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State folks assessing damage from last week's storm

04/20/2018

A total of 44 single-family residences, 14 manufactured homes and eight businesses received some type of damage last week when a line of thunderstorms packing heavy rain and wind and spinning off tornadoes tore through Bossier Parish.

Those preliminary assessment numbers were revealed following a damage inspection Wednesday by the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP).

Ian Snellgrove, Director of the Bossier Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (BOHSEP), and Deputy Director Gene Barattini escorted the GOHSEP team to damaged areas in Bossier City and Parish.

“This was the preliminary damage assessment for the governor to combine our dollar-damaged figures with the other parishes that were affected to see if our state will qualify for a state presidential (disaster) declaration,” Snellgrove explained.

Snellgrove said the team will formulate a report that advises the governor on the severity and dollar amount of the damage. If the total amount of residential damage reaches the required threshold, and the federal government approves the request, residences without insurance or under-insured can apply for federal assistance.

Damage assessments found that 44 single-family residences received some type of damage. That included 19 affected (single area) damage, 18 minor damage and seven major damage. There were no reported single-family residences destroyed.

Among manufactures homes, three showed affected damage, five received minor damage, three had major damage and three were destroyed. Eight businesses had some damage that did not include signs or poles.

 

 

Crystal Golden, GOHSEP Disaster Recovery Specialist, and Ian Snellgrove, BOHSEP director, inspect storm damage agt Santa Fe Mobile Home & RV Park in the 4800 block of East Texas.

 

Damage sites along U.S. Hwy. 80 near Red Chute show the direction of the storm.

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