News Alert: Situational Awareness Report 9 March 2016 As of 8:20 pm
Posted: 3/10/2016 8:17:31 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

Situational Awareness Report

9 March 2016

As of 8:20 pm

 

State EOC Activation Level: Level III – 24 Hour Activation

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 flooding will continue as widespread showers and thunderstorms develop across central Texas and move northeast into the area bringing several more inches of rain this afternoon and tonight. Many locations have already received 3 to over 7 inches of rainfall with a few locations over northern Louisiana having received 10 to 14 inches of rainfall. Moderate to major flooding is ongoing and could worsen with additional heavy rainfall. In addition some thunderstorms this afternoon and tonight could be severe. Isolated tornadoes and damaging winds will be 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 is in effect for coastal waters west of the Mississippi River and the tidal lakes through tonight. Small Craft Advisories will remain for waters east of the Mississippi River and will include all coastal waters Thursday morning through midnight Thursday night. A Wind Advisory remains in effect for much of the outlook area through Thursday along and south if the Interstate 10 and 12 corridor, Southerly winds of 20 to 30 mph with frequent gusts of 35 to 45 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 2.5 feet above normal levels. A few locations may need to be upgraded to a Coastal Flood Warning with tides possible as high as 3 to 3.5 feet above normal (mainly Hancock county and the Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain). There is still a slight risk of severe thunderstorm for the area through tonight mainly along and west of a line from the Baton Rouge metro to Houma. If a severe thunderstorm is capable for developing, the main hazards would be damaging winds, frequent to continuous lightening and very heavy rainfall. A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for the entire area starting at 6:00 am Thursday morning through Saturday morning. Storm total rainfall amounts of 6 to 10 inches with locally higher amounts exceeding 12 inches are possible. A marginal risk of severe thunderstorms will exist Thursday for the entire area, The main concerns will be damaging winds heavy rainfall and the possibility of an isolated tornado.

 

 

***All updates to this report will be in bold red text***

 

State Actions as of

 

GOHSEP

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

·        The GOHSEP Crisis Action Team activated on 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.

·        GOHSEP EOC maintaining 24/7 operations.

·        A Unified Command Group Meeting is scheduled for 10:00 am tomorrow 3/10/2016.

 

Louisiana National Guard

·        16 LANG Personnel on State Active Duty Orders to provide assistance in North LA Flood Fight.

·        256th IBCT provided 4 High Water Vehicles to support Search and Rescue operation in Bossier Parish.

·        LANG TAC and JOC are operational and standing by for missions and tasks.  

 

Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

·        3/8/16 – Rescued 5 people rescued in Doyline, Webster Parish. RPs brought to Doyline Fire Station.

·        Rescue Update as of March 9, 2016 at 12:30pm  

o   -4 rescued in Doyline, Webster Parish. RPs taken to fire station.

o   -2 rescued in Minden, Webster Parish. RPs carried to truck stop in Minden.

o   -2 adults and 1 child on Penal Farm Rd. in Webster Parish. RPs brought to Fire Station

o   -6 rescued (1 elderly lady from oxygen) from Sibley, Webster Parish. RPs were transported to shelter at Exacta Inn in Minden.

o   -9 rescued on Hwy 371 Heflin, Webster Parish. RPs transported to shelter at Exacta Inn in Minden.

o   -3 rescued in Heflin, Webster Parish. RPs had their own transportation.

o   -2 adults and 1 child in Doyline, Webster Parish. RPs have their own transportation.

o   -2 rescued - 2 separate 18 wheelers washed off I-20 @ exit 55 at Webster/Bienville Line.  RPs transported by lsp or SO. 

·        LDWF/LED Region 2 (Monroe) reports that region 2 currently has 7 ENF Agents on patrol ready to assist with EOC/SAR requests.

·        Region 2 HQ has received several inquiries related to local waterway closures in Union and Ouachita Parishes. These requests have been referred to the Lake Darbonne lake Commission (Cagle) and the Bayou Desiard lake Commission (James Jones).  As well as the local Police Juries. Specifically (800A) the Bayou Desiard- Loop Road/Country Club Area which has received a large rise, flooding many boathouses and threatening residences.

