CARENCRO, LA (WAFB) - Rescue workers set up an evacuation center to assist with people forced from their homes in and around the Carencro area Monday.
A state of emergency for the area was declared early Monday afternoon.
Nearly 15 inches of rain fell in portions of Lafayette Parish, especially in the Carencro area. The heavy rain led to flash flooding and water quickly rising around homes.
People living in about 40 households in and north of Carencro sought help leaving their flooded homes, police said.
The American Red Cross set up an evacuation shelter at the Carencro Community Center. As of 6pm, about 100 people had arrived at the shelter seeking assistance.
The flood stage for Bayou Vermilion at Carencro is 17 feet. As of 5pm Monday, the stage was 22 feet. The National Weather Service says the forecast is for the bayou to crest between 22 and 23 feet. That would make for a record crest with the previous record of 21.5 feet set in May 2004.
The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) dispatched boats and high-water vehicles to the area.
"We are working with local officials to ensure they get the resources and support they need to respond to the flooding," said GOHSEP Director Kevin Davis. "We urge residents to be mindful that there is more rain forecasted and to take precautionary measures."
Photographs by The Daily Advertiser show residents being assisted from their homes as flood waters continued to rise.
Part of Interstate 49 was closed due to flooding early Monday but the interstate was later reopened.
GOHSEP reported the following resources are being deployed to the area:
- Providing four high water vehicles to assist in search and rescue operations.
- Providing ten flat bottom and shallow water boats and 12 agents who are working with local first responder agencies in search and rescue efforts.
- Three additional agents and three more boats are en route.
- 30 troopers are dedicated to the rescue efforts and ten people have been rescued from stranded vehicles.
- Monitoring roads and bridges and redirecting traffic in areas where roads are closed.
- State Police Air Support has fixed wing aircraft and helicopters positioned to support the efforts as the weather conditions allow.
- LSP Incident Command Center is established at Troop-I in Lafayette.
- Deployed high water signs where roads are closed due to the flooding.
- Removing trees and debris from state roadways.
- District-wide maintenance services are engaged in flood fighting activities with approximately 30 staff members.
- Maintenance crews, along with LSP, are monitoring state roads and bridges.