News Release

Localized Flash Flooding Throughout Lafayette Parish
Posted: 5/3/2017 6:00 PM
 

​Due to heavy, intermittent rains, some areas of Lafayette Parish have seen localized flash flooding, street flooding and rising waters in coulees. Lafayette Consolidated Government (LCG) has received reports of full channels and street flooding, with one reported home flooding near the Vermilion River. ue to heavy, intermittent rains, some areas of Lafayette Parish have seen localized flash flooding, street flooding and rising waters in coulees. Lafayette Consolidated Government (LCG) has received reports of full channels and street flooding, with one reported home flooding near the Vermilion River.

With more rain expected throughout the evening, residents are asked to stay off of roadways when possible. “It is my hope that people will exercise caution and heed this request to stay off of the streets,” stated Lafayette Mayor-President Robideaux. “The weather we are experiencing can be unpredictable and drivers can quickly find themselves in a flooded area.” Driving during flash flooding events is not only dangerous to motorists, but also significantly increases the threat of flooding to homes and businesses along routes with standing water. “Drivers can unknowingly create a wake, pushing water from the street into homes and businesses,” Robideaux said.
 
LGC’s Public Works Department confirms the use of pumps in areas where street flooding has historically occurred, including River Oaks Subdivision, Long Plantation and the University Avenue underpass. “The main pump and an additional auxiliary pump are fully operational at Long Plantation and we are operating four pumps in River Oaks,” stated Public Works Director Tom Carroll. “We have crews monitoring both locations and the pumps will be manned all night.”
 
Carroll also confirmed drainage crews are out inspecting coulees, coulee crossings, culverts and catch basins to ensure there are no obstructions which would create any backups. The crews will also re-assess the channels after the waters recede.
 
As a precautionary measure, the Lafayette Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness has placed all personnel on call and will be prepared to activate the Emergency Operations Center if local flooding warrants such. Residents within the City of Lafayette or unincorporated areas of the parish may report specific flooding issues by contacting Public Works Dispatch at 337-291-8517.
 
Residents wishing to sandbag their property may access sandbags at one of two locations: North District sandbagging is at the compost facility, located at 400 N Dugas Road (located off North University Ave.) and South District sandbags will be available at 1017 Fortune Road in Youngsville. Sandbags will be available in Lafayette Parish during daytime hours at the two separate locations.
 
The two sites are "self-bagging," meaning the bags and sand are provided to Lafayette Parish residents free, at no charge, but residents will need to supply their own manpower and shovel. Residents are asked to limit their sandbags to four bags per exterior door, with a maximum of 20 sandbags per household.
 
During this flash flood watch, citizens are encouraged to stay alert and pay attention to their surroundings and are cautioned to heed signs or barricades which indicate flooding ahead. If pedestrians or drivers find themselves upon a flooded area, they should turn around and take an alternate route. If motorists mistakenly drive into a flooded area and the vehicle stalls, they should immediately abandon it through an open door or window and head for higher ground. Trapped motorists should call 911 or get the attention of passersby to call for help.