News Alert: Situational Awareness Report 4 May 2017 As of 5:00 PM
Posted: 5/4/2017 5:22:33 PM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

Situational Awareness Report

4 May 2017

As of 5:00 PM

State EOC Activation Level: CAT (Crisis Action Team)

WebEOC Incident Name: 17-015 Severe Wx and Flooding — Statewide — May03

 

 

Situation:  Another round of severe weather moved through the area yesterday and overnight. Heavy rainfall, damaging winds, large hail and tornadoes were all possible. Any areas that were affected by this past weekend’s severe weather were at risk again. Any damages need to be documented separately from the Severe Weather-Statewide-Apr2930 Incident.

 

North Louisiana: A Lake Winds Advisory is in effect until 7 PM this evening. Northwesterly winds of 20 to 25 mph with gusts up to 25 mph possible.

Southwest/ Central Louisiana: Run off issues from recent heavy rainfall could allow for standing or fast moving water across some roadways. Breezy northwest winds from 10 to 15 mph with higher gusts will also occur today. Many rivers, bayous and creeks will be in the flood from the run-off from the recent extensive rainfall. All interests should keep updated with the latest river forecasts, statements and warnings.

Southeast Louisiana: Strong winds and rough seas will lead to hazardous conditions for small craft over the tidal lakes, sounds and Gulf waters. Small craft advisories will remain in effect through Friday evening for all coastal waters o southeast Louisiana and Mississippi due to strong winds and rough seas.

 

 

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

State Actions

GOHSEP

·         A WebEOC Incident was created for this event

·         Regional Coordinators are maintaining communications with their respective parishes

 

Public Service Commission

·         Power outages statewide on 05/04/2017 as of 11:00: 19,626; Parish outage report attached

·         Parishes with 1,000+ outages currently: Jefferson, Lafourche, St. Landry, St. Tammany, Terrebonne, Vernon

·         Entergy Update: The severe weather caused substantial damages throughout the state, and in particular damaged the line (poles down) in the marsh which serves Grand Isle. A helicopter flight is scheduled to assess the damages on the line in the marsh and more information will be available later today. Crews will continue to work to assess damages and restore power throughout the day.

·         Cleco Update: Extra crews have been brought in to help with restoration, and they anticipate over 90% of their customers will have power restored by the end of the day. (Attaching their latest press release as well)

 

Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

·         On Sunday April 30th  around 4 p.m. LDWF was notified by Entergy via our dispatcher of downed power lines in Henderson Bay near the Phillips Canal. These power lines came down during the inclement weather of Saturday, April 29th and Sunday, April 30th.  Agents responded to the area and found approximately 500 to 600 yards of downed power lines. The lines were either laying on top of water or suspended a foot or so above water.  Agent’s set up perimeters in the area until 12 midnight to limit boating traffic.  As well, agent’s picked up a second vessel to assist with the perimeter.  Starting at midnight on May 1st around the clock patrols were set up to ensure public safety in the area.

·         From Sunday, April 29th through Tuesday May 2nd LDWF has utilized two Triton vessels with one operator each. Yesterday, May 2nd at 5 p.m, LDWF replaced the use of one of the Tritons with a Safe Cabin vessel with twin engines to prepare for Wednesdays approaching storms. 

·         These vessels have run continuously 24 hours since the agents reached the scene on April 29th. 

·         As of Wednesday May 3 at 11 am, agents are still on scene. Repair crews have ceased repairs due to the weather. Representatives with Entergy are stating that they anticipate the repair to be completed by Thursday, May4th.

 

Department of Transportation and Development

·         DOTD is currently monitoring roadway closures in the state.

·         Dist. 02, 04, 05, 58, 61, & 62 : No reports of damages or current road closures.

·         Dist. 03:   4 – current road closures due to high water:

o   LA 1123 Between LA 97 and Riverside Road.

o   LA 91 at Estherwood Pontoon Bridge.

o   LA 376 Between Bieber Rd. and LA 13

o   LA 342 from LA 93 to Ile Des Cannes.

