Gulf Coast-area residents hunker down, awaiting Hurricane Nate

Gulf coast residents are doing all they can to prepare and protect themselves from Hurricane Nate overnight.

Just northeast of New Orleans, in the city of Slidell, residents are doing last-minute preparations. Many are moving their property to higher ground then hunkering down as water levels are expected to rise three to five feet on Saturday night and into Sunday morning.

Slidell crews were out at 6 a.m. on Saturday, helping residents fill sandbags. Most people were in their homes by Saturday afternoon.

“Not Katrina, at least,” one resident said.

Not many people were on the roads by the afternoon as most got an early start on the weekend.

The Slidell chief of police was urging anyone with special needs, such as the elderly or anyone requiring constant medical attention, to leave flood-prone areas as the water begins to rise.

While most are prepared, the chief said that police will be utilizing double the manpower to patrol Slidell in high-water vehicles and boats, if necessary.

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