Posted: Dec 24, 2009 5:18 PM by Letitia Walker
Updated: Dec 24, 2009 5:18 PM
According to Colonel Kirk J. Frith with the Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Department, a tornado touched down in the Gueydan area off LA. 91, just south of La. 14 causing major damage to several homes in that area and within the city of Gueydan. According to the Colonel, there were no reports of significant injury related to the storm.
"There are multiple enforcement agencies providing assistance on the scene to include the Gueydan Fire Department, Police Department , State Police and the Sheriff's Office . We have called out additional deputies to assist with traffic control and property protection as cleanup efforts begin. We are working close with our local office of emergency preparedness and Mayor Hensgen of Gueydan to provide resources to assist the residents with immediate needs.
According to Mayor Hensgen, the nursing home located at 1201 3rd st has been designated a temporary shelter for displaced residents that have no place to go. Residents needing to inquire about shelter needs to call the Office of Emergency Preparedness at 337 898 4308.
The Sheriff's Mobile Command Center has been deployed to La. 91 and La. 14 to serve as an incident command center . We are limiting access to the affected areas to property owners, residents and family members only, due to concerns of possible hazards. The traffic congestion due to sight seers is an issue and we are asking those to please refrain from traveling to and around these areas" adds the Colonel.