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Volunteers helping elderly residents with sandbags

Posted: 5:57 PM, Jul 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-11 06:36:27-04
Gueydan sandbags

Across Acadiana, sandbags are available to help keep water out of houses.

In the town of Gueydan. Mayor Jude Reese set up two locations: one at 1208 Second Street, the other at 800 Wilkinson Street.

Earlier Wednesday, volunteers bagged more than 100 sandbags, not for themselves, but to be delivered to the elderly and those with disabilities.

"I was going to get out there and find me a guy to help pick them up, because I cant lift like that anymore," says 81-year-old Horace Turner. He was among those residents receiving sandbags without leaving his house.

Turner says he saw a Facebook post from the mayor, and knew he should call.

"They were so nice, they said don't you worry about it, we'll come out and take care of it." Turner said.

Turner says his house hasn't flooded before, but he wants to be prepared.

"It comes close to coming in the house, but it hasn't. But with all the rain they're calling for I wanted some sandbags so I'll haul them up in front of the front and back door," Turner added.

Gueydan Fire Chief Evans Bourque says in 2016 they had several feet of water in the town. That is something everyone should be prepared for again, he says.

"Don't wait, get food, get water, don't let what happened in 2016 happen again. If you prepare now, it'll work out better and we'll get everything back up and running faster." Bourque said.

These two sand bagging locations are for Gueydan residents, but Bourque says if you are in the outskirts of town and need help, do not hesitate to call Gueydan City Hall.