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St. John Parish residents brace for rain event

Published: Aug. 18, 2013 at 12:49 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 29, 2016 at 8:56 PM CDT
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St. John the Baptist Parish, La -- In St. John the Baptist Parish, additional people have been brought in to the emergency preparedness office ahead of this weekend's rain event. Parish President Natalie Robottom says the parish is taking every precaution to make sure residents and their homes are safe.

It's been almost one year since Hurricane Isaac tore through the region, heavily damaging Devin and Stacy Neuburger's LaPlace home.

As the couple continue to re-do their house, they say the thought of any type of disturbance in the Gulf, is worrisome. "Obviously you don't want another storm," Devin Neuburger said.

Stacy Neuburger adds, "And I don't think it matters how much water you get, it's devastating regardless."

The Neuburgers and others in St. John the Baptist Parish, are preparing for this upcoming rain event, even if it is drastically smaller than a named storm. Bobby Stevens says, "I've been working in my yard yesterday, trying to cut, trim everything up."

Parish officials are urging residents to clean out storm drains and catch basins to reduce the chance of street flooding. In St. John Parish, there are eight different locations for residents to go to make their own sand bags. Parish President Natalie Robottom says the parish will be in coordination with the state should any flooding occur. Lessons have been learned since Isaac. And the residents here have noticed the parish is stepping up. Devin Neuburger says, "It kinda caught us by surprise, this last one so now that it has, although it was a horrible event, now they'll probably prepare a little bit better in the future."

For now, these homeowners say they'll keep a close eye on the Gulf. "It kinda makes you want to pay closer attention to what's happening, keep abreast of what's happening on TV," Stevens said.

As they wait to see what type of damage this rain event may bring, if any, they're keeping their fingers crossed, that their area will be spared.