Wednesday morning, the time window is closing for Lake Arthur residents to decide whether they'll get out of town or stay home and ride out incoming Hurricane Laura.
KATC spoke with several people who live in the area and only one said she plans to evacuate. The rest say they'll wait for the storm to pass from inside their homes, like they've done in years past.
"Rita we left. But the other ones that weren't so bad we stayed. We've had experience with hurricanes before. I know we stayed here when there were 100 mph winds and was ok," says Caroldine Broussard, who is a Lake Arthur resident.
She and her husband feel confident about their own home, so they are lending others a hand in preparation.
"We're helping our neighbors right now. You can hear the noise, that's my husband unloading wood to give our neighbors plywood to board up their windows. Our neighbors are staying also so we'll just be all together and help each other the best we can," says Broussard.
One neighbor was not so confident. This experience will be a first for Cadin Vincent.
"This is my first hurricane and I'm actually scared and I'm probably going to go to my momma's probably. We have a whole bunch of food. I'll probably play games while the hurricane's here because it keeps me calm, and that's it," she says.