Heavier than anticipated rains inundated the Lafayette area as storms that led to widespread flooding in Lake Charles earlier in the day moved through Acadiana Monday night.

Many people took to social media to share photos, videos and concerns about the alarming rate of rainfall. Some compared the flash flooding along streets and neighborhoods to what they experienced in August 2016, when the Vermilion River overtopped its banks, along with the creeks, coulees and other waterways that feed into the bayou.

Here's a look at Vermilion's Monday night and Tuesday morning readings and crest forecast at different gauges along the river, along with the Vermilion's recorded crest during the August 2016 flood, according to data from the United States Geological Survey and National Weather Service.

Surrey Street

  • Flood stage: 10 feet
  • Moderate flood stage: 14 feet
  • Major flood stage: 16 feet
  • Level as of 9:15 p.m. Monday: 15.25 feet
  • Level as of 8:15 a.m. Tuesday: 14.49 feet 
  • Crest forecast this week: 15.25 feet
  • Crest on Aug. 15, 2016: 17.62 feet 

The recorded historic crest for the river at this gauge happened at 24.9 feet in 1940, leading to water several feet deep in portions of Crowley, Lafayette, Kaplan and other nearby communities. Portions of U.S. 167 between Lafayette and Abbeville were under 5 feet of water.

At 16 feet, widespread major flooding is expected to occur. Numerous homes and roads would flood throughout Lafayette and downstream to Abbeville and Perry. The coulees that drain into the river would back up and flood.

Near Carencro

  • Flood stage: 17 feet
  • Moderate flood stage: 19.5 feet
  • Major flood stage: 21.5 feet
  • Level as of 9:15 p.m. Monday: 17.96 feet
  • Level as of 7:15 a.m. Tuesday: 19.06 feet
  • Crest forecast this week: 20.5 feet
  • Crest on Aug. 14, 2016: 21.53 feet

The recorded historic crest for the river at this gauge happened at 22.5 feet on March 13, 2012. Several hundred homes flooded, and roads were closed within several miles of bayous Fuseilier, Carencro and Vermilion to Interstate 10.

At 21.5 feet, widespread major flooding is expected to occur. Several roads would close and several homes would flood near the bayou.

Lake Martin Road

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  • Flood stage: 11 feet
  • Moderate flood stage: 13 feet
  • Major flood stage: 14 feet
  • Level as of 9 p.m. Monday: 11.34 feet
  • Level as of 8 a.m. Tuesday: 11.7 feet
  • Crest forecast this week: unavailable
  • Crest in August 2016: unavailable

River forecasts and historic crests are unavailable for this gauge. 

At Perry

  • Flood stage: 9 feet
  • Moderate flood stage: 10 feet
  • Major flood stage: 11 feet
  • Level as of 9:15 p.m. Monday: 9.19 feet
  • Level as of 7:15 a.m. Tuesday: 10.64 feet
  • Crest forecast this week: unavailable
  • Crest in August 2016: unavailable

River forecasts and historic crests are unavailable for this gauge. 

The National Weather Service in Lake Charles issued a series of alerts, including river flood, flash flood and tornado warnings, for the Acadiana region Monday as severe weather moved in sooner than anticipated.

About 6.37 inches of rainfall was measured from 7 a.m. Monday to 1 a.m. Tuesday at the Lafayette Regional Airport, according to the National Weather Service. The majority of the rainfall — about 5.92 inches — was measured between 3 and 8 p.m. Monday. More rain is in the forecast Tuesday through Friday for southcentral Louisiana.

Lafayette Mayor-President Josh Guillory also announced a state of emergency and an overnight curfew until 6 a.m. Tuesday, and the Lafayette Parish School System announced that students will attend class virtually Tuesday due to the weather conditions.


Email Megan Wyatt at mwyatt@theadvocate.com.