News Alert: Situational Awareness Report 7 February 2017 As of 6:00 p.m.
Posted: 2/8/2017 8:09:42 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

Situational Awareness Report

7 February 2017

As of 6:00 p.m.

 

State EOC Activation Level: Crisis Action Team (CAT)

WebEOC Incident Name: 17-008 Severe Wx — Statewide — Feb07

State Declaration Proclamation 17 JBE 2017 State of Emergency – Severe Weather

 

 

Situation: Multiple tornadoes spawned from the severe weather that moved across the state earlier this morning and into the afternoon, and hail was reported across southeast Louisiana. Heavily affected areas include parts of Livingston, Ascension, Tangipahoa, St. Tammany, Jefferson, and Orleans Parishes, including eastern New Orleans. Over the next few days, the National Weather Service will be assessing the amount, intensity, and paths of tornadoes in this outbreak.

 

Most of the severe weather moved out of the state by the end of the afternoon. Tonight will be mostly cloudy with a low in the mid-60s. A low chance of isolated showers will exist through Wednesday night.

 

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

 

STATE AGENCIES

 

GOHSEP

·        GOHSEP has activated their Crisis Action Team.

·        A WebEOC Incident has been created for this event.

·        Regional Coordinators are maintaining communication with parishes and GOHSEP for situational awareness.

·        The Governor issued an emergency declaration (17 JBE 2017).

·        State damage assessment teams will begin preliminary damage assessments tomorrow (Wednesday, February 8).

 

Louisiana National Guard

·        Will provide security at 25 static checkpoints throughout the damaged area, along with helicopter support by two Blackhawks.

 

Louisiana State Police

·        TROOP A STAFFING: A total of 16 Troopers, including 1 Lieutenant and 2 Sergeants.  A total of 4 Troopers were sent to Donaldsonville to assist the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office with tornado damage searches and recovery.

·        TROOP B / TROOP N STAFFING: A total of 35 Troopers are in Orleans Parish, including 1 Trooper at the Orleans Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness. The area directly impacted by the tornado is a residential area within the boundaries of Wilson Avenue, Dwyer Road, Wright Road, and Chef Menteur Highway in New Orleans East. Troopers are conducting searches of damaged houses, manning roadblocks, and assisting with looting patrols in the area.

·        TROOP L STAFFING: Troop L has 2 Sergeants, and 9 Troopers assigned to the current shift. Two of those Troopers have been sent to New Orleans East to assist with storm damage operations. Team E has 1 Lieutenant, 1 Sergeant and 1 Trooper currently working. Communications is being handled out of HQ as of 2pm. Troopers are actively monitoring roadways and are in contact with local agencies.

·        CRISIS RESPONSE: Crisis Response Staff providing SITREPS to the GOHSEP SEOC and monitoring WebEOC for requests.  The LSP EOC is not activated at this time.

 

State Fire Marshal

·        OSFM EOC opened at 13:00 hrs. due to a number of reports of damage to buildings & homes in N.O. Louisiana Area.

·        Area 1 (N.O.) personnel on scene 13:15hrs.

·        From OSFM Area command: 4 trauma patients transported by NOEMS -Stable  Dozens of minor injuries transported to area hospitals  Heavy roof damage  Numerous bldg. collapses  Gas breaks being assed  Power lines down  Grid door to door searches underway  NOPD,NOFD,NOEMS,NOSHEP,NO SAFETY AND PERMITS, LSP, OSFM, P&P on scene  Primary line of damage Wilson and chef menteur(NO EAST) extending to BULLARD AND CHEF

·        HEAVIEST DAMAGE IN THE AREA OF HAMMOND TO CHEF EXTENDING TO 10000blk of CHEF

·        Unified command established at CHEF and Wilson

·        OSFM Deputy assessed damage in Livingston damaged areas. Deputy returning to normal duty due to emergency vehicles leaving area. Roads are open. Chief Craig Roberts of District 4 Fire Dept. report detailed results of the storm damage on Nan Wesley Rd.

