CONVENT, LA (WVUE) - Two people were killed and several people were injured Tuesday after severe weather roared through a Convent RV park, according to St. James Parish Sheriff Willy Martin Jr.
The victims were reported at the Sugar Hill RV Park, where there are about 300 residents in about 160 trailers. Several RVs were overturned and emergency workers were making their way through the rubble to reach victims. There were several ambulances on the scene, as well as firefighters and law enforcement.
Martin said in addition to the fatalities, seven people were critically injured and more than 30 sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
A temporary shelter was established at the gymnasium of Associated Terminals. Anyone looking for loved ones should call (225) 562-2364. Martin said rescue efforts will continue through the night.
Following is the most recent statement from Parish President Timothy Roussel:
At approximately, 3:30 p.m., the St. James Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness received notification of a possible tornado in the Convent area near the Sugar Hill RV Park.
Emergency responders are on the scene and are assessing damage and injuries. The Sheriff's Office has confirmed 2 fatalities. Acadian Ambulance has transported 30 injured individuals to area hospitals. About 100 RVs/trailers have been damaged at the RV park.
If you live in the area of Sugar Hill RV Park and are okay, please contact the dispatch center at (225) 562-2200. Additional updates may be issued as more information is obtained from the scene.
Parish Government is setting up a shelter at the Lutcher Senior Center located on 2631 Louisiana Avenue, Lutcher, LA 70071. The American Red Cross is setting up a station at the Lutcher Senior Center.
St. James Parish officials continue to monitor weather conditions and have been in contact with the National Weather Service and the Governor's Office of Homeland Security to receive the latest weather forecasts. It is imperative that residents monitor local weather stations for any weather updates.
Residents can sign up to have notifications from St. James Parish Government sent to their home phone, mobile device and/or email by visiting the homepage of the Parish's website at www.stjamesla.com and clicking the link under the "Emergency Info" section.