Cleanup underway after deadly tornadoes ripped through south Louisiana
Posted on 2/24/2016 12:01:00 PM.

Cleanup is underway in several south Louisiana parishes after eight tornadoes touched down during a powerful storm system that roared through the state Tuesday. St. James spokesperson Brandon Keller says two people were killed when one of twisters leveled an RV park in Convent.

"The trailer park holds approximately 160 RVs and mobile home trailers and nearly all of them were either damaged or destroyed."

Keller says 30 people were injured, seven of them are in critical condition. Keller asks that people avoid the immediate area around the park to keep the roads open for emergency vehicles and cleanup crews. He says there are ways people can get involved to help.

"If you're looking for ways to assist or help, contact the Red Cross and they'll provide you with information on ways that you can help."

Assumption Parish was also hit hard by a tornado. John Boudreaux, director of the Assumption office of emergency preparedness, says there’s extensive damage and power outages. Power lines are still down, but power should be restored for most residents by the end of the day. He says a water tower on LA-1 also collapsed.

"The Assumption Parish water works did go under a boil water advisory yesterday due to some loss of pressure in the line."

Boudreaux says the cleanup process after this storm is similar to the procedure after a hurricane. He says crews from the state will assess the damage from the storm.

We're going to be out doing those damage assessments today, they might have individuals seeing vehicles driving around. It's just an assessment being done so we can provide that information to the state.

 
 
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