On Monday disaster touched down in the form of a tornado and ripped across Beauregard and Vernon Parish. Our local community was just the starting line of destruction for the twister.

The National Weather Service office in Lake Charles tweeted the tornado had an estimated path length of 63 miles. 

The storm produced damage and tornados from DeRidder to Rosepine on to Alexandria and beyond with damage being reported well into Mississippi. 

Weather.com is reporting three fatalities from the storm, one of those deaths happening in Rosepine. 

Betty Patin, age 59, was a resident of Rosepine and is a confirmed storm fatality. She lived on Borel Road, East of Rosepine. The Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Department reported Borel Road and the East of Rospine as the area of the parish that was hit the hardest. 

The VPSO wrote the following in a storm update to it’s Facebook: “The mobile home in which Patin resided was destroyed by the storm. VPSO has made notifications to family members regarding the death. Sheriff Craft is asking all residents of Borel Road and John Brewer Road to go to the Rosepine Fire Department. VPSO and the Vernon Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness are attempting to account for the whereabouts of all residents in these specific areas. First responders and police jury personnel are still at work in these devastated areas. The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office would like to offer our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the storm victim.”

On Tuesday, Kenneth Moore at the Vernon Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness told the paper that they are “past” the recovery effort and that Patin is the only confirmed death in the area. 

Vernon Parish Chief Deputy Calvin Turner told The Associated Press, “We've got damage at lots of places. We've got a church where the fellowship hall is torn all to pieces. Some homes are hit. Right now we're having trouble just getting to places because of tress that is down."

Chief Detective Jared Morton of the Beauregard Sheriff’s Office reported people being trapped in their homes in DeRidder as well as “major damage” being reported along the Beauregard and Vernon Parish. 

On Tuesday, Scott Greenmun of the BPSO confirmed that all search and rescue operations had been completed. He confirmed the reports of people being trapped in their homes in DeRidder had been responded to and rescued. 

The Marlow and Pitkin area was also devastated. One local resident, Julie Bailey reported the following regarding the tornado hitting Marlow. “My husband David was heling my grandson Trace change his oil out in the barn. They both heard a loud freight train sound and looked up to see what it was. They saw the tornado moving through our pasture, just skirting the side of the house,” Bailey shared. 

“There is nothing left of the Marlow Baptist Church, the church David’s grandparents started. We will not have electricity until later in the week,” continued Bailey. She went on to describe the Marlow area as looking like a “war zone.”

In both Vernon and Beauregard Parish community members immediately stepped up to offer help to those who the storm devastated. Across Facebook, people have been offering what they can to help those in need. 

The paper will continue to report on this story as both communities begin the process of rebuilding.