News Alert: GOHSEP Tropical Weather SITREP August 27, 2017 As of 6:00 PM
Posted: 8/28/2017 9:03:39 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

GOHSEP Tropical Weather SITREP

August 27, 2017

As of 6:00 PM

 

State EOC Activation Level: Level III

State Declaration Proclamation Number 104 JBE 2017 State of Emergency – Tropical Storm Harvey

 

Tropical Weather Outlook: The National Hurricane Center is monitoring Tropical Storm Harvey and two (2) other disturbances in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico regions. Please monitor your local National Weather Service for the latest updates.

 

Disturbance 1 – An elongated area of low pressure previously located over northeast Florida, has emerged over the western Atlantic and is not located about 60 miles east of the coast of Georgia. Showers and thunderstorms associated with this system have increased in coverage and are gradually becoming better organized. The low is likely to become a tropical depression or storm during the next day or so before it merges with a cold front. Regardless of development, the low is expected to cause increasing winds and rough surf along the coast of Georgia,  the Carolinas, and Virginia through mid-week. Heavy rain is also expected to continue over portions of the Florida peninsula during the next 24 hours.

·         70% chance of formation through 48 hours

·         70% chance of formation through 5 days

 

Disturbance 2 – A tropical wave over western Africa is forecast to emerge over the far eastern Atlantic Ocean tonight or early Monday. Environmental conditions appear to be conducive for slow development by the middle of next week while the wave moves westward at about 15 to 20 miles per hour.

·         0% chance of formation through 48 hours

·         20% chance of formation through 5 days

 

Tropical Storm Harvey – The center of Tropical Storm Harvey was located near latitude 29.0 North, longitude 97.0 West. Harvey is drifting toward the southeast near 2 mph, and a slow southeastward motion is expected over the next couple of days. On the forecast track, the center of Harvey  is forecasted to move off the middle Texas cost on Monday and meander just offshore through Monday night.

 

Maximum sustained winds are near 40 miles per hour with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast during the next 24 hours. Some slight strengthening is possible after the center moves off the coast on Monday night and Tuesday.  Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles primarily over water to the east of the center.  The estimated minimum central pressure is 1000 mb.

 

Harvey is expected to produce additional rain accumulations of 15 to 25 inches through Friday over the upper Texas coast and into southwestern Louisiana. Isolated storm totals may reach around 50 inches in this area. These rains are currently producing catastrophic and life-threatening flooding, and flash flooding emergencies are in effect for portions of southeastern Texas. Do not attempt to travel in the affected area if you are in a safe place. Do not drive into flooded roadways. Elsewhere Harvey is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 5 to 15 inches farther south toward the lower Texas coast, farther west toward the Texas Hill country and farther east through southwest and central Louisiana.

 

 

 

 

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

 

STATE ACTIONS

 

GOHSEP

·         EOC manned 24 hour operations

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

·         Conducting daily Southwest Hurricane Task Force conference calls

·         Conducting daily Orleans Parish coordination calls

·         Participating in daily Texas Operations conference calls

·         Participating in 5 daily National weather Service conference calls

·         Unified Command Group Meeting held 8/26 at 1:30 p.m.

·         Received State Emergency Declaration 8/24

·         Supporting EMAC requests for Texas (EMAC A-Team and four LDWF Alpha teams)

·         Requesting a Federal Declaration of Emergency to initially include Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis, Beauregard, and Vermilion

 

LOUISIANA NATIONAL GUARD

·         JOC and TAC are maintaining Level 3 operations to meet response requirements

·         1,000 cots delivered to New Orleans by COB Friday (139th); 500 of which to Gretna

·         LNO attended SAR meeting in Calcasieu Parish (256th)

·         15 LANG soldiers on State Active Duty Orders to assist with monitoring and reporting on NOLA pumps

·         LANG LNOs in Cameron and Orleans parishes

·         LANG personnel attended SAR meeting in Calcasieu Parish at 1000 8/25

·         LANG personnel attended NOLA SAR Meeting 1300 8/25

·         St. Martin Parish picked up 3 pallets of sandbags from Camp Beauregard 1300 8/25

 

