Saturday, August 13, 2016

Saturday, August 13, 2016

The Big Flood + How to Help

(Assistance lists below updated as of Tuesday, August 16, 8:15a.m. Post originally published Saturday, August 13, 4:30p.m.)

The past two days in South Louisiana have been unreal. In these low, flat lands, we're no strangers to rain or floods, but this is water we have never seen or will see again in our lives. The normally soothing sound of raindrops hasn't stopped since 4 a.m. yesterday, and now just brings a sense of dread about how much worse things might get.

I am so extremely grateful that our house is okay, but my heart breaks for all of my friends and family who are losing their homes. If you've been affected, my thoughts are with you and your family.

The Vermilion River in Vermilion Parish this morning.

It's a stark and tragic reminder of what nature can do, no matter how hard we prepare and protect ourselves.

The Vermilion River in Lafayette is at its second highest recorded level in history, and won't crest until tomorrow.

Graphic from KATC's Facebook

If at all possible, stay inside and off the roads. So many neighborhoods are flooded and residents stranded or evacuated. Wakes from traveling vehicles just makes the problem worse for already flooded homes. The coulees throughout the area are overflowing.

There are curfews in effect all over Acadiana this weekend, and the one covering Lafayette Parish (city of Lafayette, Carencro, Broussard, Youngsville, Duson and Scott) is from 7 p.m. tonight to 6 a.m. tomorrow. Drivers on the road during the curfew can be cited.

It's very important right now to conserve your water. Limit your water usage to what's absolutely necessary - because the drainage systems are so overloaded, flushing or draining water can back up into your house. The water that drains from your plumbing is treated and discharged to the Vermilion (or other bodies of water in the area) and right now that water has nowhere to drain.

Coulee Mine at the Horse Farm around noon on Saturday

If you're outside in the water, be careful of snakes or other Cajun creatures that may be hidden.

Damn right I checked first.

The road to recovery is going to be a long one, but generosity and community go a long way.

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    If there are additional ways to help, or additional assistance available, I'll keep updating this list and sharing on my Facebook page.

    The Vermilion River more than twice its normal size.

    Please stay safe as we endure yet another evening of rain. Follow all city curfews, and don't drive if you don't need to. (And chances are, you DON'T need to.) If you have to evacuate, do it before it's dark. Watch out for wildlife in the water.

    Meanwhile, Dax is handling up on the wildlife situation currently at our house.

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