NEWS

Teens drive into bayou during stormy weather

Deidre Cruse

Three teenagers drove a car off La. 69 and into Muddy Bayou near White Castle during a storm Sunday night, according to Maj. Johnny Blanchard of the Iberville Sheriff’s Office.

“They went off the side of 69 and went into Muddy Bayou,” he said.

The three swam to shore, while the 1999 midsize Ford they were in sank in the bayou, Blanchard said.

“We retrieved the car today after the fog lifted,” the major said Monday.

Iberville Parish was under a tornado watch from around 1:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

The teens’ accident turned out to be the worst damage of the storm.

Plaquemine Mayor Mark A. “Tony” Gulotta said a tree limb fell on a power line on Marshall Street and knocked out power to 95 or 100 City Light and Water customers.

Crews restored electrical service for most of them within 35 to 40 minutes, the mayor said. He said service to the rest was restored within two hours.

The 911 emergency call center received no reports of damages other than the power outages.