LOUISIANA STATE POLICE

·         LSP Patrol (Normal staffing levels)

o   Resource status checks have been completed

o   Coordinating with local law enforcement and state agency partners

o   Troops A, B, C, D, I, L, and N are prepared for evacuation, traffic control,  and search and rescue missions

o   Troop D is in contact with Texas DPS, advised that the Texas evacuation routes predominately move to the north and do not involve I-10 into Louisiana.

o   Troops E, F, and G are prepared for shelter security missions

o   TESS personnel are prepared to augment Troops with additional manpower

o   Emergency Services Unit has coordinated with DEQ and private industry for pre-storm safety measures and post-storm response

·         LSP Bureau of Investigations

o   Rapid Response Teams are prepared to augment Troops with additional manpower

o   Gaming Section has begun coordination with Lake Charles properties for activation of their Hurricane Plans

·         LSP Crisis Response Staff has been monitoring storm and providing situational awareness to LSP Command Staff and DPS Agency Heads since last week   

·         LSP Public Affairs

o   PIOs continue to monitor this weather event and communicate preparedness to the public through traditional and social media channels. 

o   PIOs are engaged with our PIO partners at GOHSEP, DOTD and locals agencies to ensure the public has the most recent public safety information regarding the storm.

·         LSP Air Support is standing by for aerial reconnaissance of affected areas

·         LSP Radio Communications

o   Communications assets checked and fully operational

o   Tower sites are fueled

o   Tactical communications equipment checked and ready for deployment

o   Mobile Command Posts ready for deployment

·         Troop D commander has been in contact with Cameron Parish authorities who do not require any LSP assistance at this time

·         Two light plants were requested from LSP and will be delivered.   

 

LOUISIANA STATE POLICE (HAZMAT)

·         Discussions on post-storm response have begun

 

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND DEVELOPMENT

·         The ESF3 EOC will continue with a partial activation from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. A transition to full activation will not take place.

·         District personnel in the southwest portion of the state are on 24-hour operations

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

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

·         Alerted vendors of wraparound services at VSA sites

·         8/25 Meeting with Orleans on the use of the UNO Lakefront Arena as a parish Pickup Point

·         Issued a Waiver Order allowing oversized and overweight vehicles responding to Hurricane Harvey to travel state roadways without required permits

·         Contacted Calcasieu Parish and verified their plans to shelter in parish with organic transportation assets. Will remain in contact if the situation changes.

·         Maintaining contact with coach bus vendor and keeping them on standby if state provided transportation is required.  

 

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY

·         Advisory issued to livestock owners to prepare

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

·         LDAF CTN pet shelters are on standby for activation

·         Pet NGO's are staging resources for ASAR in Calcaseau parish

·         Coordinated LaSPCA, Orleans parish and surrounding parish animal control agencies for pet sheltering plans

·         Mobile pet shelter and livestock equipment is readied for deployment

·         LDAF fuel stations are prepared for activation in the event of a commercial fuel disruption

·         Measures in place to release USDA food commodities for mass feeding

·         LDAF key personnel on duty thru the weekend with Crisis Team on standby.

·         LSU Ag Center agents gathering situational awareness in SW LA.

 

DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

·         Radiation licensees in the anticipated impacted area have been contacted to discuss storm preparations and contingencies of radiological sources 

·         Discussions with FEMA Region 6, Waterford 3, and Riverbend Station; both facilities are enacting the preliminary stages of their Severe Weather plans

 

DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES

·         Conducted initial response assessments, including agent availability and SAR equipment readiness, etc.

·         Continue to attend daily SAR meetings with Calcasieu Parish OEP

·         Providing an LNO (Starting at 9am 8/26) until no longer needed in Cameron Parish EOC

·         LDWF attended a meeting in Orleans parish with city officials, LANG and LSFM to discuss SAR Plans. Also attended 8/26 UCG meeting at GOHSEP.

·         EMAC request received from Texas Parks and Wildlfe Department (TPWD) for SAR assistance. LDWF/ENF is sending 4 Alpha Teams (10 agents, 10 trucks and 10 boats in each Alpha Team)

·         Providing LNO for Calcasieu Parish

 

STATE FIRE MARSHAL

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

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

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

·         Statewide web survey resulted in 55 boat teams and 8 high-water trucks for GOHSEP Regions 1, 2, 3, and 9; and 65 boat teams and 6 high-water trucks for GOHSEP Regions 4-8.

