NAPOLEONVILLE, LA (WAFB) - Thousands of people in Assumption Parish woke up Tuesday morning to find the electricity was not yet back on after powerful storms ripped through the area the previous day, spawning two confirmed tornadoes.
The National Weather Service reported its survey crew confirmed one tornado near Pierre Part and another near Napoleonville.
A state of emergency is still in effect, as cleanup efforts continue. If this is any indication of the situation in the parish, it is the power lines that remain on LA 1 in Napoleonville.
Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency because of the extensive damage the parish suffered from the storms.
As of Tuesday morning, 4,500 people were still without power. That number was as high as 6,500 just hours earlier, so it is a bit of good news to see the number of outages falling.
Assumption Parish Police Jury President Marty Triche said officials are working to get everything cleaned up. The Salvation Army has set up at the community center and volunteers said they'll remain throughout the day and the night if needed and even Wednesday as well. It's that sense of community that has been displayed all around the area one day after those storms.
"That's what we do," said Alton Williams, a resident of Napoleonville. "The community gets together to try to help everybody. We have a lot of work that needs to be done."
"We're going to be getting with the community on this," Triche added. "We know they want to get everything cleaned up. Let's get everything organized and get everything cleaned up in an efficient way."
Officials said the shelter at Belle Rose Middle School was closed at 6 a.m. Those with special needs should contact the Office of Public Health at 985-447-0916, extension 360 for assessments.
Schools in the parish remained closed Tuesday, mainly due to the continued outages. According to officials, all schools will reopen Wednesday except for Napoleonville Primary School. However, faculty and staff from the school will be assigned by the principal to report to a specific location.
All government offices in the Napoleonville Courthouse will be opened on Wednesday. Court will also resume on Wednesday.
Tarps are still being handed out at the Road and Bridge office at 141 LA 1008 in Napoleonville.
The parish transfer site on Ezekiel Street in the Bertrandville area will be opened on Wednesday at 9:00 a.m to all Assumption Parish residents. Only storm debris will be collected. People are asked to separate vegetative debris from construction debris.