Plaquemines Parish makes storm preps for Debby

New Orleans, LA --The New Orleans Metropolitan Area is bracing for Tropical Storm Debby.

Many residents who live in low lying parts of Plaquemines Parish are hunkering down for the onslaught of a slow moving tropical storm.

"This is the first test for this year," says Plaquemines Parish resident, Warren Lawrence.

"The weather is beautiful. You wouldn't think looking at it that we have to worry about Tropical Storm Debby," says Plaquemines Parish resident, Mary Tucker.

Emergency Preparedness Officials are also in storm mode.

"Last year we were kind of caught with our pants down. The tropical storm topped the levees, put Highway 23 under water and shut down all business in the south," says Plaquemines Parish President, Billy Nungesser.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Debby's track has shifted, but state and local leaders have jumped ahead of the storm, making preparations.

"We're not anticipating any major problems right now, but we're very cautious because I've never seen so many models going to Texas and Florida and anything in between," says Nungesser.

"We're looking real good. I've spoken with Mayor Camardelle in Grand Isle and St. Bernard just making sure they know we're here. The governor has declared a State of Emergency for the State of Louisiana, which then gives us a little more authority so we can then move assets around the state," says Kevin Davis, Director of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Operations.

Tropical Storm Debby is the first named storm of the 2012 Hurricane Season to enter the Gulf of Mexico.

As she churns up high winds in the Gulf it's affecting much of the Gulf Coast.

Resident's aren't taking any chances.

"So I'm nervous, I'm a little apprehensive for the last storm which was Tropical Storm Lee, which was nothing. We were down here for Labor Day Weekend and one hour it was beautiful, the next hour, the water was about calf-high and we couldn't drive the cars out of here, so the sheriff came by airboat to take me out," says Tucker.

"Not a lot of rain in this event, but that could change, Lake Ponchartrain could have some tidal elevation three to four feet so, everybody is making their precautions, and they know they're low lying areas, each one of the parishes. We've had a conference call with the Coast Guard on the levee systems and the pumping stations and parishes, says Davis.