With the list of voluntary and mandatory evacuations adding up, store shelves are clearing out and carts are filling up. Locals are heading to the check out lines making sure they have all they may need before Barry’s arrival.
The countdown to Barry’s arrival is dwindling, but the swarm of concerned shoppers started earlier this week.
Gerrod Brasseaux, President of Brasseaux’s Hardware says, “It really started Tuesday. It really kicked off I think when the storm started to kind of shift and they started kind of talking about Vermilion Bay. That’s when everything kind of changed.”
Brasseaux has seen people come into and call his Abbeville and Maurice locations asking for all sorts of supplies. “A lot of calls for generators. We sold out of generators immediately. A lot of gas cans, even people coming in to just get cleaning supplies.”
While some in Lafayette are stopping by Adrien’s Supermarket in Lafayette for items that will last whether they have power or not.
Shopper, Mary Briggs lists off items in her cart, “Bread, milk, fruit, pop tarts.”
Sandra Bergeron, another shopper, says Thursday she spent getting last minute items. “Vienna sausage, potted meat, spam tuna.”
Briggs says most things are self-explanatory, but when it comes to finding food for her grandson, she has to do a little more creative thinking. “He is very picky so we have a lot of Honey Buns and we’re going to make a lot of spaghetti, he loves spaghetti.”
The empty shelves may seem like people are taking storm preparations to the extreme, but it’s all about hoping for the best and preparing for the worst.
Briggs says, “We’ve never lost water in a storm but you never know.”
Bergeron says, “Just in case the electricity might go off, I’m all electric I might have something eat and I’ll go grab some charcoal to barbecue if I have to.”
Local stores are just trying to keep up.
Brasseaux says, “We feel bad because we can’t supply customers with what they’re calling for but it’s really hard to plan for things like that especially when the storm kind of changes course.”
Brasseaux’s Hardware says they are getting a shipment Thursday afternoon and will make emergency orders as needed. Brasseaux’s also shares this tip, remover or tie down any patio furniture or decorations like flower pots to prevent them from catching air and damaging anything in it’s path.