News Alert: Situational Awareness Report 9 March 2016 As of 11:00 am
Posted: 3/9/2016 11:25:35 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

Situational Awareness Report

9 March 2016

As of 11:00 am

 

State EOC Activation Level: Level III – Crisis Action Team

WebEOC Incident: 16-006 Severe Weather — Statewide — March 8-11, 2016

 

Situation:  A strong upper level storm system has brought showers and thunderstorms from west to east across most of the State yesterday afternoon and will continue to persist through the remainder of the work week. Heavy rainfall, flash flooding, and damaging winds are the main threats associated with this front, however hail, river flooding and isolated tornadoes will also be possible. Total rainfall amounts of 3 to 10 inches is forecasted across the region with locally higher amounts possible. Please stay tuned to your local National Weather Service for the latest information.

 

North Louisiana:  The threat for major flooding will continue and likely increase as widespread showers and thunderstorms continue to develop and bring several more inches of rain to areas that are already experiencing flooding from 5 to 10 inches of rainfall. In addition to the flooding, a few of these storm will also likely become severe with strong to possible damaging wind gusts and even isolated tornadoes possible. The threat for flash flooding will continue into at least Thursday. Although the heavy rain will become less widespread, scattered thunderstorms with even brief heavy rain may be enough to perpetuate ongoing areas of flooding. The upper low pressure system bringing the showers and thunderstorms to the area will finally move to the east by late in the weekend.

 

Southwest/Central Louisiana:  A significant storm system will bring the potential for flooding to the entire area. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect through Thursday for the entire area. Additionally, strong to severe thunderstorms will be possible with damaging winds and isolated tornadoes. A long fetch of southerlies over the Gulf waters will bring a threat for flooding along the immediate coast. A Coast Flood Warning is in effect for sustained winds of 25 to 30 mph and gusts 40 to 45 mph. The aforementioned threats will continue into Thursday. By Friday elevated chances of showers and thunderstorms will remain as the upper level low meanders closer over east Texas. Shower and thunderstorm chances finally diminish by Saturday as the upper level low moves northeast of the region. A weaker upper level disturbance might bring a slight chance of showers Sunday but much improved weather is expected Monday and Tuesday of next week.

 

Southeast Louisiana: A Gale Warning has been issued for waters west of the Mississippi River through tonight. Small Craft Advisories will remain for waters east of the Mississippi River and will likely include all coastal waters Thursday morning through midnight Thursday night. A Wind Advisory has been issued for a large portion of the southern half of the area through Thursday. Southerly winds of 20 to 25 mph with frequent gusts of 30 to 35 mph are expected.  A Coastal Flood Advisory remains in effect through Thursday for all coastal locations from the mouth of the Atchafalaya River to the Mississippi – Alabama State Line. These locations will continue to experience tides up to 2 feet above normal levels. There will be a slight risk of severe thunderstorms for the area through tonight along and west of a line from the Baton Rouge metro to Houma. If a severe thunderstorm is capable of developing, the main hazards would be damaging winds and very heavy rainfall. A Flash Flood Watch will be in effect for the entire area starting at 6:00 am Thursday morning through Saturday morning. Storm total rainfall amounts of 4 to 7 inches with locally higher amounts up to 10 inches are possible. A marginal risk of severe thunderstorms will exist Thursday for the entire area, main concerns will be damaging winds, heavy rainfall and the possibility of an isolated tornado.

 

 

State Actions as of 10:00 am

 

GOHSEP

·        GOHSEP has created a WebEOC incident for this severe weather event.

·        The GOHSEP Crisis Action Team activate das of 3/8/16.

·        GOHSEP Regional Coordinators are  maintaining communications with affected parishes.

·        GOHSEP is working on a State Declaration.

·        Participating in numerous National Weather Service conference calls.