·        5 homes heavily devastated (3 of which were mobile homes)

·        1 Camper Trailer

·        Several vehicles

·        3 injuries reported; 2 were ambulanced away, 1 stayed.

·        Several homes were damaged by the storm but these were the only ones that sustained critical damage.

 

Civil Air Patrol

·        Scheduled to conduct flights across southeast Louisiana to assist with damage assessment.

 

Public Service Commission

·        At 14:00, power outages due to today's storms are 16,581, with the vast majority in Orleans Parish. A parish report can be found in WebEOC.

·        Details from Entergy:

·        We are still assessing damages in some areas, but please see the additional details below.  We will follow up with more details as they become available. 

·        New Orleans East

·        Strong thunderstorms and a confirmed tornado caused damage to Entergy electrical and gas facilities this morning, Feb. 7, 2017. Entergy continues to assess damages to facilities and work to restore power in the New Orleans East area stretching from Lake Forest through Sherwood Forest to Michoud. We are bringing in additional resources to help with the restoration efforts in New Orleans East. Due to the extensive damages caused by the severe weather, the restoration process will take 3-5 days.

·        Preliminary damage reports include roughly 50 transmission poles down (the lines that bring the power from the power plant to the substations) and 6 distribution lines damaged (the power lines that provide residents and business with power). Heavily damaged areas will take longer to restore power.

·        Schools without power in New Orleans East include SciTech Academy, Schaumburg Elementary and Einstein Charter School Sherwood Forest.

·        New Orleans East Hospital and Joe W. Brown Park are currently with power.

·        Not only did this storm damage the electrical facilities, gas structures in New Orleans East were also damaged. Entergy gas crews are currently assessing damage and responding to leak calls ensuring customer locations are safe. Most of the leaks found were at the customer meter and fuel lines. The gas crews are walking house to house in blocks where leaks were reported and are turning off the gas on severely damaged homes and businesses. Once all emergencies are handled, the crews will patrol affected areas and begin repairs.

·        Donaldsonville

·        Currently there are approximately 2,560 customers without power in the Donaldsonville area. Crews have identified 10 to 12 poles down on Hwy 3120 and Hwy 18 in Donaldsonville near CF Industries. The tornado also severely impacted the area near Williams and St. Patrick Streets with several poles down in that area. In addition to these areas there is widespread damage in the Donaldsonville area.

·        We are estimating that power will be restored to most customers in the City of Donaldsonville by 10 p.m. However, some outages with more damages and/or in isolated areas may not be restored until early Wednesday, Feb 8th.

·        Details from DEMCO:

·        There are areas above Watson that show evidence of a tornado.  This will create additional challenges for crews, and may cause a smaller number of members to be out for longer than the others.  Another area near Killian appears to have experienced a tornado as well.  This is off of Lower Rome Road.

·        We are however picking up load steadily. 

 

Department of Health and Hospitals

·        High level ‘take-aways’:

·        Shelter was opened in Region 1 in the New Orleans East area as approximately 75 homes were damaged and displaced families (3 shelterees as of 3:49 pm)

·        28 injuries absorbed into Region 1 Hospitals (as of 3:49 pm)

·        9 injuries absorbed into Region 2 Hospitals

·        2 injuries absorbed into Region 9 Hospitals

·        Search and Rescue assessments are still underway – which may generate additional injuries.

·        General ESF8 Response Activities:

·        Alerts were sent out via ESF8 Portal. 

·        LERN directed trauma transports.

·        Reports came in from Louisiana Emergency Response Network (LERN), Hospital and EMS DRCs and Public Health Emergency Response Coordinators (PHERC) and were compiled by EOCWatch Desk.

·        For CMS purposes, Health Standards Section is reaching out to ASCs, RHC, FQHCs, CMHC, HH, hospice, PRTFs, ICFs, CORF, OPT, ESRD to determine impact. LNHA and Dialysis Network are also reaching out to their members to determine impact. As you may know, it is required for licensed facilities to contact HS if they are impacted by a disaster.    

