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Gauges included in flood projects

A $2.4 million regional water gauge network is to provide a model for drainage projects.
The gauge project is one of several projects totaling $25 million approved by the Acadiana Planning Commission, which includes Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary and Vermilion parishes.
The projects were announced on Feb. 14.
Monique Boulet, chief executive of the Planning Commission, said in a Advocate report 230 gauges on waterways throughout the region will monitor rainfall, stream flow and other factors.

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Sandbags were in place at the Faith Christian Worship Center on Stanford Road Tuesday afternoon as floodwaters approached the building. The water was backing up from Bayou Des Cannes. (Photos by Harlan Kirgan)

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The Eunice City Lake was closed after Sunday’s flooding.

Parish president declares state of emergency

A state of emergency was declared for St. Landry Parish before noon Wednesday as heavy rains returned to the parish following flooding Sunday.
Parish President Bill Fontenot noted the parish “... is presently faced with a pending emergency due to the imminent threat of flooding from very heavy rains ocurring this morning and are expected to continue throughout the day into Thursday.
“Rains today compounded with the heavy rains experienced on April 30th along with the ongoing flood warning for Bayou Des Cannes have created an emergency situation,” the declaration stated.

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Harold Schoeffler,

Schoeffler talks hydrology with Crowley Rotarians

The world would seemingly be a much simpler place in many ways if common sense would prevail.
Case in point, suggestions on how to improve Louisiana’s water management systems.
Harold Schoeffler, who has served as the chair of the Acadiana Group Sierra Club of Lafayette since 1974, recently joined with several others to visit the many sites effected by the historic flood of August 2016 to take a deeper look at the state’s hydrology.

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