POSTED: Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 4:25pm
UPDATED: Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 9:56pm
ST. MARTIN PARISH, LA — Parish President, Guy Cormier has signed a State of Emergency for St. Martin Parish due to the severe weather that traveled through the Parish this morning.
The National Weather Service confirmed that an EF 1 tornado with an approximate fifty yards wide and three mile long path hit the area. Following an assessment by St. Martin Parish OHSEP Officials, it appears that approximately 30 homes and businesses sustained minor to severe damage due to the high winds that came through Breaux Bridge this morning just before 6:00 a.m.
The damage ranged from outbuildings being destroyed, to trees falling on houses, mobile home roofs ripped off, and roof damage to several homes and businesses.
The hardest hit areas seem to be the St. Charles Street/Grand Point Road area in Breaux Bridge along with the Roma/Guilbeau Street area also in Breaux Bridge. There was a minimal loss of power as a result of the storm that moved through.
St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Deputies were placed in areas throughout the Parish to warn motorists of high water on several of the roadways. Cecilia High School Road, portions of Grand Point Road, and Bayou Fuselier Road earlier today reported having water across the roadway. Huron Road and Bayou Fuselier Road conditions are being monitored due to the possibility of rising water. Alcide Bonin Road in Cecilia is currently closed due to high water.
Motorists should not travel the roadways unless it is absolutely necessary. St. Martin Parish Deputies are continuing their damage assessments throughout the day today in addition to monitoring the rising water on several roadways.