With Tropical Storm Cindy official — and unpredictable — and much of South Louisiana still skittish after last August’s devastating floods, Lafayette Consolidated Government says it is making sandbags available to residents on an temporary, emergency basis at Blackham Coliseum at the Johnston Street-Cajundome Boulevard intersection. Sandbags are also available at two permanent locations in the parish: the LCG Compost Facility at 400 N. Dugas Road (off North University just south of Carencro) and at the South District sandbag site, 1017 Fortune Road in Youngsville.
The sand and bags are free to residents, who must supply the manpower and shovels to bag the sand. Residents are asked to limit sandbags to four per exterior door with a maximum of 20 per household.
Residents are encouraged to report flooding, downed trees/limbs by calling (337) 291-8517. LUS customers can report a power outage at (337) 291-9200.
According to LCG:
• Citizens can protect their property by ensuring ditches and street drains are clear from debris including leaves, limbs, trashcans and children’s toys, especially balls.
• During a flash flood or extended localized rain activity, it should be expected that storm drains and drainage channels will reach capacity, temporarily flooding roads and adjacent property.
• In the event of localized street flooding, motorists should stay off roadways until all water recedes.
• It is never safe to drive or walk into flood waters, even in a parking lot. 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.
• Anyone experiencing flooding in a home and in need of emergency rescue should call 9-1-1. ANYONE in ANY emergency situation should call 9-1-1.
• Flash floods can happen with little or no warning and occur when excessive rains fall in a short amount of time. During a flash flood warning, citizens should be alert and take necessary precautions.