News Alert: GOHSEP Tropical Weather SITREP August 29, 2017 As of 6:00 p.m.
Posted: 8/30/2017 1:17:20 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

GOHSEP Tropical Weather SITREP

August 29, 2017

As of 6:00 p.m.

 

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.

 

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**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 scheduled for 8/30 at 1100

·         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

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

·         LANG LNOs in Cameron and Orleans parishes

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

·         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 (11): Troop A has 1 Lieutenant, 2 Sergeant and 8 Troopers working the 9 parish area.

·         TROOP B STAFFING (14): 1 Lieutenant, 2 Sergeants, 11 Troopers; CCC – 1 DPS Lieutenant, 1 DPS Sergeant, & 1 DPS Officer

·         TROOP C STAFFING (10): 1, Lt, 2 Sergeants, 7 Troopers

·         TROOP D STAFFING (17): 3 Lt, 4 Sgt’s, and 10 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 (25): 2 Lieutenant, 4 Sergeants, and 19 Troopers on duty. We currently have 1 Communications officer on duty handling radio traffic for Troops E.

·         TROOP F STAFFING (12): 1 Lieutenant, 2 Sergeants, 9 Troopers, 4 LACE Units.

·         TROOP G STAFFING (11) 8 Regular Duty Troopers and 3 Shift Supervisors; Extra Duty – 14 Troopers, 2 DPS Officers & 5 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 (21): 1 Lt, 2 Sergeants & 10 Troopers. Team E has 1 Lt & 4 Troopers currently working

·         TROOP N STAFFING (7): 3 Sergeants, 4 Troopers

 

LOUISIANA STATE POLICE (HAZMAT)

·         Discussions on post-storm response have begun

 

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION

·         The following state offices will be closed Wednesday August 30, 2017: ACADIA, ALLEN, ASCENSION, ASSUMPTION, BEAUREGARD, CALCASIEU, CAMERON, EVANGELINE, GRANT, IBERIA, IBERVILLE, JEFFERSON DAVIS, LAFAYETTE, LAFOURCHE, LIVINGSTON, NATCHITOCHES, POINTE COUPEE, SABINE, ST. JAMES, ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST, ST. LANDRY, ST. MARTIN, ST. MARY, TERREBONNE, VERMILION, VERNON, WEST BATON ROUGE and WEST FELICIANA.  

 

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

·         Placed District 04 personnel on standby for VSA & shelter support operations

·         Placed TX  Host State LNO’s on standby

·         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

·         Beginning daily refueling operation at Lake Charles Civic Center for ‘Cajun Navy,’ SAR efforts including security detail.

 

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.

·         Attended meeting in New Orleans for SAR discussion

·         Bureau of EMS ambulance processing training complete

·         ESF-4 staff attended a meeting with Calcasieu Parish OEP to review updated details

·         Chief Browning met with parish fire chiefs to discuss swift water teams

·         Fire Marshal currently has 4 teams deployed in preparation to assist with water rescues, stationed at the main fire station in Sulphur and the Central Fire Station in Lake Charles.

·         Fire Marshal Deputies conducted an inspection at a newly opened shelter in Lake Charles

·         Fire Marshal Deputies facilitated dispatching Swift Water Rescue Teams to 3 areas of Lake Charles that took on 3 feet of water in residential areas. Teams successfully rescued 84 people.

 

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) planned 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  

·         CPRA currently assisting the town of Henderson with inspection of 3 levee “slides,” (not failures) near access ramps

 

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

·         Power outages as of 6pm on 8/29 were 4,299 including 3,515 in Plaquemine that are being worked with an estimated restoration time of 8pm, leaving only 784 outages statewide

·         The utilities are continuing to monitor the weather, keeping assets dry and staging crews where they may be needed most  

 

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 following Parishes: Ascension, Assumption, Cameron, East Baton Rouge, Iberville, Lafourche, Plaquemines, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Mary, Terrebonne, Vermilion & West Baton Rouge. Materials were also delivered to shelters at North Vermilion High School.  

