In a tour of damage from Sunday's storms, Gov. John Bel Edwards visited with St. Martin Parish officials and met with a man whose wife and daughter were crushed and killed when a tornado flipped their mobile home near Breaux Bridge.

The man, identified by the governor as Edward Alexander, had left to go the grocery store before the storm hit Sunday morning and returned home to find the devastation.

The tornado claimed the life of 38-year-old Francine Gotch and 3-year-old Nevaeh Alexander.

"He lost everything, not just Francine and his daughter, but also all of his possessions," Edwards said.

The governor said a special account has been set up for the family and donations are being accepted at all St. Martin Parish locations of Farmers Merchants Bank & Trust Company.

Despite the tragedy in Breaux Bridge, Edwards said the state was spared widespread damage.

There was at least one confirmed tornado in the Alexandria area, but it mainly just clipped the tops of trees and did not destroy any structures, he said.

Scattered flooding was reported in other areas of south Louisiana.

"As significant as it was, it could have been much, much worse," Edwards said. "... Tomorrow, the state will be pretty much back to normal with the exception of this Alexander family here in the Breaux Bridge area."

 

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