Published March 05, 2011
AP – March 5: Residents look at damage from a suspected tornado that injured at least nine people, leveling homes and causing natural gas leaks that prompted evacuations in Rayne, La.
At least one person was killed, and 12 others injured, when a tornado struck the southwestern Louisiana town of Rayne Saturday.
Rayne Mayor Jimbo Petitjean told KATC.com that a mother was protecting her young daughter when a tree fell on their home.
Maxine Trahan, a spokeswoman for the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office, identified the victim as 21-year-old Jalisa Granger.
“She sheltered the child to protect her from the storm and a tree fell on the house and it killed the mother but the child was OK,” Trahan said, adding that a relative who lived nearby found them.