TERREBONNE, La. -- Rain showers rolled off the Gulf of Mexico and through Terrebonne Parish far in advance of Tropical Storm Karen.
Terrebonne leaders say Karen could bring a 3- to 5-foot storm surge, so they want residents of low lying areas to be extra cautious.
"On Saturday, we're going to be actually doing a voluntary evacuation on the lower parts of the parish," said Terrebonne Parish President Michel Claudet, "and that's the lower bayous, from Pointe Aux Chenes, Bayou Terrebonne, Bayou Little Caillou, Bayou Dularge, Bayou Grand Caillou."
They set up a dozen sand bag stations across Terrebonne. Bring your own shovel. Some residents didn't want to take chances.
"I get about 20 bags, I'm all right," said Houma Resident James Jenkins. "Where I'm at, my backyard has got a lot of water."
"Every storm is a concern," Claudet said. "And of course one thing we know about unpredictable storms is that we can predict that they'll be unpredictable, so we have to plan for the worst, and of course hope for the best."
Terrebonne's emergency operations director said the good news is that Karen is expected to move of here very quickly, so any storm surge, or any flooding associated with it, is also expected to recede quickly, perhaps within about 12 hours.