PEASON, La – In the early hours of Sunday Morning, a powerful EF2 Tornado ripped through the small community of Peason in Sabine Parish. According to the National Weather Service, “Maximum wind speeds were estimated to be around 125 mph. The tornado’s maximum width was around a half a mile and the total path length was about 3.5 miles.”
Of the damage surveyed, the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office noted that “about 15 homes, 5 barns, 2 sets of chicken houses, and many outdoor sheds and vehicles have been damaged or destroyed. A family of 5 was injured when their mobile home was totally destroyed.”
Clean-up efforts began Sunday morning and will continue as this community is pieced back together. Several sites are collecting supplies and donations for the community including the Pine Grove Baptist Church on Highway 118 as well as Florien City Hall.
According to a SPSO social media post, “Sheriff Aaron Mitchell would like to update the public of the tornado cleanup efforts in the Peason Community today. Chief Deputy Brad Walker and Deputies and First Responders have been in the area all day assessing the damage and assisting citizens in need. Sabine Parish Detention Center Trustees also arrived on the scene early this morning to cut and move trees and debris. Anyone wishing to donate items or if anyone in the area is in need, can go to Pine Grove Baptist Church on Highway 118. If anyone in the area is in need of items, call 318-315-0808, 318-379-8797, 318-508-3863 or the Sheriff’s Office at 318-256-9241, and we can have items delivered to you. SWEPCO is currently making repairs and more crews are on the way to help restore power as soon as possible. There has been an overwhelming and unbelievable amount of support from volunteers and neighbors helping neighbors today. The American Red Cross, U.S. Forest Service and the National Weather Service has been in the area today assessing the damage. The Shreveport Volunteer Network also came to the scene with equipment and volunteers. Sabine Parish Sheriff Deputies will continue to be in the area through the night and over the next few days. Sheriff Mitchell greatly thanks everyone who has volunteered and donated to help their neighbors during this difficult time.”
Along with clean-up efforts and donation drop sites, a GoFundMe has been started for a local family severely injured in the storm. Donations can be made by clicking the hyperlink above.
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