News Release

National Weather Service Evening Update for Lafayette Parish
Posted: 8/29/2017 6:00 PM

On Tuesday, August 29 at 4:30 p.m., Lafayette Parish Mayor-President Joel Robideaux attended an emergency update and briefing along with other municipal leaders and law enforcement officers at the Emergency Operations Command Center.
According to the National Weather Service (NWS) update, TS Harvey has strengthened and is moving faster with expected landfall between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. near the Texas/Louisiana border.
Lafayette Parish’s rainfall forecast is now 3 to 5 inches through Wednesday.
Wind gusts around 40 mph are predicted in the Lafayette area between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. There is an increased possibility of fallen trees and power lines due to the winds and saturated grounds.
The NWS now predicts a 3 foot storm surge extending from Vermilion Bay into the Vermilion River as far north as the Lafayette Parish line. This storm surge threat will make it more difficult for the Vermilion River to drain effectively.
As of 4:15 p.m., the Vermilion River Surrey Street gauge was measuring at 11.47 gauge height, which is down from yesterday’s crest.