News Alert: GOHSEP Tropical Weather SITREP August 29, 2017
Posted: 8/30/2017 1:11:58 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

GOHSEP Tropical Weather SITREP

August 29, 2017

 

State EOC Activation Level: Level I

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

Federal Declaration of Emergency FEMA – 3382 – EM - LA

 

Tropical Weather Outlook: The National Hurricane Center is monitoring Tropical Storm Harvey in the Gulf of Mexico region. Please monitor your local National Weather Service for the latest updates.

 

Tropical Storm Harvey – The center of Tropical Storm Harvey was estimated near latitude 28.2 North, longitude 94.6 West. Harvey is moving toward the east-northeast near 3 mph, and this motion is expected to continue through this morning. A turn toward the northeast is expected later today and tonight, followed by a turn toward the north-northeast on Wednesday. On the forecast track, the center of Harvey  is expected  to be just offshore of the middle and upper coast of Texas through tonight, then move inland over the northwestern Gulf coast Wednesday.

 

Maximum sustained winds remain near 45 miles per hour with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast during the next 48 hours. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles from the center.  The estimated minimum central pressure is 997 mb.

 

Harvey is expected to produce additional rain accumulations of 7 to 13 inches through Friday over parts of the upper Texas coast into southwestern Louisiana. Isolated storm totals may reach around 50 inches over the upper Texas coast, including the Houston/Galveston metropolitan area. These rains are currently producing catastrophic and life-threatening flooding over large 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 east across south-central Louisiana. Rainfall amounts of 5 to 10 inches are expected in southeast 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 and North/Central 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 8/28

·         Received State Emergency Declaration 8/24

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

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

·         Distributed 300,000 sandbags, 80 tarps 750 bottles of water and 1,152 MREs

 

GOHSEP DISASTER RECOVERY

·         GOHSEP's Public Assistance (PA) Division is aware of the Emergency Declaration (EM) that has been awarded to Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis and Vermillion Parishes.

·         The PA Division is working on communications that will be sent out the declared parishes regarding the Request for Public Assistance (RPA) process; This communication will be sent out in the next day or so.   

 

LOUISIANA NATIONAL GUARD

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

·         1,000 cots delivered to New Orleans; 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 meetings throughout the State

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

·         LANG has over 100 personnel working in 6 parishes

·         High Water Vehicles (HWV), boats, and aircraft on standby for SAR missions

·         LANG has 671 personnel working Harvey Operations.

·         Deployed an additional 100 soldiers for flood support.

·         139th relocated 6 FEMA trailers to JB.

·         Moved commodities to MCC & Landry Walker HS

·         5 of 20 HWV and 4 of 6 boats for SAR staged in Lake Charles

 

LOUISIANA STATE POLICE

·         Resource status checks have been completed

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

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

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

·         PIOs are engaged with our PIO partners 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 assets checked and fully operational, tower sites are fueled, tactical communications equipment checked and Mobile Command Posts ready for deployment

·         All LWIN tower sites are normal wide area operations; Jeanerette site is fully operational but may experience some periods of site trunking due to AT&T T1 issues (Site is bouncing)

·         Two (2) light plants were requested from LSP

·         TROOP A STAFFING (8): Troop A has 1 Lieutenant, 1 Sergeant and 12 Troopers working the 9 parish area.

·         TROOP B STAFFING (16): 1 Lieutenant, 2 Sergeants, 11 Troopers; CCC - 1 DPS Sergeant, & 1 DPS Officer

·         TROOP C STAFFING (10): 3 Supervisors, 7 Troopers

·         TROOP D STAFFING (8): 1 Lt, 1 Sgt’s, and 6 Troopers assigned to the current shift

·         Several city and parish roads are closed due to flooding in Calcasieu, Beauregard, Cameron, and Jefferson Davis Parishes. Texas DPS has advised that I-10 west of Beaumont, TX is now closed

·         TROOP E STAFFING (14): 1 Lieutenant, 2 Sergeants, and 11 Troopers on duty. We currently have 1 Communications officer on duty handling radio traffic for Troops E.

·         TROOP F STAFFING (16): 1 Lieutenant, 2 Sergeants, 9 Troopers & 4 LACE Units.

·         TROOP G STAFFING (11) 8 Regular Duty Troopers and 3 Shift Supervisors

·         TROOP I STAFFING (18):  2 Lt, 3 Sergeants, 12 Troopers & 2 Dispatchers; Troop I has worked (8) weather related crashes and (1) traffic incident since 8/27 at 1800

·         TROOP L STAFFING (16): 1 Lt, 2 Sergeants & 10 Troopers

·         TROOP N STAFFING (7): Inclusive of Supervisors

 

LOUISIANA STATE POLICE (HAZMAT)

·         Discussions on post-storm response have begun

 

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION

·         The following state offices will be closed Tuesday August 29, 2017: ACADIA, ALLEN, BEAUREGARD, CALCASIEU, CAMERON, EVANGELINE, IBERIA, JEFFERSON DAVIS, LAFAYETTE, ORLEANS, ST. LANDRY, ST. MARTIN, ST. MARY, VERMILLION AND VERNON

 

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND DEVELOPMENT

·         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

·         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

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

·         Please utilize 511.org for an updated list of road closures

 

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 Calcasieu parish

·         Key personnel are in contact with Animal Controls and NGOs to prepare for pet issues

·         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

·         Pet NGO’s are activated and coordinating with Parish Animal control and staging boat teams and resources for ASAR

 

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

·         Declaration of Emergency and Administrative Order uploaded to WebEOC

·         LDEQ Fuel Waiver Request granted by EPA; uploaded to WebEOC 

 

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

·         EMAC request received from Texas Parks and Wildlife 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

·         LDWF/LED has rescued a total of 26 people and 2 dogs

 

STATE FIRE MARSHAL

·         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.


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