News Alert: GOHSEP Tropical Weather SITREP August 24, 2017 As of 10:00 AM
Posted: 8/24/2017 10:48:37 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

GOHSEP Tropical Weather SITREP

August 24, 2017

As of 10:00 AM

 

State EOC Activation Level: Level III

 

Tropical Weather Outlook: The National Hurricane Center is monitoring Tropical Storm Harvey and one (1) other disturbance in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico regions. Please monitor your local National Weather Service for the latest updates.

 

Disturbance 1 – A trough of low pressure near the Florida peninsula continues to produce disorganized showers and thunderstorms extending across the Bahamas, southern Florida, and the adjacent waters. Development, if any, of this system should be slow to occur while it drifts northward to northeastward during the next day or two. Some tropical or subtropical development is possible over the weekend or early next week while the system moves northeastward over the western Atlantic before it merges with a front. Regardless of development, very heavy rain and flooding is possible over portions of the Florida peninsula during the next few days.

·        10% chance of formation through 48 hours

·        30% chance of formation through 5 days

 

Tropical Storm Harvey – The center of Tropical Storm Harvey was located by a reconnaissance plane near latitude 23.8 North, longitude 93.0 West. Harvey is moving toward the north-northwest near 10 mph. A track toward the northwest or north-northwest at a faster forward speed is expected for the next 48 hours. On the forecast track, Harvey will approach the southern Texas coast on Friday. An Air Force Reserve aircraft reports that the maximum sustained winds have increased near 60 mph with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Harvey is expected to become a hurricane by Friday. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles from the center. The minimum central pressure based on data from the Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft is 986 mb.

Harvey is expected to produce rain accumulations of 10 to 15 inches with isolated amounts of 25 inches over the Texas coast through next Wednesday. During the same time period,  Harvey is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 3 to 9 inches along its outer radius including parts of south, central and eastern Texas and the lower Mississippi Valley. Rainfall from Harvey may cause life-threatening flooding.

  

**Updates to this report will be in Red Text**

 

STATE ACTIONS

 

GOHSEP

o   EOC manned 24 hour operations

o   A WebEOC Event has been created for this event (17-025 Tropical System Harvey – Statewide – August)

o   Conducting daily Southwest Hurricane Task Force conference calls

o   Conducting daily Orleans Parish coordination calls

o   Unified Command Group Meeting is scheduled for August 24th

 

LOUISIANA NATIONAL GUARD

o   TAC is being manned 24hrs through the next 24-hour reporting period.

o   125,000 meals are being delivered to Camp Beauregard by COB Friday (FEMA).

o   455,000 sandbags delivered to Camp Beauregard

o   1,000 cots are being delivered to New Orleans by COB Friday (139th).

o   LNO attended SAR meeting in Calcasieu Parish (256th).

 

LOUISIANA STATE POLICE

o   Status checks of Headquarters and Troop assets are being processed

o   Additional personnel from plainclothes sections are prepared to deploy to any affected Troops if needed

o   Participating in a DCFS Conference Call concerning possible shelters being opened throughout the state

o   Information was shared with Troop Commanders to prepare personnel if necessary

 

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND DEVELOPMENT

o   EOC partially activated

o   Districts are preparing equipment

o   Coordinating with New Orleans to discuss an accelerated phased limited evacuation due to pump capacity flooding issues

o   Coordinated vehicle staging area (VSA) with Babycakes Baseball; coordinated alternate VSA with Morial Convention Center

o   Alerted vendors of wraparound services at VSA sites

o   Coordinating bus contracts

 

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY

o   LDAF is contacting Parish Animal Control agencies to verify pre-staged resources and needs

o   Advisory will be issued to livestock owners to prepare

o   LDAF IMT on standby

o   Resource requests are in progress to support local animal control efforts

o   Emergency fuel contractor contacted and determined readiness

o   NGO’s contacted and placed on standby for ASAR and pet shelter support

o   LDAF is available through our Emergency Hotline 1-885-452-5323

 

DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

o   Emergency Response and Regional staff are on standby and making preparations to respond

o   Contact has been made with EPA and ESF-10 partners (LSP & LOSCO) to discuss post-storm response coordination.

o   Radiation licensees in the anticipated impacted area will be contacted to discuss storm preparations and contingencies of radiological sources 

 

DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES

o   Conduct initial response assessments, including agent availability and SAR equipment readiness, etc.

 

STATE FIRE MARSHAL

o   Liaison deputies are in contact with OEP offices in effected area.

o   ESF- 4 has notified the States Fire Service along with USAR teams.

o   ESF-4 moved our mobile command unit to stage in Lafayette, La. Pending deployment forward.

 

COASTAL PROTECTION AND RESTORATION AUTHORITY

o   CPRA is currently coordinating with our field offices to gather updates on:

o   Projects under construction. We want to make sure that our contractors follow their approved severe weather plans as required. (We have been in contact with field offices since 8/16) All contractors are following their severe weather plans.

o   Local flood authorities’ and USACE’s preparation activities. We want to make sure that the flood protection infrastructure is operated appropriately and become aware of any issues or anticipated issues ASAP. (We have been in contact with levee districts since Thursday August 17)

o   Out of an abundance of caution the Lake Borgne Surge Barrier By-Pass (barge) Gate was closed 8/23/2017.

o   CPRA Water Control Projects are generally closed when a TS enters the gulf. The following are currently closed: Davis Pond Freshwater Diversion, Caernarvon Freshwater Diversion, Naomi Siphon (freshwater diversion), West Point a la Hache Siphon (freshwater diversion) – was closed previously due to USACE levee work, Cameron Creole – all gates closed except the Grand Bayou boat bay.

