CONVENT, LA (WAFB) - As daylight breaks in St. James parish, so does the reality of what happened here Tuesday. Severe storms ripped through south Louisiana. One of the confirmed tornadoes hit Sugar Hill RV Park in Convent.
Parish officials confirmed that two people were killed and at least 30 people were injured during that tornado.
About 300 residents in about 160 trailers were hit in the RV Park. Officials say that 18 of the victims were taken to Our Lady of the Lake in Baton Rouge. Of the 31 people who were rushed to the hospital, seven of them were critical with life-threatening injuries. Of the 300 residents, about 85 percent have been accounted for.
Josh Keith was in his RV Tuesday when the storms ripped through.
This afternoon he's back with his brother to collect what's left... He leaves empty handed except for His mothers ashes... And a bible.
For the second time in the last 12 hours, governor John Bel Edwards visited the area to assess the damage both by air and land.
If you live in the area of Sugar Hill RV Park and are okay, please contact the dispatch center at (225) 562-2200. Residents of the RV park who wish to return to retrieve belongings, should first stop by the Old Romeville Elementary School Gym located at 9100 Safety Drive, Convent, LA 70723.
The parish set up a shelter at the Lutcher Senior Center located on 2631 Louisiana Avenue, Lutcher, LA 70071. The Red Cross is helping family in need at the shelter. First Baptist Church of Gramercy is accepting donations to distribute to families in need. The church is located at 1046 North Airline Avenue, Gramercy, LA 70052.
La. Hwy. 44 is closed to traffic until further notice between Water Tower St. to Ester St. in Convent, LA.
The road to recovery will be long and hard... But in times like these, We're reminded of the resiliency of Louisiana. The people, even our four legged friends. A resiliency strong enough to overcome mother nature's wrath.
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Edwards declared a state of emergency for St. James Parishes as well as six other parishes. He traveled to Convent Tuesday night to assess the damage along with State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson and Col. James Waskom, Director of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP).