Donaldsonville officials praise response to tornado


A tornado touchded down in Donaldsonville Tuesday, February 7, 2017.

The Donaldsonville Mayor and City Council recognized the response of city employees and various organizations following the tornado that touched down in the area Tuesday, February 7, 2017.

Mayor Leroy Sullivan said city workers "did a fantastic job" in the days following the disaster.

During the following Tuesday's City Council meeting, he recognized all of the individuals who stepped up in the city's time of need.

He added that he would like to organize a meal of appreciation for everyone who helped.

Sullivan and the Council had high praise for the response of the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office, the Donaldosnville Fire Department, the city's Public Works department, and the numerous religious and charitable organizations that pitched in.

"Everyone worked well together," the Mayor said.

Sullivan reported about 15 buildings sustained substantial damage. Another 50 structures had relatively minor damage.

Much of the major damage occurred in the area of St. Patrick Street, Marchand Drive, and Williams Street.

One injury was reported at a house damaged on St. Patrick.

The Red Cross responded to the disaster and set up a shelter for those affected in Donaldsonville and the surrounding area, including the nearby Lemannville community.

Entergy reported some 80 percent of the city was without power following the tornado. The company worked over the next few days to restore electricity to the entire area.

Council Chairman Raymond Aucoin recognized the Mayor for his response to the tornado.

"We have to compliment you, too," Aucoin said to Sullivan. "You represented us well."

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