Lufkin Prepares

by Christa Lollis

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin residents spent hours this morning filling up sandbags and loading up their trucks.

They're not sure how bad Gustav is going to be but they don't want to take any chances. Lufkin resident, Vickie Skinner says, "Rita, I mean that was pretty bad so if this is anything like that yeah we're worried, very worried."

The city of Lufkin brought the sand in for residents to use as barriers to keep the flood waters away if the hurricane drops several inches of rain here. "I live in the Brookhollow area and when it rains it floods over there in that area a lot so we're getting dirt to put around our house so we won't have rain come in," Skinner said.

And the people filling up with sandbags are just happy the city has stepped in to help residents get ready. "I think they're doing a great job this time. Last time nobody was prepared and now they know so yeah, they're doing a great job," she said.

Aside from the sand, people stocked their pantries with food and water in anticipation of wide spread power outages.