Resident Preparations

Lafayette locals are loading up on items like gas and groceries as they prepare whatever Hurricane Ida might bring.

Posted: Aug 28, 2021 3:09 PM
Updated: Aug 30, 2021 4:14 AM

Lafayette, La. - As we do our best to prepare for Hurricane Ida I've watched residents race to fill up on gas, stock up on water and non-perishable food items.

Louisiana natives like Jeff High have seen their fair share of hurricanes. He says he spent all day yesterday searching for gas and today he finally lucked up.

"Maybe if we have to get out of town, we're getting gas in the RV and we're probably going to stay anyway and ride the storm out. That probably means ply wood is in my future," said High. 

Other natives like Lance Mouton have been prepping for Hurricane Ida this whole week. He tells me he's got enough supplies to last him a good four days.

"I just gased up, made sure my generator was good, stocked up on water and food just incase the lights go out like they normally do," said Mouton. 

Residents like Lance say living in Louisiana, they've seen so many hurricanes they've lost count. One things for sure, after so much experience their ready for anything.

"If a storm hits especially of this magnitiude it's going to cause some damage, lights will go out, it will get hot. You just have to be prepared," said Mouton. 

Loaing up on gas, checking on generators, when walking the streets of Lafayette I found that residents are doing their best to pile up on the food too.

"Some bread, oats and all of the basic stuff needed for three or four days if something goes wrong," said Kani.

Kani only got a couple of groceries, he says almost every shelf in Walmart is empty but like many he's doing his best in the wake of Hurricane Ida.

At this time many of the other residents I spoke to plan to safely hunker down at home or make their way to a seperate shelter somewhere in Texas. 

Right now residents throughout Acadiana and Louisiana are encouraged to evacuate. If you can't evacuate please do your best to stay informed with the latest weather updates on Hurricane Ida. You can do so by downloading and watching News 15's news and weather app.

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