A round of powerful storms swept through the state late Wednesday, June 19, and early Thursday, June 20, producing high winds, damaging homes and businesses and leaving thousands without electricity.
According to poweroutage.us, more than 26,000 were without power around the state as of 11:30 a.m. Thursday.
In Rapides Parish the town of Ball took a direct hit from two tornadoes that destroyed businesses, snapped trees in half and sent trees crashing into homes. The Dairy Queen off Highway 165 in the community posted on its Facebook photos of the damage to its windows and roof.
“I am sad to report the damage is truly devastating as the day breaks,” Ball council man Marc Mercer wrote on his page. “Our Town was hit by a few tornadoes overnight and we have sustained lots of damage. Please use caution this morning and allow workers the space to work!
We will clean this up and quickly!”
There was extensive damage in Deville with the hardest area being in Hickory Village, Pete Paul, Paul Road and Donnie Price roads, the Philadelphia community and Holloway, especially around Holloway Baptist Church which escaped any structural damage.
In Bossier Parish, deputies were going door-to-door on Butler Hill Road, which was hit hard by the storm.
The Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office page reported that patrol deputies set up an incident command center on near Butler Hill Road. Benton Fire Department and SWEPCO utility employees were also on scene. Crews were forced to walk long distances to check on residences after debris blocked access to affected areas.
Other areas impacted in northern Bossier Parish included the area from Old Plain Dealing Road east to Highway 157 and from Highway 162 north up to Highway 160.
No injuries had been reported.
In Webster Parish, trees and downed power lines were reported in the Evergreen community, between Springhill and Minden, according to KSLA-TV in Shreveport.