Water along many of Lafayette’s main roadways has receded, making for a much smoother commute.
Parts of the Evangeline Thruway were shut down the majority of Thursday morning as cars stalled out.
Some drivers found higher ground at a convenience store at the corner of Mudd Avenue and the Thruway. Those drivers waited nearly four hours for the water to recede.
“I don’t think anybody knew that it would be that severe. 90% could run anywhere from a straight shoot of rain or something like we experienced,” said Patin Landers.
Bailey Bergeron said, “Water was up to the car’s doors. It was getting real high and you couldn’t really tell. I rolled down my window and it was too high to go across. It was getting higher and higher.”
Bergeron was on his way to work and was able to get his car out of the flood water.
“Don’t go through it because you’re going to end up floating like these cars over here,” said Bergeron.
Maria Martin was also able to save her car.
Cars were starting to turn in here and that’s when I realized how high the water was,” said Martin.
Like many drivers, Martin was also on her way to work. She says next time, she’ll think twice before driving through high water.
“Don’t go! Turn around and go home. That’s what I should have done. I should have went home,” said Martin.
The Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office said at one point, there were more than 100 reports of stalled cars in the Parish.