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Cameron Parish ready for severe weather

By Charlie Bartlett - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Severe weather is headed towards the gulf coast.  Cameron Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness is ready for what is coming their way.

"Most of the severe weather will be in the western portion of Cameron Parish, which is basically from Johnson Bayou over to the Creole area," said Clifton Hebert.

Cameron Parish O.E.P. Director Clifton Hebert has issued a warning for Cameron residents.  They expect possible water over roads in the parish, two to five inches of rain and winds reaching from 25 to 60 mph.

"We just want to make sure people are well informed, not guessing what they may need to do and not what the weather is going to do. We want people thinking ahead of time and planning rather than reacting," said Hebert.

The Cameron Parish school board already has a plan.  They dismissed Johnson Bayou early on Thursday.

"We certainly don't want our students, buses, and employees on the road with that kind of water that's predicted to be on the road," said Stephanie Rodrigue.

Cameron Parish OEP is also advising residents who live in mobile homes and travel trailers to monitor weather conditions and seek appropriate shelter if necessary.

"If they have a neighbor that is in a site built home or a hardened structure, we would like for them to be offered the opportunity to go there," said Hebert.

They predict weather conditions will worsen Thursday night and Friday morning.  While it's not a hurricane, they're treating it like one.

"It's so much better to have some sort of plan in place for your family and your loved ones to where you're not reacting to a situation where you may make a bad decision," said Hebert.

Hebert also says people should avoid driving through the water because they won't know how deep it is.  Also, most of the water is salt water which could damage your vehicle.

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