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Final preparations underway in Cypremort Point ahead of Barry

Final preparations underway in Cypremort Point ahead of Barry
Posted: 8:18 PM, Jul 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-11 22:46:24-04
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Right now, a hurricane warning is in effect along the Louisiana coast from Intracoastal City to Grand Isle.

That includes Cypremort Point where residents are in the final hours of preparing for Barry.

Many residents are loading up and tieing down as they prepare to get out of Cypremort Point ahead of Barry coming ashore.

Elizabeth Abdalla is Cypremort Point camp owner.

"I've been through more storms than I care to count on two hands," Abdalla said. "It's never a pleasant experience. We've learned a lot of lessons in the past and we just hope that everything will be okay and that life and property will stay safe."
"I've been through more storms than I care to count on two hands," Abdalla said. "It's never a pleasant experience. We've learned a lot of lessons in the past and we just hope that everything will be okay and that life and property will stay safe."

Her camp, Stairway to Heaven was recently raised 16 feet off the ground and is 18 feet above sea level.

"In prior storms, we've had mud in the camp. One storm, we had to remodel. We pulled the paneling out on the bottom floor and there were fish and all kinds of things in there that we didn't expect," Abdalla said.

Commercial fisherman John Simon is also prepping for the storm. His crew spent Thursday securing their boat and other essentials at their dock.

"Being that money is so much tighter right now, you gotta take a lot of stuff out because you just ain't making it. Your recovery is going to take forever," Simon said.

Cypremort Point has been inundated with freshwater. Simon believes the only positive of this storm is that it might push more saltwater back into the area.

"It's a catch 22. You just don't know what you're going to get. I've seen where after Hurricane Rita, it brought shrimp. You just never know with a storm," said Simon.