Tornado destroys houses near Newellton; no serious injuries

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 8, 2000

NEWELLTON, La. – A tornado destroyed four houses and severely damaged another house Wednesday afternoon 8 miles west of Newellton, said Tensas Parish Emergency Director Ricky Foster.

The tornado’s victims only received minor injuries that were treated by paramedics at the scene.

&uot;I think it mostly upset one youngster more than anything else,&uot;&160;Foster said. &uot;We were real lucky.&uot;

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Trees were downed and power was out to more than 60 households in the same area, but power was expected to be restored Wednesday night. No flash flooding was reported in Tensas Parish.

Just after 3:30 p.m., a tornado came close to schools in the Catahoula Parish village of Sicily Island — but caused no injuries or property damage, said Marvin Nolan, principal of Sicily Island High School.

&uot;It touched down near the south end of the football field, but it didn’t hit the schools,&uot; Nolan said. &uot;Still, it was too close for comfort.&uot;

The tornado also caused minor to moderate damage to the roofs of several houses in the Sicily Island area. Trees and power lines were also reported down in the area, according to that town’s police department.

Adams County and Concordia Parish reported no major damage or injuries from storms that buffeted the Miss-Lou Wednesday afternoon, according to local officials.

The National Weather Service office in Jackson reported a tornado in Concordia Parish 25 miles east of Marksville just after 4 p.m. That tornado apparently passed north of the Sibley community in Adams County, said Civil Defense Director George Souderes.

Storms had dumped more than 2 inches of rain on Natchez by 7:30 p.m., Souderes said. But according to the Vidalia Fire Department’s rain gauge, that town received about 4 inches of rain Wednesday, causing flash flooding of roads in Ridgecrest, the Concordia Park subdivision near Vidalia and low-lying streets throughout Vidalia, White said.

Some streets in the &uot;orchard&uot; area of Vidalia — Apple and surrounding streets — were flooded and had to be closed to traffic Wednesday night, and water was reported in at least one house in that area, according to the Fire Department.

Water also entered at least one other house in the Little Acres subdivision between Vidalia and Ferriday.

In Adams County, downed trees blocked Cemetery Road and Carthage Point Road in Adams County, and a power line was downed on Hutchins Landing Road. That is perhaps not surprising, said Souderes, since winds gusted to 32 miles per hour in Adams County.

Only scattered power outages were reported throughout Adams County and Concordia or Catahoula parishes. Power was expected to be restored Wednesday night, according to Entergy and Concordia Electric officials.