LCG suffers $1 million in losses from August flood

Flood waters remain high along Carmel Dr. August 22, 2016.
Flood waters remain high along Carmel Dr. August 22, 2016. (Photo: SCOTT CLAUSE/THE ADVERTISER)

(The Daily Advertiser) – From vehicles to a water treatment plant, Lafayette Consolidated Government suffered about $1 million in losses from the August flood.

LCG workers are still taking quotes and bids that will help determine a final loss figure, but preliminary estimates indicate local government sustained about $1 million in damages when heavy rainfall Aug. 12-13 flooded thousands of Lafayette Parish homes, Controller Melinda Felps told The Daily Advertiser.

Despite damage to a water treatment plant, LUS water remained safe to drink throughout the flood, Lafayette Utilities System Director Terry Huval said.

A South Lafayette water treatment plant off West Broussard Road near Acadian Village, he said, “was flooded quite heavily,” damaging electronic components, he said.

“The plant never really shut down,” Huval said. “It was just hampered some. It was always able to pump during and after the storm and provide safe drinking water.”

Twelve sewer lift stations flooded during the deluge. Nine sustained minimal damage and were restored within a few days after floodwaters subsided.

“The last three, which were Beaver Park, Acadia and Pinhook, had much more severe damage and have not yet been restored to full service,” he said Monday.

Lift stations are vital in transporting sewage through pipes to treatment plants.

The LUS electrical system was damaged during the flood, too. Electrical transformers — different from the small transformers atop utility poles — and as many as 10 switching cabinets have to be replaced because they were contaminated with floodwater, Huval said.

A portable classroom at the juvenile detention home remained flooded several weeks, Felps said, while 12-13 vehicles and other pieces of equipment are a total loss. Another 120 vehicles and pieces of equipment were damaged but most can be repaired, she said.

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