Due to the impending strong weather expected in Acadiana over the next few hours, the Lafayette Parish School Board has announced that classes for students and teachers are cancelled for Wednesday.  School board spokeswoman Angela Simoneaux tells KPEL that only principals, custodial stuff and central office staff are asked to report to work Wednesday if they can do so safely.

The Lafayette Diocese has also announced that they will not be holding classes Wednesday in the parish as well.

  • Several parishes have closed public schools for Wednesday: Iberia, Vermilion, St. Martin, Acadia, Jeff Davis, Iberia, St. Landry and Vermilion. The following schools in these parishes are closed today:

All locations of Sugar 'n Spice Preschools, Play and Learn Preschool in Scott, School of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau, Cathedral Carmel, Lafayette Christian Academy, Mini Me’s Daycare, Linsey’s Playhouse, Westminster Christian Academy (all three campuses), Sts. Leo-Seton Catholic, Holy Family Catholic, Immaculate Heart of Mary Schools, Our Lady of Fatima, St. Cecilia Catholic school in Broussard, St. Pius, Small World Daycare in Carencro, St. Mary Early Learning Center, Kids Only 2 and 3 Daycares, Covenant Preschool and Covenant Mother’s Day Out, Grace Mother’s Day Out, Lil Angels Daycare, Learning Tree Preschool, ESA Schools of Acadiana (Lafayette & Cade), St. Ignatius in Grand Coteau, St. Peter and Paul Catholic in Scott, First Baptist Christian School in Lafayette, UL Early Childhood Lab, First Lutheran Parents Day Out, Gethsemane Christian Academy and Gethsemane La Petite, Doodlebugs Daycare, Creative Learning Preschool, LARC’s vocational day program, Family Life Christian Academy, St. Bernard School in Breaux Bridge, Rosa Infant and Toddler Center, First Impression Early Learning in Milton. Little Miracles Child Development Center, First Years Early Childhood Preschool, Ascension Episcopal School, Infinity College in Lafayette, Trinity Catholic School in St. Martinville, Highland Baptist in New Iberia, Babineaux’s Kiddie Care in Lafayette, Creative Learning Center Preschool in New Iberia, Pediatric Playhouse in Lafayette, Our Mother of Peace Catholic School in Church Point, Sylvan Learning Center in Lafayette and New Iberia, Precious Heart Child Care in Lafayette, Roses Daycare in Lafayette, Cosmetology Training Center in Lafayette, Principals List Preschool in Lafayette, Our Lady Immaculate School in Jennings, Epiphany Day School, Bethel Christian School in Jennings, Touch of Love Daycare in Crowley, Northside Christian School in Crowley, Notre Dame High School, St. Michael’s Elementary, Rayne Catholic Elementary

UL Lafayette reminds students and faculty that they continue to monitor the weather, but that school is on as of now.  Students and faculty requesting information can call the hotline at 482-2222.

South Louisiana Community College and Acadiana Technical College will be closed today as well. Faculty and Staff are asked to attend if they can get to work safely.

  • The following roads are either closed or impassable due to the bad weather:

Thursday 8:20 a.m. Debuse Road between Lake Simonette Dr. and E. Leblanc St. in Iberia Parish has been reopened.

3:51 p.m. La. 95 in Evangeline Parish from La. 758 to La. 29 has been closed due to high water.

3:25 p.m. All the advisories for the Lafayette Parish roadways have been lifted.

2:30 p.m. La. 317 in St. Mary is now open to traffic. High water signs are still in place in some areas but the roadway is passable.

10:25 a.m. Debuse Road between Lake Simonette Dr. and E. Leblanc St. in Iberia Parish is closed due to high water.

10:23 a.m. 700 block of Janvier Road in Lafayette Parish has up to 6 inches covering the roadway. Caution is advised.

Rue Novembre in Lafayette Parish has patches with up to 6 inches of water in spots. Caution is advised.

Gloria Switch Road at Janvier in Lafayette Parish has standing water on the roadway.

10:22 a.m. 700 block of Cocdril Road west of LA Hwy 93 (gravel portion) in Lafayette Parish is impassable by passengers cars.

10:20 a.m. La. 317 is closed in St. Mary Parish from mile marker 0.0 to mile marker 4.0 due to high water.

8:00 a.m.  Railroad Road between Lee Station Road and Longside Road and at the intersections of Poufette and Leleux Roads in Iberia Parish is closed.

7:58 a.m. Hayes Road between Avery Island Rd. (Hwy. 329) and Lee Station Road in Iberia Parish is closed.

7:00 a.m. State Police say power lines are down at LA 91 south of Gueydan. Also a tree is down and laying across the roadway at LA 335.

  • The following Acadiana parishes are under advisories and watches:

Wind advisory in effect for Iberia, St. Mary and Vermilion Parishes

Coastal Flood Advisory in effect for Iberia, St. Mary and Vermilion Parishes

Flash Flood Watch in effect for Acadia, Calcasieu, Evangeline, Jefferson Davis, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Mary, and Vermilion

Tornado Watch in effect for Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary and Vermilion Parishes.