·        ENF Agents have assisted the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office with evacuations in the Charmingdale Community and the Prairie Road Community in South Ouachita Parish.

·        ENF Agents have assisted (9A) the Richland Parish Sheriff Office with evacuations for residents of Rayville. La., to the local community center. 

·        ENF Agents have assisted (8A) West Carroll Parish with transporting nurses to the West Carroll Hospital who were unable to cross high water to reach the West Carroll Hospital facilities.

·        Region 2 currently has all ENF Agents not on duty assigned to standby.  These agents are prepared to shift on and respond to SAR/EOC requests as needed. Region 2 is currently monitoring WEBEOC for requests for assistance and ENF Agents have made contact with local sheriff offices to make them aware we are available for assistance.

·        The LDWF/LED North Strike Force Agents have been assisting Region 1 and will continue.  Due to the current conditions and forecasts, we are sending the South Strike Force Agents to Region 1 (5 agents) and Region 2 (5 agents) to help with SAR requests.  Capt. Hebert is coordinating this with Capt. Owens and Capt. McCarthy.

·        LDWF/LED Region 4 and 5 have also been placed on alert status in case additional resources are needed.  

·        GOHSEP will be activating the state EOC and we will have a representative there starting tonight at 7:00 pm until further notice.  The phone numbers to our EOC desk are:

o   Desk A-(225)925-7460

o   Desk B-(225)925-7402

 

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.

·        Troop E Staffing: 11 Troopers and 2 Sergeants  assigned to the night shift. One Communications Officer is on duty at Troop E. Troopers are actively monitoring roadways and weather conditions in their areas and are in contact with local agencies.

·        Troop F Staffing: 16 Troopers on duty

·        Troop G Staffing: 19 Troopers on duty to include TESS, two DPS officers and one communication officer.

·        Troopers and Wildlife Agents were successful with rescuing numerous subjects who were trapped in their vehicles by aggressive flood waters.

·        With the assistance of DOTD and local law enforcement partners, barricades were positioned in critical areas which aided in the closure I-20 East bound from Bossier Parish to Bienville Parish. The two alternate routes are: I-49 North to I-30 in Texarkana  or I-49 South to US 84.

·        Five Troop F troopers were called to assist Troop G on I-20 in Bienville Parish.

·        American Red Cross called and advised they have a team of volunteers responding to the Troop G area.

·        Beginning this evening at 1800 hours, Troop G will resume double shifts and continue those operations until conditions improve. Teams C & D troopers along with CPU (16 troopers and 7 supervisors) will be on duty for night shift (1800-0600).

·        Additional personnel have been placed on standby pending the activation of shelter duties.

 

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.

·        District 05 (Monroe) will be sending a Variable Message Board to Ruston, LA to put on the I-20 westbound in advance of US 167 in an effort to intercept some heavy traffic onto US 167.

 

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.

 

Department of Health and Hospitals

·        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.

·        Conducting daily conference calls with the field, including Public Health staff, Hospital and EMS DRCs, Regional Medical Directors and other stakeholders

·        Instituting daily mandatory status reporting by all hospitals and nursing homes in Regions 7 and 8. This may be expanded as the incident evolves. All facilities statewide are strongly encouraged to report any adverse incidents that may occur as a result of this incident.

·        Currently, 2 nursing homes are on “Limited Operations”. Both are still on public power and have no resource requests. One nursing home resident was admitted to the local hospital, Minden Medical Center.

·        All facilities in Regions 7 and 8 are being asked to report any issues with staffing due to the incident.

·        Environmental Health is closely monitoring several water systems that are under limited or full boil advisories due to line breaks and flooding

·        The Bureau of Media and Communications is preparing public notices related to flood water safety and other safety issues.

·        ESF 8 is placing two staff members at the GOHSEP EOC starting at 7:00 PM tonight and is continuing 24-hour presence during the incident.  

 

American Red Cross

·        Incident has been created in NSS. 

o   NSS Incident Number:  LA0316-01 

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

·        Managed shelter open at 11:00 am:

·        Liler Marbles Recreation Department Shelter 2950 Renwick Street Monroe, 71201 (Ouachita Parish) Population is currently 30 and rising. NSS has been updated.

