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Business owners in Franklin prepare for Hurricane Delta

Posted at 9:55 PM, Oct 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-07 00:15:29-04

FRANKLIN — Franklin Mayor Eugene Foulcard filed State of Emergency paperwork on Tuesday, days before Hurricane Delta is expected to potentially impact Louisiana.

Businesses in Franklin have also begun their preparations, with many businesses owners saying it's not to early.

"Everyone up and down this town boards up, there's very few you wont see with plywood when there's a cat 3,4,5 coming," Glenn Todd owner of Todd Photo Creations Art Gallery said.

Todd hired help to board his building's windows on Tuesday morning.

"If you're not prepared for wind storm, which is what boards do, it just takes a little piece of gravel picked up by 150 mph winds to crack the window" Todd said.

Todd says his early preparations come 30 years after he stayed during hurricane Andrew.

"It shook everything in the house. Making a vibration in the house that was unending, it wasn't like a gust that comes and goes" Todd said.

He said even if the hurricane dies, you can never be too prepared.

"On this one you don't really know if were going to be on the good side of the storm, no matter where you are on this compact storm, it will be bad," Todd said.

Across the street, more business owners prepare their buildings. It's something Foulcard says everyone should start doing.

"You never know what way that storm could turn. We may wake up in the morning, and they say it jogged west. So we just never know, we have to remain prepared and stay vigilant," Foulcard said.

According to the mayor, the floodgate will be closing on Thursday. Two sandbagging locations will be open on Wednesday morning. One on Barrow street, and another on Eastwood Drive.