Vermilion Parish has called for a voluntary evacuation for low lying areas and motor homes.
With so much uncertainty surrounding what can happen people in Erath begin to take precautions.
“You never know, it’s Mother Nature. You can’t do nothing, all you can do is prepare.”
Don’s Boat Landing in Erath is coined as the gateway to the gulf for a reason.
Owner Gary Howell says, “This water goes to the intercoastal, past the intercoastal, essentially it goes all the way to the gulf.”
His wife, Shannon Howell owns the boat landing with him. She says, “There’s many times when the tide comes up and the parking lot is flooded but the store and everything else is fine so we’re just going to have to keep a close eye on it.”
Meanwhile customers are curious on what they should do, some not willing to risk it.
Shannon says, “We have a lot of customers calling. Asking questions taking their larger boats out of the water. There’s some people moving their cattle to higher ground, but as of right now we’re not doing anything major.”
Down the road, a ranch is working against this storm’s ticking clock.
Lanie Richard works at the ranch and says, “We have to start preparing and moving all the cows and horses to higher ground so they don’t be caught in danger because we’ve had horses that have gotten caught in the fence before and died because they just weren’t in high school enough ground and the water just took them into it.”
She also gives a warning for others. “I would take precautions, be more careful just in case anything can happen.”