The storm roared through Lafayette Parish on Monday. At one point, the Lafayette Utilities System says about 7,000 of customers had lost power. The storm damage was widespread.
On East Bayou Parkway, utility workers attend to a tree that the wind toppled over. Courtney and Matthew Anderson live in the neighborhood. “My husband told me to get in the bathtub with our son and cats because there might have been a tornado. He was scared so we just got in there,” adds Courtney Anderson.
By midday, LUS calculates of the 7,000 power outages all but 200 homes were restored. “A few minutes later the power went out and we just stayed and huddled in there. It went on for a while and fortunately it died down,” says Matthew Anderson. “I looked out there and all of the sudden I see our trampoline go from one side of the yard over to the other.”
As homeowners dealt with the cleanup, outside the Lafayette Consolidated Government Building the trellis lost a few panels to strong winds.