Posted: Sep 2, 2011 9:58 PM by Shawn Kline
Updated: Sep 3, 2011 10:40 AM
"This area has been doing this for a long time." St. Mary Parish OHSEP Director Duval Arthur says, "this Parish knows what to expect from rain and high water."
Arthur says St. Mary Parish is not getting ready just yet for a storm that could bring up to 20-inches of rain.
But St. Mary, like most Acadiana parishes, is watching as Lee develops.
"We've talked to the festival about having crews take down stages and tents and stuff like that so we don't have any accidents with things flying around," Morgan City Mayor Timothy Matte said of the Shrimp and Petroleum Festival. "We'll be monitoring that situation closely."
The Shrimp and Petroleum Festival is scheduled to go on rain or shine but if the storm gets worse and the festival gets canceled, it could wash more than $60,000 in band contracts alone right down the drain.
"We don't see a need at this point in time to close any flood gates or any of those things we'd typically do for a hurricane," Mayor Matte said of Lee.
Matte just expects rain. He says he's watching the city's pumping stations but that's all for now.
In Franklin, Arthur's office is on a 24-hour stand-by.
"We should be concerned about it." Arthur says, "should we be running inside? Not just yet."
Arthur says the parish is ready for flooding. Some safeguards are still place from this year's opening of the Morganza Spillway, but he's not ready to pull the trigger on any more preparations until the storm, if the storm, really ramps up.
"If we have a wind event," he says, "then we'll deal with it as it comes."