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Sandbags Available for Lafayette Parish, Avoid Flooded Roadways

Right now is the time to get sandbags if you have concerns about flooding.

Posted: May 18, 2021 9:30 AM

Lafayette, LA – While the rains have subsided overnight, more rain is expected later today and could continue through Thursday. Right now is the time to get sandbags if you have concerns about flooding.

Monday’s flooding demonstrated the power of water, stranding several vehicles and washing others off the road. According to the National Weather Service, more people are killed annually by flooding than any other single weather hazard, including tornadoes and hurricanes. The Centers for Disease Control reports that over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous floodwater, with the second highest percentage of flood-related deaths due to walking into or near floodwaters.

It is never safe to drive or walk into floodwaters, even in a parking lot. Pedestrians and drivers alike are cautioned to not approach flooded areas or underestimate the force and power of water. Many drownings by flooding are preventable simply by avoiding these areas. According to NOAA, adults can be swept off their feet in just six inches of fast-moving floodwater. A small car can be carried away in only 12 inches of rushing water, while two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles. These circumstances can result in drowning deaths as automobiles are swept downstream.

Citizens are encouraged to stay alert and pay attention to surroundings during this potentially rainy weekend. 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 911 or get the attention of passersby to call for help.

Aside from the possibility of being swept away, other hazards exist if driving into flooded areas:

Roads covered by water are prone to collapse.
Attempting to drive through water can stall engines, with the potential to cause irreparable damage to the vehicle.
Hidden dangers including downed electrical or power lines could be present.
The potential for items traveling downstream can trap or crush people and objects in their path.
The potential to cause flooding or additional damage to already flooded structures by creating a wake when driving in flooded areas.

Follow this link for a list of road closures: Road Closure (Public View) (arcgis.com)

LAFAYETTE CITY AND PARISH SANDBAG LOCATIONS

North District site at 400 Dugas Road (located off North University Avenue)
Foster Park at 399 2nd Street in Youngsville

Self-bagging, bring shovel and man power

Bags Per Household

Please limit sandbags to four bags per exterior door
Maximum of 20 sandbags per household

MUNICIPALITY SANDBAG LOCATIONS

Broussard

City Hall, 310 E. Main Street (behind City Hall)

Deer Meadow Subdivision (corner of Deer Meadow Boulevard and Myette Point Street)
Broadview Drive (by Broussard Community Center)

Self-bagging, bring shovel and man power (sandbag stations are open until the threat of heavy rain has passed)

Carencro

Community Center, 5115 N. University Avenue (behind the Community Center)

Self-bagging, bring shovel and man power

Duson

Duson Park at South A Street

Self-bagging, bring shovel and man power

Youngsville

Foster Park at 399 2nd Street in Youngsville

Self-bagging, bring shovel and man power

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