ALONSA, Man. - Security officers are being hired to keep looters away from a Manitoba campground that was hit by a deadly tornado last weekend.

The Rural Municipality of Alonsa has decided to hire two security officers as soon as possible to protect the Lake Manitoba campground and beachfront near the community of Alonsa.

The EF4 twister that struck Friday evening tore through Alonsa, Silver Ridge and the Margaret Bruce Beach area, scattering debris everywhere.

Municipal councillors say there are concerns thieves might nab valuables that campers had to leave behind, noting that barriers indicating the closure of the beach road have already been ignored.

Coun. Logan Dumanske says he's heard there have already been looters roaming the site in search of treasure.

The tornado killed a 77-year-old Alonsa resident, Jack Furrie, and left behind an 800-metre path of destruction as it swirled on the ground for about 20 minutes.