Minden Press-Herald

Thursday
Oct 02nd

North, south ends of parish receive most storm damage

Last night’s storms left many area residents without power and with fallen trees on their property and even homes.

“Approximately 12 to 13 homes have downed trees, and one porch has been blown away,” said Jenny Reynolds Public Information officer for the Webster Parish Sheriff’s office. “As of right now (11 p.m.), there are no reported injuries.”

Downed power lines have caused Nursery Road to be closed.

With the exception of residents on Claiborne Electric’s grid, residents in Minden as well as some in Sibley escaped the disastrous weather with their power intact.

That is not the case for Judy Morrison in Dubberly.

“We lost power last night and are still without it,” she said. “Even though we have a lot of downed trees and power lines, we are fortunate.”

Morrison said her family and neighbors were able to weather the storm without any injuries or severe property damage.

“It is so much worse in other parts of the country,” she said. “We can thank the Lord that our area was not damaged as bad as others.”

Power was reportedly restored on Bistineau Church Road by 8 a.m. today but was still out on Sawmill Road.

Two Webster Parish Sheriffs deputies were involved in separate single vehicle accidents during the storm.

“A deputy wrecked his car into a fallen tree and was transported to Minden Medical Center for possible broken legs,” Reynolds said. “Another deputy rolled his unit in the southern end of the parish. He was freed from his vehicle and is okay.”

Lakeside Jr./Sr. high and Central Elementary were closed today, but the rest of Webster Parish School were in session.

Cotton Valley resident Megan Pope was able to get a glimpse of what caused destruction in parts of north Webster Parish.

“We watched the funnel come down, go back up and move on to Shongaloo,” she said. “Most of it was north of town. We got it much worse the night before.”

Pope said she did not experience any loss of electricity.

“We never lost power,” she said. “Even the satellite stayed on for the most part.”

 

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