 

Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

·        On 3/8/2016 at approximately 10:11 pm, LDWF Region 1 agents were put on alert for potential SAR requests in Bossier Parish. Region 1 Capt. McCarthy is in contact with Bossier Parish EOC.

·        On 3/8/2016 at approximately 10:40 pm, 2 LDWF Agents rescued 5 people in Doyline, Webster Parish. Rescued personnel were brought to the Doyline Fire Station.

·        On 3/9/2016 at approximately 12:49 am, LDWF/LED coordinated assistance with Bossier Parish EOC to provide 4 boats/operators to Mission Site 3 Task Force Bossier City, Bossier SO, 2510 Viking Drive Bossier City, LA 71111 for 0800 on 3/9/2016. More boats may be needed for this request and LDWF is coordinating those efforts.

·        LDWF is currently conducting SAR missions in Webster Parish through coordination with the Sheriff Office.

 

DOTD (ESF3)

·        ESF 3 EOC has not been activated, however are monitoring DOTD Districts regarding impacting issues involving infrastructure.

·        District 04 (Shreveport) has reported that several houses in two subdivisions in Haughton have had houses flooded and Bossier Parish has activated a shelter for those residents.

·        DOTD is assisting all parishes with road closures due to high water.

·        Due to multiple Interstate and Highway closures, GOHSEP will not report each one individually. 

·        You can find a complete up to date list of road closures on the DOTD website: http://lb.511la.org.

·        DOTD is in the process of closing I20 near the Ada/Taylor exit in Bienville Parish due to flash flooding. Water is over both east and west bound lanes.

 

USACE

·        MVN EOC activated to a level II on 3/7/16.

·        Hours of operation: 7 days a week from 0700 – 1730.

·        Number of personnel supporting EOC 7, field personnel 47, and in-house personnel 13. Total personnel: 67.

·        Phase 1 flood fight inspections have begun on the Lower 7 Mississippi River sectors.

·        Coordinating with local authorities also patrolling levees along the Mississippi River system.

·        Begun coordination with permit holders and USACE construction contractors to implement high river requirements on construction sites. Only permitted work with site specific waivers can continue to work up to high river stages (but not past 15 ft.)

·        Within the activated sectors there are 37 inspection sites, 9 of which are seepage points, with 1 of medium priority.

 

American Red Cross

·        ESF 8 Network in Region 7 is monitoring the unfolding impacts.

·        Hospitals have been reminded to utilize ESF 8 portal to report impacts to facilities which could include impacts to infrastructure or patient/evacuee reception.

·        Incident has been created in NSS. 

o   NSS Incident Number:  LA0316-01 

o   INSS Incident Name:  NW LA 03/16 Flood - BOSSIER 

 

Louisiana State Police

·        State Police is assisting all parishes with road closures due to high water.

·        Due to multiple Interstate and Highway closures, GOHSEP will not report each one individually. 

·        You can find a complete up to date list of road closures on the DOTD website: http://lb.511la.org.

 

Department of Agriculture and Forestry

·        Monitoring WebEOC and employee reports for flood related problems in NW LA.

·        Impacts expected for livestock in areas affected by floodwaters.

 

Department of Children and Family Services

·        DCFS is in contact with American Red Cross and monitoring the situation.

 

Louisiana VOAD

·        Monitoring and on standby for any requests. Reached out to NWLA VOAD to offer any support or requests for assistance.

  

Parish Actions as of 10:00 am

 

Acadia

·        Parish EOC on Standby activation level.

 

Ascension

·        Parish has begun notifying residents of sandbag availability and pick up locations.

 

Beauregard

·        DOTD opened the Bundick Lake drawn gate at 8:00 am on 3/7/16 but still expect minor flooding in that area.

·        Anticipating minor flooding at Sabine River Bottom (west side of the Parish).

 

Bienville

·        Multiple businesses in the Arcadia area are reportedly flooded with 1-2 feet of water.

·        Majority of roadways region wide have 2-5 feet of water.

