Jan 27, 2014 11:42 PM by Steven Albritton

Shoppers Pack Stores As Winter Storm Looms

It was an oddly familiar tropical season scene playing out at checkout counters across Acadiana. The Governor even compared preparing for this storm, to preparing for a hurricane in some ways, like having supplies ready, checking on neighbors and having a plan.

The beeps of the registers at Rouse's were going a little faster, as customers rushed to stores preparing for the second blast of winter weather. An employee at the store on Bertrand said it's the busiest he's ever seen. Customers say this time they want to be prepared.

"We weren't ready. We are trying to prepare better this time so we can have gumbo and have things to snack on, "Kari Smith said.

The Rouse's on Bertrand wasn't the only store packed with people. Viewer's submitted photos showing the Albertson's on Ambassador, Super1 on Ambassador, Super1 in Carencro and the Rouse's in Youngsville all showing the same packed stores. Shoppers backed lines up into the aisles they're ready for the next batch artic weather.

"I have to have more food and more movies, and more provisions for me," Melanie Farrar said with a laugh.

Everyone will end up waiting out the cold, but in true cajun fashion, many will be doing it with a bowl of their favorite winter dish. Vicky Pitre's husband works for D.O.T.D. and had to work in last weeks ice storm.

"I'm gonna make him a shrimp stew because I don't know how long he's going to be out there and I know he's going to be hungry," Pitre said.

"I have chicken and sausage and roux of course," Smith said.

"Making a little gumbo. That's just a tradition. When it's cold you have to have gumbo," Farrar said.



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