“Lots of people get left out and it’s unfortunate.” Pierre Part residents feel forgotten during storm preps

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“Who knows what may happen, Mother nature rules.”

Joking in front of his Pierre Part home, trying to make light of what can be a serious situation, Florinn Meterjean said, he’s hoping for the best but preparing for the worst.

“We have plans on moving further north with family if this storm does affect us. We’re not going to stick it out this time.”

May of 2019, Meterjean’s home flooded. While he’s used to living on the water, he said, he’s not used to that water coming inside.

“We were blocked in there was water over the road. It went into the house, 2 inches in some areas and it stayed like that for 2 weeks.”

Up the road in Donaldsonville, they too are bracing for the weather that could have a big impact on Southeast Louisiana. Mayor Leroy Sullivan said, they’re taking steps to ensure they are prepared but not forgetting about their neighbors.

“If something was to happen in a neighboring community, the city of Donaldsonville is well situated and we don’t have much of an impact then we’ll be willing to assist the neighboring parishes and communities as much as we can with the resources and manpower” said Mayor Sullivan.

Along the streets in Pierre Part, homeowners are putting out sandbags. Meterjean said, it’s times like this when major surrounding cities are prepping for big weather events, they feel abandoned.

“There are lots of people who get left out, lots of people who get left out and it’s unfortunate. This community is far behind, very far behind.”

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