Tree branch tears through roof of home, storms bring flooding rains

A branch tore through the roof of this home when a tree snapped.
A branch tore through the roof of this home when a tree snapped.

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The storms that were forecast to stall over the Baton Rouge area Saturday moved through much faster than expected, but they still brought strong winds and heavy rains.

A tree snapped outside a home on Governor Pleasant Drive in Baton Rouge. That's right off of Hooper Road near the Baton Rouge Metro Airport. One of the branches ended up tearing a huge hole in the roof above the kitchen.

"I heard a loud boom and then I jumped up to see what was going on," said Glenn Demoulin. "My dog was scared to death and barking like crazy and when I walked into my dining room/kitchen area it was like, 'Oh my God.' I found a tree coming through my roof. Not exactly the way you want to wake up."

Part of Demoulin's fence was blown down as well, but luckily, the falling branches spared his car. He added he's already been in touch with his insurance company.

All of the rain that passed through the area also caused problems for those trying to get to the LSU-Auburn game. Burbank Drive was closed for a while Saturday morning as crews pumped out rain water. It's since been re-opened.

LSU parking officials were forced to close four parking lots because the ground was simply too soggy. Some tailgaters had to park a bit farther out or get creative to find a spot.

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