Storm Damage

THIS LIVE OAK tree at Vidalia Lower was uprooted during a storm system that moved through the region around 2 a.m. Sunday. Straight-line winds of up to 60 miles per hour were reported, toppling trees, downing power lines and causing structure damage. Meanwhile, after months of heavy rain and high river stages, the Mississippi River is beginning to fall. Concordia Homeland Security Director Guy Murray said this week that the Mississippi stood at 56.1 feet at the Natchez gauge on Tuesday, approximately eight feet above flood stage. He said the latest forecast shows a very slow fall over the next couple of weeks. “Hopefully the Ohio Valley doesn’t see anymore rain and we can put this behind us,” Murray said. (Photo by Joey Martin)

Lighting, thunder and howling winds pushed through Concordia Parish and the region early Monday morning causing widespread electrical outages and some damage.

Meteorologist Allan Campbell with the National Weather Service in Jackson, Miss., said “a healthy, strong complex of storms along what we call an outflow boundary produced straight line winds of 40 to 60 miles per hour.”

He said this “is a common occurrence this time of the year. It’s nothing out of the ordinary.”

Campbell said there were numerous reports of felled trees, downed power lines and damage to structures. He said Catahoula suffered storm related issues throughout the parish.

Concordia Homeland Security Director Guy Murray said several trees were downed in the Monterey area, Lake St. John and Lake Concordia.

Police Jury crews were out all day Tuesday clearing roads from trees and debris.

Murray said approximately 1400 Entergy customers in Concordia Parish lost power. Some were still without power Tuesday.

Concordia Electric Executive Assistant Lori Jackson said the Enterprise and Larto areas of Catahoula Parish and the Summerville area of LaSalle Parish were particularly hard hit.

“They been out of power since 2 a.m. Monday,” Jackson said Tuesday morning. She said crews have been repairing the damage since the storms blew through.

Jackson said that for a brief period the “entire system was down.”

Broken utility poles and downed power lines were reported throughout Concordia Electric’s system, which includes 3,000 miles of line and more than 13,000 meters in Catahoula, Concordia, LaSalle, Grant, Rapides and Tensas parishes.

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