Livingston Parish residents prepare for the worst, hope for the best

Livingston Parish residents prepare for the worst, hope for the best
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POSTED: Monday, August 27, 2012 - 9:06pm

UPDATED: Sunday, September 9, 2012 - 2:36pm

Those along the Amite River in Livingston parish have seen their share of storms over the years.

"I’ve seen where we had to go in and out of here by boat," Evelyn Jackson, a 90 year-old resident of French Settlement, said.

"I am basically worried about every storm. But I mean we just go with the flow. I mean it's just, we live on a river. You got to expect high water," Morris Allen, another riverside resident, added.

That's why many say they're staying put when Isaac rolls through, despite fears the river could rise and flood the area.

"Yesterday I was thinking about leaving. This morning I was thinking about leaving. About 12:00 today I said 'you know what, I am just going to weather it out.’ I left for Gustav, I left the river for Gustav, and it ended up being worse in baton rouge than it was here," Bridget Carter, another resident, said.

Many along the river spent Monday preparing for whatever the storm had in store, including stocking up on grocery's and gas that's becoming harder to find.

"I went over to get some perishable items and they were almost out of those. I mean completely," Allen said.

Whatever they've done to prepare, residents say they're prepared for the worst, but hoping for the best.

"I am not worried, because the good lord takes care of us, and he's going to see that we're going to be alright," Jackson added.

The Livingston Parish office buildings will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday in anticipation for this storm.

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