 

DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES

o   DCFS ESF-6 Staff have been placed on "ADVISE" response level, and expect to elevate to "ALERT" response level today (8/24)

o   DCFS Regional Coordinators continue to communicate with local partners for ESF-6 assistance in projected affected areas

o   Received Sex Offender data base from LSP and will load in the Phoenix system in preparation for registration if needed

o   Working with GOHSEP and City of New Orleans on modified City Assisted Evacuation Plan.

 

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

o   Medical facilities have been placed on alert to conduct readiness for both SIP and evacuation plans.

o   Gap analysis has been conducted, and LDH staff and surge contracts and federal ESF-08 are on standby.

 

WORKFORCE COMMISSION

o   Mass feeding contractors have been placed on standby and are prepared for deployment

 

AMERICAN RED CROSS

o   Participating in Regional and National readiness and preparedness calls

o   Region has initiated readiness and preparedness activities to support any response

o   DR 400-18 has been issued for Red Cross response

o   Parish based Red Cross workforce is talking with local OEP offices

o   Continue close communication with DCFS for planning efforts

 

SALVATION ARMY

o   Participating in Territorial Salvation Army Hurricane taskforce calls

o   Personnel, equipment and liaison are on standby

 

LOUISIANA VOAD

o   Mercy Chefs and Operation BBQ Relief are on standby and are ready to deploy for emergency feeding operations.

o   Crisis Cleanup is likely activating Thursday for TX/LA response.

 

PARISH ACTIONS

 

ACADIA

o   Parish has been participating in conference calls.

o   No school or government closures planned at this time.

o   Parish is checking resources, reviewing plans, and ensuring key personnel are on standby if needed.

o   Parish sandbag locations (by appointment, limit 12 bags per household, ID required)

o   Branch Barn: 144 Bias Road, Branch, LA

o   Crowley Barn: 247 Roller Road, Crowley, LA

o   Iota Barn: 540 Kennedy Ave., Iota, LA

o   Municipal sandbag locations (ID required)

o   Crowley (6 bag limit): 220 Jack Mitchell Dr., Crowley, LA (7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)

o   Morse: (4 bag limit): 215 South Jules Ave., Morse, LA (1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

 

AVOYELLES

o   Public Works Director has crews out cleaning ditches & culverts in flood prone areas, all municipality asked to do the same

o   Sand and sand bags are in place ready to deploy if needed

 

BEAUREGARD

o   Parish OHSEP is on stand-by and the EOC is not activated.

o   The public has been made aware of the situation, and sandbags are available at locations across the parish.

o   School will be in session on Thursday and Friday, and no evacuations have been ordered.

o   An emergency declaration will be filed Thursday.

 

BOSSIER

o   Sent situational awareness email to Parish President, Parish Administrator, Police Jurors, Parish Engineer, Bossier City Mayor and Bossier Parish Sheriff

o   Will call PEMAC meeting if the conditions continue to deteriorate and significant severe weather affects our area.

 

CALCASIEU (Declaration Received)

o   EOC is working extended hours

o   Executive Policy Group Meeting, Region 5 Directors conference call, VOAD meeting and Port Coordination Team Planning meeting conducted

o   SAR planning meeting scheduled for August 24 at 10 AM

o   VOAD has placed 4 shelter teams on standby

o   Prepared to assist Cameron Parish Admin and OHSEP move to Calcasieu Parish

o   Sandbag points are open

 

CAMERON (Declaration Received)

o   Parish equipment is currently being moved north to higher ground

o   OHSEP will be relocating operations by 8 AM Friday to Cameron Parish National Wildlife Refuge

o   Parish Police Jury offices will be relocating to Calcasieu Parish to resume operations 8/28

o   Held meeting with Police Jurors 8/23 to discuss possible evacuations of lower Cameron Parish

 

IBERVILLE

o   Parish officials as well as mayors are aware of the current situation and making appropriate preparations for the heavy rainfall predicted for our area. 

 

JEFFERSON DAVIS

o   As a precaution, the Jefferson Davis Parish Police Jury has made sandbags and sand available to residents of Jefferson Davis Parish. Self-service sandbags and sand are available in the following locations:

o   Jennings Police Jury Road Yard on Airport Road

o   Lake Arthur Community Center (Pick up bag first at Lake Arthur Police Department)

o   Woodlawn Fire Station

o   Welsh Police Jury Yard across from Welsh Community Center

o   Hathaway Fire Station on Hwy 102

o   Fenton Police Jury Yard on Estes Road

o   Lacassine Fire Station 17155 Hwy 90 -Elton City Hall

 

RAPIDES

o   Sand & sandbags are being pre-positioned throughout the Parish; will begin distribution this 8/24

o   City of Alexandria has made declaration & request for pumps will be submitted

o   Parish President is preparing Declaration on behalf of the Parish for submission no later than 8/25

o   Red Cross is placing two (2) reception centers on standby

o   EOC is on standby in anticipation of activation.  

 

VERMILION

o   Emergency Declaration will be filed later today 

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