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Severe storms damage homes and businesses

4 years ago April 05, 2011 Apr 5, 2011 Tuesday, April 05 2011 Tuesday, April 05, 2011 4:51:29 PM CDT in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Rachel Frost

BATON ROUGE- Severe storms uprooted trees and downed power lines across the News 2 viewing area Monday night, leaving a lot of damage to clean up today.

In a neighborhood near College Drive and South Foster some residents compared the fallout to Hurricane Gustav.

"Within a matter of seconds it came up and started plowing and it just kept getting stronger and stronger and you could just watch the stuff going across," Dan Moran said.

Like his neighbors, Moran spent most of the day picking up fallen tree limbs. Down the street from his home a huge tree fell near a business.

"We feel blessed. I mean we don't have electricity and we have a hole in our roof up here, but nothing was damaged," Darienne Mobley, with the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association, said.

Another fallen tree tore through a gas line near by and several families had to temporarily evacuate their homes.

Today, crews worked to repair the gas line and the Red Cross surveyed the storms destruction. In all, 13 homes were damaged but no one was hurt.

Entergy says it hopes to restore power to the neighborhood by tonight.

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