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Storm surprises Louisiana, residents

Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 2:47 pm

By Kyle Boaz
lpjed@lcs.net

Dark times fell on Sunset Park and the rest of Louisiana after the vicious storm on Thursday, July 19, destroyed the pavilion and four trees in the park.
Similar damage could be seen throughout the town with downed branches
“Our staff did a really nice job after the storm. They moved quick and have done very, very well,” City Administrator Kelly Henderson said.
“Some thought needs to be given on what to do with the pavilion.”
Thoughts about changing the size or type of pavilion were mentioned during the city council meeting on Monday, July 23.
The pavilion was insured, according to Henderson.
Louisiana Fire Department fielded 40 different calls that Thursday and worked until 3 a.m. the following day, according to Quattrocchi.
“I thought our guys did an excellent job. Between 30 firemen and seven to eight apparatuses we managed and handled about 40 calls throughout the city in a manner of 10 to 15 minutes of them coming in,” he said.
There were 110 reported incidents of down limbs in town.
There have been no reported injuries.
The majority of the damage fell between 24th and Fifth Streets.
The downtown area was also impacted, along with a down tree on Douglass St. and Hwy. 79 needing to be cleared.
Power was knocked out during the storm and remained out until Friday morning in some isolated areas, according to Henderson.
One concern that the city council had was not hearing the sirens before or during the storms.

The pavilion at Sunset Park was destroyed in the storm on Thursday, July 19. The city council will decide what measures to take for replacement of the pavilion in the coming months. The structure was insured.