News Alert: Situational Awareness Report 18 March 2016 As of 5:00 p.m.
Posted: 3/19/2016 5:40:38 PM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

Situational Awareness Report

18 March 2016

As of 5:00 p.m.

 

State EOC Activation Level: Level III – 24 Hour Activation

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

State Declaration: 30 JBE 2016 State of Emergency – Severe Weather

Federal Declaration: FEMA – 4263-DR

 

 

 

Situation:  A strong upper level storm system brought showers and thunderstorms from west to east across most of the State last week. Heavy rainfall, flash flooding, river flooding and damaging winds were the main threats associated with this front.  Please stay tuned to your local National Weather Service for the latest information.

 

North Louisiana: Scattered showers and thunderstorms will develop today across the region near and north of a warm front that should lift north to near or just south of the Interstate 20 corridor this afternoon. An upper level disturbance will shift southeast into the region this afternoon and tap into the warm moist and unstable air near the front such that some storms may become severe through this evening. Large hail and damaging winds are the primary threats with brief heavy rainfall also possible. These showers and thunderstorms are expected to diminish from northwest to southeast tonight as a cold front sweeps southeast through the region. Much colder air will settle south into the region this weekend with protected areas of southeast Oklahoma and adjacent southwest Arkansas possible experiencing freezing temperatures Sunday morning. Better radiational cooling is expected area wide Sunday night with much of southeast Oklahoma and southwest Arkansas possible observing freezing temperatures. Elsewhere, areas of frost are expected which may harm tender vegetation. From these cold temperatures.

 

Southwest/Central Louisiana: Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected today becoming more numerous tonight. A few storms may become strong to severe from the afternoon to the evening with large hail the primary threat. In addition, storms will be capable of producing frequent cloud to ground lightning, gusty winds and heavy rainfall. Localized flash flooding is possible in areas where heavier rainfall occurs but widespread flood problems are not anticipated at this time. Overall rainfall amounts are expected to stay low enough that impacts on area rivers will be minimal as significant flooding continues. The Sabine River has crested at Orange TX and water levels will be slow to recede. The Calcasieu River near Old Town Bay is expected to crest near 9.5 ft. tonight resulting in major flooding on this portion of the river. Otherwise, water levels will continue to receded further upstream. Moderate flooding will continue on the Red River near Alexandria as river levels continue to rise. Rain will end from northwest to southeast on Saturday with gusty north winds and much cooler temperatures expected. The next chance for rain is not expected until late in the week. Meanwhile, flood waters on the Sabine and Calcasieu River Basins will continue to recede. The Red River at Alexandria will continue to rise with a crest near 40.5 ft. Sunday night.

 

Southeast Louisiana: There is a slight risk for severe thunderstorms for the western half of the area and a marginal risk for the remaining eastern half through tonight. The main hazards expected will be large hail and damaging winds. 1 to 3 inches of rainfall may occur with thunderstorms through tonight. If this amount of rain falls within a short time on saturated ground, it may result in localized flooding. A strong cold front will move through the area Saturday morning and through the coastal waters Saturday afternoon and evening. The front will be followed by strong northerly winds that will create hazardous conditions for small craft Saturday night through Sunday night. Scattered frost will be possible over southwest Mississippi and adjacent portions of southeast Louisiana Monday morning as overnight low temperatures fall into the middle 30’s. Numerous rivers are in flood, for detailed information consult the latest flood warnings and statements.

 

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

 

State Actions as of 5:00 PM

 

GOHSEP

·         GOHSEP Regional Coordinators are maintaining communications with affected parishes.

·         GOHSEP has received a State Declaration.

·         GOHSEP has received a Federal Declaration: FEMA – 4263-DR. The federal declaration has been amended to include a total of 26 parishes.

·         GOHSEP EOC maintaining 24/7 operations.

·         GOHSEP is conducting daily conference calls with the National Weather Service and Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center.

 

Louisiana National Guard

        LANG Personnel Duty Status:  1,143 Total (802 State Active Duty)

        Issued 1,708,500 sandbags.

        Provided 8 sandbag machines.

        Issued 196,568 bottles of water.

        Issued 700 of each, blankets and cots to Richland Parish.

        Issued 10,944  MREs.

        Issued 270 Tarps.

        Rescued 5,251  people, 680 pets and 16 livestock.

 

Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

·         3/8: 5 people rescued

·         3/9: 72 people rescued

·         3/10: 199 people rescued, 21 dogs rescued

·         3/11/16: 389 people, 51 dogs, 4 cats / 6 chickens / 4 goats

·         3/12/16: 114 people, 44 dogs, 2 cats, 1 hamster

·         3/13/16: 10 people, 5 dogs

·         3/14/16: 13 people, 5 dogs

·         3/15/16: 1 person, 5 dogs

·         3/16/16: 2 people

·         Total Rescued: 805 people / 131 dogs / 6 cats / 6 chickens / 4 goats / 1 hamster (Detailed reports of rescues can be found in WebEOC.)

·         Providing 7 parishes with assistance to enforce lake closures and no wake zones that are a result of the floodwaters (as SAR needs allow).

·         LDWF assisted Red Cross Personnel in Hebert, LA Richland Parish, with transportation for personnel and supplies to individuals in flooded areas that sheltered in place.

 

Louisiana State Police

·         Troop D: Sgt. Brad Saltzman will be the LSP liaison at the Texas DPS Command Post in Orange, Texas today. Troopers are still staged at various checkpoints throughout the Troop D area to facilitate the traffic flow, due to the I-10 Closure. Louisiana National Guardsman are still assisting at checkpoints with the use of their vehicles and manpower.

