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Sulphur couple rides out Hurricane Delta

Posted at 4:32 PM, Oct 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-09 17:39:11-04

"I just pray it's not as bad as Laura."

Lauren and Jonathan DePriest are riding out Hurricane Delta. On Wednesday, they evacuated their kids to stay with family in Shreveport.

"I'm thinking I should have gone with them, but here I am. We're going to ride it out and as long as we have power, the kids will get to come home when this is all said and done," said Sulphur resident Lauren DePriest.

The couple was fortunate following Hurricane Laura. Six big trees came down, all missed their home. Some of their neighbors were not so lucky. Tarps covering their roof other homes are a total loss.

Nearly six weeks after Hurricane Laura, piles of debris remain through many neighborhoods here in Southwest Louisiana. Residents we talked to are concerned these piles will become projectiles during Hurricane Delta.

"I'm worried about flying tin, flying sticks that have not been picked up yet," Jonathan DePriest.

The couple is also concerned about debris blocking storm drains. Their neighborhood is working together to hopefully prevent flooding.

"The neighborhood did a big sweep yesterday and made sure we cleaned all the ones that were there. Each person that is in each corner of the neighborhood is checking the drains in that area," DePriest said.

A lot of people are staying despite the mandatory evacuation orders in Calcasieu Parish.

The DePriests say their neighbors are all ready to pitch in when the storm passes.

"It's really good to see and it's nice to have neighbors that are here for us and we're here for them as well,' Lauren said.

Though delta is another blow to this region's recovery, there is a glimmer of hope where the neighborhood came together to paint this mural on a home decimated by Laura.

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