River Forecast Services to begin for Bayou Vermilion Near Carencro June 4th

Contacts: Andy Patrick, Meteorologist In Charge                                                                                                         FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(337) 477-5285 x 222                                                                                                                                                             April 30, 2014
Jonathan Brazzell, Service Hydrologist                                                                                                                                                     
(337) 477-5285 x 227                                                                                                                                                                                      


Flooding observed in March 2012 in Lafayette Parish

The National Weather Service Weather
Forecast Office (WFO) in Lake Charles, La., and the
Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center (LMRFC) in
Slidell, La., will provide new hydrologic services on
Wednesday, June 4, 2014, for Bayou Vermilion near
Carencro, Louisiana. This location will become a
flood-only forecast point which means forecasts and
warnings are issued when the water level is expected to rise near or above flood stage. The new hydrologic services were the result of the major flooding which occurred in March 2012 on Bayou Vermilion near Carencro and impacted Lafayette, St. Landry and St. Martin Parishes. Lisa Vidrine, Director of St. Landry Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness said of the new
forecast services, "This will allow emergency management to appropriately plan for and respond
to projected forecasts of potential flooding based on the changes being made, which reflect the
most current trends and data".

The following bankfull and flood stage levels are as follows:

Bayou Vermilion near Carencro
Bankfull/Action Stage 15 feet
Flood Stage/Minor Flood 17 feet
Moderate Flood Stage 19.5 feet
Major Flood Stage 21.5 feet


An example forecast for Bayou Vermilion near Carencro

In addition, data for this point is provided by our partner, the United States Geological
Survey (USGS) in cooperation with the Bayou Vermilion District. Without this critical data,
forecasts and warnings could not be provided at this point. The USGS website is
http://la.water.usgs.gov and the Bayou Vermilion District website is

To get the latest information on this and other river forecast points, please visit our
website at
water.weather.gov and click on Central Louisiana. The Advanced Hydrologic
Prediction Service Page provides current and forecast river information, warnings, gage
locations, impacts, and historical crest information for 45 points in southeast Texas and
southwest Louisiana.

WFO Lake Charles provides all the weather services for 22 counties and parishes in
southeast Texas, southwest and central Louisiana. The WFO collects hydrometeorological data,
prepares and disseminates weather forecasts, river and flood forecasts and warnings; and issues
severe weather watches and warnings to the public. Additional information is available at

The LMRFC prepares river stage forecasts for the major rivers and creeks in the lower
Mississippi River Valley. The river forecast center’s area of responsibility includes most of
Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana, and parts of surrounding states including
Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri and northeast Texas.
Additional information is available at




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