Weekend storms prompt flood warnings

Residents in south Louisiana still reeling from last week’s deluge received no respite over the weekend when another round of storms arrived Sunday with the National Weather Service saying the rain could last into the early part of the week.

The Weather Service issued a flood warning Sunday for Acadia, St. Landry and Evangeline parishes that will stay in effect until 6:30 p.m. Monday.

Flooding is expected in Eunice near Bayou Des Cannes down to the Mermentau River and near Bayou Plaquemine Brule from north of Crowley to the Mermentau River, according to the National Weather Service.

Other cities and towns, including Rayne, Iota and Mowata, are also expected to see flooding, the Weather Service said on its website.

Weather Service figures show the Acadiana region received between 7 inches to 12 inches of rain between Tuesday and Thursday last week.

In Crowley, where flooding forced numerous residents from their homes last week, parts of the city were still dealing with high water levels Sunday.

“We’re still having issues in the western part of the parish, starting with Crowley. A lot of families are still stuck in their homes,” Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Maxine Trahan said Sunday. “This problem is going to continue until Tuesday when the water starts to recede.”

According to the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, schools in Acadia Parish will be open Monday except in Midland, Morse, Estherwood and Mermentau.

Residents in St. Landry Parish received the heaviest rains Thursday and the water level rose one or two inches Friday despite a lull in the rain because of runoff from outlying areas, St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s spokeswoman Capt. Megan Vizena said.

The floodwaters started to recede a little Saturday, but Sunday’s rain negated that progress, Vizena said.

At 6 p.m. Sunday, Vizena said, the Sheriff’s Office received reports of water slowly creeping into homes in Eunice, but she did not expect the flooding to be as severe as it was last week because the town did not receive the amount of rain it received last week.

Vizena said there were no reports of school closings and she did not expect any.

Sandbags were available at the Yambilee Building on La. 190 in Opeloussas with a limit of 10 per family and at utility buildings in smaller cities and towns in the parish, Vizena said.

Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Kip Judice said Sunday that Lafayette Parish did not have any flooding.

“Things are really good in Lafayette Parish,” Judice said.

East Baton Rouge, Livingston, Tangipahoa and Ascension parishes, which dealt with flooding last week along with Hurricane Isaac aftermath, were hit Sunday afternoon with rain and could possibly experience more rain and flooding Monday.

The Weather Service issued a flood warning Sunday on its website for the Tickfaw River near Holden and above Killian in Livingston Parish and another flood warning for the Tangipahoa River near Robert in Tangipahoa Parish.

The Weather Service also issued a warning for East Baton Rouge, Ascension and Livingston parishes for parts of the Amite River near Denham Springs, Port Vincent, French Settlement and Bayou Manchac and at Bayou Manchac near Little Prairie.

The warning expires at 2:30 p.m. Monday.

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Dawn Panepinto said the parish received light rain Sunday.

“So far, so good. I think we’re weathering it pretty good,” Panepinto said.

Livingston Parish spokeswoman Lori Steele said her office was monitoring flooding in southern areas of the parish where people were trying to finish the cleanup from Hurricane Isaac. She said residents in Bayou Lake Club Road, south of Whitehall, were especially vulnerable.

Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tony Bacala said he had not heard of any weather-related problems in the parish Sunday and East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks said she had not received reports of problem areas either.

In Zachary, north of Baton Rouge, Police Chief David McDavid said Sunday his officers saw evidence of strong wind damage throughout the town.

“I’ve seen some damage to garage doors and trampolines being thrown around. I also had some damage to my roof, about 30 shingles,” McDavid said. “We’ll have to get up tomorrow and see if there is any damage we don’t know about.