A record-breaking downpour stranded residents and motorists in Lafayette Parish on Thursday, with the worst of the storm hitting about 1:30 p.m. and the worst of the flooding hitting Carenco.
Kent Kuyper, a senior forecaster for the National Weather Service in Lake Charles, said Lafayette Parish saw 1.58 inches of rainfall. The previous record was set in 1910, with 1.55 inches.
The Carencro Fire Department made more than 20 water rescues by boat, with displaced residents being transported to the Carencro Community Center, said Carencro Police Chief David Anderson.
With some roads and residencies still inundated at 5:30 p.m., Anderson asked motorists to stay off the roads until the water subsides to prevent vehicles from pushing more water into residencies and businesses.
"You do not know how deep the water is, and your car will become stalled in high water," he warned.