Laplace, La (FOX44) — Kyrion Watkins and his mother Patricia Parrille spent their Friday stocking sandbags and preparing for tropical storm Karen.
"The water still might come in, you don't know that, you know, so we're praying to god that it doesn't come in, but we just want to be prepared for it," said Parrille.
They said that this time they're not going to get caught out in the storm.
"The water just came in, just rising by the minute, by the time I got out the water was to my chest," explained Watkins.
"It just was so devastating, so much water, we lost everything, and so this time i want to be prepared in some areas," added Parrille.
Pumps are at the ready in flood prone areas like the Cambridge neighborhood where Parille and her son live, but they hope this time they don't need it.
"I am trusting god. I am not trusting them. I am trusting god and hoping that the water doesn't come in. but in the meantime I want to be prepared for it," said Parrille.
Parish President Natalie Robottom stressed that preparation is very important, Robottom and her staff have been preparing for this type of storm since they were devastated by Isaac over a year ago.
"We have our staff throughout the community, we're deploying generators should there be an outage. Sandbag locations are throughout the area," said Robottom.
As for Parrille, she is not leaving anything to chance.
"The water still might come in, you don't know that. So, we're praying to god that it doesn't come in, but we want to be prepared for it," added Parrille.