NPSO DEPUTIES SURVEYING TORNADO STRIKE AREA IN NATCHITOCHES PARISH


Today, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies and Natchitoches Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness officials returned to the Village of Natchez and
Point Place south of Natchitoches where a possible tornado touched down on Saturday evening at approximately 6:03pm.

Deputies spoke with and offered assistance to residents in the area and distributed tarps to residents suffering from roof damage.

NPSO deputies launched two boats in Cane River Lake assisting one homeowner by retrieving items from the water.

Cane River Lake remains closed to boat traffic according to Cane River Patrol Officer Betty Fuller.

The NPSO is still awaiting official word from the National Weather Service of it being a confirmed tornado but it appears from images taken by private citizens during the thunderstorm that is was a tornado.

Sheriff Victor Jones has assigned a deputy to patrol the damaged areas pending further notice and assessment by resident insurance companies.

Natchez Police is also assisting with patrols.

At this time, deputies believe between 10-18 homes, vehicles, and outbuildings received damage from the storm. Several trees were uprooted also.

Deputies ask that if you observe any suspicious activity in the area, to contact the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office at 352-6432.

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