·        First Baptist Church Shelter in Haughton. Had a current population of 1 as of 11:00 am 3/9/16

·        Opened a “Reception Center” in Shreveport for the community to obtain information and identify emergency needs at Brau building ( red Cross Building) 805 Brook Hollow Drive Shreveport, LA 71105.

·        The First Baptist Church Shelter in Haughton closed 3/9/16 at 1:00 pm and the Bossier Civic Center (620 Benton Road Bossier City, LA 71171) opened 3/9/16 at 2:00 pm.

 

Department of Agriculture and Forestry

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

·        LDAF Livestock Brand Officers are assisting Caddo Parish with cattle movements.

 

Department of Children and Family Services

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

 

State Fire Marshal

·        OSFM ESF 4 dispatched its Liaison coordinators to Caddo, Bossier and Webster Parish OEP Centers to support the current flooding in north Louisiana.

·        OSFM Personnel are working with South Bossier Fire District at 3551 Highway 527 Elm Grove, La. Provide assistance with evacuation of flooded areas.

·        Checking shelters in Caddo & Bossier Parish at this time.

·        OSFM Deputies are contacting the Fire Chiefs in each affected parish to see if they are in need of support services.

·        Fire Marshal Browning conducted a 1: 00 pm conference on 3/9/16 with his staff to review services that will be needed in north LA.

·        River Boat landings update:

o   Red River is currently at 23.59 feet. Currently the river boats are unaffected at this time.

o   Samstown Casino- high water plan in place.

o   Boomtown Casino- They will be lowering the ramp to the first deck.

o   Horseshoe Casino- Un affected at this time.

o   Diamond Jack-unaffected.

o   Eldorado and Margaritaville casino-unaffected

·        OSFM ESF 4 desk is now man 24 hours as of 1700 hours on 3/9/16.

·        Accepted a mission for 6 State Fire Marshall Officers to assist Bossier City Sheriff’s Office in residential evacuations from 20:00 hours on 3/9/16 through 08:00 hours on 3/10/16.

 

Office of Technology Services

·        Current LWIN Status: Operational tower sites 132/132

·        The Hagewood Tower Site in Natchitoches Parish has been restored to wide area operations through a mobile satellite connection. Rain fade may put this site in site trunking (out of wide area operations) intermittently until telco technicians repair the T1 backhaul circuit connecting the tower site to the LWIN Master Site.

 

Public Service Commission

·        The LPSC is monitoring power outages throughout the state as the severe weather moves through. A detailed outage report can be found in WebEOC.

·        Statewide Power Outages total: 7,858

 

Salvation Army

·        Ouachita Parish: The Monroe Corps is deploying 1 Canteen (mobile kitchen) to feed at a shelter in the Monroe area.

·        Caddo/Bossier Parishes: The Shreveport Corps has a canteen on standby for 3/10/16.

 

Workforce Commission

·        Mass Feeding vendors for affected areas have been put on standby for possible shelter operations.  LWC-EP will continue to monitor the situation for any request and maintain coordination with DCFS.  

 

Louisiana VOAD

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

·        Outreach to GOHSEP re: 2-1-1 resources for NWLA Outreach to NELA VOAD Team Rubicon on standby for support Outreach to Methodist to evaluate availability of flood buckets for deployment

 

  

Parish Actions as of

 

Acadia

·        Parish EOC on Standby activation level.

·        Sandbags area available at parish barns in Crowley, Branch Iota between 6:30 am and 5:00 pm and from the Church Point City Barn starting at 10:30 am.

 

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 and a few homes are significantly flooded.

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

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

·        Sandbag stock sufficient.

·        Water/wastewater plants are ok at this time.

·        Gibsland Elementary is taking on water, parish is assisting with sandbags.

·        Have requested transportation assistance with evacuations of stranded motorists on I-20.

·        Coordinating efforts to evacuate elderly homecare patient.

·        Coordinating shelter needs for two residents.

 

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. Unified Command also held a meeting to discuss weather forecast and response issues.

·        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.

·        A mandatory evacuation of approximately 3000 households along Red Chute. Working mandatory door to door notifications in this area. A press conference that water is near topping and they are watching levees closely with some concern.

