- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 14, 2014

MONROE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal has toured parts of Northeast Louisiana to survey the area after severe weather damaged homes and businesses in the region.

Jindal was in Ouachita Parish on Tuesday to get a “first-hand assessment” and see “what is needed most in the community.”

A line of severe weather, ahead of a cold front, struck the state Monday, damaging hundreds of homes and businesses in Monroe and West Monroe, downing trees and power lines and leaving thousands in the dark. Jindal declared a state of emergency Monday as a result.

Jindal says the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is working with affected areas and the Federal Emergency Management Agency is sending a preliminary damage assessment team to the state to begin its damage survey.

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