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Louisiana prepares as storm approaches coast
LOUISIANA -- People in parts of southeast Louisiana are getting ready for tropical storm Karen. Several areas in Belle Chasse -- just southeast of New Orleans -- are under a mandatory evacuation -- including some who live outside the protection of the levy system.
Roy Mills is packing up and leaving his fishing camp because of tropical storm Karen.
"The water is probably going to come up to the slab, and if we lose electricity we won't be able to drive out anywhere after the water comes up."
The storm could move over lower plaque mines... That's enough to get shrimpers and fisherman in empire to pull their boats out of the water.
"You don't want to lose your livelihood, you work too hard for it, it's a lot of money involved."
For parish officials, their biggest area of concern is on the east bank, specifically the levee system which suffered heavy damage during hurricane Isaac. This time around, they're hopeful the levees won't be overtopped.
"Were not confident, but we're hopeful. If we were confident we wouldn't be asking for the evacuations. It's too close to call, and we don't want to make the judgment on the wrong side."
Conditions are expected to worsen, but most residents are staying put. Bain Richard feels confident about riding it out in his mobile, but, it may be a bumpy ride.
"We got deal with a lot of wind, don't get me wrong, we'll probably be rocking like a boat, but we're just going to hang it out."