·        Establishing a shelter at Bossier Civic Center and Jewella on standby.

·        A Shelter plan has been coordinated with DCFS, GOHSEP, ARC and the parish.

·        Webster Parish will be assisting with sandbagging efforts tonight and tomorrow as much as possible.

·        I-20 is closed from Bossier to Arcadia.

 

Caddo

·        Inmate workers from the Caddo Correctional Center will be filling sandbags until further notice at the parish and city facilities. Sandbags are available to the public around the clock at the City of Shreveport’s Public Works facility at 3825 Old Mansfield Road and until 10 p.m. at the parish facility at 1701 Monty Street. The parish will reopen at 7 a.m.  

·        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. Next UCG meeting will be tomorrow, March 10th at 9:00 AM.

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

·        Multiple road closures, trees down and rescues completed last night and overnight.  Shreveport Fire Department boats used for rescue as well as brush trucks.  Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office and Shreveport Police Department have been putting up barricades where roads are covered by water.  Caddo Parish Fire District #1 has 3 boats available for rescue. 

o   Dixie Garden pump has been working since last night to keep flooding under control. 

o   Dr. Martha Whyte, OPH – Private wells are not normally tested, but can be during this event.

o   Greenwood facility is still open with 2 people currently there.  Red Cross is working on getting volunteers to staff tonight if needed for an overnight shelter.  12 individuals were there last night for the 2 Greenwood apartments that were evacuated.  Additional shelters can be opened as needed.  Two were evacuated in Gilliam last night and were sheltered in a church in Belcher. 

·        Salvation Army is prepared to provide feeding as needed.

·        CPSO OHSEP is encouraging residents with flooding INSIDE their homes to call 675-2255 or send to reportdamages@caddosheriff.org.

·        Between 2 p.m. Tuesday and 2 p.m. Wednesday, the Sheriff’s Office answered 25 calls to assist motorists and responded to 85 reports of trees down. Caddo Sheriff’s deputies and Caddo Fire District personnel conducted rescues and evacuations today in the 700 block of Self Road in Belcher (one home, 7 people, six dogs), the 11000 block of Colt Trail in Keithville (five houses, 10 people, five animals, evacs still ongoing),  and the Sherwood Apartments in the 10,000 block of Mansfield Road (two apartments, five people). Additional evacuations involving Greenwood Police took place overnight at the Greenway Apartments in Greenwood.

·        Caddo Sheriff’s deputies, Caddo Fire Districts, and Shreveport Fire also are using boats and high-water equipment to conduct rescues.

·        The Cowboy Church has opened a shelter at 9950 Hwy. 80 for those in need in Caddo Parish.

 

Cameron

·        Clerk of Court offices are closed

 

Claiborne

·        Severe weather causing school closures, toad closures, evacuation of residents, and business closures.

·        In the process of opening a shelter at the Homer City Hall.

·        Rescued approximately 100 people so far.

·        Sandbagging operations are ongoing.

 

Concordia

·        Currently on site with Corp of Engineers (COE) Mississippi River levee on La 15 approx. 13 miles south of Deer Park.  Have approx. 6 sand boils - 2 of which are major.

·        COE has two (2) engineers enroute from Vicksburg office to further assess situation & determine course of action.

·        Concordia Parish Sheriff's Capt. enroute to be shown exact location. 

 

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. Sandbags will be resupplied from Beauregard on 3/10/2016.

·        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.

·        Voluntary evacuations of low lying areas of Logansport including Garrett’s Park, Caraway Island, and River Road are ongoing. Mandatory evacuations may be implemented as situation progresses. Logansport population is estimated at 5,000.

·        Establishing a shelter in Logansport for those residents. Supplies have been sent to the shelter location.

·        Continuing water rescues from houses in the Stonewall, Gloster and Frierson areas.

·        DPSO Hydroactive vehicle has been deployed to those areas to assist.

·        Roadways throughout parish remain hazardous and covered in water.

·        Sandbagging efforts are being made for protection of the Logansport Water Plant which will begin to flood at the 35 ft. Sabine River Stage. River is expected to crest Saturday at 40 ft.

·        EOC is partially activated.

 

East Carroll

·        One evacuation of a home on 86 CDJ Blvd.

