Staying Safe When Strong Storms Hit

Talking to local officials about the importance of staying safe during bad weather.

Posted: Apr 14, 2021 6:27 PM

Acadiana has seen tornadoes, hail, and heavy rain during the past few days. As the threat for inclement weather continues it is important to make sure you are okay.

When severe weather hits it is very important where you take shelter when dangerous weather is on the way. For those that live in mobile homes sometimes the safest place is in a completely different structure. Van Reed the Director of Emergency Preparedness in St. Landry Parish says after this past week's tornado it is very clear mobile homes are not safe.

“I’m going to say no, it is not safe to be in a mobile home. I think that after seeing the destruction that the tornado did; 140 mph winds did to the two homes”

This past weekend an EF3 tornado through St. Landry Parish. The tornado completely destroyed a mobile home where tragically one man died. But just down the road, the importance of being in a sturdy structure. A brick home that did see some significant damage to its roof but everyone inside was unharmed. This is why we say over and over again when it comes to severe weather to have your safe space to keep yourself safe.”

Over a dozen structures were damaged on Saturday in Palmetto and unfortunately, the tornado led to 7 injuries and 1 death. The weather has remained active in the areas since that day and the threats have since shifted.

“We’ve dealt with severe weather here in Acadiana over the past week now the issue is heavy rainfall. 2 to even 6 inches of rain have already fallen in the area and local streams and rivers are beginning to rise and local officials are now worried about flooding.”

“... You’re going to have flooding, the most important thing is to not drive through the flooded areas on the roads. Especially at night, you should stay home, if you get out at night and you are driving, you can’t see the flooded roadways; you can’t see how deep the flooding is. You could get stuck or even perish so it is very important to stay away from the flooded areas" Reed says.


With storms in the area, the next few days remember to be weather aware, and when the next flash flood or severe situation strikes take the correct precautions to keep yourself out of harm's way. 

For more on what to do when inclement weather is heading your way, you can visit this link.

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