News Alert: GOHSEP Tropical Weather SITREP September 4, 2017 As of 6:00 PM
Posted: 9/5/2017 8:19:45 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

GOHSEP Tropical Weather SITREP

September 4, 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

Federal Declaration of Emergency FEMA – 3382 – EM - LA

 

Tropical Weather Outlook: The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Hurricane Irma and is monitoring 2 additional tropical disturbances. The National Hurricane Center is no longer monitoring Harvey. Please stay tuned to your local National Weather Service for the latest updates.

 

Disturbance 1: An elongated are of low pressure located several hundred miles southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands continues to produce disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for gradual development, and a tropical depression is likely to form later this week while the system moves west-northwestward at 10 – 15 mph over the Tropical Atlantic Ocean.

·        Chance of formation through 48 hours: Medium (40%)

·        Chance of formation through 5 days: Medium (50%)

 

Disturbance 2: A trough of low pressure located over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Environmental conditions are marginally conducive for some slow development of this system while it drifts west-northwestward and remains over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico during the next few days.

·        Chance of formation through 48 hours: Medium (40%)

·        Chance of formation through 5 days: Medium (50%)

 

Hurricane Irma: The center of Hurricane Irma is located near latitude 16.7 North, longitude 54.4 West. Irma is moving toward the west  near 13 miles per hour and this general motion is expected to continue into Tuesday, followed by a turn toward the west-northwest  late Tuesday. On the forecast track, the center of Irma will move near or over portions of the northern Leeward Islands Tuesday night and early Wednesday.

 

Date from a NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that the maximum sustained winds have increased to near 130 miles per hour with higher gusts. Irma is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Additional strengthening is forecast over the next 48 hours. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles. The latest minimum central pressure reported by the reconnaissance aircraft  is 944 mb.

 **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)

·        Participating in and conducting daily weather calls

·        Received State Emergency Declaration 8/24

·        Supporting EMAC requests for Texas

·        Distributed 470,000 sandbags, 185 tarps, 11,250 bottles of water, and 8,064 MREs

 

GOHSEP DISASTER RECOVERY

·        GOHSEP PA has sent out an email blast to all LouisianaPA.com contacts in the declared parishes with information about the Emergency Declaration and how to submit a Request for Public Assistance (RPA)

·        PA received two (2) RPA for the declaration, validated and forwarded those requests to FEMA for approval

·        PA continues to monitor RPA submissions and coordinate Applicant Briefings with the affected parishes

·        The original request to FEMA re: EM-3382 regarding the previously approved five (5) parishes has been amended to add Category B

·        As of 5am on 9/1, twelve (12) parishes are now included in the Federal Declaration of Emergency: Allen, Acadia, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Iberia, Jefferson Davis, Natchitoches, Rapides, Sabine, Vermillion and Vernon

·        Parish PDA’s have been requested as follows:

§  Public Assistance:

Ø  Cameron Parish – 9/5/17

Ø  Calcasieu Parish – Coordinating w/Parish to schedule

Ø  De Soto Parish – Coordinating w/Parish to schedule

Ø  Jefferson Davis Parish – Coordinating w/Parish to schedule

Ø  Natchitoches – Coordinating w/Parish to schedule

Ø  Sabine – Coordinating w/Parish to schedule

Ø  Vernon Parish – 9/8/17

§  Individual Assistance

Ø  Calcasieu Parish – 9/5/17 (Tentative)

Ø  Cameron Parish – Coordinating w/Parish to schedule

Ø  Vernon – 9/6/17 (Tentative) 

·        Requested Federal Declaration for Assumption, DeSoto, Lafayette, Lafourche, Plaquemines, Red River, St. Charles and St. Mary

 

LOUISIANA NATIONAL GUARD

·        LANG has 958 soldiers & airmen supporting SAR, Evacuation Transportation, Logistics, Security & other missions throughout LA & East TX

·        Total Rescues: 116 people, 8 pets

o   Texas Evacuation Total – 2,807 People, 39 pets

·        JAOC, Air Coordination Group, ULE, ESF 16 activated

·        LANG LNOs are still active in several parishes and state agencies

·        There are currently 320 LANG Soldiers and Airmen supporting the mission

·        LANG maintains security support to shelter operations

·        MEOC is operational in Orange, TX

·        JOC is at 24 hour manning and TAC/JDOMS is operating 0600-1800

·        LANG is resetting and preparing for Hurricane Irma  

 

