NEW ORLEANS — Monuments, hurricanes, tornadoes … It was a busy year in the New Orleans news business.
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About 250 homes were destroyed and about 2,000 others were damaged after a tornado touched down in New Orleans East in February. Thirty-one people were injured in the EF-3 twister, with six of them suffering moderate to severe injuries.
The tornado ripped through a 2 to 2.5-mile stretch of Chef Menteur Highway and surrounding areas.
Five other parishes were affected by tornadoes and severe weather in Louisiana on February 7.
Social media helped to tell the story in real-time, with viewer-submitted photos and videos showing the scope of the monster tornado.
Animal wranglers pulled a five and a half foot rattlesnake from beneath a deck in New Orleans East.
The 68-inch Canebrake Rattlesnake was spotted behind a home near Michoud Boulevard and Chef Menteur Highway on August 16 after a rainstorm, according to Hannah Lawing of Gulf Coast Wildlife Removal.
The Canebrake Rattlesnake is one of only a few rattlesnake species native to Louisiana, and this one was a particularly large specimen.
The snake, which had to be killed due to its aggressive nature and venomous bite, had 13 rattles on its tail.
The number of rattles, Lawing said, indicates the number of times the snake has shed its skin.
“So needless to say, this snake was old,” she said.