LaPlace Braces for Karen

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Hurricane Isaac exposed how vulnerable St. John Parish is to high water.

And just when damage from that is almost finished with repairs, neighbors in LaPlace have a new storm to worry about.

Sherry Falgout says tropical storm Karen has put everyone on high alert, “praying it don`t come, that`s all I can say.”

She and her husband Chris say if Isaac proved anything, it`s that their neighborhood is defenseless. “People on the outside of the levee protection is the ones who needs to be prepared.

“Nobody did nothing to try and build up that levee back there,” says Chris.

Just because you don`t see neighbors sandbagging or battening down the hatches in LaPlace, doesn`t mean there is a lack of urgency.

“People are getting prepared for it,” says homeowner Chuck Haase with his wife Zina.

Chuck and Zina were displaced by both Katrina and Isaac.

“My wife insists that we leave.”

St. John Parish public works is preparing pump stations, drainage systems and have crews on standby for power outages.

The parish, could receive 2 to 4 feet of storm surge from lake Pontchartrain.