Acadia, Lafayette, St. Landry And St. Martin Parishes React To Monday’s Severe Flooding
Many residents are still recovering from yesterday's flooding. 10 to 15 inches of rain fell in many parts of Acadiana, forcing the closure of many roads and a portion of I-49. One of the hardest hit areas was Carencro. KATC's Rob Perillo says up to 15 inches of rain fell in that city, flooding hundreds of homes and businesses.
States of emergency have been declared in Acadia, Lafayette, St. Landry and St. Martin parishes and several different state agencies have been working to help those affected by the storms.
The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Director Kevin Davis says over 150 businesses and homes were affected by flooding. Davis says they will assess the damage today to see if the flooding was bad enough to warrant federal assistance.
In Lafayette Parish, resident or business owners are now able to report flood damage. You're asked to call the Lafayette Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness at (337) 291-5075.
In St. Martin Parish, residents can report flood damage to their homes and businesses. The parish's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness started taking calls this morning at 8 a.m. The number to call is 394-2800. Be prepared to give them your name, address, where the flooding occured, your phone number, and the amount of water in your home.
Acadia Parish residents or business owners who sustained damages due to the recent flooding event should contact the Acadia Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness at (337) 783-4357 to report their damages.
St. Landry Parish residents or business owners who sustained damages due to the recent flooding event should contact their Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness at 337-948-3688.
Some schools were affected.
In Lafayette Parish, all Carencro public schools are closed today. The closed schools include Carencro Heights, Carencro Middle, Carencro High, Live Oak Elementary and Ossun Elementary.
Lafayette Christian Academy was closed today as well.
All other Lafayette Parish public school students reported to school one hour later than usual today. As a result, Lafayette Parish public schools will let out one hour hour later at the end of the day.
All public schools in Acadia, St. Landry and St. Martin Parishes stayed open today. The only reported closure was Westminster Christian Academy in St. Landry Parish.
Some roads and bridges are still closed.
High water has closed down the Estherwood Pontoon Bridge on La. 91, (1.4 miles north of U.S. 90), near the village of Estherwood in Acadia Parish. Officials say they are not sure how long the bridge will be closed. The detour consists of I-10, La. 13 and U.S. 90.
State Police say LA 95 north of Church Point remains closed due to high water.
State Police say LA 343 near Sunshine Road has just closed due to high water.