Bossier Sheriff's Office updates storm damage
BSO News: Bossier Parish Storm Damage Update (as of 10:00 a.m.)
Last night's powerful storm claimed the lives of an elderly couple and destroyed their home on the 400 block of Davis Road. The storm moved their home from its foundation to some 200 feet away. Three dogs at the residence, two Chihuahuas and a German Shepherd, are unaccounted for.
Bossier Sheriff's Office deputies and Posse members are going through other affected neighborhoods in the path of the storm to check on residents and assess damage.
BSO launched a drone to assess the damage, and it appears the path of the tornado started near Davis Road and Arkla Plant Road and traveled east/northeast, hopping from the air to the ground in its path.
Bossier Parish Police Jury work crews were also out late night removing trees from roadways. They tell residents if they place any debris from the storm near the roadway, they will begin picking it up Monday morning.
The BSO Mobile Command Center continues to operate at Neighbors Exxon on the corner of Highway 157 and Sligo Road to be readily available to help residents in the area.
East 80's Fire Station #6 on Oliver Road was badly damaged. Preliminary estimates show 50 structures impacted by the storm, with 22 on James Lane alone. These numbers are preliminary, and more damage may be reported.
Many other areas in the tornado's path and storms have been affected by fallen trees in roadways and homes. We encourage you to check on your neighbor, especially the elderly. SWEPCO crews continue to work to restore power.
Officials with the Bossier Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness encourage residents and businesses who sustained any type of damage to the storm to report your damage by contacting them at (318) 425-5352. Please provide your name, address, number, rent or own, extent of damage, and if you have insurance.
The American Red Cross will also be in the area to help residents in need. National Weather Service will assess the area to determine the extent of the tornado.
Please contact the Bossier Sheriff's Office dispatch center at (318) 965-2203 if you have an emergent need.
(Photos by Lt. Bill Davis, Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office)