·         Troop F: has been in contact with all Parish Sheriffs Depts, DOTD, and local governments in an effort to coordinate emergency response to the high water. The local weather officials have forecasted the possibility of an additional 3 inches of rain over the next 24 hours. Monroe City has opened shelters for displaced citizens in Ouachita Parish.

·         Troop G: Communication between Captain Madden and the local Sheriff’s concerning their parishes are ongoing. Presently, no additional assistance is needed. The threat level concerning the levee on Loggy Bayou has been reduced subsequent the repair efforts which are ongoing. Engineers will continue to monitor the developments and will disseminate their findings accordingly. No evacuations are required.  Troop G personnel, consisting of Team D (4 troopers and 2 supervisors) will be operating at normal staffing. Troopers will continue monitoring roadway closures and impacted areas as well as remaining available to render services and assistance to our citizens and local partners. Presently, Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, DeSoto and Webster Parishes are the designated DSNAP (Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) locations, all of which are scheduled to open on Monday (03/21/16), at 8:00 am. Troop G personnel were made aware of a recent evacuation plan authored by the Department of Juvenile Justice. The plan pertained to the conceivable movement of juveniles from Swanson Correctional Center (Ouachita) to WareYouth Center in (Red River) due to concerns of the Ouachita River levee system. Should the plan be implemented, Troop G will remain available to assist with the safe and secure movement of the juveniles to and from Ware Youth Center. Following the closure of I-10 at the Texas / Louisiana state line, Troopers will be available and visible on detoured routes to ensure safe travels and assist motorists.     

·         Working with public safety and media partners to ensure the public is kept informed through traditional and social media regarding weather conditions, safety and hazards.

·         Conducted six observation flights on Wednesday, 16 March.

·         LSP EOC at normal operations

·         Standing by to assist LSP Troops and other state agencies as requested

·         Monitoring WebEOC for requests for LSP assets and updating the event SitRep accordingly

·         Coordinating with DCFS, LANG, and Troops for opening of DSNAP sites on Monday, 21 March.

·         Region 1 Communications is experiencing high call volume to the Road Closure Hotline (average of 40 calls/hr.)

 

DOTD (ESF3)

·         DOTD ESF3 EOC will be de-activating our agency EOC at 4:30 pm today however; will continue to respond and monitor this event and mission requirements. We are continuing to monitor and compile a list of road closures and send to update 511.org. DOTD crews are deployed throughout the affected areas, monitoring roadway conditions and conducting inspections of bridges and transportation infrastructure that has been flooded.

·         I-10 at Sabine River – I-10 REMAINS CLOSED in both directions near the TX Line. While information supports that this area is at crest, because it covers such a large area, this closure will remain for a few more days. The bulk of the water on the roadway is on the TX side.

·         I-10 at Pearl River – Waters continue to recede. US 90 (south of Pearl River) remains open. US 71 REMAINS CLOSED at Saline Bayou.

·         Bridge and Roadway maintenance crews are continuing repairs. Bridge inspection crews are conducting inspections on structures.

·         DOTD Damage Assessment Teams are deployed to north Louisiana. DOTD is prepared to support DCFS when DSNAP begins.

 

USACE

·         Continuing 24 hour operations in Monroe, LA.

·         Continuing 12 hour operations at Red River near Natchitoches, LA.

·         Started 12 hour operations in the Red River backwater system.

·         Assisting Tensas Levee Board at Bayou Mayna south of Jonesville, LA.

·         Vicksburg District USACE Commander COL Cross conducting site visits in Avoyelles Parish, near Vick, LA area, with our engineers and local levee board.

·         3000 linear feet of visqueen en route to Brouillette, LA; will be delivered the evening as requested.

·         Begin 12 hour patrols on the Vick and Brouillette State Levees.

·         Continue providing technical assistance to RRABB at Vick, LA and Brouillette, LA.

·         Shifting resources down river to Alexandria, LA and Ouachita/Black. Preparing for crest early next week.

 

Lt. Governor's Office

·         Closed Hodges Gardens and Lake Bistineau parks. We have partial closures of Fairview (roads),Chemin-a-haut(some cabins),Palmetto Island (trails), Darbonne (boat launches and piers), Jimmy Davis (launches, and some access), and Lake Claiborne (boat launches and piers)

 

Department of Corrections

·         Elayn Hunt Correctional Center (EHCC) filled 2500 sandbags and sent out 25 inmates and 4 correctional officers to Alligator Bayou in Iberville Parish on 3/12/16. The same crew is currently back at EHCC filling another 3000 sandbags and will return to Alligator Bayou.

·         Richland Parish Detention Center has requested evacuation and housing assistance in the event that their facility floods.

·         Continue to maintain 32 man trustee crew with 4 security officers working night shift at the Red Chute levee in Bossier City.

·         On stand-by to assist the LANG with sandbagging crews in Franklin Parish, this request for assistance does not need to be filled until approximately Tuesday per LANG & Franklin Parish.

 

Department of Health and Hospitals

·         DHH Bureau of Media and Communications (BMAC) has distributed a press release regarding the importance of vaccinations.

·         Evacuated residents should speak with their health care provider or their shelter’s medical staff regarding vaccinations

·         First responders should have up-to-date tetanus vaccinations. OPH is currently working with local governments to provide these vaccinations for first responders.

