Dec 26, 2009 4:05 PM by Carolyn Cerda
Acadiana is cleaning up this Christmas Eve after an early morning filled with severe thunderstorms, hurricane forced winds and possible tornadoes.
The storms are blamed for one death in Scott. Police say 44 year old Ryan Hebert died from injuries he received from a tree falling on his house. It happened in the 1200 block of Lafayette St. The victim's 15 year old son was also in the house at the time; he has no injuries.
Highway 13 between Crowley and Eunice in Acadia Parish is not closed but the Sheriff's office is asking that motorists choose an alternate route because traffic is severely backed up. Roads into and within Atwood Acres Subdivision north of Crowley are closed to anyone other than emergency vehicles and residents.
In Gueydan, officials say a woman needed some medical attention after her home was removed from it's blocks. Those on the outer city limits are without electricity and running water, and there are reports of scattered flooding. Officials say a tornado touched down near LA 91, just south of LA 14. As of newstime, no serious injuries have been reported there, but several homes in the area received major damage. Mayor Hensgen tells TV3 displaced residents needing temporary shelter from the storm should call the Office of Emergency Preparedness at 898-4308, or head to the nursing home located at 1201 3rd St. Traffic through the town is also being restricted to residents and family members only.
A chuch in Whiteville has been completly demolished. There are open graves and church members have already showed up to help clean the debris. A nearby house had a tree fall on it, another had it's side ripped out. Pieces of Resurrection Church are in the middle of the road just off of Highway 29.