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Laplace Recovers from Tornado (1984)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Laplace, St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1984-01-27

Duration: 00:06:27

Subjects: Natural Disasters | TORNADOES | Disaster response and recovery


  • Johnson, Ken Host
  • Allen, Diane Interviewee
  • Badeaux, Janice Interviewee
  • Golofono, Mike Interviewee
  • Millbern, Nelvia Interviewee


This segment from the January 27, 1984, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Ken Johnson’s report on the recovery efforts in Laplace following a devastating tornado on December 6, 1983. Johnson reports that 25 people were injured, 19 homes were destroyed, and 85 homes were damaged. He interviews several Laplace residents, including Diane Allen, Janice Badeaux, Mike Golofono, his wife, and Nelvia Millbern. They discuss their experience of the tornado and the community pulling together during the aftermath and recovery from the disaster.