A deadly storm swept through Louisiana St. Landry's Parish in the early morning hours on Saturday. One man was found dead in the path of destruction from the storm.
Jose Antonio Higareda, 28, was killed in the storm and seven other people were reported with serious injuries. At least eight homes were devastated with many vehicles thrown into the middle of fields.
Bellard said he couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw the destruction of the village when he gave an update of the aftermath of the storm. He added that the trailer of an 18-wheeler is in the middle of the street where most of the destruction occurred.
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“This is unbelievable. It’s devastating. You see homes that are just not there anymore,” the official said.
“It’s just unbelievable to see what we’re looking at right now. We were very fortunate,” Bellard continued.
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“Just a little ways down here farther north, they had two other homes where the roofs were taken off. The people in the house actually went into the bathroom and into the bathtub whenever they heard it. And they survived.” He added.
“So we were very fortunate to hear that news.”