·         Attended meeting in New Orleans for SAR discussion

·         Bureau of EMS ambulance processing training complete

·         Fire Marshal supervision advised to remain in contact with HQ throughout the weekend.

 

COASTAL PROTECTION AND RESTORATION AUTHORITY

·         Coordinating with our field offices to gather updates on projects under construction and Local flood authorities’ and USACE’s preparation activities

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

·         Water Control Projects 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 Grand Bayou boat bay

·         Terrebonne Levee and Conservation District (TLCD) plans to begin closing some non-essential gates 8/25

·         All gates on the Cameron Creole Watershed Structure are closed - https://cims.coastal.louisiana.gov/WCS/WCS_Public.aspx  

 

DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

·         Sent advisory (email blast) to all oil and gas operators to take necessary measures and precautions to minimize environmental impacts due to releases resulting from damage to infrastructure

 

PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION

·         All utilities have activated their Emergency Service Plans. The PSC will begin to provide outage reports if/when they occur.

·         Cleco has all of their crews and contractor crews on stand-by, and equipment has been secured in preparation for outage response. They are in contact with elected officials, industrial customers, and business leaders to remind them of their storm processes and to offer continued access during this time.

·         Entergy has made preparation efforts, especially concerning flooding in areas that have flooded before. They are addressing potential flooding of substations by relocating the equipment in low-lying areas, and having Tiger Dams and Hesco Baskets on stand-by for deployment.

·         Entergy is also working with Jefferson Parish officials and the PSC to coordinate a plan to help preserve the pumping capacity at Pumping Station 6. That work is finished and included adding a third power source from Entergy Louisiana to the existing two power sources from Entergy New Orleans (which is not regulated by the LPSC). This ensures alternate sources of power are available always.  

 

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

·         The Agents of LBI are on standby and available to assist with any law enforcement issues upon request

·         The LA DOJ Consumer Protection Hotline is manned

·         Consumer Protection educational and storm related materials have been delivered to the areas under threat in order to disseminate as soon as possible after the storm.   

 

OFFICE OF JUVENILE JUSTICE

·         Response Teams on standby

 

DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES

·         DCFS ESF-6 Staff will remain on "ALERT" response level through the weekend with staffing at normal operations

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

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

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

·         Working to ensure our CTN Shelters are set up and ready

·         City of New Orleans meeting at UNO (8/25) for a new Parish Pickup Point

·         Monitoring the volunteer evacuation of Cameron Parish, volunteer evacuation in Vermillion Parish and any sheltering requirements

·         Monitoring (1) shelter opened by ARC in Rapides Parish 8/25/17 5:15 pm

o   Total Shelter Population count for 8/27/17 1200 hrs.

o   1 ARC Shelter (Grace Church) with a population of 16

·         DCFS has placed registration teams and shelter teams at a Standby response level in support of Tropical System Harvey (8-27-17)

 

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

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

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

·         Nursing homes in evacuating parishes of Cameron and Vermillion are being closely monitored to ensure readiness for shelter in place or evacuation

·         Mobile Ambulance Processing Site (Mobile APS) teams have been identified and trained

·         Two (2) Federal Medical Stations (FMS) are being pre-staged in Baton Rouge

·         Facilities in Cameron and Calcasieu have been notified of the anticipated rain over the next 24 hours

·         A Coordination Call with ESF8 Region 5 was conducted to ascertain local threat assessment regarding impact of rainfall and potential facilities at risk.  At this time, Holly Hill NH in Calcasieu is being closely monitored. 

·         ESF8 requested a statewide mandatory bed poll of Hospitals and Nursing Homes.  The information will establish hospital bed availability for both in-state movement and beds available for Texas.  The information from NHs will provide assessment of current status.      

