Morgan City is right in the crosshairs of a potential hurricane making landfall within the next 48 hours. We talked to residents who are preparing and also leaving the city ahead of the storm.
"(I am) Just filling up on generators, extension cords, we've been planning on helping the neighbors if possible," says Morgan City Resident Leland Harrison.
While some stay many are evacuating Central and Eastern Louisiana ahead of potential impacts from Hurricane Ida. Roads leading out of the region have been packed with cars all Saturday as people try to relocate. Some on the other hand have decided to stay and ride out the storm.
Travis Landry of Morgan City says he also plans to stay. "I'm going to go ahead and stay, I've got things I really need to take care of that I don't want to leave behind. I think pretty much everyone is used to it. I think once you get above a category 2, people start to panic because we know once you get into that 3 range that if anything is weak it's going to give."
Driving through the city you can see people preparing and leaving, homes are boarded and people are packing trying to leave the city.
Downtown businesses are boarded and sandbags are laid on the ground and the city is waiting for the storm, and across the street this flood wall which was built to keep back the Atchafalaya river from flooding, well, it might be holding back storm surge and that's one of the reasons why some have decided to leave.
Dusty Slaton is one of those that decided to leave the city ahead of the storm. "The wind, the storm surge okay, if the winds come through here it is going to be mass devastation for Morgan City, we discussed it as a family and he recommends me leaving. It is coming on at landfall as a 4 and I can't stay for that. If it was a 1 or a 2 maybe I would stay but I am not staying in anything about that."
All roads leading to US 90, which, lead to Lafayette are full of cars not only evacuating the Cajun Coast but also the New Orleans area as people try to get away from Hurricane Ida.