News Alert: Situational Awareness Report 3 January 2017 As of 3:00 p.m.
Posted: 1/3/2017 3:54:03 PM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

Situational Awareness Report

3 January 2017

As of 3:00 p.m.


State EOC Activation Level: CAT (Crisis Action Team)

WebEOC Incident Name: 17-005 Severe Wx — Statewide — Jan02-03



Situation: A line of strong to severe thunderstorms moved across our State yesterday. No further hazardous weather is expected at this time.


North/Southwest/Central Louisiana: No Hazardous weather is expected.


Southeast Louisiana: A Marine Dense Fog Advisory will be in effect this afternoon and tonight for the tidal lakes, sounds and the Northshore waters around the mouth of the Mississippi River. Minor flooding of several area rivers will continue. A strong cold front and associated surface low could produce very hazardous marine conditions by the end of the week.


***Updates to this report will be in red text***

State Agencies


GOHSEP has activated their Crisis Action Team as of 10:00 am this morning and has created a WebEOC Incident for this event.

All Regional Coordinators and monitoring the situation and maintaining communications with the State and Local partners.


Public Service Commission

Cleco had a peak of 14,703 outages late afternoon of 01/02/2017. As of 11:00 AM on 01/03/2017, the only remaining major hotspot is Avoyelles Parish where a little over 2,000  customers remain without power. They expect that 90% of all customers will have power by 16:00, and all customers who are able to take power will be restored by tonight.  

Entergy had a peak of around 17,000 outages at 14:30 on 01/02/2017. By midnight, that was down to around 8,000 customers. Their crews restored power to the overwhelming majority of customers who were affected by yesterday’s storms early this morning, however there were areas where outages persisted. (i.e. ~260 customers were affected in E. Feliciana at 4:34am). Around 1,500 customers who experienced outages late yesterday/early this morning, as well as those with more extensive damages in remote areas, were without power as of 07:30 on 01/03/2017. The major areas still out as of 11:00 are in Avoyelles, E. Feliciana, W. Feliciana, and Tangipahoa Parishes.

DEMCO had a peak of 12,970 outages around the same time as Entergy on 01/02/2017. They have been restoring these throughout the night and this morning, and as of 11:00, W. Feliciana has 1,330 outages and E. Feliciana has 455 outages still remaining.

Beauregard Electric has just over 500 outages remaining from the storms, with the majority of these, 470, in Beauregard Parish, in the Kernan, Ragley, Longville areas.


Red Cross

Region is communicating with OEPs in the affected areas

Held a leadership conference call this morning to get update on damage across the state

Sending out DA teams to the affected areas across the state

Provide assistance to affected clients

Sending teams out in the Avoyelles Parish (Bunkie/Hessmer communities) with tarps, comfort kits, snacks and water

No requests for shelters at this time




The pontoon bridge on Hwy 91north of Estherwood remains closed until further notice due to flooding on the Mermentau River.



As of 2100hrs 1/2/17 a preliminary damage assessment has been made they are as follows:

Bunkie 70 structures with 2 homes not livable due to large trees in them, Hessmer 30 structures damaged, Evergreen 3 structures damaged, Cottonport 5 structure damaged, Mansura 3 Structures damaged

Marksville 4 homes, 1 airplane hangar with 2 planes Walmart super center major roof damaged 2 Strip mall leased to different merchants. Simmesport WATER WELL & Generator struck by lightning.   



OEP reporting possible tornado touchdown southwest of Mamou near LD Varette Road. Resident eye witness stating tornado bouncing in the fields.  NWS was notified and stated they believe it was only straight line winds.

3 homes reported receiving roof damage or shed, all three have contacted their homeowners insurance companies and have been given the number to Red Cross.

Numerous trees and utility poles down throughout the Parish.

Electricity is slowly being restored throughout the Parish. Hospitals and Law Enforcement currently have power.

No injuries. 



Parish Sheriff's Office reporting that the 100 block of Gouaux Road and 700 block of Wagon Train Road are closed due to high water.



One home with minor/moderate roof damage on Lloyd Bridge Rd south of Lecompte. 

1 mobile home with major damage and roof removed and 1 additional mobile home with moderate to heavy damage.

Several out buildings damaged or destroyed however no injuries reported.


St. Helena

OHSEP reporting scattered trees down and power outages throughout the Parish. Some of the trees down are blocking the roads and highways.


St. Landry

Report from the Mayor of Melville indicating numerous downed trees and damage to metal roof in the community.


St. Tammany

OHSEP confirms numerous trees down and power outages in the vicinity of Bush however uncertain if caused by tornado or straight line winds.

No homes damaged or injuries reported.



OHSEP reports possible tornado touchdown in the Kentwood area near Highway 38 east of the town.

Numerous trees down throughout this location.

Entire town of Kentwood is without power. 

No homes reported damage however the Kentwood Hardware Store lost part of its roof, no injuries reported.


GOHSEP Operations will return to Normal Operations at 4:00 pm today. This will be the last SITREP for this event unless the situation changes.


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