·        Road crew is  out assisting with drainage issues.

·        Sandbagging operations continue.

 

Evangeline

·        Sand bags are available at the Ville Platte Yard (1200 Vocational Drive), Mamou Yard (1321 Highway 95), Basile Yard (1152 Hunter Road), and Lone Pine Fire Department

 

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.

 

Jackson

·        Caney Lake water Backup into home around the lake.

 

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

·        Unified Command met at EOC for planning purposes for worst flood event in Lincoln Parish considering longevity of event. The following details reflect the first 24 hours beginning at 4 pm Tuesday, 3/8/2016.

o   Initial flash flooding required evacuation of approximately 12 residents from their homes, no shelters needed.

o   Notified local residents of severe weather threats via Alert FM & City of Ruston Outdoor Warning sirens.

o   Road closures, approximately 50+ Parish Roads, approximately 10+ State highways & U.S. 80, U.S. 167 road closures.

o   Conference call with local drilling companies regarding well shut down for safety reasons considering limited road access due to flooding.

o   All parish schools, Public, Private & LTU, GSU Universities.

o   Parish Government Offices closed down at 12 noon, 3/9/16.

o   Citizens requesting sandbags, Public Works filling sandbags with assistance from local university fraternity personnel.

o   Trinity Methodist Church on Shelter Activation Standby, ARC notified.  

 

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). Multiple residents requiring assistance for removal from flooded vehicles and areas.

·        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.

·        Residents are collecting sand bags from local distribution point.

 

Natchitoches

·        Natchitoches Parish Sheriff and the City of Natchitoches Publics Works Office are working together to  fill and distribute Sandbags to needy citizens.  Pickup location is the City of Natchitoches Publics Works Office 110 Mill Street, Natchitoches. 

·        St. Mary's School and NSU with be closed tomorrow, March 10, 2016.

 

Ouachita

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

 

Sabine

·        Water moving in on many homes and businesses throughout the entire Parish

·        High water evacuations, with Fire Trucks, in progress in several areas. Report of vehicle swept from road. One trapped in house with 3-4 ft. water surrounding.  

 

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.

 

Red River

·        Some homes have been evacuated due to the high waters. No shelters open at this time but are on standby.

·        Assessing a substation currently at risk

·        Numerous washed out roads.

·        Sandbagging efforts and occasional rescues are ongoing.

 

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.

 

Sabine

·        7 structures, residential taking on water.

 

Terrebonne

·        Terrebonne Parish EOC is monitoring this weather event and is working normal hours.  The TLCD closed the following floodgates due to this event:

o   Placid Canal

o   Bush Canal

o   Humble Canal

o   Bayou Terrebonne

o   Bayou Petit Caillou

o   Lower Dularge

 

Union

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

·        27 Entergy customers without power.

 

Vermillion

·        Sand and sand bags are available in Village of Maurice at the City Hall complex (115 Corrine St) and outside the gates at all area barns

 

Vernon

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

·        Sabine River Authority has opened flood gates at Toledo Bend Dam. Current Level is 172.88 msl. Gate Status: 4 gates at 3 feet. 5 gates at 2 feet. One generator operational 24/7. Total release: 28,944 cfs.

·        VPSO and Police Jury will begin to monitor circumstances in the area near the Sabine River.

·        Several parish roadways are flooded and impassable in the Hornbeck and Anacoco areas. Police Jury Crews are responding with signs.

 

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.

·        Parish inmates sandbagged all night and efforts are ongoing.

·        Setting up a shelter at FBC Minden for citizens and stranded motorist on I-20 (currently less than 10 people, capacity for 40. Overflow to secondary church if needed).

·        Sandbagging regrouping at new site (Camp Minden)

·        High water rescues from roadways are fewer but still ongoing. High water Vehicle arrived and staged at camp Mined.

·        Minden wastewater under close observation, taking on significant water but still maintaining function.

·        Lake Bisteneau facing record crest predictions, flood gates opened at 3:00 pm 3/9/16.

 

West Baton Rouge

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

 

Winn

·        Sand bags are available at police Jury Barn on Thomas Mill Road.

·        Inmates are filling bags.

·        Water is over several roads across the Parish.

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