U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION- AIR AND MARINE OPERATIONS

·        Correction: Total rescues by aircraft and vessel in Texas: 87 people

·        Assisted with 200 evacuees from Texas

 

LOUISIANA STATE POLICE

·        LSP is currently assisting in shelter operations.  Below is a summary of last 12 hours:

o   Alexandria Mega Shelter: Troopers – 13 Day Shift

o   Jewella Shelter: Troopers – 4 Day Shift & Shreveport PD – 4 Day Shift

·        Only 1 bus with 12 evacuees left Lake Charles for Alexandria Mega Shelter last night.

·        The sex offender housed near Wade Correctional, and his spouse housed in Jewella, were transported yesterday directly to Mesquite, TX by LA Probation and Parole.  No other sex offenders are being sheltered.

·        All other sections of LSP are back to normal operations.  

 

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND DEVELOPMENT

·        79 Total TX Coach assets: 43 LC VSA; 4 Jewella; 20 Alex ; 12 In Transit

·        4 Total LA Paratransit assets: 1 Jewella (10004); 3 Alex (10001, 10002, and 10003)

·        Total LA Rental van assets: 8 DOTD HQ  

·        Ongoing Missions: Move Jewella shelter residents to Haughton Animal shelter and back twice daily.  No defined coach assigned using 1 coach bus

·        Miscellaneous:

o       1 TX CB brought food from LC VSA to Alex, then returned to LC VSA

o       4 TX CB were demobilized from LC VSA

o       7 TX CB and 1 LA PT relocated from LC VSA to Alex

o       5 TX CB relocated from LC VSA to Jewella

o       2 TX CB will be relocated from LC VSA to hotel in Shreveport

o       41 TX CB will be demobilized from LC VSA so the VSA can be shut down

 

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY

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

·        Mobile pet shelter and livestock equipment is readied for deployment

·        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

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

·        50,000 gallons of diesel are being sent to Chennault International Airport to fuel 70 coach busses staged for evacuee movement

o   Fueling for busses ongoing for Chennault Staging Area (VSA)

·        Activation of fuel support at the LDAF Office in Haughton to support bus transportation of evacuees to pet shelter

·        Fueling operational for generators, light stands, and convenience transport buses at Shreveport CTN Shelter

·        LDAF obtained 120 additional pet crates as requested from DCI for distribution throughout the state as needed

·        LDAF incident management staff on day shift at LDAF Department Operations Center (DOC)

·        Planning and coordination with Texas, DCFS, DOTD and GOHSEP for the return of pets to Texas beginning 9/5/17.

·        Logistics coordinating pet carriers and arrangements for pet transport.

·        Alexandria Pet Shelter census overnight 174 dogs, 28 cats, and 1 bird.

·        LDAF Haughton CTN pet shelter operational for Texas evacuee pets 75 dogs, 24 cats and 5 exotics.

·        LSART Veterinary MRC continue health assessments and care for pets in both shelters today.   

 

DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

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

·        LDEQ has amended its original Declaration of Emergency & Administrative Order to include the 7 newly approved additional federalized parishes. Amended Declaration & Order is uploaded into WebEOC

·        LDEQ personnel at SW Regional Office (Lake Charles) investigating oil spill (3-6 bbls) in Vinton

o   Working with Britlind Oil, LLC (responsible party) on cleanup

·        Requested from the EPA a No Action Assurance (NAA) for the Loading of Tank Fuel Trucks at Petroleum Distribution Terminals in Louisiana and a NAA for the Use of Vapor Recovery Systems in Louisiana Related to Hurricane Harvey.

 

DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES

·        The 4 ALPHA teams that have been working in Texas since last weekend have been released by TPWD. TPWD does not expect to extend the original EMAC requests or enter into new requests with Louisiana at this time.  

·        LDWF conducting SAR operations in Texas – 27 agents, 24 trucks, and 24 boats. As of 7:30 p.m. on 9/2, these personnel and resources have been released by TPWD.

