ONE WEEK AFTER THE STORM: Ruston Mayor Walker releases update on city’s recovery efforts

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(5/3/19) RUSTON, La. — Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker has been holding press conferences all week long to keep the public informed on the latest  on the towns recovery efforts.

Today he announced that FEMA estimates the cost of the severe weather devastation comes at a price tag of $9,100,566.

If you know someone or are in need of help, you can contact the following services.

The Family Counseling Center is offering free sessions to those affected and the Junior Auxiliary of Ruston has school supplies and school uniforms that can be picked up.

If you would like to donate to the recovery efforts and don’t know how, there are plenty of options.

There is a disaster relief fund by the Community Foundation of Northeast Louisiana. 

You can also make donations for Kendra and Remington Butler’s surviving family at First National Bank.

Lastly, anyone can purchase Ruston Strong and Ruston Proud t-shirts among other various items in support of recovery efforts.

See below for the full release.

The information below is what we’re aware of. If you have relocated or closed and want us to share your information, please email to

We are #RustonStrong documentary

A message from Mayor Walker one week after the storm

* All roads/highways are now open, including Exit 85. We ask that you continue to use caution as temporary road closures may occur while repair crews continue their work.


Volunteers are needed today for handing out tarps and water.

* From Mayor Walker’s office: If you volunteered in any capacity since the storm on April 25, please click this link to log your volunteer hours to help the City receive state and federal funding for repairs. As you continue to volunteer in the days to come, be sure to log your hours each day.

For those in need

Family Counseling Center is offering free services for those affected by the storm.

Junior Auxiliary of Ruston has school supplies & uniforms for families in need.

* Suddenlink mobile connectivity zone is located at The Spring Church, 1601 South Barnett Springs Avenue, Ruston through Saturday 5/4/2019 from 8am-7pm

* Tarps are available today 9am-4pm at the Ruston Farmers Market.

Repairing & Rebuilding

* For those beginning the repair and rebuilding process, there are helpful resources available at, including a pdf version of these consumer protection tips.

Disaster Fraud Hotline


* State Farm Kim Dupree is at 1809 Northpointe Lane – Suite 103 – behind Portico.

* Edward Jones-Eric McCulloch is at Edward Jones-Andy Halbrook’s office.

* Parish Press will open inside Utlity Brewing beginning Tuesday.

* Shear Heaven staff is at Amberley’s Hair Salon.

* Edward Jones-Jeremy Hebert is at Edward Jones-Josh Wagenaar.

* Courtesy Loans is behind Daylight Donuts.

Giving Options

Disaster Relief Fund (Community Foundation NLA)

* Information from Ruston High School and First National Bank

‘The tornado last week took the lives of two Ruston residents. Kendra Butler and her son, Remington Butler, were killed when a tree fell on their house. Her other son, Cam Murphy, and niece, Sanaa’ Robinson, were also in the house but survived. A benefit account has been opened at First National Bank for Cam and Sanaa’. You may go to any First National Bank location to make a donation. Please make sure all checks deposited into this account are payable to “Benefit Account for Cam Murphy and/or Sanaa Robinson”.’

Ruston Strong shirts

Ruston Proud shirts

Ruston Strong keychains

Ruston Strong Avon fundraiser

Jambalaya Plate Lunch fundraiser

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