25 December 2012

UPDATED kalb special report cenla christmas day 2012 severe weather


kalb, tom konvicka, special report cenla christmas day 2012 severe weather
city of alexandria
ball, tioga & rigolette

UPDATE: kalb christmas day severe weather slideshow 
              kalb tioga area storm damage 
gannett/the alexandria daily town talk: strong storms push through cenla, damaging homes, businesses  
8 a.m. update: Some traffic lights out in Alexandria; 1,205 without power in Central La~ gannett/the alexandria daily town talk 26 december 2012
For Release to the Media
FM: Lt. T. Carnline RPSO
DATE: Wednesday 26 December 2012, 0956

Christmas Storm Update

Yesterday at approximately 12:05 pm, the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office received its first of over 20 calls for storm related incidents that occurred in the Parish.

The hardest hit areas, according to Sonya Wiley, Rapides Parish Director of Homeland Security, was in the Tioga area around Lafayette Lane, Aspen Court areas.

Overall, approximately 40 homes, 8 businesses, 2 churches and the roof of a school sustained damage in what was thought to be a tornado.

No injuries or fatalities were reported.

"We want to urge the citizens to exercise caution in the operation of chain saws, generators and any other equipment used to remove limbs or debris from the storm" Director Wiley said.

"The Sheriff's Office wants to remind the public to be cautious when dealing with people wanting to fix damage from the storm.

Use reputable people to do this and not someone who just drives up and says they can fix it" said Lt. Tommy Carnline, Public Information Officer.

"Be careful driving because there is still a lot of debris in the area."

Lt. Tommy Carnline
Public Information Officer
Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office