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Residents prepare to ride out Laura along Four Mile Bayou

Posted at 10:00 PM, Aug 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-26 00:08:20-04

ST. MARTIN PARISH, La. -- Lower St. Martin Parish has issued a voluntary evacuation order, which means while some have relocated to higher ground, many more have decided to ride the storm out.

“Yea we’re going to stay home, fight it out,” said Thomas Gros, who lives along Four Mile Bayou.”I think we’re gonna be fine.”

Gros says he’s been through every hurricane from Andrew to Katrina, and knows by now when to go and when to stay. But in order to stay home through Hurricane Laura, Thomas has been hard at work making sure his backup generator is ready. “I just ran all the wiring, got everything set up where we can keep everything going, so whenever it goes out, we’ll go ahead and turn it back on,” said Gros.

Some of his neighbors have also made their own sandbags using big piles dumped strategically across St. Martin Parish. Gros says it really all comes down to making a plan.

“Have everything you think you and your family might need. Have your generator, have all the power, a secondary place to go into just in case the first one, something happens to it,” he said.

For those who do stay in St. Martin Parish, there will be a curfew Wednesday night starting at 8 pm and lasting until 7 Thursday morning. On Thursday night, the curfew begins at 6 pm and lifts at 6 am.

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