Jan 9, 2013 12:19 AM by Rob Perillo

Flooding Update

As expected flooding conditions developed across portions of Acadiana Tuesday night with rain totals as of midnight near 6-8" across portions of Vermilion, Iberia, St Martin and St Mary Parishes.

These rains led to flooded roads and high water across these parishes with Iberia, St Martin and St Mary Parishes closing schools for Wednesday.

Rainfall elsewhere averaged near 3-4" in Lafayette Parish with lesser amounts to the north.  Areas in northwestern Acadiana had received much less per the graphic below.

Heavy rainfall was diminishing to light to moderate levels across much of the area by very early Wednesday morning but more rounds of heavy rainfall and strong storms remain in the forecast Wednesday into Wednesday night.

Additional rainfall of 3-5" or more will  be quite possible leading to more flooding in the same areas especially, as well as elsewhere in the region.

As mentioned in the previous KATC weather article there may also be a slight risk of severe storms Wednesday afternoon/evening.

The Vermilion River late Tuesday night had risen to 11.7ft and was flowing northward due to the excessive rainfall.  Additional rainfall expected could push the river to 13ft or higher depending on the rainfall amounts and rainfall rates that occur through early Thursday.

At 13.5ft the Vermilion River could threaten to flood homes and businesses.

Stay with KATC for additional updates.

Doppler Estimated Rainfalls through Late Tuesday night


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