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New drone footage showing damage in Ville Platte; Update on clean-up

Posted at 12:40 PM, May 20, 2019

Mayor Jennifer Vidrine gave an update to Ville Platte residents Monday morning on the cleanup and power restoration work in the city.

Aerial footage shot by Top Echelon Aerial Services, LLC shows the damage sustained in the Ville Platte area following Sunday’s storms.

Vidrine says that 95 percent of the city’s electricity has been restored. Cleco crews are currently on the ground to bring the remaining five percent of the city back on.

The mayor asks that those who have yet to have their power restored remain patient. All residents are expected to be back on by Monday afternoon.

Cleanup is also underway in the city. Solid Waste will be picking up any small branches that have come down during the storm. Residents should place those small branches along the side of the road but keep them separate from any regular trash pick up.

Large tree limbs felled during the storm or cut following the storm will need to be brought to the Mamou Dump Site.

The mayor says that anyone with needs that the city can help with from or related to storm damage should contact City Hall at 337-363-2939.

Residents should leave a message with those needs along with their name, contact number, and address. Someone with the city will return those calls.

Mayor Vidrine says that the city was very fortunate that there were no serious injuries or deaths due to Sunday morning’s storm.

“Let’s thank God we are still fortunate,” says Vidrine. “We can replace everything, we can fix everything, but thank goodness we do not have to replace a life.”