Mar 8, 2011 12:53 PM by Press Release

Louisiana Baptist Convention In to Help Rayne Tornado Recovery

The City of Rayne administration is pleased to announce that the Louisiana Baptist Convention has brought in several work crews with heavy equipment. The crews are trained volunteers and have experience with disaster recovery.

If you have downed trees or limbs on your property that is a result of Saturday's tornado, please go to the First Baptist Church on East Jeff Davis Street where they will assist you in cutting the items and placing them at the road at no charge. City work crews will pick up debris placed at the road throughout the week. Again, this is at no charge to the public.

Chief Stelly stated "this is a great resource for us. We have a pool of trained equipment operators that we can rely on to do a safe and professional job. We don't have to worry about additional property damage or injury from an inexperienced volunteer working with heavy machinery."

The city has plastic tarps available to those homes affected by the tornado. If you need a tarp, please visit the Rayne Police Department where our dispatch will take your information and a tarp will be delivered to your property.

Mayor JimPetitjean wanted to "thank all the volunteers and city employees who have been doing an excellent job during this demanding couple of days. It makes me proud to serve a community filled with such amazing people." Mayor Petitjean added that over the next couple of days he will be meeting with Federal officials in an effort to bring their significant resources to bear on this unfortunate situation.

Chief Stelly announced that the 10:00 p.m. till 6:00 a.m. curfew will be in effect again tonight. The high profile police patrol, vigil property owners and the curfew has allowed us to keep looting and other property crimes at bay in the effected section of town.



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