria Holden to raise funds for the Stewart family.
Holden wrote: “I am asking for help for my family whose home was hit by a tornado in Natchitoches Parish on 03/30/2022 around noon. They have lost all of their material possessions that they have worked so hard to earn over the years.”