KENNER, La. – For some residents in Kenner Thursday was a day of cleaning up from the rough weather the day before after a tornado touched down.
Several homes were damaged in the area in and around the 4100 block of West Loyola Drive. Residents were in recovery mode a day later as blue tarps could be seen on the roofs of homes that were heavily damaged, protecting them from further damage.
Piles of fallen tree limbs were placed at the curbs of homes and Entergy trucks could be seen circling the neighborhoods as crews worked to restore power.
All of the signs of damage and recovery were evidence that an EF-1 tornado tore through the area.
According to Jefferson Parish officials, nearly two dozen homes were damaged by the tornado and the storm knocked out power to thousands of Entergy costumers.
Roofers were visible a day later, patching and repairing roofs damaged from the tornado.
“My roof got blown off, so I called my wife and when she got here the ceilings in the living room were falling, the ceiling in the playroom was falling – in my daughter’s room they were already fallen in. Had about a half-inch of water in the house. It’s like Katrina – reliving it again,” Clay Ledet, a Kenner resident who wasn’t home when the storm struck, said. Ledet’s wife and two children also weren’t there.
As of 12 p.m. the Ledet’s home is one of 575 addresses in Jefferson Parish without power. Entergy hopes to have the power restored by the end of Thursday.