April 30, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ruston Storm Recovery
Ruston, Louisiana (April 30, 2019) - On Thursday, April 25 at 1:47AM an EF3 Tornado touched down in Ruston, Louisiana. The tornado traveled a distance of 6.68 miles throughout the area over the span of eight minutes. The tornado caused significant damage to homes, businesses, electrical infrastructure, and the City landscape. Tragically, two fatalities occurred as a result of the storm.
Directly following the storm, 80% of Ruston residents were without power. As of today, we are pleased to report that only 8% of Ruston residents remain without power, 5% of which will not be restored until necessary repairs are made and the property passes inspection with the City. All Ruston fiber internet repairs have been identified and documented for each location. The City has additional aerial and fusing crews arriving to assist in getting the repairs made as quickly as possible. Suddenlink, CenterPoint Energy, AT&T, and other local service providers are also working diligently to restore their services.
A temporary Recovery Center was set up at the Ruston Civic Center as a hub for volunteers, United Way 2-1-1, supply donations, and relief assistance. Effective Wednesday, May 1, the Recovery Center will no longer operate out of the Ruston Civic Center. Its functions and supplies have been consolidated and pushed out to other local relief organizations such as Rolling Hills Ministries and United Way 2-1-1. For those needing supplies or immediate assistance, please call United Way 2-1-1.
All volunteers are asked to log their volunteer hours and activities to help the City receive state and federal funding for repairs. Volunteers can log hours online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/rustonvolunteers.
As cleanup efforts continue, residents are asked to put all debris by the curb for pickup by our City crews and the National Guard. Please separate debris into two piles – one for trees and limbs and one for construction debris and other materials.
All major roads are open with the exception of Exit 85, eastbound. However, we are still asking the public to avoid the following two zones that were the most severely impacted by the storm. See attached for a map of these areas.
Zone 1: Bound by I-20 East (North), Georgia St. (South), James St. (West), and 167 S. (East)
Zone 2: Bound KCS Railroad (North), Carey Ave. (South), Maple St. (West), and Tech Dr. (East)
As of Monday, April 29, all Lincoln Parish Schools, including Louisiana Tech University are open.
For questions or more information, please contact Kourtney Keim at 318-251-8623.