 

WORKFORCE COMMISSION

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

 

DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

·         Communicating with local facilities to provide support as needed

 

AMERICAN RED CROSS

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

·         Distribution of information for flood safety to ARC workforce and the general public

·         Complete call-down of ARC volunteers

·         Recruit and train 300 EBV for sheltering activities

·         Continue EOL (Elected Official Liaison) network communication

·         Maintain active communication with local Offices of Emergency Management to determine timing and requirements related to sheltering and evacuation needs

·         Determine Parish plans for evacuations and sheltering

·         Monitor evacuations from Texas to Louisiana

·         Determine operational strategies and requirements

·         Provide coverage to active EOCs

·         Continue to participate in ARC Regional and National Readiness Leadership Calls

·         Continue to participate in meetings with GOHSEP/DCFS/City of New Orleans on the modified City Assisted Evacuation Plan

·         Continue to provide safety and preparedness messages through news media outlets and social media

·         Provided Midnight Population Count for Grace Christian Center Shelter to DCFS

·         Briefed and provided State shelter reporting process to DRO/NHQ FROST Leadership Team

·         Working with Calcasieu Parish to identify a shelter outside the category 4 storm surge area and placing it on “stand by”

 

SALVATION ARMY

·         Participating in Territorial Salvation Army Hurricane taskforce calls

·         Personnel, equipment and liaison are on standby

·         Conduct an ALM Divisional Hurricane Task Force Call on Friday, 25 August 2017.

·         The Southern Territory has activated its amateur radio SATERN (Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network) Net for Saturday,26 August 2017 to receive on-scene situational awareness reports and any emergency, priority or health & welfare messages.

 

LOUISIANA VOAD

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

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

 

FEDERAL RESERVE BANK, NEW ORLEANS BRANCH

·         Activated business continuity plans

·         Communicating with 6th District and local management teams

 

PARISH ACTIONS

 

ACADIA (Declaration Received)

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

·         Parish sandbag locations (by appointment, limit 12 bags per household, ID required). Distribution will continue on Sunday (7:00 a.m. to noon)

o   Branch Barn: 144 Bias Road, Branch, LA

o   Crowley Barn: 247 Roller Road, Crowley, LA

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

·         Municipal sandbag locations (ID required)

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

 

ALLEN (Declaration Received)

·         Sand and sandbags are available at all Parish Barns

·         The Parish Mobile Command Post has been moved to the Oakdale Fire station

·         Have partially activated the ALLEN EOC, and have called for resources from the state thru web EOC

·         Check of all lower lying areas and roadways has commenced and will continue until conditions are deemed safe for our residents

 

ASCENSION

·         Ascension Parish crews are filling sandbags and transporting them to the following designated fire stations throughout the jurisdiction:

o   7th District VFD on Roddy Road

o   St. Amant VFD Station 60 on Stringer Bridge Road

o   Geismar VFD on HWY 73

o   5th Ward VFD on HWY 22

o   Prairieville Fire Department on HWY 73

o   Church Street in Donaldsonville near LaLa Field

·         Loose sand and empty sandbags are being prepared for distribution at all fire stations and at the curve in HWY 431 at Lake Martin (Please bring shovels and man power to fill bags at these locations)

·         Portable pumps are being delivered to problem areas where past localized flash flooding has occurred (Bullock Subdivision, Southwood Subdivision, Astroland Subdivision)

·         DPW reported all three pumping stations are operational and fuel storage is optimal; pumps are projected to begin pumping 24 to 48 hours pre-incident to create a reservoir for flood waters

·         Crews are monitoring problem areas of parish for debris that may hinder drainage

·         River elevations and storm predictions are being monitored to determine the need to begin pumping operations All inland waterways and low-lying areas are being monitored

·         Preparations are being made in the event that a shelter is needed

·         Emergency refueling plan has been activated

·         Emergency declaration may be submitted 8/28

 

ASSUMPTION

·         Sand and Sandbags have been distributed to the normal sand sites throughout the parish

·         All generators and pumps have been check and are ready to be used should the need arise

 

AVOYELLES (Declaration Received)

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

·         Sand and sand bags available at the following locations:

o   Bunkie Fire Department

o   Hessmer Town Hall

o   Parish Barn (Mansura)

o   Moreauville Fire Dept.

o   Simmesport Fire Dept.

·         In contact with Central LA Red Cross should the need for sheltering arise

 

BEAUREGARD (Declaration Received)

·         Sandbags are available at locations across the parish.

·         Parish will start scheduled Unified Command Meetings on 8/25, one in afternoon as of now.

·         School board will make a determination on closing schools next week (open on 8/25).

