Office damaged at Port of Greater Baton Rouge by downed telephone pole, overall parish was ‘fortunate on this one’


West Side Journal

(The West Side Journal) – Wind knocked down a telephone pole at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge, damaging an office building, parish officials said. Crews are on-site assessing damage now.

West Baton Rouge evaded much of Hurricane Laura’s destruction that cities and towns in Southwest Louisiana have seen. Smaller trees are down across the parish, but have not caused a lot of destruction, West Baton Rouge Fire Chief Tim Crockett said. 

“It’s not looking all that bad,” Parish President Riley “PeeWee” Berthelot said. “We were fortunate on this one.”

For the West Side, the storm was mostly a wind event with rainwater quickly receding in most areas.

Crews worked to clear roads of downed trees and debris. DOTD closed I-10 Westbound at mile marker 146 1/2 WB due to a fallen tree for about 45 minutes at 6 a.m. The road is now clear.

West Baton Rouge Parish Schools and parish government offices are closed today. Berthelot says crews will continue working to pick up debris.

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The West Side Journal, located in Port Allen, Louisiana serves as the official journal of West Baton Rouge Parish. The newspaper’s roots run deep in the West Baton Rouge community, as the earliest dates of publication reach back to the mid-1800s.

The current editor is Breanna Smith, an alumna of Louisiana State University's Manship School of Mass Communication and native of Baton Rouge. Contributing writers to the Journal are members of the West Side community.