- Associated Press - Monday, December 12, 2016

PAINCOURTVILLE, La. (AP) - Neighbors have given a holiday boost to a Paincourtville man whose huge Christmas display was twisted by a tornado early this year.

Dozens of neighbors came out Sunday to decorate six trees outside Ray Daigle’s house, where more than 2 million lights created snowmen, reindeer and stick people, and lit up moving trains and a turning Ferris wheel before the EF-3 tornado left it a mangled mess.

“It means a lot to me because the community cares,” Daigle told WAFB-TV (https://bit.ly/2gDkQES ). “This brought joy to Paincourtville, Louisiana, to Assumption Parish, and to our community.”

Daigle’s Christmas tradition started more than a decade ago and made his house the one to see in Assumption Parish.

The EF-3 tornado hit in February. Daigle said he still doesn’t know which of the scraps in his garage will work. “We have welders coming over here. We’re trying to get this apart,” he said.

“It’s a hard thing to think about, you know, when you come and you’ve built up something for 15 years and then within 15 seconds was taken away,” said his daughter, Scottie Brister.

Neighbors said it just doesn’t seem like Christmas without Daigle’s lights.

“The storm destroyed it, but everything’s going to work out,” Hope Robertson said. “Everything’s coming together.”

Daigle said knowing that his new start begins with his neighbors’ ornaments and lights will make the display more magical than before.

“That was awesome, to put a little touch of their heart on those trees. It means a lot,” Daigle said.


Information from: WAFB-TV, https://wafb.com

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