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|Storm pounds Tensas Parish|
A storm blew through Tensas Parish Monday afternoon spawning a tornado, destroying homes and damaging the parish's main water distribution plant, according to the Tensas Parish Sheriff's Office.
More than 50 houses received minor to major damage. Less than 10 homes were totally destroyed, officials say.
One man received slight injuries when his mobile home was rolled over by the storm along La. 892. No other injuries were reported.
The National Weather Service said an F2 tornado touched down in the Lake Bruin area with winds of between 113 to 157 miles per hour.
One of the most pressing problems facing the parish today is a shortage of water after the storm pounded Tensas' main water distribution plant on U.S. 65 between Newellton and St. Joseph.
"It's not in operation right now," said Tensas Parish Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Rob Rushing. "The south end of the parish is going to be without water for a while."
He said the northern end of the parish is being supplied water by the Town of St. Joseph.
Many of those who do have water are under a boil water notice.
Rushing said the storm hit around 4 p.m. Monday, beginning at Cooter's Point "and making a beeline to the Winter's Quarter's plantation home and on through the Yucatan."
The Winter Quarters home, built more than two centuries ago, survived when the Union army moved through Tensas Parish during the Civil War, but took a beating from Monday's storm, said Rushing.
Betty Hampton, who works at Lake Bruin State Park, said Winter Quarters "will be closed for a while." She said windows were broken and some of the columns and part of the stairway were heavily damaged.
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