Mar 5, 2011 2:57 PM by Letitia Walker

2:00 Acadia Parish Weather Damage

The Sheriff's Office is evacuating the northwest section of Rayne due to a gas leak - that includes Main Street west to the railroad tracks. If you need information on evacuations or are checking on a family member, call 334-4443.


All parades are running as scheduled. Those that were postponed did get off to a late start.


Reports of a tornado touchdown in Rayne. In addition there is a report of ruptured gas lines and gas leaks. The sheriff says many power lines are down at this time and they are working to get it fixed. The sheriff is beginning a house to house search to make sure everyone is okay. In Rayne, they are sending people to the Civic Center or North Fire Station for triage if there are any injuries. They've transported a total of nine people to area hospitals. Injuries include minor abrasions, shortness of breath, and one person with serious injuries.


From Crowley Police: "A tornado touched down on northern portion of Crowley just after 10 am. Three people were sent to a local hospital with minor injuries, mainly lacerations. Buildings had minor to moderate damage. The tornado touched down in the area of the Waffle House on highway 100 and Highway 13 just north of I-10."


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