Local woman rides out storm

PHOTO PROVIDEDVehicles sit partially underwater on Tulane Avenue in downtown New Orleans after rain earlier this week flooded parts of the city. 

PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh native Gillian Richardson has been bracing for the worst as Tropical Storm Barry bears down on her New Orleans neighborhood.

“I’m just going to hunker down and see what happens,” Richardson said via telephone Friday afternoon.


Richardson, 26, has lived in the New Orleans area for the past six years.

The 2010 Plattsburgh High School graduate works for the Louisiana State Department of Health.

The neighborhood she lives in, Bayou St. John, flooded this past Wednesday when nine inches of rain fell.

“It was crazy. The water downtown was up to people’s thighs,” she said.

“The streets looked like parking lots there were so many cars stuck there.”


With more rain and severe weather on the way, Richardson has been getting ready.

She parked her car on the median in front of her house, which is higher than the roadway, and packed the front of her home with sandbags.

“That was an adventure trying to move those 60-pound sandbags around,” she said.

There are no plans to evacuate her area now, Richardson said, but she will listen closely for directions from authorities.

“It has been kind of crazy. Every year during Hurricane Season I ask myself, ‘why do I live here?’’’ she laughed.

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