NAPOLEONVILLE, LA (WAFB) - Officials in Assumption Parish declared a state of emergency Monday afternoon due to the severe weather that passed through in the morning. Governor Jindal also declared a state of emergency for the entire state.
The Assumption Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness said there are downed trees, downed power lines, downed power poles and damage to buildings.
They added tarps are being handed out at the road and bridge office at 141 LA 1008 in Napoleonville.
Crews have been out all day cutting down trees, accessing the damage and trying to restore power but 65% of the parish is without power and officials do not expect it back on till Tuesday at the earliest.
"Just use caution. A lot of damage to power lines that are down," said Assumption Police Jury President Marty Triche. "People are moving around and getting home from work. Kids are getting home from school, but be very, very careful. Assume that all power lines that are down are live and dangerous. So stay away from them. We have some other rain coming so just use caution."
All Assumption Parish schools will be closed Tuesday because of extensive power outages.
With the outages, a shelter will be open at 6 p.m. Monday at Belle Rose Middle School on Hwy 1 in Belle Rose. Residents are asked to bring food, drink and any medication they may need. The Red Cross will close the shelter at 11 p.m. if no one check into it.
All government offices in the Napoleonville Courthouse and Judge Jessie LeBlanc's Division D office will be closed Tuesday. Any court scheduled for Tuesday has also been cancelled.
Monday's severe weather caused thousands of dollars in damage to those living in Assumption Parish.
The shed that was here was a metal building which can withstand 150 mph wind," says farm owner Jim Boudreaux. "As you can see it is no longer in existence. It demolished it like nothing."
Pieces of that shed fell on tractors, and a 300 pound cement anchor that was buried in the ground was picked up and tossed across the street.
In other parts of Napoleonville, several homeowners are hoping tarps keep the water out.
Water started coming in my room in my bedroom and I was trying to figure out what had happened,” says Anthony Buggage. “when the wind died down, I walked outside. Come to find out half my roof was gone”
Crews spent much of the day assessing the damage and cutting downed trees. Officials are continuing to monitor and assess the damage.