·        American Red Cross reported a few residents stayed in the Haughton Shelter overnight on 3/8/16 and may have more today.

·        Parish is assisting with sand bags.

 

Bossier

·        Parish Unified Command has moved forward and established an Area Command at the Haughton Central Fire Station. Director Snellgrove is on scene.

·        EOC Logistics Officer is coordinating all administrative tasks in support of Forward Unified Command.

·        Phase I completed with Parish Unified Command planning meeting on 3/7/16 to accomplish the following:

o   Inform public through media educations news release.

o   Open sand bag POD in Benton, LA.

o   Inventory sandbag stock and added new bags to already contingency pre-filled bags from Flood 2015 effort.

o   Moved sand bag stock to Haughton Fire Department as a forward POD.

o   Inventoried equipment (boats, chain saws, and briefed crews).

·        Phase II actions underway response to include:

o   Rescue door to door by Bossier Sheriff Office, Haughton Fire Department, Haughton police Department and mutual aid Bossier Parish Fire Districts.

o   Bossier Parish Public Works in site providing sand bag supply.

o   Joint Information Center (JIC) operating with team effort of Bossier Sheriff Officer PIO and Bossier Police Jury PIO informing all citizens through news release, social media and as required on site support.

·        A PEMAC meeting was held at 9:00 am on 3/9/16 with other responders and volunteer groups.

·        Evacuated about 30 homes in the Fox Chase subdivision in Haughton using parish wide boats and high water vehicles.

·        Deputies rescues another 20 people, mostly by boats, from their homes stranded by water including Cannon Road.

·        Motorists have been rescued from being stranded in their vehicles in the high waters.

·        Deputies from Bossier Parish SO have been evacuating residents in the Tall Timbers Subdivision – about 24 homes so far. Rescue Operations are continuing.

·        American Red Cross is establishing a shelter at First Baptist Church – Family Life Center 105 E Washington Ave Haughton, LA for those who may need it. Parish handled transport of Red Cross volunteers in high water trucks from their homes to establish shelter.

·        There are approximately 80 homes in the Parish with 18 inches or more of water inside.

·        Many highways, roadways, side streets, and subdivisions are experiencing flooding throughout the Parish.

 

Caddo

·        Caddo Parish Public Works has sandbags available for resident at 1701 Monty Street between 7:00 am and 3:30 pm weekdays. Limited to 25 per resident.

·        Sand bags are also available for Shreveport Public Works at 3825 Mansfield Road.

·        Kingston Apartments in Shreveport are flooded and were evacuated.

·        A command group meeting was scheduled for 10:00 am on 3/9/16 to assess damages and plan for continued rain event.

·        2 apartment complexes in Greenwood flooded and residents were evacuated early morning on 3/9/16. Local church, Open Range Fellowship, is housing about a dozen of those residents at this time.

·        Atmos Wastewater Plant has opened gates to let off some intake to prevent overload on the pumps.

 

Cameron

·        Clerk of Court offices are closed

 

Claiborne

·        Parish is reporting that there is water in homes however the number of homes is unknown.

·        Parish has begun evacuating some residents.

·        Numerous roads are impassable.

·        Vehicular rescues are underway.

 

DeSoto

·        Temporary shelter locations have been identified and are on standby.

·        DeSoto Parish Police Jury has 200+ sand bags filled and continues to prepare more.

·        OHSEP is monitoring water levels along Sabine River and Toledo Bend 5.

·        American Red Cross is sending 100 blankets and 100 comfort kits to EOC for staging.

·        Some reports of flooding in homes but not as many as reported in other areas.

·        DeSoto Parish Court is cancelled for 3/9/2016.

 

East Carroll

·        One evacuation of a home on 86 CDJ Blvd.

 

Iberia

·        Parish is providing sand bags beginning at 2:00 pm March 8, 2016 at the following locations: Grand Marais Fire Station, B.O.M. Fire Station, Coteau Fire Station, Rynella Fire Station, Delcambre City Hall and Loreauville Park.

