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Alexandria Residents Prep for Flooding

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MARTIN PARK, La. - Ruby Wallace says she remembers the last hurricane all too well.

Wallace: "It was so sad. I even hate to think about it."

Her house in Martin Park in Alexandria flooded up to her knees four years ago when Gustav came through town.

Wallace: "The whole house, it was just terrible. It was full of water."

But she says she's going to be ready for the bad weather this time. Sandbags at her doors, food in her fridge, and medicine on hand.

Wallace: "I'm 83 years old, and I'm trying to do what I can do, with the help of my neighbors."

But just three blocks over, residents aren't as concerned about the water rising above the streets.

Wallace: "At that time, it was mostly in my backyard since it's really low, and we got a little drainage here, but it's not much."

He's been living in Martin Park since 1965, and he says his home has never flooded due to weather. But he's still not taking any chances.

Wallace: "Well I just don't want it to get in the house."

Ruby Wallace says Gustav forced her out of her home for six months. But this time, she hopes to stay here without that threat. And with a little faith, she says, she's ready to brave whatever Isaac brings.

Wallace: "But I'll make it. I trust in God, you know, I trust Him. So I'll make it."

Residents say workers have been coming through Martin Park to clear out the street drains to help minimize flooding.

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