Once bit, twice shy! Last year when Hurricane Delta roared through Jackson Parish still harboring hurricane strength winds it took a lot of residents by surprise. Even though the predictions are that Hurricane Ida isn’t expected to impact the area nearly as badly as Delta did last year, that obviously won’t be repeated this time around.
With the news of the tropical storm coming ashore as a Category 4 hurricane and possibly ripping through the area on Monday and Tuesday, residents were quick to flock to the stores and gas stations to stock up on essentials they found themselves without last year.
“I won’t be caught like I was last year,” said a woman who was sitting in a long line at the Murphy’s gas station in front of Walmart to fill up her car. “I am going to be ready this time.”
As precaution, DOTD crews will be monitoring the storm and are prepared to address any roadways that are affected due with road crews, equipped with chain saws and additional equipment necessary, on standby.
You are reminded that if you encounter downed trees or power lines do not attempt to go over them or around.
Likewise if an area is underwater you are advised to turn around and not attempt to pass through. Travel should be restricted and only if required when there are severe weather conditions present.
See below for sites you can check before you begin traveling to ensure your safety.
For information on the storm: https://gohsep.la.gov/emergency/ or you can also text: ‘IDA’ to 67283
For road condition information go to: www.511la.org/
Recommended supplies to stock:
Non-perishable food (enough to last at least 3 days)
Water (enough to last at least 3 days)
First-aid kit (include any prescription medication you may need)
Personal hygiene items and sanitation items.
Flashlights (have extra batteries on hand)
Battery operated radio (again, have extra batteries)
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