This weekend's forecast predicts heavy rainfall in Lafayette Parish. According to the National Weather Services, rain will begin on Wednesday afternoon and will continue through the weekend, possibly bringing thunderstorms.
Due to low pressure in the Gulf of Mexico, there stands an increasing chance this activity will develop into a tropical depression or storm late this week.
Potential for flash flooding is high for the near-future as the heavy rains begin. For now, residents of Lafayette Parish are advised to monitor the weather forecast and be prepared for any changes.
Lafayette Consolidated Government’s Department of Public Works reminds residents that sandbag stations are open for those who would like to remain prepared. Urgent action is recommended for those living in areas at high risk for flooding to protect themselves and their property.
Sandbags may be accessed at the LCG Compost Facility at 400 Dugas Rd. in Lafayette and at the South District sandbag site at 1017 Fortune Rd. in Youngsville. Both of these locations are open throughout the year.
At these locations, residents will be provided with bags and sand to make their own sandbags at no cost. Residents must provide their own assistance and shovel to prepare the needed sandbags. A maximum of 20 sandbags is recommended per household and residents are suggested to limit four bags per exterior door. Residents should store their sandbags for future rain and other emergency situations.
LCG suggests citizens should be proactive and ensure ditches and street drains are clear of any debris that may create blockage during draining.
During extended periods of localized rain, citizens should be cautious of temporary flooding in roads and nearby property. In this case, drivers should not drive on these roadways until the water has receded.
If pedestrians or drivers end up in a flooded area, it is suggested to turn around and find an alternate route.
LCG urges all those in danger or in need of assistance in an emergency situation to call 911.