HOUMA, La. - Hurricane Alex may not be on a direct path for Louisiana, but coastal residents are preparing for possible damage that his outter bands could bring,those living in Houma included.

Isaac Ricks of Houma was digging and sweating Tuesday, all to avoid flooding. He's loading up on free sand bags provided by Terrebonna Parish in hopes of protecting his property from Alex's outter storm bands. Residents can pack thier own sanbags at the adult softball complex at the Houma air base aat the fire station at 1805 Highway 20. Residents should bring their own shovels and be prepared to load the sandbags themselves.

'I don't want to have to flood and have to run after the sand after it's too late,' said Ricks.

With tides flowing aboutthree feet above normal, lower Terrebonne Parish is now under a flood watch.

And more wet weather is also expected through the night , as much asthree inches in some communties.

'Any rain even for a substantial period of time at a very hard rate can cause us problems,' said Michel Claudet, Terrebonne Parish President.

Claudet still frustrated by the gushing crude in the gulf and fearful over a lingering fight to bring back a drilling now worrried about what the gulf's 1st tropical system could do to low lying communities in the area.

'There will be some roads that might be inundated but that's in the lower portions of the parish.'

Hardy Habert and his wife are new comers to houma, transpalnts from metairie who have been through storms before and are opting to take every precaution they can.

'Not being sure what's going to happen, we thought we'd just take advantage of the sandbags,' said Habert.

And Isaac Ricks, still packing away his share of sand - offers some help. This, he says, is probably stop one of at leastthree he'll make here tonight. The weather isn't taking a break, and neither will he.

'As my pastor says, if you can weather the storm, you can weather anything,' said Ricks.

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