News Release

How to Stay Safe in a Flash Flood, What to Expect
Posted: 6/5/2017 9:00 AM
 

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a flash flood watch for Lafayette Parish and the surrounding areas until 7 p.m. Lafayette Consolidated Government (LCG) offers the following tips to keep residents and property safe in the event of a flash flooding situation:
  • Local sandbag stations are open every day. People 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.

    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. Sandbags are available to Lafayette Parish residents every day during daytime hours at the two separate locations.
  • Citizens can also protect their property by ensuring ditches and street drains are clear from debris including leaves, limbs, trashcans and children’s toys, especially balls.
  • 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.
  • In a flash flood, it should be expected that storm drains and drainage channels will quickly reach capacity, temporarily flooding roads and adjacent property.
  • In the event of localized street flash flooding, motorists should stay off roadways until all water recedes.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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 9-1-1 or get the attention of passersby to call for help.