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Gov. Edwards visits Ruston, updates tornado recovery efforts

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RUSTON, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards toured areas Monday morning that were impacted by the storms that spawned a tornado that took two lives in Ruston last month. 

Edwards also met with local leaders and provide an update on ongoing recovery efforts.

The tornado claimed the lives of a mother and son and left much of the area, including portions of Louisiana Tech University, damaged.

During his visit, Gov. Edwards noted that the community was fortunate that more lives weren’t lost and that there has been much improvement since his last visit following the storms. 

Edwards says the tornado destroyed 89 homes across Union, Lincoln, and Morehouse parishes, and several hundred more were damaged. The losses have added up to $59 in damage for the City of Ruston, $5.2 million for Louisiana Tech, and a total of $11 million across the three parishes. 

The City of Ruston is hosting a town hall meeting on Tuesday for residents impacted by the storm to address lingering questions and to give updates on recovery progress.

The meeting is at 5:30 p.m. at the Historic Fire Station in Downtown Ruston.

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