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|Weekend storm causes widespread damage|
Heavy winds knocked trees and branches on utility lines in Concordia and Catahoula parishes over the weekend causing widespread power outages.
The storm moved in around 1:30 a.m. Sunday and also knocked utility poles to the ground or broke them into.
Concordia Electric officials said all of Catahoula Parish was affected as was the Monterey and Lake St. John areas in Concordia.
The storm apparently was not expected by the National Weather Service and no alerts were issued prior to midnight Saturday.
Vidalia Water Supt. Mark Morace said damage in Vidalia was "spotty," but the "lights were back on not long afterward." A smaller storm caused a brief outage Sunday afternoon.
Few utility crews were busier in this area than those for Concordia Electric, which also responded to damage and outages in LaSalle and Grant parishes.
A full crew went to work once the storm hit and worked around the clock.
About 45 percent of Concordia Electric consumers who had lost their electricity had it restored by Sunday afternoon while 95 percent were back on later in the day. Power was restored to the remaining customers by Monday morning.
In Jonesville, a portion of the roof at Jonesville Elementary was blown off and a number of tree branches fell on power lines. Asst. Police Chief Bubba Roy said utility service was returned to most consumers by 6 a.m.
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