·         ESF8 will continue to work with Allen and Calcasieu Parishes regarding assistance with re-internment.

o   ESF-8 sent a checklist for the Allen Parish Incident Management Team to use in coordinating their response to cemetery disruptions. The Incident Commander, Blake Lafarge, sent over pictures of the damage, and our SMEs are evaluating these images.

o   A total of 16 caskets have been recovered from impacted Calcasieu cemeteries and transported to Calcasieu Coroner's Office as of noon 3/18/16.

·         Mandatory status reporting into MSTAT by all hospitals and nursing homes continue in Region 8 and Region 6.

·         Regional Response Networks are fully engaged with parishes and response agencies for situational awareness and coordination.

·         ESF-8 network conference calls continue at regular intervals, as appropriate.

·         No hospitals with reported power issues, limited ops, or ICU diversion

·         ESF8 currently monitoring 3 hospitals (one is a facility within a facility) that are close to the Red River in Alexandria. The facilities continue to monitor the situation and assess the risk of the forecasted river crest.

·         No Nursing homes reported power issues or water issues.

·         28 Public Water Systems currently on boil water advisory.

·         52 Public Water Systems have been cleared of flooding related boil water advisories.

·         16 cemeteries are currently being monitored.

 

Department of Children and Family Services

·         25 DSNAP Sites in 23 Parishes scheduled to open Monday at 8:00 a.m.

o   DCFS is currently working to ensure all sites are ready and staffed.

o   DCFS is coordinating with State and Local partners for support for those sites.

·         Shelters:

o   Total Population 271

o   2 Parish – 33

o   6 ARC - 238

o   5 shelters on Standby  

o   Difference between ARC numbers and DCFS number noon count is ARC did not report numbers for Rayville Civic Center.

 

American Red Cross

·         ARC continues to support shelters and conduct feeding operations, damage assessment and bulk distribution. Service delivery in a few areas yesterday afternoon was impacted by severe weather.

·         Telethon carried out by several television stations across the state. Ongoing support to shelters, feeding, damage assessment and bulk distribution with a plan to push bulk out - especially in the north -- tomorrow. Forward planning being carried to anticipate needs as flooding continues.   

·         Response statistics as of March 17, 2016:

o   Shelters Opened to Date 28

o   Shelter Overnight Stays 1,835

o   Meals Served to Date 8,651

o   Snacks Served 26,178

o   Comfort Kits 1,697

o   Clean-up Kits 1,512

o   Bulk Cleaning Items 9,457

o   Emergency Response Vehicles on the ground (ERVs) 22

o   Response Center Calls 2,591

o   Health Services Consultations 429

o   Mental Health Consultations 219

o   Red Cross Workers 504

 

Department of Agriculture and Forestry

·         Red River Stockyard in Coushatta open for housing livestock. Livestock Brand Officers assisting cattlemen in the Monroe area.

·         LDAF receiving reports of abandoned pets from evacuations in Region 7 and 8. Advise citizens to report issues to local animal control or Sheriff Office. Livestock issues are handled by LDAF Livestock Brand Officers on request of Parish OEP.

·         Aerial recon for missing cattle complete in Grant Parish. Livestock operations to continue as donated hay supplies last.

·         Delivered 2 loads of hay (totaling 47 bales) to Mr. Chamberlain’s Red River location on 3/17/16 at 10:00am.

·         Delivered 2 loads of 26 bales each (52 bales total) to Anderson on 3/17/16 at 3:45pm.

·         One truck is being loaded this afternoon at the Peck Farm for delivery to Mr. Chamberlain’s Caddo Parish Farm tomorrow morning

·         Will need to have a second truck load tomorrow to fulfill Mr. Chamberlain’s request.

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State Fire Marshal

·         66 flat boats ready from the states fire service along with 10 USAR SWR teams on standby.

·         USAR group for swift water rescue have been updated on the Pearl River situation and stand ready if needed.

·         ESF-4 Continues to monitor open shelters in Region 5,6, 7 & 8 Monitoring the Pearl River situation and stand ready to assist if needed.

·         Caldwell Parish Residents have been told to evacuate from the town of Hebert do to a breach in the levee.  As of last night the National Guard along with the Caldwell Parish Sheriff’s Office were evacuating families to emergency shelters that have been set up at Outreach Baptist Church in Mangham and also in a Community Center.  Area 4 dispatch a deputy to verify compliance at shelters.

·         ESF-4 USAR SWR Group are monitoring the Pearl River situation and stand ready to assist if needed.

·         ESF-4 Continues to monitor Region 5 & 9 with Liaison deputies monitoring shelters along with our local fire departments in the regions.  

 

Office of Technology Services

·         Potential interference issues have been identified with the uplink frequencies of the in-building AT&T LTE system at the State EOC. ESF2 will work with GOHSEP facilities staff to investigate possible solutions.

·         The Greensburg site in St. Helena Parish is back in wide area operation.

·         The Hagewood LWIN site in Natchitoches Parish has been returned to T-1 backhaul and the state “flyaway kit” satellite asset is being recovered.

·         Two components of the GOHSEP phone system have power supplies in alarm status. Component power supplies will be replaced at the technician's first available opportunity during night shift, or immediately by ESF2 staff in the event of a failure. 

·         The following sites are on mobile satellite backhaul: Sentell - Caddo Parish.

·         Mobile tower sites deployed: Caldwell Parish N32°08'50.5" W092°01'20.4"  

 

Public Service Commission

·         Outage report attached--Statewide outages @ 3,249 As of 1100 03/18/2016

·         Cleco Update: Avoyelles Parish: Customers along Thomson Lane, Hwy 454 and the Red River levee were disconnected.

·         Rapides Parish: Patrolling areas around Rigolette and Kolin for possible disconnects.

