“One of the points I want to make, is this is just the beginning of hurricane season” said Governor, John Bel Edwards, “We have a long way to go. Let’s learn from this and let’s get better prepare.”
Hurricane season is only beginning and in bracing for Barry to make landfall, Governor John Bel Edwards says he’s proud of the team effort in preparing for this storm.
“We ended up moving a lot of generators and pumps to St. Mary Parish because we were preparing for that forecast.” said Governor Edwards.
A forecast the Governor believes was a hard one to predict.
“I think the National Weather Service may have underestimated the storm surge. You may not be aware of that because you had so few structures that flooded but that’s not because we didn’t get the storm surge, I think we got more than what was predicted.” said Governor Edwards,”We didn’t see a lot of it because that preparation started years ago with investments on levees and it made a tremendous difference.”
Over 900,000 sandbags distributed and over 3,000 national guardsmen placed around the state, even the red cross was on high alert.
“We have 250 Red Cross personnel and volunteers in last week for pre-storm preparation.” said Bonnie Robertwill, Liason with the American Red Cross.
With everyone stepping up and taking Barry seriously, the Governor says preparation has not just been days in the making but years.
“Right now the flood gates at Franklin Canal did a super job at holding 6 feet of storm surge at bay.” said Franklin Mayor, Eugene Foulcard, “If that had not been in place we would of had 6 feet of storm surge coming into Franklin.”
“The good news is we have more coastal restoration projects underway wright now and every time we get a new project done, we are just that much stronger.” said Governor Edwards.
Now, the clean up begins.
“The biggest thing right now is transitioning, but this is far from over.” said St. Mary Parish President, David Hanagriff, “There’s still people without electricity.”