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Louisiana gov tours possible tornado damage in small town

May 20, 2019
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Louisiana's governor toured a community where a possible weekend tornado damaged or destroyed at least 50 homes and businesses. People in areas of eastern Oklahoma are also dealing with severe weather damage. (May 20)
Louisiana's governor toured a community where a possible weekend tornado damaged or destroyed at least 50 homes and businesses. People in areas of eastern Oklahoma are also dealing with severe weather damage. (May 20)

VILLE PLATTE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s governor has toured a community where a possible weekend tornado damaged or destroyed at least 50 homes and businesses.

The Monroe News Star reports that Gov. John Bel Edwards visited the central Louisiana community of Ville Platte hours, after a possible twister Sunday morning.

Edwards says at least three non-serious injuries were reported and he was thankful no lives were lost.

The newspaper reports numerous trees were toppled and utility poles snapped. It says more than 6,500 residents were left without power, or virtually everyone who lives in Ville Platte, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) northwest of Baton Rouge.

The report says Louisiana State Police are sending troopers to assist police and sheriff’s deputies with recovery efforts in the community.

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