·         They are also currently working to restore customers in Grant Parish and Rapides Parish that were affected by yesterday afternoon and evening's thunderstorms, totaling 240 customers. They called in contractor crews and expect to have power restored by this afternoon, weather permitting.

 

Department of Environmental Quality (HAZMAT)

·         Since 3/15 LDEQ has been notified of the following incidents:

·         4 gallon spill of crude oil and water in Lafourche Parish. Heavy rains and power outage caused tanks to overfill into secondary containment

·         A report of a possible oil spill in Claiborne Parish coming from an exposed pipe hit by a tree. After site visit it was determined there was no release.

·         Diesel spill in Tangipahoa Parish. Boom was deployed to clean up release.

·         Complaint about oil floating on private property with strong orders reported by the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office. The complaint was unable to be verified once the area was accessible.

·         Oil condensate and saltwater release in Lincoln Parish. Flood waters caused tank to move and a valve was broken. The site is still inundated with flood waters. Tanks have been emptied of any remaining material and there is no recoverable material on site.

 

LA Board of Regents

·         Flood damages reported at:  Northwestern State University, Louisiana Tech University, LSU Ag Center Hammond Research Station (Tangipahoa Parish), and LSU Ag Center Lee Memorial Forest (Washington Parish)

·         Flood damaged universities include: Grambling State University, Southeastern University, Northwest LA Technical College, LA Delta Community College, Central LA Technical Community College, River Parishes Community College, and Northshore Technical Community College. University of Louisiana Monroe - flood damages to Water Ski Facility, Fant-Ewing Coliseum, Malone Stadium, and Heard Tennis Stadium.

 

Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism

·         Parks Still Flooded/Closed: Fort Pike State Historic Site, Lake Bistineau State Park, Tickfaw State Park, Forts Randolph & Buhlow State Historic Site – closed through Sunday.

·         Overnight Facilities Closed: Chemin-A-Haut State Park: 8 cabins, Fairview-Riverside State Park: 7 campsites, Lake Bistineau State Park: 7 cabins, 2 group camps, 61 campsites, Tickfaw: 14 cabins, one group camp, 50 campsites

·         Parks Back in Partial Service: Bogue Chitto State Park: Closed: all trails, day use area, bottomland campground, Chemin-A-Haut State Park: Closed: all 8 deluxe cabins, Fairview-Riverside State Park: Closed: boardwalk and parts of premium campground.

·         Parks Back in Full Service: District 1: all parks except Bogue Chitto, Fort Pike SHS, and Tickfaw; District 2: all parks; District 3: all parks, except Chemin-A-Haut and Lake Bistineau; District 4: all parks.

·         Tickfaw State Park should be able to open on Thursday, March 24. The only areas currently under water are the River and Cut-Thru Trails, the Tent Campground, and RV campsites #25 and #27.

·         Fairview-Riverside State Park’s premium campsites #61-67 will remain closed through the weekend, due to excessive mud in the area. 
Lake Bistineau State Park and the deluxe cabins at Chemin-A-Haut will be closed through at least May.

 

Salvation Army

·         Shreveport Corps: Two Canteens in service in the greater Shreveport area serving first responders, citizens and shelter residents.

·         Monroe Corps: Two Canteens in service in the greater Monroe area.  Served in Morehouse, and Caldwell Parishes.

·         Leadership is currently assessing other areas surrounding Monroe for needed services.

·         Lakes Charles Corps is working with Calcasieu and surrounding parishes, preparing to provide service beginning Monday, 21 March 2016 as a replacement for the organizations serving now.  

 

Louisiana VOAD

·         LAVOAD is continuing to have a presence in the EOC, vet requests through GOHSEP, handle volunteer and donations requests and inquiries; working with DHTF.

·         Continue to work WebEOC requests for Union for donations and respond to request from Vernon.

·         Assist with request through EMDAC.

·         We will update services through an expanded report to be submitted at a later time.

 

LA BEOC

·         The LA BEOC is in communication and sending notifications, status updates and information through the www.labeoc.org site and providing state agencies resource list of local vendors. Staff met with a Home Depot corporate representative and provided local contacts and list of parishes that have been affected by the current historical flooding. Also, LA BEOC staff has been in exchange with Walmart emergency managers to locate requested products for donation through the Walmart Foundation to assist LA VOAD.

 

Disaster Recovery (JFO)

·         Twenty-six parishes – Allen, Ascension, Beauregard, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Calcasieu, Caldwell, Claiborne, De Soto, Grant, La Salle, Livingston, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Richland, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Union, Vernon, Washington, Webster, West Carroll and Winn – have been designated under DR-4263-LA for Individual Assistance and Public Assistance (Categories A and B, including direct federal assistance). Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured and underinsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

·         FEMA has started housing inspections. All FEMA inspectors have official IDs and residents should ask to see them. If you suspect fraud, call the FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721.

·         All flood survivors are urged to check with their local permitting office before doing any repairs. Also, remember: federal assistance is available only for primary homes – not vacation homes.

·         Residents with flooding damages living in parishes not named in the federal disaster declaration can still register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). If a parish is added to the declaration, applications from that parish will be automatically processed.

·         FEMA has a National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) call center to support NFIP policyholders. Call 800-621-3362 and press 2 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Individuals who live in special flood hazard areas who received FEMA assistance in the past were required to maintain their flood insurance. Those who did not are by law ineligible to receive FEMA grants to repair and rebuild their property. However, even if you have not kept up your flood insurance, you should still contact FEMA as other assistance may be available. Examples of the type of possible assistance include: temporary rental and clean-up costs, clothes, household items and medical and dental expenses.