 

OFFICE OF JUVENILE JUSTICE

·         Response Teams on standby

 

DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES

·         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

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

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

·         DCFS Parish LNOs have reported to Calcasieu Parish and Vermillion Parish 8/28/17.

·         DCFS EOC will be active 24 hours beginning at 6:00 am 8/29/17.

·         5 Shelters Open

·         Population Count as of 8/29/17 1200 hrs. is 224

·         1 ARC Shelter

·         4 Parish Shelters

·         Shelter Report has been uploaded in File Library ESF-6 (DCFS).   

 

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.   

·         3 Public Water Systems (PWS’s) on a Boil Water Advisory (BWA) related to Hurricane Harvey (Beauregard has 1, Calcasieu has 2). Full list available in WebEOC SITREP.

·         1 Water System currently out of service in Calcasieu Parish (Lake Charles Carbon-Non Community Water System- Part of this facility served by water wells is offline due to power loss. This section will be on a BA System once the system is back online. The admin building is served by Lake Charles Water System. Lake Charles Carbon will not be requesting water from OEP.

·         DHHS has declared a Public Health Emergency in LA

 

DEPARTMENT OF VETERAN AFFAIRS

·         Reserve: We have started daily weather briefings with the Reserve staff and Parish Council

·         Jennings: Operational, fully staffed, 144 residents.  Generator fueled and ready for operation as needed. Facility and grounds in good shape. All admits, assessments, and appointments are on hold or rescheduled until further notice

·         Jackson: Operational, fully staffed, 122 residents. Home administrator coordinating with Parish officials

·         Bossier: Operational, fully staffed, 144 residents. Home administrator coordinating with Parish officials

·         Reserve: Operational, fully staffed, 150 residents. Generator fueled and ready for operation as needed. Home administrator coordinating with Parish officials

·         Monroe: Operational, fully staffed, 147 residents. Home administrator coordinating with Parish officials

·         Leesville Cemetery: Closed, due to state office closures in Vernon Parish

·         Veteran Assistance Counselors Offices closed in: Acadia, Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Evangeline, Iberia, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Orleans, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, Vermilion, and Vernon Parishes.

 

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

·         Department resources inventoried for possible utilization; personnel and equipment on standby

 

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 Population Count for Grace Christian Center Shelter to DCFS and potential Stand-by shelters

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

·         Working with Calcasieu and Washington 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

·         Conducting daily ALM Divisional Hurricane Taskforce Calls

·         Personnel, equipment and liaison are on standby

·         Monitor Salvation Army National / International amateur radio frequency for situation reports and emergency, priority or health & welfare messages out of the affected areas of Louisiana and Texas 

 

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

·         Crisis Cleanup Multi-Agency Homeowner Assistance toll-free number will be launched today. Homeowners can call 800-451-1954. The hotline is currently scheduled to remain live through September 15th.

 

FEDERAL RESERVE BANK, NEW ORLEANS BRANCH

·         Activated business continuity plans

·         Communicating with 6th District and local management teams

·         Evacuation sites have been placed on stand-by should they be needed for our Tier-1 teams

 

 

PARISH ACTIONS

 

ACADIA (Declaration Received)

·         Parish sandbag locations (by appointment, limit 12 bags per household, ID required). Distribution continues. Parish Barns will close 8/30

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

·         A tornado spotted in Egan heading toward Iota; slight damage to a roof/awning on a home in Egan was reported

·         15th JDC closed 8/29

·         Voluntary Evacuation will be issued for western Acadiana (Mermentau Cove, Basile etc)

·         Parish offices will be closed 8/30 

 

ALLEN (Declaration Received)

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

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

·         Allen Parish Schools, all government buildings and the Courthouse are all closed as of 8/29

·         Emergency Services on standby; awaiting high water vehicles and Wildlife and Fisheries

·         Calcasieu River in Oakdale at 9’; expected flooding of low lying homes in areas near the River

·         Parish rescue teams on standby

·         Sand and Bags  are available at all Parish Barns & have been resupplied to all barns and are adequate at present

 

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

·         Ascension Public Schools will be closed on 8/30

 

 ASSUMPTION (Declaration Received)

·         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

·         Assumption Parish Schools will be closed on 8/30

 

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

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