Breaux Bridge landmark destroyed by tornado

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POSTED: Friday, January 11, 2013 - 6:30pm

UPDATED: Friday, January 11, 2013 - 6:34pm

The National Weather Service confirmed that the tornado that touched down in Breaux Bridge was an EF-1 tornado, fifty yards wide with a three mile long path.

One historic business in Breaux Bridge was in the tornado's path of destruction.

La Poussiere Cajun Dance Hall is a trademark of the town. This historic dance hall has always prided itself on preserving the traditional Cajun music, and was one of the first dance halls that people started coming to. La Poussiere has been a part of owner Lawrence Patin's family since his parents started the establishment in 1955

“We've had damage from storms, but not really as extensive as we're looking at today,” stated Patin.

There is extensive damage to the roof, rafters and sheet rock. The entire kitchen side must be replaced and the electrical system restored. Patin talks about how he felt when he first saw the damage of yesterday's tornado.

“My heart came in my throat. You know, it was heart-wrenching.”

Patin was in Mississippi at the time of the tornado and had to hear about the destruction from people posting pictures on social media sites.

Companies in the community, such as C&J Construction in Breaux Bridge, will start the reconstruction on this place as early as Monday. They are truly helping this family-owned business through this time of need.

“It's a good feeling, you know, after dealing with these people for years that they would do that.”

Patin says he runs this historic place for the love of it - it is not his livelihood, but it is a part of his family. He says that it seems the community wants La Poussiere to come back. They will start the renovations and have it up and running as soon as time allows.

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