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Cypremort Point making preparations ahead of tropical system

Posted at 6:50 PM, Jun 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-05 20:43:41-04

People in Cypremort Point are used to the song and dance of watching the storm track and having to prepare for whatever the system might bring.

A busy day Friday, as people are beginning to prepare for Cristobal. A number of people are pulling their boats out, but beforehand, Dylan Menard and his family decided to take advantage of the nice weather.

"We caught about 170 pounds of shrimp and we caught a few crabs, but then we threw them back," he said.

It was less than a year ago when Cypremort Point was hit hard by Hurricane Barry. The storm left a trail of destruction and thick mud.

Don Meaux has called Cypremort Point home for the last 16 years.

"It's like I always say, it's a part of living in paradise. The greatness of living out here much outweighs the risk of the storm."

He's known as the town mayor, and has documented tidal surge from multiple tropical storms and hurricanes.

"It goes with the camp," Meaux said of the marks along a board in front of his camp. "I always call it our reality check."

The sign is a reminder of why it's important to prepare now.

"We brought our golf cart and our riding lawn mower to the warehouse in New Iberia. We've got our boat hooked up and ready to go. We'll make a decision on Saturday," he explained.

Though Meaux loves the tranquility of Cypremort Point, he and his wife are ready to start their next chapter - they're selling their home. And as for the iconic sign?

"I will not take my sign," Meaux said, laughing. "It goes free with the sale of the camp."

Others we talked with believe more people will be in Cypremort Point on Saturday, making final preparations ahead of the storm.

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