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Some residents in Acadia Parish cleaning up after Thursday’s storm

Posted at 8:48 PM, Apr 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-18 22:10:16-04

Acadia Parish is among the hardest hit areas in Acadiana following a stormy day.

Heavy rains knocked down a tree on West Harrop Road in Rayne, which blocked the street for hours.

City workers have cleared the road, but the tree is still on the side of the road alongside the stump and other debris left by the storm.

Just a few miles down the road in Crowley, residents are also dealing with the storm’s aftermath.

“I don’t think anyone really expected it to be this bad. Again, this is what a flash flood flood does. It’s unpredictable; you know it’s coming, but you don’t know quite where,” said Councilman Jeff Cavell

Cavell’s home was surrounded by water after Thursday’s storm. No water got inside his home despite drivers passing through and, in some cases, speeding down the flooded street.

Speaking about one driver, the councilman said, “He wasn’t patient and went right through it and probably put about a twelve-foot spray into the people’s front yard, potentially the wake going into their homes. All it takes is a fraction of an inch to ruin wood floors.”

The city began offering sandbags while crews checked out damage. Now, Cavell says his holiday weekend will include more work than he expected.

“Like any good community, we’ll get together, we’ll pick up the pieces, pick up the trash, and move forward, and have a good Easter weekend,” he said.

Some roads in Crowley still had high water as of 5 p.m. If you’re out tonight, don’t drive around barricades and avoid high water spots.