Experiences during Hurricane Gustav
By Shantelle Breaux
CROWLEY – Every employee for the Crowley Post Signal, and everyone in Crowley for that matter, has a different story to tell about their experiences during hurricane Gustav. Some evacuated, some stayed at home.
Katherine Miller, writer at the Post Signal, stayed in Crowley during the storm.
“I would have to say that other than losing electricity for 24 hours, my house was spared any damage through Gustav. My son and I stayed at my parents home in Crowley for the storm, and fortunately there were no fallen trees, or limbs, for that matter.”
Shantelle Breaux, the news editor for the paper, evacuated to Ville Platte with her family, and saw some of the worst of the storm. Part of the eye wall passed over Eunice, not that far from Ville Platte.
“When the storm passed through Ville Platte, it came through with very strong winds that knocked down power lines, leaving the city without power during and after the storm,” said Breaux.
“Also, since the water system is powered by electricity, the sewage system backed up.”
“The power was still out when we left to come back home on Tuesday.”
Pam Venissat, who lives in Gueydan in Vermilion Parish, stayed in her home during the storm.
“We were almost two and a half weeks without electricity with Hurricane Rita. This time, we never lost power or satellite. With Rita, we had a lot of water damage; this time, the only damage we had was some water leakage in the kitchen from the fireplace vent.”
“All in all, we fared pretty well. We were spared this time. Hopefully we will be as lucky the next time.”