·        City of New Iberia is providing sand bags to residents from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm at 907 Fulton Street.

 

Jefferson Davis

·        Parish has a list of sand bag area pick up locations listed on the JDPSO.org website.

·        Sand bags are available Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00 am and 3:30 pm at the following locations: Jennings Police Jury Road Yard on Airport Road, Lake Arthur Community Center (Pick up first at Lake Arthur Police Department), Woodlawn Fire Station, Welsh Police Jury Yard across from Welsh Community Center, Hathaway Fire Station on Highway 102, Fenton Police Jury Yard on Estes Road and Lacassine Fire Station on Ann Street.

 

Lincoln

·        Multiple Parish road and Ruston City streets are under water.

·        Approximately dozen residents on Little River Road have been evacuated due to high water.

·        Activated Alert FM and City of Ruston outdoor warning sirens for tornado warning.

·        Grambling State University and Louisiana Tech University is closing due to flooding.

 

Livingston

·        Parish has begun notifying residents of sandbag availability and pick up locations.

 

Morehouse

·        Major flooding has occurred in Oak Ridge causing 3 families to be evacuated.

·        Completed several water rescues (stranded motorist) LA 134 east of Oak Ridge and LA 138 South of Mer Rouge both have water across road. Vehicles were left at Dowd at Jax, Henry at bridge, 2 vehicles on Highway 134 (18 wheeler and passenger car).

·        Many other Parish roads are impassable due to high water.

·        PVA and Delta campuses, DA’s Office, Clerk of Court, 4th judicial Court all closed.

 

Ouachita

·        Numerous evacuations have taken place in Monroe and West Monroe due to flooding.

 

St. Charles

·        The Sellers Canal sector gate at Pier 90 near Avondale in Luling has been closed due to high tides.

 

St. Landry

·        Sand and Sand bags are available for parish residents at the Yambilee Building 1939 West Landry Street in Opelousas until further notice. Limited to 15 per resident.

 

Richland

·        Parish began evacuations of 30 people at approximately 2:00 am 3/9/2016. The Rayville Civic Center is being used as a shelter at this time.

 

Union

·        Sand and sand bags are located at Union Parish Police Jury Public Works in Farmerville.

·        27 Entergy customers without power.

 

Vernon

·        Vernon Police Jury  is dispensing sand bags as needed to residents.

·        Sabine River Authority is sending preliminary notifications to open flood gates at Toledo Bend. They will initiate opening when the lake reaches 172.35 msl.

 

Webster

·        Public Works is on standby to distribute sand bags as needed.

·        Currently have 300 sand bags and will continue to fill more today.

·        EMS assisted with a temporary evacuation of a section of the rehab wing of Meadow View Nursing Home in Minden due to flooding. Patients were moved to the hallways at the other end of the building. They have found necessary resources to keep 5 vent pts in house rather than evacuating completely to Minden medical. They are working through Hospital Coordinator and FERC.

·        LA 164 is closed from Doyline to Sibley. Roads and US Highways in South Webster (south of I-20) are all impassable.

·        Minden Fire Department rescued an estimated 20-25 people by boat from homes.

·        A total of approximately 50 homes were evacuated due to flooding. A few who needed sheltering were placed in a local hotel.

·        2 individuals were transported to the emergency room with minor injuries.

·        UCAP is handling a shelter for 1 person at this time but is open to others if needed.

·        Significant flooding has occurred across the parish but particularly in South Webster. Parish is assessing the need for potential shelter and additional SAR/evacuation support.

·        Parish inmates sandbagged all night and efforts are ongoing.

·        City of Minden has reported the wastewater treatment facility is taking on too much water to function properly. The situation is being assessed to determine course of action.

 

West Baton Rouge

·        Parish has begun notifying residents of sandbag availability and pick up locations.

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