Posted: Aug 27, 2012 3:36 PM by Chris Nakamoto
Updated: Aug 27, 2012 3:36 PM
BATON ROUGE- People across East Baton Rouge Parish spent the day getting ready for Isaac's arrival. Gas stations and hardware stores were packed with people picking up supplies.
At local gas stations, lines were so long attendants had to direct traffic in the parking lot of the "B Quik" Station on Perkins Road. Once at the pumps, people quickly realized nothing fast would happen fueling up their cars.
"We have to deal with it," Harold Hall said. "I hope the people understand situations like this happen and just have to do the best we can."
Others told us they aren't worried about the storm, but are fueling up their cars just in case.
"Just getting gas," Duane Badeaux said. "We got plenty of stuff at home. We always have a lot of food and stuff so I'm not worried about it."
From gas, to hardware stores, people were surprised to see many items had already sold out.
"I am refilling my propane tank, getting batteries and extension chords," Gayle Kellner said.
Kellner said she was concerned with the storm because she is a single parent and has kids. When she arrived inside a local hardware store, nearly all of the batteries were gone.
"I want to make sure all of us are taken care of," Kellner said.
Meanwhile, there were deep concerns for people living near Airline Highway and Greenwell Springs Road. The old Bellmont Hotel sits in shambles, with debris scattered all over the place.
"The storms approaching, there's high winds, a lot of debris will be flying around," Jeff Almond said.
Concrete and bricks sit in the middle of the area, after work crews stopped demolition recently according to neighbors.
"I haven't seen anything done here in over a month," Almond said. "There were crews here moving at a good pace and just quit."
Across Baton Rouge, News 2 found several skilled workers trying to beat the clock before Isaac arrives. Many of them were working on roofs, making last minute repairs.