 

BOSSIER

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

·         Conducted PEMAC meeting 8/25; additional PEMAC meetings may be called 8/28 or 8/29

·         Bossier government leaders, emergency management, law enforcement, fire, EMS, levee board and public works representatives met 8/25 to start preliminary preparations including department updates on sandbags inventory, equipment for rescue, Culvert and ditch checks for debris

·         A press release and Facebook release was issued

·         Sandbag distribution sites have not been set up within the parish as of yet, however Parish has 4 - Sandbag POD locations strategically placed around the Parish should there be a need; these PODS are sea shipping containers and contain approximately 3,000 pre filled sandbags each

·         Met with Unified Command Support Group and the Unified Command, the parish has manpower and equipment for search and rescue on stand-by

·         No shelters are expected to be opened, but several sites have been identified

·         Expect to go into partial activation or full activation if required

 

CADDO

·         UCG 8/25 at 1400 to discuss potential sheltering and potential local weather impacts

·         City of Shreveport requested inmate support for sandbagging operations; crew of 12 was deployed 8/25

 

CALCASIEU (Declaration Received)

·         EOC is working extended hours

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

·         SAR planning meeting conducted 8/24, next meeting scheduled 1000 8/25

·         VOAD has placed 4 shelter teams on standby

·         Will assist Cameron Parish admin, OHSEP and equipment move to Calcasieu Parish on 8/28

·         Continue public outreach through local TV interviews and social media

·         Monitoring evacuation routes through the Parish to assist Cameron Parish in their mandatory evacuation (routes are clear and open)

·         2 LWIN COWs on standby in Baton Rouge and Alexandria

·         Recreational water traffic will be stopped on 8/26 at 0800 on Ship Canal, Calcasieu River tributaries north of I-10

·         Monitoring storm path, readjusting operational period

·         Sandbag points are open. Additional sandbag operation at Burton Coliseum w/ sandbag machine to assist elderly and disabled citizens (is open to all).

·         Government offices, parish and private schools and McNeese University closed Monday 8/28

·         Some roads with water on west side of the Parish; I-10 exit 32 has water over the road but remains open

·         West Cal Area and Burton Coliseum will be “Lilly Pads” for SAR; citizens will be triaged and shelters set up as needed; ARC assessing shelter locations in Dequincy

 

CAMERON (Declaration Received)

·         Parish equipment moved north to higher ground

·         OHSEP will be relocating operations after the 1600 NWS brief 8/25 to Cameron Parish National Wildlife Refuge located at 1428 LA-27 in Bell City, LA 70630 with expectations to be fully activated by 0830 8/26

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

·         Parish is issued a VOLUNTARY evacuation for all areas south of the Intracoastal Water Way as of 6:00 a.m. on Friday, August 25. This includes the communities of Hackberry, Johnson Bayou, Holly Beach, Cameron, Creole, Grand Chenier and Big Lake.

·         A mandatory evacuation has been issued for all areas south of the Intracoastal Water Way (NOT the entire Parish)

·         Schools and government buildings are closed 8/28

·         Governor Edwards visited

·         2 LWIN COWs on standby in Baton Rouge and Alexandria

·         Evacuation routes are clear and open for Cameron Parish's evacuation

·         Cameron Parish Admin and OSHEP will move to Calcasieu Parish on 8/28/17

·         Recreational water traffic will be stopped at 8/26/17 at 0800 on ship channelCalcasieu River tributaries north of I-10

·         No rain, flooding or closed roads; anticipate to return to normal operations sometime this morning 8/27

 

DESOTO

·         Crews filling and distributing sandbags

·         Drain off areas are being cleaned out in anticipation of heavy rain

 

EAST BATON ROUGE

·         Currently sand and sandbags are available at the following locations:

o   BREC Airline Highway Fairgrounds – 16072 Airline Highway

o   BREC Alsen Park – 601 Old Rafe Meyer Road

o   BREC Doyles Bayou Park – 7801 Port Hudson-Pride Road

o   BREC Flannery Road Park – 801 South Flannery Road

o   BREC Hartley-Vey at Gardere Park – 1702 Gardere Lane

o   BREC Memorial Stadium – 1702 Foss Street

o   BREC Lovett Road Park – 13443 Lovett Road

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