Local television news reporter Chris Nakamoto interviews officials, including former State Representative Roy Quezaire and Mayor Leroy Sullivan, at the corner of St. Patrick Street and Williams Street, the scene of tornado damage in Donaldsonville Tuesday, February 7, 2017. Photo by Michael Tortorich.
UPDATE FOR WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY, 8, 2017
Parish of Ascension
Office of the Parish President
State of Emergency
Whereas, a tornado, on February 7, 2017 has caused extensive damage in the Parish of Ascension, including the City of Donaldsonville; and Whereas, immediate emergency actions are required to minimize the threat to life and property of the citizens of the Parish, including the City of Donaldsonville; and Whereas, the area involved is in need of emergency actions and support to respond to the incident; and Therefore, I, Kenny Matassa, President of the Parish of Ascension by authority vested in me by the Ordinances of the Parish of Ascension, the Louisiana Emergency Assistance and Disaster Act of 1993, and any other acts which may prevail, do hereby proclaim that a State of Emergency exist in the Parish of Ascension, including the City of Donaldsonville. The Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is hereby designated as the point of contact for this action. This proclamation issued at Ascension Parish on this 7th day of February, 2017 and effective at time of issuance.
- Kenny Matassa, Parish President
City of Donaldsonville
Office of the Mayor
State of Emergency
Whereas, the City of Donaldsonville and Ascension Parish Homeland Security has proclaimed the City of Donaldsonville a state of emergency due to the tornado that touched down and damaged many residences and businesses. Therefore, I, Leroy J. Sullivan Sr., Mayor of the City of Donaldsonville, by the authority vested in me by the Ordinances of the City of Donaldsonville, and any other acts which may prevail, do hereby proclaim a State of Emergency to exist within the City of Donaldsonville and that all applicable Emergency Operations Plans be activated as needed. The Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is hereby designated as the point of contact. The proclamation issued at Donaldsonville on this 8th day of February 2017 and effective at the time of issuance.
- Leroy J. Sullivan Sr., Mayor
UPDATE FOR TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2017:
The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado touched down in Donaldsonville Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at around 11:15 a.m.
Damage to houses and structures have been reported throughout the city and the surrounding area.
At around noon, city officials and emergency responders arrived at the corner of St. Patrick Street and Williams Street, where several buildings were devastated.
Entergy reported some 80 percent of the city was without power following the tornado. Officials with the energy company have said power should be restored by 10 p.m.
Red Cross set up a station to assist the community in need at Mt. Zion Baptist Church on 808 St. Patrick Street in Donaldsonville.
VIDEO taken at the scene of St. Patrick Street, between Williams and Albert: