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METAIRIE, La. - Parishes throughout Southeast Louisiana took steps to prepare for the weather.

In Jefferson Parish, Council President Chris Roberts said all of the Jefferson Parish drainage pump stations are fully staffed, canals are pumped down to lower levels and street and drainage crews are prepared to respond to what ever the weather brings Thursday.

Officials warned residents of damaging winds, street flooding and frequent lightning.

Citizens are asked to clean their catch basins and drains.

Residents are also asked not to drive through flooded streets as to avoid creating a wake. Residents caught creating a wake are subject to arrest by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.

Officials suggest people stay inside until the weather passes.

'We're going to be proactively looking at chronic areas with vacuum trucks and doing what we need to do to protect the citizens,' according to Jefferson Parish President John Young.

Low lying areas, including streets in River Ridge, Metairie Road-area and Marrero, will be monitored.

Officials will set up barricades on flooded streets so that vehicular traffic does not aggravate the situation, Young said.

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