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May 02 10:12 AM

Tornado strikes Bossier Parish; residents unharmed

Bossier sheriff’s deputies have checked nearly 20 homes in the Buckshot Road and Highway 537 area that were primarily impacted by a tornado that struck the rural part of northwestern Bossier Parish just after 3 a.m. Monday. Deputies estimated that four to six homes received substantial damage, while another 10 homes have slight or moderate damage.

No injuries were reported. Initial reports were that a boy was injured at a house in the 100 block of Buckshot Road, but deputies confirmed that the man and his two sons who live at the residence are fine, while the house sustained extensive damage.

The tornado appears to have come across the west side on the dead-end street on Buckshot Road near the Red River and traveled in a slightly northeasterly direction to Rat Terrier Lane and Highway 537 during at least a mile-long trek.

Inmate work crews from the Bossier correctional facilities spent Monday morning clearing trees from houses, while crews from the Bossier Parish Highway Department cleared trees from the roadways.

Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington viewed the damaged area Monday morning. Although there was significant property damage, he is thankful that no one was hurt.

“It could have been a lot worse, but we are very fortunate it was property damage and no loss of life, especially after seeing what happened across the nation,” he said. “We will be here as long as it takes to help get their lives back in order.”

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