Storms claim 3 lives in NW Louisiana; part of I-20 closed

Eastbound traffic is being diverted at mile marker 49; and westbound travelers are being detoured at mile marker 52

Storms claim 3 lives in NW Louisiana; part of I-20 closed
An elderly man died when a tree fell on his house shortly after 1:14 a.m. Jan. 11 near Pine Street at Louisiana Highway 538 at Oil City in Caddo Parish, authorities say. His wife, who was with him at the time, was not hurt. (Source: Kenley Hargett/KSLA News 12)

(KSLA) — Three people were killed and at least one person was hurt when storms moved across Northwest Louisiana late Friday night and early Saturday morning.

Two people died off Davis Road in the Haughton area of Bossier Parish, sheriff’s Lt. Bill Davis confirmed.

And an elderly man died when a tree fell on his house shortly after 1:14 a.m. Saturday near Pine Street at Louisiana Highway 538 at Oil City in neighboring Caddo Parish, authorities say. His wife, who was with him at the time, was not hurt.

A firefighter surveys damage early the morning of Jan. 11 at Benton Middle. The roof of the Bossier Parish school is damaged. And there's water damage to the interior.
A firefighter surveys damage early the morning of Jan. 11 at Benton Middle. The roof of the Bossier Parish school is damaged. And there's water damage to the interior. (Source: Doug Warner/KSLA News 12)

Storm damage has prompted the closure of part of Interstate 20 in Webster Parish.

Eastbound traffic is being diverted at mile marker 49; and westbound travelers are being detoured at mile marker 52, authorities report.

Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator confirms the death of an elderly man in Oil City. An uprooted tree fell on his home. First responders tried to save him but he died of his injuries. His wife was with him at the time and has no injuries. #Weather

Posted by KSLA News 12 on Saturday, January 11, 2020
A car drowned out in floodwaters due to heavy rain at the foot of the Interstate 220 off ramp at Benton Road in Bossier City during storms late the night of Jan. 10 and early the morning of Jan. 11.
A car drowned out in floodwaters due to heavy rain at the foot of the Interstate 220 off ramp at Benton Road in Bossier City during storms late the night of Jan. 10 and early the morning of Jan. 11. (Source: Bubba Kneipp/KSLA News 12)

And now first responders are assessing damage at Benton Middle. There’s damage to the roof and water damage to the interior of the Bossier Parish school.

Reports of other damage still are coming in as authorities are assessing the situation.

Storm fatality in Oil City. Sheriff Steve Prator confirms and elderly man has died after a tree fell on his home. Follow our KSLA News 12 First Alert Weather App for continued coverage! Follow Kenley Hargett to see more storm damage. #Shreveport #Weather #Storm

Posted by KSLA News 12 on Saturday, January 11, 2020

Authorities have received a number of reports of trees on structures, downed utility lines, street flooding and some possible rescues.

Police in Center confirmed that trees fell on houses, trapping some people in their homes, in the East Texas city’s Lakewood subdivision about 12:45 a.m. But they got everyone out. One person sustained an injury they said did not appear to be life-threatening.

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Posted by KSLA News 12 on Saturday, January 11, 2020

There was an injury and structural damage at a house a mile southwest of Oil City and damage on Ferrylake Road a mile west-southwest of Oil City at 12:50 a.m., the Caddo Sheriff’s Office reported to the National Weather Service office in Shreveport.

Multiple first responders could be seen on North Kerley Avenue in Oil City, where a tree or trees fell on at least one house.

In Bossier Parish, KSLA News 12 has received a report of a mobile home having been blown off its pad and into a pond south of Interstate 20.

Bossier Parish 911 reported to the Weather Service that multiple trees were downed about 1:25 a.m. along Wilson Lane north of Haughton. That’s about five miles northeast of Eastwood.

In the Haughton area, Bossier sheriff’s deputies were responding to a report of a possible rescue in the area of Oliver Road.

An increasing number of vehicles basically shut down traffic on Louisiana Highway 157 in the vicinity of James Lane.

There is evidence of numerous treetops and power lines down in that area.

That’s where members of three fire districts were on hand along with sheriff’s deputies.

At last report, electrical crews had not yet been able to access the area.

Bossier City police confirmed they were called out on a couple of rescues due to high water.

A car drowned out in floodwaters at the foot of the Interstate 220 off ramp at Benton Road in Bossier City.

The National Weather Service has confirmed there was a tornado in the Doyline area in Webster Parish.

And the Sheriff’s Office in Harrison County, Texas, has reported trees down on some roadways, including Farm-to-Market Road 450 north of Hallsville and off Farm-to-Market Road 1968 near Harleton just south of the Marion County line.

Highway 3 in Benton Closed Bossier deputies and Benton officers are assisting Louisiana State Police, along with SWEPCO...

Posted by Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office on Saturday, January 11, 2020

Storm Damage Update (as of 2:20 a.m.) The storm that traveled through Bossier Parish caused trees and power lines down...

Posted by Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office on Saturday, January 11, 2020

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