·         Individual Assistance (IA):

o   Joint FEMA/State IA PDA teams conducted assessments in Jackson and Franklin parish on 03/17/16.

o   A State IA PDA team conducted assessments in St. Helena Parish on 03/17/16.

o   IA Totals:

o   Total registrations: 14,628

o   Registrations in designated parishes: 14,337 (26)

o   Registrations in undesignated parishes: 291 (27)

o   Total IHP Approved: $22,728

o   Housing Assistance: $20,366

o   Other Needs Assistance: $2,362

o   Inspections Issued: 12,169

o   Inspections Returned: 41

o   Inspectors in the field: 59

·         The following parishes have pending requested for Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC):

o   Bienville

o   Caddo – Inspected on 3/16/16

o   De Soto –Inspected on 3/16/16

o   Grant – Inspected on 3/16/16

o   La Salle – Inspection scheduled for 3/19/16

o   Livingston – Inspection scheduled for 3/21/16

o   Morehouse

o   Ouachita – Inspected on 3/17/16

o   Richland – Inspected on 3/17/16

o   St. Tammany – Inspected on 3/17/16

o   Tangipahoa – Inspection scheduled for 3/19/16

o   Washington – Inspected on 3/17/16

o   Webster – Inspected on 3/16/16

o   Winn – Inspection scheduled for 3/18/16

·         DRCs have been opened in the following parishes:

o   Bossier – Opening date is Saturday, March 19, 2016. Location is at the Bossier City Public Safety Complex, 5850 Shed Rd., Bossier City, LA 71111. Hours of operation will be 8:00AM to 6:00PM Monday thru Saturday and, Noon to 5:00PM on Sunday.

·         The State and FEMA continue to work with these local parishes to have building inspections preformed so those DRC sites can be open to the public as soon as possible.

·         Public Assistance (PA):

o   In an effort to expedite a request to include Categories C - G (permanent work) in the Major Declaration, GOHSEP has sent out information to local parish officials to conduct a "desktop PDA".   Instead of FEMA/GOHSEP having to physically come out to each site within the parish to capturing damages/estimates, GOHSEP is asking that the Parish conducts their own PDAs and submit to GOHSEP.  This effort will allow parishes that meet their parish threshold to quickly get approval for a permanent work declaration.  The quicker estimates are captured, the quicker we can request FEMA review for consideration of a permanent work declaration. These "desktop" PA PDA's will be conducted prior to scheduling any joint FEMA/State PA PDAs.

·         Disaster Survivor Assistance:

o   FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) crews continue to arrive.

o   The teams answer questions about the types of help available, help survivors apply for state and federal assistance and update an applicant’s contact information

o   So far they have visited 718 homes and interacted with 1,272 survivors and registered 342 people. The teams registered survivors in the following location: Merryville City Hall Annex in Beauregard Parish;

o   They are scheduled to register residents in Natchitoches at a location provided by the sheriff (726 Third Street). A request was made by the Vernon Parish sheriff to register at the parish library as many homes are still under water.

 

Parish Actions as of 5:00 PM

  

Allen

·         Per Regional Coordinator: Coordination efforts for FEMA – DSNAP IA programs and teams, PA and Cat A&B outreach assistance for desktop assessment process.

·         115 structures have water ranging from 8 feet to 4 inches.

·         Damage assessments are being conducted across Parish as water recedes. Parish is still experiencing high water in the Oberlin and Kinder area  making several status changes for future damage assessment necessary when teams can get to the locations.

·         Allen Parish still working with DHH on cemetery and coffins incident though it is in the final stages of response.

·         Incident commanders meeting today as Parish transitions into recovery

·         Decided to request a DSNAP  Team for registration of people within the parish requesting food stamps, a DRC  will be set up at the Allen Parish Civic Center, Tiger Lane  Oberlin  after DSNAP has finished registration using same location. FEMA through the Parish is setting up  several locations for parish registration for IA. Oak-dale 19-20 Oberlin 21-22 Kinder 25-24 Grant Mittie 25-26 at the area fire station. Fire Chiefs are coordinating each separate location then moving to Allen Parish sheriff’s office for as long as it takes to get the process well documented.

·         It has been reported that the electrical company has disconnected at least 500 homes in and around the area  of flooding in which power is being reconnected as the water reseeds. Loss of food and relocation issues will be expected.  

 

Ascension

·         Parish waterways are closed until further notice.

·         Two pump operations to relieve the water on Buxton Road/Buxton pump Station are ongoing.

·         24 hour flood control operations continue at Marvin Braud, Henderson Bayou, Sorrento pumping stations.

·         HESCO Baskets are being placed along the risk areas.

·         Currently, we have local resident shelter open and all major roadways are passable.

·         Requested JPDA/IA.

 

Avoyelles

·         The Levee operation in Brouillette is partially completed by RRABB Levee Board with super sack sand bags & plastic covering and will continue Friday.

·         Dirt was hauled on the levee in Vick 18 to 20” on top of existing levee to protect resident’s structures, livestock, & farm equipment.  

·         30- 35 residents that have evacuated. LANG is continuing with sand bag operations delivery & support.  ARC is on stand by for sheltering operations.

·         Residents advised to evacuate stating at 9:30 a.m. on 03/18/2016 in the Brouillette community due to high crest of the Red River. Volunteer evacuation starting on 03-18-2016 for Grand Lake,  Grassy Lake, WMA area in Bordelonville, Spring Bayou in Marksville, and Old River In Mansura.

·         There have been 112 electrical services that have disconnected because of high water or flooding.

