High rise residents prepare for hurricane - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

High rise residents prepare for hurricane

June 1, 2007
By Theresa Schmidt 

Here at Chateau du Lac there's still much work ahead to fix the damage caused by Hurricane Rita. Quite a few apartments were damaged so severely they were unlivable. And the storm took an emotional toll on residents. Some like Mark Edigo stayed.  He says never again. "It gets bad and it gets scary."

 While most residents left, it was traumatic for them as well. Sarah Diane Dotson says she's determined to be more prepared next time. "Today I'll start packing up blankets, I'll have a bag ready. I'll have food ready, right in the corner, so when they tell us it's time to go, I'll be prepared."

Sarah took notes during a so-called hurricane party to remind residents to think about their needs and make plans. Pat Lang left last time, would do so again, and hopes other will too. "Take precautions and do everything that they tell us to do, have everything ready and when they say leave, leave. Because we can't fight the winds or the waves."

Residents have a new manager here-- Trisha Thierry, who says she'll be working with them to help to insure everyone has a workable plan. "If something happens we want to know they know how to get out and escape and what places they need to go to and which direction they need to take."

Meanwhile, residents hope for fair weather. As Sarah Diane puts it, "I just pray that we have some beautiful weather and we don't get a hurricane."

It's hoped the first wing of renovations to Chateau du Lac will be finished in August.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • A modern-day 'Sandlot' comes to Lake Charles

    A modern-day 'Sandlot' comes to Lake Charles

    Sunday, May 28 2017 7:54 PM EDT2017-05-28 23:54:49 GMT

    A group of boys are taking their love for baseball off the field and into the backyard. And no, this isn't a scene out of the 1993 classic "The Sandlot." It’s happening right here in Lake Charles.

    At the David household, there's something special going on in the backyard.

    “One day in the backyard we came out here and decided to start playing around,” said Dylan David, who started a Wiffle ball league with his friends.

    More >>

    A group of boys are taking their love for baseball off the field and into the backyard. And no, this isn't a scene out of the 1993 classic "The Sandlot." It’s happening right here in Lake Charles.

    At the David household, there's something special going on in the backyard.

    “One day in the backyard we came out here and decided to start playing around,” said Dylan David, who started a Wiffle ball league with his friends.

    More >>
  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Scattered showers and thunderstorms throughout this week

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Scattered showers and thunderstorms throughout this week

    Sunday, May 28 2017 5:25 PM EDT2017-05-28 21:25:05 GMT
    Rain likely on Memorial DayRain likely on Memorial Day

    Through tonight we will see mostly cloudy skies with scattered thunderstorms. At times we could see heavy rainfall. The rain will make its way out by sunrise on Memorial Day. The winds are still blowing out of the south and will continue to blow 5-10 mph overnight. This will keep our temperatures warm. Overnight, we will struggle to get out of the 70s once again. Unfortunately, the rain chances are still high for Memorial Day and through next week. 

    More >>

    Through tonight we will see mostly cloudy skies with scattered thunderstorms. At times we could see heavy rainfall. The rain will make its way out by sunrise on Memorial Day. The winds are still blowing out of the south and will continue to blow 5-10 mph overnight. This will keep our temperatures warm. Overnight, we will struggle to get out of the 70s once again. Unfortunately, the rain chances are still high for Memorial Day and through next week. 

    More >>
  • Bolton Ford holds 3rd annual Give A Wish benefit

    Bolton Ford holds 3rd annual Give A Wish benefit

    Sunday, May 28 2017 1:14 PM EDT2017-05-28 17:14:57 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Bolton Ford held its third annual car and truck show benefiting the Give A Wish foundation on Saturday. Give A Wish announced they would be sending Kenzie Noelle Johnson to Disney World. They also gave Johnson her own set of wheels: a fun-size pink Ford Mustang. Paula Livingston, the director of Give A Wish, said it takes thousands of dollars for the organization to make dreams a reality.

    More >>

    Bolton Ford held its third annual car and truck show benefiting the Give A Wish foundation on Saturday. Give A Wish announced they would be sending Kenzie Noelle Johnson to Disney World. They also gave Johnson her own set of wheels: a fun-size pink Ford Mustang. Paula Livingston, the director of Give A Wish, said it takes thousands of dollars for the organization to make dreams a reality.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly