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Beauregard officials give information on disaster relief, scams, and emergency reminders

KPLC viewers Tommy and Heather Welch captured video of a tornado in Beauregard and Vernon...
KPLC viewers Tommy and Heather Welch captured video of a tornado in Beauregard and Vernon parishes.
Updated: Dec. 18, 2019 at 6:39 AM CST
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DERIDDER, La. (KPLC) - The National Weather Service has released its initial finding on the tornado that hit between DeRidder and Alexandria earlier this week.

According to their survey team investigation, winds were estimated at 78 miles per hour when it began in DeRidder. Winds later reached between 140 - 160 miles per hour, which would make it an EF-3 tornado. The path was 62 miles long and was 400 yards wide at its longest.

The tornado was on the ground for 1 hour and 47 minutes resulting in one direct fatality.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Beauregard Parish officials have now released information on recovery operations. They say, a disaster deceleration was signed by parish officials yesterday, Dec. 17, 2019.

According to their assessments about 300 homes were affected, either through power outages, downed trees, or structural damage.

Officials are asking anyone in the parish with damage to their homes to contact the Beauregard Sheriff’s Office to report it, even if assistance is not needed.

Anyone in the affected area can apply for financial assistance through the Red Cross.

For more information on financial assistance you can call 800-733-2767.

SCAMS

Officials remind residents that disasters often bring scammers to affected areas.

Because of this the Beauregard Sheriff’s Office is warning residents to be cautious when hiring contractors to repair their home.

They advise residents to only use reputable contractors who can provide proof that they can perform the needed repairs.

If you feel like you are being scammed officials say you should contact the Sheriff’s Office immediately.

DONATIONS

Anyone who would like to donate to families affected by the storm can donate at the American Red Cross donation collection point.

The Red Cross has set up a donation area at the Old First Baptist Gym on West 2nd Street in DeRidder, next to the courthouse.

Here is a list of some of the items that are needed:

  • Clothing; preferably clean, new, or gently used in all sizes
  • Shoes
  • Socks
  • Coats and jackets
  • Toiletries
  • Baby and child care items
  • Water
  • Non-perishable goods

The Red Cross will begin taking donations at 9 a.m.

REMINDERS

Officials also giving the following updates and reminders to all residents:

  • Schools are open and buses are running their normal routes.
  • Power has been restored to the majority of residents within the affected area.
  • 9-1-1 is for emergencies only.

And the Beauregard Parish Police Jury says, locations for debris will be available soon. Currently they are just waiting on approval from the Louisiana DEQ.

The Police Jury says they will provide an update as soon as the locations are approved.

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