Evacuated residents of South Louisiana continue to pour into our city. Hotels in the area are all sold out and the shelters are filling quickly. It's very sad to see vehicles filled to the brim with displaced families and their prized possessions.
Although Gustav will have lost some of his ferociousness by the time it reaches Shreveport, local weather forecasters are still concerned about major damage in our area. They're calling for winds of 40-65 mph, rainfall totaling 7-16 inches, major flooding, downed trees, power outages, and potential tornadoes. Sounds like we're in for quite a ride ourselves. We should start seeing some rain tomorrow afternoon and then get the brunt of the storm Tuesday + Wednesday. That's the forecast now anyway, and as you know, forecasts can always change.
We've spent the bulk of our morning getting our outside furniture moved into the garage, as well as ensuring we're stocked on water, batteries, tarps, and non-refrigerated food. Our house sits higher than the majority in our sub-division and although our streets have been known to flood, our little corner has never been in danger of flooding (thank goodness!) Our plan is to ride out the storm in our house, but we have the kitty carriers ready to head out in case something out of the ordinary happens.
Our main challenge is the leak we tend to spring in our laundry room whenever we get a bunch of rain in a short period of time. You know how that goes, you never think about getting it fixed when the weather is nice and roofers have time in their schedule...only when there's a storm on the horizon or immediately after said damage has occurred. We're hoping to figure out a way to finagle a solution so it doesn't cause any major damage. Recently we've also noticed a water stain on the ceiling in our living room and while we've not ever seen water drip from it, we're a little nervous what Gustav may bring. Regardless, we're about as ready as we can be and just hope that somehow it peters out and doesn't bring the amount of devastation to this state like the forecasters are predicting.