A concern over  severe weather produced due to Hurricane Nate making landfall had regional events postponed until further notice Saturday morning.

District 5 Councilwoman Sherry Guidry had been promoting a new downtown beautification event she’d created heavily on social media in recent days. The event, titled ‘Tight & Right,” would have brung volunteers to downtown New Iberia, beginning on Anne Street near the Masonic Lodge, to pick up trash and clean the streets. 

On Friday night, Guidry was considering starting the event earlier than its scheduled 10:30 a.m. start to beat the weather. But, after speaking with parish president Larry Richard about weather concerns, she canceled the event Saturday. 

The event was meant “to encourage pro-social behavior, and to motivate and inspire all of my constituents,” Guidry said.

“After speaking with the parish president, and considering that 8 to 12-year-olds would be traveling from low-lying, potentially flooded areas, I didn’t want to make anyone sick or make families have to return to potentially flooded areas; we decided to cancel,” Guidry said Saturday morning. “If it was just adults, I would not have canceled.”

In St. Martinville, a day packed with cultural activities surrounding the reopening of two museums was also called off because of weather. 

After a year of renovations following flooding in August of 2016, the Museum of the Acadian Memorial and the African American Museum, in St. Martinville’s Cultural Heritage Center, reopened with a ribbon-cutting on Saturday morning, but a host of celebratory events were postponed. 

The city had planned for art and food vendors to have set up along New Market Street, in front of the museums, with an okra-cook off and a screening of a documentary movie about local musical traditions, but weather warnings changed all of that. 

The celebration will be rescheduled, but no dates have been set yet. 

“We kicked some dates around,” said Elaine Clément, director of the St. Martinville Office of Tourism, “but we’re not going to make a decision until we get back to the office on Monday.” 

The National Weather Service said in a statement Saturday morning that Hurrican Nate was strengthening, and was expected to make landfall that night as a category two hurricane somewhere between Mobile, Ala., and the southeastern portion of Louisiana. East to northeast wind gusts were expected locally at 20 to 30 mph in the afternoon, with possible power outages.

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