·         Dist. 07: LA 101 at MP 1 in Calcasieu Parish is currently closed due to rising water.

·         Dist. 08: 2 – current road closures due to downed trees:

o   LA 107 Large trees with power lines.

o   LA 1184 Large trees with power lines.

  

Department of Health and Hospitals

·         Update: As of 7pm, Holly Hill Nursing Home was evacuated to their sister facility of Rosewood in Lake Charles as the facility was taking in flood waters. There were a total of 76 total clients moved; 18 of which were moved by ambulance.  

·         Region 3 - Ochsner St. Anne General Hospital has gone on generator power due to power interruptions.   

·         Environmental Health Services report that there are no Boil Advisories at this time.

 

American Red Cross

·         ARC will continue to reach out this morning to the affected Parish OEPs to obtain updates on flooding and coordinate with Parishes that have any requests

·         ARC will continue to communicate and update elected officials in affected Parishes

·         No requests for shelters at this time

 

Parish Actions

Acadia

·         Pontoon Bridge on HWY 91 Estherwood closed

 

Ascension

·         Donaldsonville schools closed today May 4 due to power outages

 

Assumption

·         Minor damage to a couple of homes

 

Avoyelles

·         Sandbags are being distributed at: Bunkie City Barn in Moreauville, Fire Department in Simmesport, Fire Department in Mansura, and the Parish Barn.

·         All State Highways are now open

·         Avoyelles High, Plaucheville Elementary, St Joseph’s Catholic and Avoyelles Charter schools closed due to impassable roads and electrical problems.

·         1 Home damaged – roof taken off

·         Approximately 240 without power from Cleco and Entergy

 

Beauregard

·         Schools closed today 4 May

·         Some parish roads flooded due to flash flooding

·         Bundick Lake is flooding but will not know the impact until tomorrow.

 

Calcasieu

·         Received reports of a couple of lightning fires being responded to

·         The parish declared an emergency for Calcasieu Parish as of 0800 this day due to heavy rain all day, with some areas of the parish receiving as much as 10 inches. The parish is currently working on the following issues;

o   Working reports of houses with water in them, no count available at this time                                                           

o   Vehicles in flood waters in all parts of the parish, all occupants have been successfully rescued

o   A school bus with 8 people on board drive into a rain swollen ditch. All persons out, minor injuries involved

o   There is an elderly housing unit in Iowa, LA that is in danger of flooding. There are approximately 40 residents, the town of Iowa, LA has offered the community center in Iowa for the initial shelter if it is needed

·         The Holly Hill Nursing Home in Sulphur was evacuated. A total of 79 residents evacuated with all being taken to Rosewood Nursing Home. Acadian Ambulance assisted by transporting patients with oxygen requirements and the remainder were transported using the parish transit busses.

 

East Baton Rouge

·         BRFD is supporting free sandbagging efforts at the following 4 locations in EBR:

·         Station 7, 5758 Claycut Street, (225) 389-4653 Station 9, 4025 Perkins Road, (225) 389-4655 Station 13, 835 Sharp Road, (225) 389-4659 Station 14, 4121 Harding Boulevard, (225) 389-4660

·         As of 3:20 pm 5/3/2017 approx. 100 sandbags have been picked up between all four locations.  

·         EOC is still only partially activated. No flooding, no damages reported due to the severe weather. All public schools are open. Power outages are minimal to none.

 

Evangeline

·         Schools Closed today May 4

 

Grant

·         Empty bags and sand will be available at the civic center for self-distributing.  

 

Iberia

·         Reported water on local roads

·         Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office is asking everyone to stay off the roads if at all possible due to the flooding conditions

·         The parish announced sand bags are available at the following locations:

o   B.O.M. Fire Station

o   Grand Marais Fire Station

o   Coteau Fire Station

o   Rynella Fire Station

o   Delcambre City Hall

o   Loreauville Park

o   Lydia Fire Station

 

Jefferson

·         Grand Isle School and Helen Cox High School closed today May 4 due to power outage

·         Street flooding, canals have debris that need to be cleaned out

·         Heavy power outages in Grand Isle

 

Jefferson Davis

·         All schools closed  4 May 2017 due to power outages and damages. All schools will reopen tomorrow May 5.