 

Beauregard

·         Dumpsters placed at pre-approved sights for trash other than trees, etc. The dumpsters will be marked maintained daily and at night kept secured.

·         Having to have an electrical inspection performed before the power will be turned on by either Beauregard Electric or CLECO.

·         Baptist Men Association and other nonprofits have entered the area and have started work.

·         Approximately 340 structures with minor to major damage.

·         FEMA IA teams are in the area and will begin operations Monday 3-21-16 in the Merryville and N/W section of the parish and then south as water recedes.

·         DSNAP is scheduled to start Monday 3-21-16 in the parish and will used the location they have agreement with in the DeRidder area.

·         Still in phase of damage assessment and clean up and working details out with the Town of Merryville and the Police Jury P/W section.

·         Was advised of an oil leak on the river, but the water is still too high to enter the area and locate the leak. The State Police Haz-Mat troopers were advised and as soon as the water goes will enter the area to determine the source of the leak. There could more as the water goes down and wells can be looked at.

 

Bienville

·         Evacuated 40 people. Approximately 75 homes with flood damage; 15 homes with over 18 inches of water. Approximately 40 evacuated citizens.

·         PDA’s are ongoing and recovery operations are beginning. DSNAP operations will begin on Monday 3/31/16.

 

Bossier

·         Red Cross to go to the Haughton Community to assist in damage assessments and recovery operations.

·         Estimates  for water in houses: Haughton Town: 50, East 80 Tall Timbers:30, South Bossier too wet to see them all: 200+.

·         Per Regional Coordinator: Forward Assistance Centers stood up on 3/17/16 (not full MARC but basic commodities sites in most troubled areas). DRC soft opens 3/18/16. DSNAP site has been identified and satisfactory; operations will begin on 3/21/16.

 

Caddo

·         Evacuated approximately 289 citizens.

·         City of Shreveport and Parish will create maps for PDA teams.

·         Salvation Army has multiple food donations available to support shelters and responders.  Call 424-3200 for any food needs.

·         Per Regional Coordinator: Flood fight operations have stabilized and recovery actions are in play. DRC and DSNAP sites have been identified and coordinated. DSNAP operations will begin 3/21/16.

 

Calcasieu

·         Parish Sheriff department established two staging areas, one on Hwy 109 in Vinton & Hwy 12 in Starks. Also set up check points and criminal patrols.

·         At least approximately 705 homes have received flood damage.

·         One shelter operational/Pet shelter (KC Hall Vinton, LA): 16 evacuees, 4 pets

·         Mosquito Control preparing to spray early next week. Public Health started administering Tetanus shot to 1st Responders.

·         Coroner's Office:  5 cemeteries in the affected areas, over 100 caskets disinterred.

·         Per Regional Coordinator: Still in response mode but moving towards recovery. Conducting Recovery meetings. Coordination efforts for FEMA – DSNAP IA programs and teams, PA and Cat A&B outreach assistance for desktop assessment process.

·         Met with GOHSEP Officials and FEMA for preliminary evaluations of flooded areas.

 

Caldwell

·         Beginning recovery operations.

·         LANG will continue sandbagging operations with 4 people and 2 trucks.

·         D-Snap to open on Monday, March 21st in Caldwell Parish.

·         Salvation Army Canteen trailer is here to serve hot meals to all affected. Red Cross has sent 100 cleaning kits.

·         Damaged house count is up to 190.

·         FEMA moved in the Parish Community Center taking applications. 40 applications were received on Thursday, March 17, 2016 and 45 applications on Friday, March 18, 2016. Clean up kits are being issued to applicants.

·         Police Jury passed ordinance for a 10pm-6am curfew in the Hebert area and closed Long Lake.

·         The Police Jury Emergency meeting will be held Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 10AM with the GOSHEP PA and Debris Contractors along with all parish entities.

 

Catahoula

·         No water in homes reported as of now only camps. Homes in the area south of Harrisonburg, Sandy lake and Larto will start receiving water tomorrow (3/19/16).

·         Catahoula Parish continues to sandbag and build protective measures to prevent flood water from the Ouachita River.

·          Town of Jonesville continues to pump waste water over levee drainage structure.

·         Tensas Basin Levee district has closed 26 drainage structures.

·         USACE placing Hesco baskets on Black River Levee slide south of Jonesville, La.

·          Voluntary evacuation in effect for residents in low lying areas of the Parish.

·         30+ Parish roads are still closed.

·         Continuing utilizing LANG to create elevation stages on Ouachita River for temporary levee building.

·         Private levee had water blowing over top during storm. Only has about 1 ft. of free board left before over topping in Larto-Vick areas. 6 homes and 2 businesses could be affected, residents relocating to higher ground in case of levee tops

  

Claiborne

·         Approximately 100 citizens have been evacuated. Approximately 27 homes with major damage, 28 homes and 12 businesses with minor damage.

·         Beginning Recovery Operations. DSNAP operations will begin on 3/21/16.

 

Concordia

·         All lakes have been closed to traffic.

·         Water continues to rise, Black and Red Rivers are causing tributaries to back up. All Lakes are closed to recreational use.

 

DeSoto

·         Animal control has been advised and Pine Ridge Vet Clinic has volunteered space if needed also.

·         EOC has set up a hotline for damage reporting (318) 872-1939.

·         Evacuations of River Road and Garrett's Park in Logansport, have been lifted and residents are allowed to reenter these areas at their own discretion.

·         DSNAP operations will begin on 3/21/16.

 

East Baton Rouge

·         Public Works Department are monitoring sewer and water levels across the Parish. 

