Morehouse Parish going through final checkups for Tropical Storm Barry

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MOREHOUSE PARISH, La. (KNOE) - Morehouse Parish is getting ready for Tropical Storm Barry.

Morehouse Parish HSEP prepares for possible flash flooding this weekend./Source:KNOE

The parish’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is checking all of its resources in case any are needed when the storm passes through Saturday night.

Director James Mardis says everything is ready to go for this weekend.

"We are prepared here as far as all of our emergency equipment, generators, lights, chainsaws in case it becomes a wind event with trees down,” Mardis says.

“We do have the boats ready and prepped them. We don't expect to have to use those. We have our high-water vehicles checked, and I'm sure the city has been cleaning out ditches and storm drains."

He says they are preparing for the worst, but hoping for the best. In this case, he expects heavy rain.

The biggest problem he anticipates is flash flooding, and he has a good idea of where to expect if it happens.

That includes Highway 165, West Cypress Avenue and also South Washington underneath the railroad overpass.

Mardis says these are just the first streets that will likely flood, but there are many more that can as well. So, people still need to drive safely throughout the parish.

"Bastrop has a lot of little hills and valleys and several areas that flood after several inches of rain. At night, it's really dangerous. Cars can't always judge with headlights how deep the water really is. We have several areas in Bastrop that'll flood. It'll drop down quickly, but it'll flood real quickly if we're caught off guard."

Mardis’ office has been talking with other local agencies to make sure everyone is on the same page for this storm.

He also reminds people to play it safe and to also check on their neighbors on Sunday morning.

“It’s better to be safe than sorry. Be prepared for the worst and hope for the best.”