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Sarah Hollenbeck: Iberia Parish braces for Barry

Posted at 4:42 PM, Jul 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-12 18:32:48-04

In Iberia Parish, folks are getting ready for Barry - regardless of what the storm has in store.

Sarah Hollenbeck, a reporter with our sister station WFTS in Tampa, was in Delcambre and New Iberia today to cover preparations. To see what she's been posting on social media, scroll down. You can follow her on Facebook here and on Twitter

Iberia Parish Sheriff's deputies are urging residents to prepare for the worst.

The big concern is for canals; deputies say storm surge is likely to push in and cause flooding in low-lying areas. Power outages are also expected.

“You gotta be ready for whatever comes even though it’s not coming here (rolls his eyes) I hope," said Tom Ferguson, who was pumping gas.

He was lucky, because his pick-up truck got some of the last drops of fuel at a Delcambre gas station.

“It happens every time. People wait until the last minute to fuel everything up and it puts an arbitrary demand on the suppliers and they run short," he said.

Kirby Babineaux, who also was pumping gas, said it's hard to find what you need.

“I’ve seen worse than this in other places so this is just another day in the neighborhood," Babineaux said. “A lot of people are out of gas. A lot of supplies are out.”

The biggest concern is areas south of US Highway 90, where voluntary evacuations are underway.

Babineaux said he's staying home; he's been riding out storms for years.

“Been through them since 1957 so it’s like you kind of get used to it, especially here," he said.

The sheriff's office warns against complacency.

“Just because you’ve been through one and made it through that one doesn’t mean the one that’s coming right behind it is not going to be worse," said Lt. Robert Moore.

If you haven't evacuated by 10 p.m., residents of New Iberia, Delcambre and Jeanerette are asked to shelter in their homes until 6 a.m. Saturday.