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Tropical Storm Nicholas Flash Flood Risk Grows

Governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency in advance of tropical storm Nicholas. The storm is expected to bring heavy rains and flash flooding to the area.

Posted: Sep 13, 2021 6:36 PM
Updated: Sep 14, 2021 2:26 AM

Lafayette, LA - Flash flood risk grows for the Acadiana area as Tropical Storm Nicholas possibly drenching the area with days of flooding. As residents start to prepare for potential flooding in the Lafayette area, many are getting their sandbags early.

"Just in case we want to be sure and prepared.", says Rayne resident Cassie.

Ranye natives Cassie and David say they are stocking up on sandbags early because flooding tends to progress quickly near their home, "We got a horseshoe in the back of it. When it gets a lot of rain back there, it does flood the whole ground pretty good."

Cindy Deville says that it worries her after dealing with past flooding issues, mainly because the road near her home floods tremendously. Sandbags are a must, "Our road floods, not really our property but our road. It's a little drivel inning road. so, one way in one way out."

"Prepare for some flooding and high waters."

People must also understand the danger of driving through floodwaters. Craig Stansbury from the Lafayette Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness says they receive an extreme amount of calls after storms from people trying to get through high floodwaters."They get stuck and more importantly, it can be very dangerous. You don't know how fast and how swift the currents are on the roadway or how deep that water is."

The owner of the Dave Care Center Charlie Dugas wants to remind people that driving through flood areas can become a problem later for your car, causing repairs to be expensive. "Not only can it be dangerous, but it can be very expensive. it only takes, I want to say, about nine to ten inches on water."

Also a reminder that you should never go around barricades that are put down in areas that tend to flood. Driving through the water could be potentially dangerous for not only your car but you.

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