Tallulah braces for heavy rain; residents stock up on sandbags

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Residents in Tallulah are getting ready for Tropical Depression Gordon. 

Tuesday Madison Parish officials opened a sandbag location. Erring on the side of caution, dozens of cars and trucks backing in to load up on sandbags.

“We just wanna be safe in case Gordon does come in. We want to have them on hand,” said Brandi Bell. 

“The last time we had a lot of water a lot of people houses got flooded here in Tallulah so that’s what trying to avoid,” said longtime resident Floyd Drayton. 

Tallulah is forecasted to receive between two to six inches of rain. The Office Homeland Security & Preparedness and prepared says people need to be on alert.

“There is an old saying I told them yesterday. Prepare for the worst and hope for the best so stay vigilant and prepared.”

If the storm takes a turn for the worst. He says the parish is ready to action,” said Earl Pinkney. 

“The next step after that is to just put a shelter in place or if we have to evacuate we evacuate,” said Pinkney. 

And with the recent passing of Mayor Paxton Branch residents say they know no matter what Tallulah will remain resilient.

“The City of Tallulah has always been a strong city. We always know how to bounce back or pull together in a crisis like this,” said Johnta Shepard. 

Sandbag locations have closed for the day, but the parish says if need be they will reopen. Call the Madison Parish Sheriff’s Office at (318) 574-1831. 

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