OPELOUSAS, LA (KADN)- Local officials in St. Landry parish are making preparations for Tropical Storm Nicholas. Over 3,000 sandbags are available to residents at the Yambilee building in Opelousas.
Barbara Britt, a resident of St. Landry Parish, said that she has been to the location twice in one day to get bags for her and her neighbors. She does this because when a heavy rain comes, water usually gets up to their front door.
“It's gotten up to my door before and mainly because the ditches weren't draining, you know, the neighbors, it's gotten up to their door to from the back, and that's what I’m worried about and getting sandbags for them,” Britt said.
Britt was born and raised in the parish and has never seen it flood as much as it has in recent years.
“So much (comes) so fast, they're just not draining as well as they used to because my house is on the highest point of our subdivision, but it has been flooding lately,” she said.
The resident picked up a total of 25 sandbags so that they can prevent water from getting into her home.
“Homeowners (insurance) does not cover flood. It covers what comes from above, but what comes from below is not homeowners,” she said.
Jessie Bellard, the St. Landry Parish president recommends that residents prep the same way as they would for a hurricane.
“You're looking at maybe 30 miles an hour winds, but again, normally you don't have this kind of wind, you know, so it's gonna be a little more than what you used to see and you have a whole lot more water than what you used to see,” Bellard said.
Bellard is aware that the parish floods easily but he is doing everything he can to fix that problem.
“We have a study being done by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the Acadiana Planning Commission and ourselves and we have a consultant firm coming in to study our drainage problems in our parish, so we're gonna have a master plan by next year this time. but until then, I gotta fight this battle we fight now,” he said.
St. Landry Parish officials are also offering sandbag delivery. You can contact them at 337-948-3688.