·         There are about 20 homes parish is monitoring in the Welsh area that may be flooding depending on the stages of the canal.

 

Lafayette

·         Sandbags available for Scott residents at City Maintenance Facility on Lions Club Road

·         Reports of multiple vehicles being inundated by water on major roadways. Excess of 40 roadways inundated, at this time

·         EOC back to normal operations and schools are open

 

Lafourche

·         All pumps are operational in preparation for second round this evening.

·         Sheriff's office is monitoring the streets and are advising citizens to avoid streets with standing water where passage may push water into houses.

·         garbage collection tomorrow, citizens are advised to wait until tomorrow morning to put trash cans out to the road.  

·         DAMAGED HOMES: Hummingbird Drive, Plaisance Drive, Williams Street, Thibodaux Head Start building - Veterans Blvd, Bail Bonds 308 in St. Charles, Peltier Drive, Thibodaux Government Complex Building, Thibodaux - water damage, 2377 HWY 308 tree on house,

·         STRUCTURAL DAMAGES: 300 block of Williams Street  – porches down, light damage, Tree on trailer @ 3027 HWY 308 – no injuries, extensive damage to trailer, 3248 HWY 1, Raceland by Foret Street, Raceland – Gary Foret reported farm shop gone, trailers damaged, several farm buildings with damage and trees down

·         HIGH WATER: Belle Helene – Parish just got pumps up at 1520 due to no power; LPSO standing by to block roadway to prevent passing vehicles from pushing water into homes; past Bayou Boeuf School S Sugarfield Drive – still waiting on barricades due to high water Winder Rd near Dominique - water still high, additional rain likely to cause flooding in homes Parlange Street – Parish just got pumps up at 1520 due to no power; LPSO standing by to block roadway to prevent passing vehicles from pushing water into homes;

·         Multiple trees, power lines and stop signs down

·         Most of the power has been restored to Fourchon

 

Orleans

·         Street flooding and a few trees down

·         No structure damage

 

Plaquemines

·         Some debris in the lower part of the Parish

·         Power outages

 

Rapides

·         Reported tennis ball size hail

·         Fire Departments have sand and sandbags for residents should the need arise

 

St Bernard

·         Trees down and multiple without power

 

St James

·         Minor damage, poles and trees down, power outages

 

St Landry

·         Emergency Declaration has been submitted

·         Provided sandbags to Port Barre and Washington to allow those communities to open up their own distribution sights.

·         Sandbag sites:  St. Landry Parish Government Yambilee Bldg. Site opened since Monday, May 1, 2017.  City of Eunice Bobcat Dr. Site opened Tuesday, May 2, 2017 and Northwest Pavilion opened Wednesday, May 3, 2017.  The Town of Arnaudville began issuing sandbags Wednesday, May 3, 2017.  St. Landry Parish Government has provided the City of Opelousas, Town of Port Barre, and the Town of Washington with bundles of bags to open up their own sites.  St. Landry Parish Sheriff's inmates are assisting at the Yambilee Site May 3, 2017. 

·         Eunice received an additional 6 inches of rain today with other areas receiving up to 4 inches as of 10:00 p.m.  Parish public works personnel along with DOTD cleared roadways with trees.

·         Multiple trees down a roads with water. Parish Public Works and DOTD working to clear downed trees from roadways.

·         Schools remain open today

 

St Martin

·         Sandbags are available at Ruth Barn and South Barn

 

St Tammany

·         Approximately 2500 customers out of power (mainly in and around the Slidell area) due to last night's weather event.  

 

Terrebonne

·         St Charles Elementary School closed today May 4

·         Numerous trees down including one that fell on a home

 

Vermillion

·         Hail reported in Pecan Island area

·         Schools closed today

 

 

 

 

For more information on the weather forecast please visit: http://www.weather.gov/

For more information on the river forecast please visit: http://www.weather.gov/lmrfc/

 

GOHSEP Operations will continue to monitor the situation. This is the last SITREP unless the situation warrants.

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