 

American Red Cross

·        Red Cross Leadership held conference call this afternoon

·        Red Cross communicating with affected Parish OEPs

·        Public Affairs sending out safety messages and updating news media

·        Southeast Louisiana Area – Orleans/Metro/Northshore

·        St.Tammany – DA team conducting assessment; three homes damaged

·        Orleans Parish – New Orleans East Area

·        RECEPTION CENTER OPEN: Orleans Parish Managing Joe Brown Memorial Park

·        5601 Read Blvd., New Orleans 70127

·        As of 3:50pm  - 3 clients; Reception Center will become a shelter later tonight if there are clients in need of shelter

·        PDA – 75 Homes Destroyed

·        Supporting New Orleans EOC and Mobile Command Post with ARC Liaisons

·        Orleans Parish is managing a Reception Center at Joe Brown Park

·        ARC Team is supporting Reception Center with cots, blankets, comfort kits.  Planning number is for 400.

·        Red Cross providing dinner at Reception Center tonight at 6:00pm through a faith-based organization - New Orleans Mission

·        (2) ERVs are on site: Mobile Command Post and Joe Brown Park Shelter

·        If Reception Center becomes Shelter tonight, Orleans Parish will initially manage

·        Capital West Area:

·        Livingston Parish – Killian Area/Watson/Independence

·        ERV deployed to affected area providing snacks, water, tarps, clean up kits to Killian area

·        PDA – 7 damaged homes - 2 Destroyed in Killian

·        Sending DA team to Watson and Independence

·        No shelter request at this time

·        Ascension Parish – Donaldsonville Area

·        ERV deployed to affected area providing snacks, water, tarps, clean up kits

·        DA team in affected area

·        Setting up client intake at a church in the affected area

·        PDA – 12 destroyed

·        No shelter request at this time

·        St. James Parish

·        Sending out a DA team to the affected area

 

Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality

·        LDEQ is monitoring the situation and on standby if needed.  LDEQ Emergency Response personnel are on scene at Crystal Clean facility in New Orleans. 

·        Tornado went through the area and damaged storage tanks, buildings and power lines. 

·        A natural gas line was also damaged by tornado, but gas is off, not blowing. -  Material released from storage tanks into containment. In process of putting boom out around containment area as a precaution.  Power is currently out.

 

Department of Transportation and Development

·        DOTD ESF-3 Public Works and Engineering is in contact with DOTD Districts in impacted areas, DODT District personnel are coordinating with local OEPs and public works.

·        DOTD District 02 personnel has advised that they are working to clear US 90 in New Orleans East. They are with the Orleans command group in the field coordinating response. DOTD District 02 has been requested to provide 50 type III barricades and cones to assist with road closures.  DOTD District 02 has the devices in route and employees to install.  

·        Providing OSFM with two mobile light towers for search and rescue in the New Orleans area.

 

Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

·        LDAF is monitoring WebEOC and parish animal control agencies for resource request. No animal issues reported at this time.   

 

Salvation Army

·        The New Orleans Area Command of The Salvation Army has deployed a canteen (mobile kitchen) to the Command Post at Wilson and Chef. Additional details will be posted as they become available.

 

PARISH ACTIONS

 

Region 1

 

Orleans

·        Tornado activity was spotted by NOFD and NOPD in the area of Chef Highway and Downman Road. OHSEP has reported heavy damage in this area.

·        More than 50 homes with moderate to heavy damage near Chef Highway and Goode Street, More than 20 homes with moderate to heavy damage near 4600 block of Nottingham near Camelot.

·        Einstein Sherwood Forest School and Schaumburg School both sustained heavy damage. No injuries but children are sheltering in place and a dismissal program is being put together now.

·        8,412 are without power and with a confirmed tornado that number is expected to rise.

·        Approximately 10 – 12 people have presented to 3 area hospitals with minor related injuries.

