Relief effort underway in 7 parishes after tornado damage

Relief effort underway in 7 parishes after tornado damage

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Emergency responders are working in seven parishes to respond to damage caused by tornadoes that passed through Louisiana early Tuesday morning.

"American Red Cross disaster responders are preparing to move into affected communities as it's safe to assist residents and continuing to coordinate with officials across the area. Red Cross volunteers loaded vehicles with supplies, such as tarps, cleaning materials, snacks and water, as they assess damages and needs," states a press release. "Additional volunteers also are preparing to respond to needs as they develop."

The Faith Christian Center (the former First Baptist Church), located at 210 Plimsol Dr. in Donaldsonville, has opened as a shelter for residents affected by Tuesday's tornadoes.

The Salvation Army is also responding to Livingston Parish following the tornado that touched down near Nan Wesley Rd.

This afternoon, after getting word of the tragedy on Nan Wesley Rd. in North Livingston Parish, The Salvation Army of Greater Baton Rouge responded to calls for assistance. The Salvation Army will be on sight to provide snacks, water, and spiritual care to first responders and victims of today's tornado. Salvation Army employees and volunteers will assess damages and needs upon arrival to see what further assistance can be provided.

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