Pointe Coupee storm damage 5-13-24
Pointe Coupee storm damage 5-13-24

Governor declares state of emergency after deadly storms tore through Louisiana

BATON ROUGE — Governor Jeff Landry declared a state of emergency clearing the way for specific parishes to receive federal help after the deadly storms last week.

The parishes included in the declaration are Pointe Coupee, where a confirmed tornado touched down between May 13-14, 2024 damaging at least 14 homes and destroying a mobile home. West Baton Rouge Parish also had a confirmed tornado that left a pregnant woman, Kristin Browning, dead after a tree fell on their mobile home. The unborn baby also died. Her wake is Wednesday, May 22nd and a funeral service on May 23rd, that is open to the public.

Iberville Parish also had a confirmed tornado touch down on May 13th going into the 14th and the parish is included in the emergency declaration. St. Martin and St. James parishes are also a part of the state of emergency.

“Today, we issued a State of Emergency to ensure those parishes affected most by the deadly storms are able to get the help they need for a full recovery. We continue to remain in contact with local officials and will do all we can to deploy the necessary assistance and resources,” said Governor Landry.

Parish-by-parish breakdown on May 13, 2024 storms

The Capital area spent hours if not days assessing the damage following a round of severe storms that swept through on Monday afternoon. Multiple trees and power lines were reported down from the Felicianas to Ascension Parish, according to various storm reports received by UWK. Multiples schools were forced to remain closed the next day due to power outages. The National Weather Service confirmed three tornadoes touched down on May 13 in West Baton Rouge, Iberville & Pointe Coupee parishes.

Demco & Entergy worked for days after tens of thousands of people were without power.

Tragically, a pregnant woman and her unborn child were killed after a tree fell on a house near Erwinville in West Baton Rouge Parish.

Pointe Coupee was hit hard once again — just a month after severe storms left a trail of damage.

POINTE COUPEE

  • Ventress Pointe Coupee 5-13-24

Pointe Coupee Schools and the District Office were closed, May 14, 2024 due to weather related issues parishwide.

Emergency officials say that Fordoche and Livonia were hit very hard with multiple trees down and power lines with total blockage, meaning it will take some time for crews to get power restored.

IBERVILLE PARISH

Hail in Grosse Tete

Iberville Parish schools also cancelled for May 14, 2024 due to several power outages and widespread damage including downed power lines and trees.

Emergency officials tell UWK that while there are not currently any reported injuries, there are multiple trees down throughout the parish.

Moth ball-sized hail was reported around Grosse Tete.

  • Grosse Tete Iberville Parish 5-13-24
  • Grosse Tete Iberville Parish 5-13-24

WEST BATON ROUGE PARISH

  • Erwinville Ball Park West Baton Rouge Parish 5-13-24
  • Erwinville West Baton Rouge Parish 5-13-24
  • Erwinville West Baton Rouge Parish 5-13-24

A pregnant woman and her unborn child were killed after a tree fell on a house on Rougon Rd. in West Baton Rouge Parish. It happened just after 7 p.m.

Another person was listed as critical and was being transported to Our Lady of the Lake in Baton Rouge. Rescue crews had to walk nearly a mile to get to the home due to debris on the roads.

WBR school and offices were closed Tuesday, May 14 due to widespread power outages across the district. Holy Family School was also closed on Tuesday, 5/14.

West Baton Parish saw significant damage and power outages as the storms raced through. Officials say there were 17 trees down across roads.

ASCENSION PARISH

There were several trees down across Ascension Parish with parts of Prairieville and Galvez taking the brunt of the storm. Nearly 4,300 were without power with the bulk of the outages occurring along Hwy. 42.

A tree down on Hwy. 74 at Bluff Rd. re-routed traffic in the Dutchtown area. It’s also why Bluff Middle School was closed.

EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH

More than 21,000 were without power across East Baton Rouge Parish. The storm raced across the heart of Baton Rouge around 7 p.m. with the Shenandoah and St. George area taking the brunt of the damage.

Multiple schools shut down on May 14, 2024

  • Greenbrier Elementary School
  • Istrouma High School
  • Mayfair Laboratory School
  • McKinley High School
  • The Dufrocq School
  • The Virtual Academy Administrative Building
  • White Hills Elementary School
  • J.K. Haynes Elementary School
  • Claiborne Elementary School

LIVINGSTON PARISH

Lower Livingston Parish was under a Tornado warning as the storms moved through the area. There were a lot of limbs and debris on roads, according to emergency officials.

The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office says there are lots of trees down and several wrecks across the parish. There is some water on the roadways in Denham Springs, but thankfully no major injuries have been reported.

WEST FELICIANA PARISH

The storm knocked power out to roughly 200 homes. Officials say the parish missed the brunt of this storm with only a few trees down across the parish.

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