LIVINGSTON – Tornado victims in Livingston and Orleans Parish received eligibility declaration for relief from the February tornadoes, but denied requests from three other parishes.

The Federal Emergency Management Administration in a letter dated Feb. 28 to Gov. John Bel Edwards authorized individual assistance for Livingston and Orleans parishes, and for hazardous mitigation statewide.

The official declaration makes residents in Livingston and Orleans parishes eligible for individual assistance from FEMA.

FEMA denied the requests for Ascension, St. James and St. Tammany parishes for aid related damages from a severe storm Feb. 7 which spawned tornadoes and straight-line winds. The agency deemed the impact in those three parishes “not of the severity and magnitude to warrant their designation under the Individual Assistance program.”

An EF-3 tornado – the first to hit the area since 1952 – damaged numerous homes and structures in Watson. An EF-2 funnel cloud caused significant damages to homes and other building the Killian/Springfield area.

Numerous injuries resulted from the storm, but none were life-threatening. 

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