Louisiana Coastal Residents Heed Advice to Evacuate; ponder damages they'll see on their return

As Hurricane Gustav threatened, evacuees from Louisiana's coastal cities heeded the advice of officials and streamed into Texas. Ed Mayberry reports.

Many of them stopped at hotels along I-10 just outside of Beaumont.  Don Donze and his extended family left Kenner, Louisiana, when he realized the storm's potential.

"You know, we kinda realized everything, you know, when Nagin came on, talking about it, and looking at the TV about whether this thing was coming in and all, and we just, it was the idea we didn't wanna stay there without electricity.  I mean, I coulda stayed, but you know, I got the wife, and then I got the two kids, the grandkids, the great-grandkids."

Claude Quibodeaux and his family left Abbeville.  He's been through this before.

"Well, we live in a double-wide and we weren't gonna ride it out, nah." 

Ed: "What are your plans now?"

"Well, we're gonna stay here til Tuesday—tomorrow—and see what's gonna happen."

James Tabor and his wife live in Houme—Ground Zero, as far as Hurricane Gustav's entry in Louisiana.  He says he recognizes when it's time to evacuate.

"Kinda made a decision on my own.  I'm a life-long resident of the Louisiana coast.  I know hurricanes can do.  Get out.  You just get out."

Beaumont's non-essential employees are being told to not report for work on Tuesday, and in fact, not attempt to return to the city, possibly until Wednesday. 

Ed Mayberry, KUHF Houston Public Radio News.


 

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Ed Mayberry

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Ed Mayberry has worked in radio since 1971, with many of those years spent on the rock 'n' roll disc jockey side of the business...