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5/15/2008

Severe weather strikes Louisiana

Breaking Earth News
Louisiana
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Street flooding in Baker (Photo by Randy LeDuff/WAFB-TV)

GROSSE TETE, LA (WAFB) - Numerous schools were closed across south Louisiana Thursday after a morning of heavy rains. There are numerous reports of damaged homes and businesses, as well as street flooding. Thursday's line of severe thunderstorms followed a strong storm system that moved through the region Wednesday afternoon, also causing damage.

As of 11:00 a.m. Thursday, DEMCO reports that 4900 of its customers were still without electricity, with 4300 of those in Livingston Parish.

There were numerous reports of storm-related damage and incidents across the WAFB viewing area Wednesday evening, including:

Water entering homes in Denham Springs and damage in the city, including downed trees. Water was also reported covering roads in Hammond.

Reports of heavy damage in the Zachary area, especially Plank Road and Tucker Road near Hwy 64. Callers report multiple trees down throughout the area. Numerous reports of hail were documented as a severe thunderstorm moved across the area Wednesday afternoon.

Numerous reports of street flooding in the Baker area. A Pointe Coupee Parish sheriff's deputy reported golf ball sized hail in Livonia Wednesday afternoon. There have also been several reports of high winds Image Above: Street flooding in Denham Springs (Courtesy: Karen Deel)




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