·        The Joe Brown Park shelter has opened at 5601 Read Blvd.

·        The Governor, Mayor of New Orleans and many other officials completed a ground tour of the tornado damage area in New Orleans East.

·        Search and Rescue Teams are beginning a secondary, door to door search to ensure no one is trapped. While these teams are moving through the area they will conduct a damage assessment.

·        Requested a LANG LNO for the city EOC.

 

Jefferson

·        NWS confirmed tornado touchdown at approximately 10:45 am between the 700 block of St George Avenue and 3700 block of Jefferson Highway. Parish will continue to work with NWS to confirm path and intensity. JPEM has been working closely with the NWS throughout the day reporting areas of remnants from structural damage and visible flying debris from the Old Jefferson neighborhood impacted today.  A complete report will be forwarded for examining today’s events by the NWS field response forecasters to determine the strength of today’s tornado. 

·        Approximately 20 structures sustained light to moderate damage.

·        Power outages are down to 250 Entergy customers.

·        All streets are cleared from debris and flood waters and have no travel issues at this time.

·        No injuries to report.

 

Region 2

 

Livingston

·        Officials and NWS confirmed tornado activity in the Killian and Springfield area.

·        5 homes have been damaged and 2 destroyed with numerous trees and powerlines down in the Killian area.

·        Watson area damages as confirmed by OSFM include 5 homes heavily devastated (3 of which were mobile homes), 1 camper trailer, and several vehicles.

·        3 injuries reported, 2 of which were ambulanced away and 1 stayed.

·        Emergency Medical Services and American Red Cross are responding.

 

Ascension

·        Tornado confirmed to have touched down in the Donaldsonville area at approximately 11:00 am near the Old Rice Mill and northeast into the city including Williams and St. Patrick Street. The Director is on scene assessing damages, so far those reveal roof damage, car damage and vegetative debris.

·        CF Industries have also reported some damages.

·        Approximately 1,700 without power.

·        3 injuries in St Gabriel are being transported to area hospitals.

 

Region 3

 

St. James

·        Tornado reported west side of the Sunshine Bridge on June Street in a small community known as Lemannville. NWS thinks this may be the same system seen in Donaldsonville.

·        13 homes damaged with an additional 5 destroyed.  Law Enforcement, Parish Social Services and EM staff are on scene conducting assessments of residents and damaged areas. Crews are hindered with assessments due to downed trees and power lines.

·        Parish is working with Entergy to restore power outages; approximately 572 outages. Public Works Crews also assisting Entergy with debris clearing. Entergy is reporting it may take up to two days to restore power in Lemannville.

·        2 reported minor injuries.

·        American Red Cross responding, ETA 1500.

·        Sheriff’s Office is providing 24 hour security.

·        Volunteers are assisting residents with minor roof repairs.

·        Gas and Water services are disconnected until parish utilities deem safe for restoration. Parish will go door-to-door to advise residents on restoring power.

·        Parish issued an emergency declaration.

·        UCG meeting was held at 4:30 p.m.

·        One trapped individual was freed from his or her home and transported to OLOL Hospital.

·        The Sheriff’s mobile command is located on Charles Street. Deputies will be on-site throughout the night.

·        Parish EOC returned to normal operations; may have another UCG tomorrow.

 

Region 9

 

Tangipahoa

·        OHSEP reported 3 possible tornadoes impacting the parish. First, a large tornado moved through Akers south of Ponchatoula heading towards Madisonville. A second that caused damage in Ponchatoula and possible a third near Amite. NWS believes this may be the same as what passed through the Killian area.

·        Parish reporting 8 power poles down on Owl Bayou.

·        No injuries to report.

 

St Tammany

·        Reports of a tornado touchdown in Madisonville at Highway 22 and Pine Street with possible damage in northern St Tammany.

·        3 homes in the Madisonville area with moderate to major damage.

·        More than 100 without power.

·        No injuries to report.

 

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