Pictured above is police tape as it blocks motorists from passing down LaSalle Street near the intersection of Tate Cove Road. The road closure came following six to seven inches of rainfall that fell inside Ville Platte overnight Wednesday and into Thursday. For more pictures of the rainfall, turn to Page 5. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)
Wicked weather strikes again
Weeks after tornadoes wreaked havoc in the city and the surrounding area, Ville Platte was hit with another round of wicked weather as a tropical system caused heavy rainfall overnight Wednesday and into Thursday morning.
According to Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine, between six and seven inches of rain fell across the city.
As a result, many of the streets were flooded which made passage impossible. Of the affected streets was LaSalle St., which is a major entrance and exit roadway for the city.
Ville Platte police officers and other city workers hurriedly barricaded the affected roadways so that motorists would not get stalled in the middle of the roads.
Besides the roadways, homes and businesses inside the city were also affected as water was close to getting inside. One business where water did get inside was East End Exxon on the corner of E. Main and S. Chataignier Streets.
Yolanda Wilson, an Exxon employee, said the water did not get too far into the building. “It came a few inches into the doorway,” she said Thursday morning. “As people drove by, the vehicles would push the water into the store.”
Mayor Vidrine commented after the flood waters receded that the rain event was similar to the tornadoes from last month.
She said, “With both there were no injuries or deaths. Thank you, Jesus!”