From The Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office:
The child who was killed in Saturday’s early morning storm when a tree fell on the recreational vehicle in which she was sleeping in the Hill Crest Mobile Home & RV Park is identified as Carli Ortiz. She was 20 months old.
The American Red Cross and friends in the community are working with the family to provide necessary assistance.
Bossier Sheriff’s Office deputies have also been busy going through neighborhoods affected by the storm, checking on the well-being of residents. Multiple trees are reported down throughout Bossier Parish, many which fell on homes, as well as downed power lines. It appears much of the storm’s damage was just north of I-20 near the Red Chute area. In particular, residents in Country Place subdivision in the Haughton area have numerous downed trees on the ground and on houses, as well as those areas to the east towards Highway 157 in Princeton.
The Bossier Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is working with the American Red Cross, as volunteers are in the Country Place subdivision assisting with any needs of the storm victims, to include possible sheltering. Deputies also noted that the spirit of support from neighbors and friends in Country Place as they help one another clean up this Saturday morning and afternoon. Bossier Parish Police Jury crews are also developing a plan to help remove trees and debris from the neighborhoods.
“Please keep the Ortiz family in your thoughts and prayers as they deal with the tragic loss of young Carli,” said Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington. “Our deputies worked diligently overnight alongside firefighters, emergency medical personnel and other first responders to check on and render aid to storm victims, and we will continue to work throughout the day to help others and ensure public safety. If you have any emergency needs or want us to check on an elderly, shut-in neighbor, or anyone else, please don’t hesitate to contact your Bossier Sheriff’s Office.”
Bossier Sheriff’s Office can be reached 24 hours a day at (318) 965-2203.
BPT will bring you further updates and reports throughout the day/weekend as more details are made available.
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