LAPLACE, LA (WVUE) - Homes and businesses in Laplace were damaged during Tuesday's severe weather, and schools will remain closed Wednesday as the parish works to clean up.
Airline Highway was closed from Belle Terre to Greenwood due to downed lines, according to Parish President Natalie Robottom.
There were reports of damaged homes in the 1700 block of Greenwood. There was also damage at the Walmart on Airline Highway as well as damaged homes on Carrollwood.
Robottom declared a state of emergency for St. John Parish as a result of the severe weather. The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down in LaPlace.
Emergency personnel, the Office of Fire Services, the Sheriff's Office, State Police, DOTD and Entergy were out assisting residents and assessing the Parish. Residents should dial 911 to report emergencies and are advised to stay off of roadways.
Please see below for additional updates:
According to Entergy, 2905 power outages in Riverlands and Belle Terre, and sporadically Parishwide
Power outages can be reported at 1-800-9OUTAGE and can be viewed at http://viewoutage.entergy.com/la.aspx
Residents should not touch downed power lines as they may be active.
The following areas will be under curfew from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. for the following areas that received damage:
Riverlands Subdivision including Ellerslie, Greenwood, Madewood and West Frisco
Emily C. Watkins Elementary located at 938 Hwy 628 in LaPlace is open for residents who sustained damage to their homes.
If possible, please bring supplies, toiletries, homecare items , food and medicine to the shelter.
US 61 between LaPlace Park and Belle Terre Blvd.
US 61 at Tiffany Dr.
Cambridge Dr., North of Fairway Dr. to Woodland Dr.
Parts of Riverlands, Ellerslie, Greenwood, Madewood, Palmetto, Indigo Pkwy. until cleared
Tornado Watch until 10 p.m.
Wind Advisory until 6 a.m
St. John Parish officials will continue to communicate with the Emergency Responders, the National Weather Service, Entergy and the 911 center for updates on power outages and parish-wide damages. Residents are encouraged to monitor communication channels, WWL 870 a.m. radio, Parish Facebook page and local news stations for updates.