LAFAYETTE, La.- As the Acadiana area prepares for projected heavy rains and strong winds, the Lafayette Police Department wants to provide the public with a few reminders:
· Motorists are asked to avoid traveling on the roadways, especially flooded roadways.
· Use caution and take extra precautions should traveling be necessary.
· Should traveling be necessary, motorists are to be sure to have your headlights on when using your windshield wipers, slow down and leave room between you and other vehicles.
· Stay aware of the weather and keep your safety and the safety of others as a top priority.
The Lafayette Police Department wants to remind the public that driving on flooded streets is prohibited by Lafayette City Ordinance. Driving can cause in flooded streets can cause damage to your vehicle and homes. Stalled vehicles in the roadway can block and prevent first responders from reaching those in need. Please don't drive on flooded streets and risk being cited for a violation of the law, stated Cpl. Bridgette Dugas, spokesperson for LPD.
Police are placing barricades where flooding is known to be a factor. The barricades will remain on side the roads until needed. Police remind the public that it is illegal to drive around barricades.