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Officials worry heavy rain could lead to high flood waters this weekend as The Atlantic Hurricane Season approaches

Posted: Jun 16, 2021 5:53 PM
Updated: Jun 17, 2021 8:19 AM

LAFAYETTE - The last few days here in Lafayette have been pretty hot and humid but the threat of heavy rains and flooding is in the near future. Possibly as soon as this weekend.

I spoke with a few safety officials  who want to help make sure you and your loved ones are prepared.

Just last month roads in Lafayette were completley flooded and with The Atlantic Hurricane season under way safety officials here in Louisiana reveal what's their biggest concern and how you can prepare for it .

"One of our main concerns is that the water is pretty high." said Trahan

Last month flood waters got so high people were forced to abandon their cars in the street but what about your house? Lafayette Fire Department's Public Information Officer Alton Trahan says flood waters will start entering your home through the front door.

"There's nothing you can do from an interior stand point from stopping the water from coming in. If you see your home is flooding and you see it's getting too quick you need to get out." said Trahan

Trahan advices that you stock up on sandbags for this very reason and if sand bags run out get some place high like your roof.
Do not go into flood waters if you don't want to be fooled by the "mirror effect."

"It's where you can't really see the depth of the water." said Trahan

It's not just the depth but what's underneath. American Red Cross of Louisiana's Regional Director of Communications and Marketing Stephanie Wagner explains.

"You could come across some natural wildlife. We have a lot of snakes here in Louisiana, we've got different types of spiders and bugs and there was an alligator spotted in the flood waters in a residential area." said Wagner

Wager also warns that flood waters could be contaminated with sewage causing an infection or you to become sick.

Trahan says if you find yourself having to drive in floodwaters don't go under an underpass because that's where water tends to drain the slowest. Another reason, you could risk stalling your car or driving it into a ditch.

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