State, local officials preparing for upcoming storm

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - Local officials in Cenla have already been preparing for the upcoming storm and the impact it could have on communities.

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"We are planning with the crews that's normally working the storm, the electrical crews, the street department, picking up debris and those kinds of things," said Alexandria Mayor Jeff Hall.

In many areas, sandbags are being prepared and drains are getting checked and cleaned to decrease flooding.

But since heavy rain is predicted over a short period of time, flooding is definitely going to be an issue around the state, and local agencies are taking action.

"National guard will be moving high water vehicles to areas that may need those resources, and standing up command post, getting soldiers in place as well as other resources," said Gov. John Bel Edwards. "The same for other agencies including the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, State Police, the State Fire Marshal Office, the Department of Transportation Development, and the Department of Children and Family Services."

As the storm starts to roll in, we are expecting possibly up to 10 inches of rain, and even some damage to the Cenla area. Of course, that's always subject to change.

"We are preparing for the worst," Mayor Hall said.

Everyone is encouraged to take advantage of local hardware stores to stock up on supplies to keep your house protected against the storm. Make sure you have flashlights and food on hand as well.

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