·         Parish is populating the database with impacted areas utilizing the 311 System, coordinated a medical pick up, and also coordinating with ARC to put shelters on standby.

 

East Carroll

·         3 damaged homes, many farm areas still filled with water, many parish roads still have water.

·         Road crew is out assisting with drainage issues.

 

Grant

·         Sheriff McCain met with Col. Wadell this morning and it was determined that the barricades on Hwy 492 still need to be staffed during night time hours by LANG personnel (4 soldiers & 2 vehicles). The other sites may be dissolved

·         GPSO has placed three deputies on 24 hour patrol in the Georgetown in response to looting.

·         26 homes destroyed, 90 with major damage & 110 with minor damage.

·         Water deliveries are on the decline.

·         FEMA has setup a temporary location at the Civic Center with a full DRC planned.

·         DSNAP operations will begin 3/21/16. Information on the schedule will be released to the public.

·         The levee gap at the rail road crossing near Lake Nantachie has been completed and is blocked. DOTD made notification to KCS to stop all rail traffic.

·         Assessments have been made on the status of the parish. Water is continuing to fall on Iatt Lake and Little River but rising on Nantachie and in the Bynum/492 area. This is due to the breach in the levee that is allowing held backwater to be released south.

·         Water is being delivered to the Nantachie community via HWV and LANG personnel.

 

Jackson

·         Approximately 50 homes and 1 high school have sustained water damage.

·         PDA Teams deployed to the Parish for assessments.

 

Jefferson

·         Joint PA/PDA team to assess damages to hurricane protection (burrito) levee in Grand Isle. PDA team is scheduled for Monday, March 21 at 10:00 in Grand Isle at Bridge Side Marina.

 

Lafourche

·         Joint PA PDA team scheduled for site assessment on damages at Fourchon beach. POC is Chett Chaisson, Greater Lafourche Port Commission. Site visit scheduled for Monday, March 21 at 10:30 a.m.

 

LaSalle

·         During the fly over of LaSalle determined that 90-100 structures that were inundated with high waters. Currently collecting data of flooded structures.

·         Faith based shelters are on standby (also available for Catahoula parish residents).

·         Parish OEP & Communications District currently working on mapping flooded structures, due to Old River waters rising, structures may increase.

·         Sandbagging efforts have started back since Old River (south end of Parish) has begun to threaten camps/houses.

·         DSNAP & DRC sites will begin on 3/21/16. DSNAP site housed at Woodmen of the World Lodge, 1720 East Oak St., Jena LA 71342. DRC site housed at East Jena Baptist Church family Life Center 1220 Peppers St., Jena, LA 71342.

 

Lincoln

·         Shelter at Trinity Methodist Church, on standby

·         Parish working on damage assessments in preparation for PDA Teams scheduled for next week.

 

Livingston

·         Waterways are closed to recreational boat traffic.

·         464 is the estimated number of flooded homes from the respective jurisdictions. This is not a final estimate.

·         Parish hotline will remain open until further notice to collect flood data from residents.

 

Madison

·         200+ home affected from this event however, there have been no reports of damaged homes.

 

Morehouse

·         Request for PDA/IA teams.

·         The Care and Hope center is open to provide supplies for residents affected by flooding (provide food, clothing, essentials)

·         Evacuated approximately 1,000 citizens. 175+ homes, 25+ mobile homes, 60+ apartment units, 5 business, and 8 public buildings with major damage

·         DSNAP has been requested to set up at Dotson Park in Bastrop, will begin on 3/21/16.

·         Per Regional Coordinator: Debris removal and recovery briefing conducted. Arranged for initial interviews with DSA Task Force and Division Supervisor to coordinate DSA activities. Local pastor is feeding 150 people daily.

·         Sandbagging resumed in Bonita due to rising water. Bonita water system is threatened.

  

Natchitoches

·         Shelter at the MLK Recreation Center 700 Martin Luther King Dr. with the assistance of Red Cross

·         Pipe closed at Chivery Dam.

·         100 plus families have been evacuated. Approximately 3,500 structures have sustained damage.

·         Requesting PDA Teams. Residents continue to call with damage reports. DSNAP operations will begin 3/21/16.

·         Hay has been requested for cattle.

·         Providing MREs and water from volunteers to residents who can't get out.

 

Ouachita

·         Water deliveries are on the decline. All mandatory evacuation shave been lifted. Even though water is still in many neighborhoods, residents are being allowed back to salvage as much as possible.

·         West side of Ouachita River, debris operations have begun.

·         DRC team inspected Civic Center and plan to open ASAP. Additional DRC requested for west side of parish.

·         FEMA Survivor Assistance teams have arrived in the Parish.

·         Sandbagging operations are ongoing at Loggy Bayou & Town and Country control structure.

·         Currently there are 1,724 addresses in our data base that have had or still have water in them. Approximate evacuation number is 1825.

·         The FEMA rep has arrived. Have requested IA & PA teams. PDA forms have been distributed to all agencies. DSNAP operations will begin 3/21/16.    

 

Rapides

·         Waters continue to rise, request for additional sandbags.

·         Continuing protective measures along the Rigollette Bayou area, Ruby-Kolin area along the Red River, & along the Bayou Maria area.

·         Several more homes have been inundated &/or inaccessible due to rising flood waters.

·         Voluntary evacuation in effect for residents in low lying areas of the Parish.

·         1 shelter open & have additional on standby.

 

Red River

·         Have evacuated 15-20 people; 24 homes with water inside, 50+ homes with water surrounding.

·         Operations continue to provide food and water to the homes that are surrounded by water and have no access out to purchase food or water.

