Tornado damages trees, utilities, overturns trailers in Walker

Overturned trailer at CEI Environmental Services (Source: James Sparvero/ WAFB)
Overturned trailer at CEI Environmental Services (Source: James Sparvero/ WAFB)

WALKER, LA (WAFB) - Mother Nature closed the holiday weekend with a  fury in parts of Livingston Parish.

An EF-1 tornado with 100 mph winds touched down in Walker Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Downed power lines and trees, and overturned trailers followed the overnight storms.

"Unreal," John Bezet said.

The 78-year-old used his chainsaw Monday to turn downed trees into winter firewood.

"I didn't know this was coming through last night," said Bezet. "I slept through it."

Bezet didn't hear anything.

That would be impossible for anyone near the CEI trucking building on Florida Blvd. The company president drove to Walker Monday morning from Mississippi after getting the news of downed power lines and overturned trucks.

"It looked like a war zone. I said, 'What could have happened here?' It looked like it was definitely a tornado," said George Lockhart, President of CEI Environmental Services.

There were ten tornado warnings issued locally overnight Sunday into Monday.

Satsuma resident Charles Hill heard the storm. He was stopped at a roadblock as cleanup happened Monday on Cane Market Road.

"The wind was blowing pretty good," said Hill. "I actually went outside a couple of times looking at it. It didn't look too safe so I went back inside."

Insurance will cover damages at CEI.

The owner expects to return to normal operations in a couple of weeks.

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