News Release

Additional Sandbag Station Opened in Lafayette Parish
Posted: 6/21/2017 10:00 AM
 

Lafayette Consolidated Government Department of Public Works has announced the opening of an additional sandbag station at Blackham Coliseum, located at 2330 Johnston Street in Lafayette.
 
Residents wishing to sandbag their property may access sandbags at one of three locations:
  • Blackham Coliseum, located at 2330 Johnston St. (temporary, emergency location)
  • LCG Compost Facility, located at 400 N Dugas Road, off North University Ave. (permanent, regular sandbag site)
  • South District sandbag site, located at 1017 Fortune Road in Youngsville (permanent, regular sandbag site)
 
The sites are "self-bagging," meaning the bags and sand are provided to Lafayette Parish residents at no charge, but residents will need to supply their own manpower and shovels. Residents are asked to limit their sandbags to four bags per exterior door, with a maximum of 20 sandbags per household. Sandbags are available to Lafayette Parish residents every day during daytime hours at the regular, permanent locations.
 
Residents within the City of Lafayette or unincorporated areas of the parish needing to report flooding issues or downed trees or limbs can do so by calling the Public Works dispatch number at 337-291-8517.
 
Lafayette Utilities System customers can report a utility outage at 337-291-8280.
 
For helpful information on storm preparedness, including staying safe during and after a storm, Lafayette Utilities System’s Hurricane Handbook is available online at www.lus.org and at multiple locations around the parish, including Lafayette City-Parish Hall, LUS Customer Service Centers and Lafayette Parish Public Libraries.
 
LCG also offers the following tips to keep residents and property safe in the event of a flash flooding situation or extended heavy rain activity:
 
  • Citizens can protect their property by ensuring ditches and street drains are clear from debris including leaves, limbs, trashcans and children’s toys, especially balls.
  • During a flash flood or extended localized rain activity, it should be expected that storm drains and drainage channels will reach capacity, temporarily flooding roads and adjacent property.
  • In the event of localized street flooding, motorists should stay off roadways until all water recedes.
  • It is never safe to drive or walk into flood waters, even in a parking lot. All 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. 
  • Anyone experiencing flooding in a home and in need of emergency rescue should call 9-1-1. ANYONE in ANY emergency situation should call 9-1-1.
     
  • Flash floods can happen with little or no warning and occur when excessive rains fall in a short amount of time. During a flash flood warning, citizens should be alert and take necessary precautions.
 
 
Lafayette Consolidated Government thanks everyone for their patience and cooperation at this time.