·         Monitoring and sandbagging (as needed) all three culverts within the Parish.

·         8 State highways and several parish roads are closed.

 

Richland

·         Water is rising west of State Hwy 133 near Shirtail Rd and Bosco Rd. Situation is being assessed by the Police Jury Superintendent.

·         7 apartment units with major damage. Estimated 40,000 -50,000 acres underwater at this time.

·         Per Regional Coordinator: Coordinated with Parish, SO and ARC to provide regular feeding for shelter in Rayville. 21 housing units requested for residents of local housing unit which was condemned.

·         Shelter is open and supporting 14 evacuees at this time.

·         45 parish roads are underwater, 18 are closed. 5 State Highways are closed.

·         Moving sandbags to the southern end of the Parish.

·         7 dumpster locations throughout the Parish for flood debris.

·         Preliminary Damage Assessments are underway.

·         FEMA performed a DRC inspection at 112 D Morgan St. DSNAP operations will begin 3/21/16.

 

Sabine

·         Water is subsiding in Toledo Bend.

·         Evacuated a total of approximately 12 citizens.

·         PDAs in progress, expected completion date: 3/24/16. Recording names of residents with flood damage for IA.

·         Progressing with home cleanup effort.

·         Emergency repairing high priority roads and bridges.

  

St. Helena

·         14 homes with a roof leak, 6 homes with flood damage, and 1 church with roof leaks. Residents continue calling in to report damages.

·         Multiple damaged roads that will need culvert replacement asphalt, gravel, and drainage ditched cleaned.

·         IA PDA teams have been deployed. PA PDA Teams are scheduled to deploy next week.

 

St. Tammany

·         Emergency Command Post located in the Towers building in Slidell has been deactivated. Primary EOC in Covington.

·         City of Pearl has called for evacuations of homes along Pearl River. Evacuations ongoing in Goodbee in the Tallow Creek area.

·         1st Responders have performed over 600 rescues thus far. STPSO remains ready for SAR as necessary.

·         Conducting windshield assessments. 673 flooded structures in St Tammany Parish. This number does not reflect the East side of the Parish.

·         Completed emergency response efforts and transitioning into recovery phase.

·         DSNAP operations will begin 3/21/16.

 

Tangipahoa

·         Eagle Heights Shelter Population: 81

·         Debris Kickoff Meeting will be held Friday at 10 am.

·         Several teams are conducting damage assessments.

·         Approximately 850 homes have been flooded; Approximately 2,500 citizens evacuated; Approximately 2,750 citizens have been rescued.

·         DSNAP operations will begin 3/21/16.

    

Union

·         Evacuated approximately 500 citizens. Citizens around D’Arbonne Lake, Ouachita River and D’ArLeutre areas are evacuating their homes.

·         Shelter: Willie David Recreational Center 116 Cox Ferry Rd, Farmerville, LA 71241

·         Approximately 500 homes and camps have sustained damage; approximately 750 citizens have been evacuated.

·         Per Regional Coordinator: Local church is providing meals and debris cleanup is going well.

·         Beginning recovery operations. DSNAP operations will begin 3/21/16.

 

Vernon

·         Coordination efforts are being made to more organize volunteer and donations within the parish.

·         A Mobile Shower Unit request was delivered to the Burr Ferry Fire Dept for volunteer workers and evacuees.

·         FEMA Representatives are in the parish. A Red Cross Disaster Assessment Team in Vernon Parish.

·         DSNAP operations will begin 3/21/16 and will be located at the East Leesville Baptist Church located on LA 8. Working on coordinating a DRC location.

·         Coordination is ongoing with the Vernon Parish Coroner's Office to address the issues related to the cemeteries. Marking of graves in the cemetery on Bonner Rd. has been postponed based on current flood estimates.

·         Evacuated approximately 150 citizens, evacuations are ongoing; Approximately 300 homes damaged.

·         Two Parish POD sites remain open 

·         A Command Post by VPSO was set up @ the Burry Ferry Pentecostal Church POD site to gather contact info from residents directly affected by the flood event.

 

Washington

·         State Interop Chanel: *Interop 4 has been assigned to Washington Parish.

·         Sever Lift Station at the end of Pearl is only accessible by boat and the sewer treatment plant behind Riverside Medical Center is inundated by flood waters. 

·         Approximately 1200-1500 citizens have been evacuated.

·         Damage Assessments are ongoing.

·         The parish has made repairs to numerous damaged roads.  21 remain impassable. 2 state highways are closed except to local traffic.

·         Mobile DRC will be opened on Monday, March 21, 2016 in Bogalusa.

·         DSNAP will also open on Monday, March 21, 2016.  Hillcrest Baptist Church in Franklinton and American Legion Home in Bogalusa.

·         1 shelter remains opened

·         FEMA has 1 DSA team in the parish

·         Parish continues to work diligently to get PA declaration # of home damaged in the parish is 500-550.

 

Webster

·         Approximately 416 damaged homes. Approximately 200 citizens have been evacuated.

·         DSNAP operations will begin 3/21/16.

 

West Carroll Parish

·         75 homes have damage thus far, expect that number to increase as we hear more from the southwestern portion of the Parish.

·         Working on list of damaged or affected residents & address to get areas together when the PDA/IA team comes  

·         Per Regional Coordinator: ARC has begun food distribution.   

 

Winn

·         Winn Parish Road Department are placing all available road closed signs.

·         Backwoods Water System is still not back online, bottled water still being provided to those without.

·         100 + homes damaged.

·         DSNAP operations will begin 3/21/16.

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