Southwest Louisiana residents are gearing up for Tropical Storm Cindy to make landfall near the Texas-Louisiana border tomorrow. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso says they’ve moved boats and high water vehicles to both sides of the river in preparation for the storm. He says they’re as prepared as they can be.
“Unfortunately we’ve had several storms in the last 10 years that we’ve become very proactive. We’ve planned and planned and planned, and we’ve actually had to put our plans in action,” Mancuso said, “We know what works and what doesn’t work. So I think we’re ready.”
Mancuso says they’ve been urging residents to get ready for this storm. Schools and state offices are closing early today in an effort to keep people off the roadways. He says they don’t expect this weather event to last long, maybe 24 hours, but it’s important to be prepared just in case.
“Hopefully everybody’s got some extra water and food in the event we have some power outages. I suspect we’ll have limited power outages, and they just need to be prepared for that,” Mancuso said.
Mancuso says deputies will be on standby to assist resident if needed. He says everyone should be prepared for this kind of weather throughout hurricane season. He says even if this storm isn’t as destructive as it could be, more storms could hit as the season progresses.
“They need to be better prepared for anything more significant than what we’re dealing with. It’s not time to do it right before it happens. The time to do it is when hurricane season starts and be prepared for the whole season,” Mancuso said.