Plain Dealing still coping with tornado’s aftermath

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This home on Buckshot Road six miles west of Plain Dealing was hit early Monday morning by a tornado. The storm damaged 14 homes but left no injuries.

Residents of Plain Dealing are still coping from the aftermath of a tornado that touched down early Monday morning.

It happened just after 3 a.m. in a rural part of northwestern Bossier Parish. According to a statement released by the BSO, the tornado “appears to have come across the west side on the dead-end street on Buckshot Shot near the Red River and traveled in a slightly northeasterly direction to Rat Terrier Lane and Highway 537 during at least a mile-long trek.”

Preliminary reports from the National Weather Service office in Shreveport show that an EF-1 tornado touched down near Hosston and strengthened as it made its way across the Red River and into Plain Dealing, reaching an EF-2 status at its peak. The NWS website states that an EF-2 tornado has sustained winds of 111 to 135 miles per hour.

 The Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that nearly 20 homes in the Buckshot Road and Highway 537 area that were primarily impacted by the storm. Deputies estimate four to six homes received substantial damage, while another 10 homes sustained slight or moderate damage.

Fortunately, there were no injuries reported. After viewing the area, Sheriff Julian Whittington said he is thankful that no one was hurt.

“It could have been a lot worse, but we are very fortunate it was property damage and no loss of life, especially after seeing what happened across the nation,” Whittington said. “We will be here as long as it takes to help get their lives back in order.”

Inmates work crews from the Bossier Correctional Facilities helped clear trees and debris from houses, while crews from the Bossier Parish Highway Department cleared trees from the roadways.

Bill Davis with the Bossier Sheriff’s Office said “nothing as of yet” has been established as far as a relief fund or donation drop off site for the storm victims.

“It appears folks are working with family to make arrangements and any needs,” Davis said via e-mail. ”However, I did see the American Red Cross out there, as well as the Caddo-Bossier Department of Homeland Security providing tarps and other materials to shelter the homes from possible future storms.”

Davis continued, “Most folks are still assessing the situation, while crews from the Bossier Parish Highway Department and inmate work crews from the Bossier Parish Correctional Facilities are removing trees from roads, homes and vehicles.”