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La. tornado displaces 1,500; cleanup under way

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Posted: Mar 6, 2011 12:08 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Rayne, tornado, Louisiana, cleanup, displaced

RAYNE, La.- Officials say some 1,500 people cannot return to their homes after a tornado ripped through southwestern Louisiana, killing a woman trying to shield her child and injuring a dozen others.

Carroll Stelly, the police chief in the town of Rayne, said Sunday that about 150 homes had been damaged by the twister a day earlier. Others cannot return to their homes because crews are still surveying damage and working to get electricity and other utilities running again.

All was quiet Sunday, with the only sounds being the occasional hum of a chainsaw being used in the distance to cut tree limbs from power lines.

The home where the woman died was completely crushed by part of an oak tree. Elsewhere, people's belongings were covered in mud and strewn about the streets.

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