Severe Flooding Hits Lafayette Area, Closing Highways
There is a frontal system moving through the Acadiana area, bringing with it the potential for severe weather. We will update this information as new alerts become available, so check back frequently for any new information regarding this weather system.
8:00 pm - Lafayette Parish School System has announced schedule changes and cancellations for their schools on Tuesday.
The following schools in the system are closed:
- Ossun Elementary School
- Live Oak Elementary School
- Carencro Middle School
- Carencro Heights Elementary School
- Carencro High School
A statement from the Schools said the following:
"Administrators and custodians assigned to those schools must report to work if possible. Students who live in these school zones but attend a school of choice outside of these five school zones will not have school bus service tomorrow. No buses will run in the Carencro school zones. Tuesday, all other schools will start one hour later than their regular schedules. This means the buses will pick up students one hour later than normal. The school day will end one hour later than usual. Delaying the start of the school day allows bus drivers better visibility in areas where there may be high water. Any absences resulting from the flooding will be excused."
4:51 pm - The St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office says any St. Martin Parish residents who sustained flooding to their homes or businesses should call the parish's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness to report the damage. The office is taking phone calls until 7 pm and then will resume in the morning at 8 am.
Be prepared to give the following information:
Where the flooding occured
Your phone number
The amount of water in your home
To report flooding in your home or your business in St. Martin Parish, call (337) 394-2800.
4:49 pm - Angela Simoneaux with Lafayette Parish Public Schools says a group of middle school students trapped on a school bus were taken by boat by the sheriff's office. They were loaded onto another bus and taken to Carencro Midddle School. Simoneaux says the students were fed as soon as they got to the school, and their parents took them home.
4:00 pm - Exits 4 and 7 of I-49 still closed. State Police are urging residents to stay off the roads and let emergency crews do what they need to do to help those affected by the floods. Road closure information can be found by calling 511.
3:50 pm- I-49 has been reopened, but only Carencro residents will be allowed into the city.
3:42 - DOTD is working to put up barricades in flooded areas
3:41pm - More St. Martin Parish road closures: Huron Road, Cormier Road, Duet Road, Grand Bois Road, Bayou Fuselier
3:41pm - St. Martin Parish has declared a state of emergency.
3:12pm- Lafayette Parish has declared a state of emergency following today's flooding. Several state agencies are working to assist the City of Carencro.
2:08pm - Schools of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau is dismissing their car riders at this time. Buses are being coordinated to dismiss them as well.
1:44pm - LA 182 is closed between I-49 at exit 7 and Grand Coteau
12:59pm - The National Weather Service has extended the flash flood warning for Acadia, Lafayette, St. Landry and St. Martin Parishes until 5:30 PM.
12:05pm - State Police say I-49 between Lafayette and Opelousas is closed due to flooding. Traffic is being rerouted to US 190, LA 13 and I-10.
12:01pm - La. 726 in Lafayette Parish is closed due to high water.
11:50am - New pictures from Carencro
11:44am - University Avenue Closure: Effective immediately, University Avenue northbound is closed at La. 723 is closed due to high water. The road will be reopened as soon as the road condition improves. Motorists are encouraged to use an alternate route and avoid this area. Louisiana DOTD regrets any inconvenience this closure may cause and appreciates your patience.
11:35am - Major Ginny Higgins covering details regarding St. Martin Parish and the weather conditions including road closure news for Grand Point Highway, Cecilia High School Road and Delcambre Road. Also, reminder to stay off of roads if at all possible for safety.
11:32am - Captain Jimmy Darbonne discussing the possibility of vehicles being swept off of flooded roads.
11:30am - The National Weather Service in Lake Charles has Issued A Flood Warning for Northeastern Acadia Parish in Southwest Louisiana, Northern Lafayette Parish in South Central Louisiana, Northwestern St. Martin Parish in South Central Louisiana Southern St. Landry Parish in Central Louisiana Until 11:30am CST Wednesday At 1121am CST. Local Law Enforcement Officials Reported Flooding Across the warned area with Numerous Roads and Homes Flooded. in Addition Several High Water Rescues are Underway. Rainfall Estimates of around 15 Inches Have Fallen in the Past Six Hours. this is a Rare Event and May Cause Some Locations Like Bayou Vermilion at Carencro to Reach Record Flooding. Many Roads are Closed and you Should Not Travel in this area today. this is a Flash Flood Emergency for Northern Lafayette Parish. Some Locations That will Experience Flooding Include Arnaudville, Breaux Bridge, Carencro, Church Point Leonville, Scott, Cankton, Cecilia, Duson, Grand Coteau Henderson, Mire and Sunset. Precautionary/preparedness Actions Excessive Runoff from Heavy Rainfall will Cause Flooding of Small Creeks and Streams, Highways and Underpasses. Additionally Country Roads and Farmlands Along the Banks of Creeks, Streams And Other Low Lying Areas are Subject to Flooding.
11:30am - The National Weather Service in Lake Charles has issued a Flood Warning for the Vermilion River at Lafayette Surrey St. Gage. From now into Tuesday evening, or until the warning is cancelled. At 10:15am today, the stage was at 8.3 feet. Minor flooding is forecast. The river is predicted to crest near 11 feet this afternoon. This is an evolving situation and higher than expected rainfall amounts will cause stages currently forecast. Flood stage is 10.0 feet. At this level, minor flooding of Heymann Park off of Highway 90 will occur.
11:09am - Kip Judice with a report on I-49 closing and school bus stuck in flood waters.
11:08am - Photos coming in from Ossun Pond overflowing
10:39 am - Here is the latest from Louisiana State Police Troop I Spokesman Stephen Hammons. Click below for a brief audio segment.
10:25am - LA-182 between Carencro and Sunset and I-49 north and south mile marker seven are both closed due to high water advisories. State Police ask that you avoid those areas.
9:55am - The flash flood warning has been extended until 12:30 PM. St. Martin Parish has been added to the list of parishes affected.
9:20am - The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning until noon for parts of St. Landry, Lafayette, and Acadia Parishes.