LAFITTE, La. -- So far, Karen's impact on southeast Louisiana has been minimal. Local officials say Karen still poses a threat of occasional strong, gusty winds and scattered heavy rains through Sunday.
Bayou Barataria in the lower Jefferson Parish community of Lafitte is higher than normal as Karen approaches the Louisiana coast.
Crews spent the day sandbagging along the banks of the bayou.
'We were down here for Ike and Gustav. We came down to help them,' said Pete Meyer from RAMJ Construction. 'I don't expect it to be hardly anything, but we're taking precautions to protect the public.
A little farther south, pumps stand at the ready in Goose Bayou, which took on six feet of water during Hurricane Isaac last year.
Alan Folse watched the water rise just across the street from his house.
'The tide's up a little bit,' said Folse. 'Like they said, we'll get one to two feet. We can handle that.'
Ron Robin didn't let the approaching storm get in the way of a little fishing on the bayou. Despite the choppy conditions, he managed to reel in a catfish.
'We got the day off of work because of the storm, but now we're going fishing,' said Robin.
Over in St. Bernard Parish, locals parked their campers, boats and trailers on the side of the road along Highway 46. This is considered higher ground and it's protected by a flood gate.
St. Bernard neighbors have been watching Bayou Yscloskey, and they say the water level has actually dropped about six inches since yesterday. They're not expecting much of a storm surge at all from Karen.
'It was dropping most of the day today,' said Milton Gagnon, of Shell Beach. 'We normally get a decent storm surge down here, but with this storm it doesn't seem to have happened, which we're very happy about.'
Gagnon says compared to other storms that headed his way, Karen has been a pleasure to deal with, so far.