·        LDWF is coordinating with Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for security patrols along Sabine River including agents, boats and trucks

·        As of 9/3/17 6 am LDWF has rescued:

o   Louisiana - 28 people and 2 pets

o   Texas - 1,513 people and 193 pets

 

STATE FIRE MARSHAL

·        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.

o   4 Swift Water Rescue boat teams from USAR RRT-6 Pineville assigned to Lake Charles FD have been released to return home

·        ESF-4 Operations,

o   4 deputies assigned security with USAR task Forces throughout the day. Cpl. swisher, Trahan, Leo, and Strange has been released.

o   Major Heinen and deputy Chief Carruth assisted with command functions.

o   2 personnel from DCFS arrived today to assist Port Arthur with shelter OPS. A plan has been prepared and will be implemented with Port Arthur tomorrow.

o   Marshal Browning met with building officials to develop a plan for building inspections for reentry

o   OSFM HQ Command/Communication center deactivated at 4:30 p.m. on 09/02/17

·        TX USAR Operations

o   Fire Marshal Deputies participated in a Joint EMAC mission to Port Arthur, TX along with members of Taskforces 1, 2, 3 as well as several Sherriff Offices in providing a 140 person search/rescue, secondary search and law enforcement backfill operation

o   Deputies are also providing security for the Louisiana USAR team that remain in Port Arthur completing secondary searches and attempting to locate citizens that have been logged onto a “missing person” list.

o   All grids but 2 have been searched. Water is receding in these grids and USAR will attempt these areas.

o   Baton Rouge Task Force 2 has been released and will leave in the morning after rest

§  Yesterday (970 buildings searched, 10 rescues)

§  Today (404 buildings searched, 4 rescues)

·        IMT OPS

o   Type 3 Incident Management Team is operating in the Port Arthur Emergency Operation Center; 80% of Deputies that were deployed to Port Arthur Texas have completed their mission and returned; 10 Fire Marshal Deputies and Officers have remained in Port Arthur and are assisting Port Arthur local government with Incident Command and incident action planning for recovery.

o   An IAP has been produced for Port Arthur

o   All Department heads are involved and planning meetings are going well.

·        Shelter Operations

o   We were able to assist with the Texas tagging and registrations for people in the shelter

o   The DMAT team is confirmed on the ground and is setting

o   Fire Marshal Deputies continuing with shelter inspections in Louisiana

 

COASTAL PROTECTION AND RESTORATION AUTHORITY

·        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

·        All gates on the Cameron Creole Watershed Structure are closed

·        CPRA personnel completed an inspection of the Henderson levee areas of concern along the LA 352 area. No major immediate danger of levee slope stability failures was observed during this inspection. A shallow sloughing area near the LA 352 highway edge may warrant further attention.

  

PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION

·        All companies reporting that restoration should be completed within 24 hours to all homes able to take power

·        Biggest outage concentration is near Beauregard & Vernon Parishes near DeRidder where 583 customers of Beauregard Electric Co-Op are out; Other Co-Ops in the state have sent crews to assist BECi & hope to have all customers who can take power restored by 9/1

 

DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

·        DCI partnered with LDAF to assemble 116 pet air crates; transported to Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles for pet pickup and transport to the Alexandria Pet Shelter. Assembled by the Dog and Cat Shelter located at DCI

·        DOC providing inmates from Raymond Laborde Correctional Center for custodial support to Alexandria Mega shelter Pet Shelter beginning at 8 am on 9/2

·        Opened Air-Conditioned refuge at La Workforce in DeQuincy (can accommodate 60 persons) for personnel assigned to SAR mission. See WebEOC for additional details re: facility usage

·        DOC remains on location at the specialized shelter located at Homer, LA

·        Alexandria Probation & Parole Officers will be meeting Louisiana State Police at Alexandria Mega Shelter at 2100 hours to pick up two Texas Sex Offenders and transport them to the specialized shelter in Homer

·        Minden Probation & Parole Office will be providing two Officers per shift for security who will be working 12 hour shifts until the specialized shelter is empty

·        DOC will be assisting in casket recover in Lake Charles beginning on 9/2/17

·        The Louisiana State Penitentiary officers assigned to Orange ,TX. have been released and are headed home. Rescued -4 people, 2 -dogs on this mission.

 

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

·        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.  

  

DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES

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

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

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

·        Jewella state CTN shelter continues to receive Texas residents from the Burton Coliseum.

o   Currently 7 open shelters

o   2- Faith Based

o   2- ARC

o   3-State (includes 1 MSNS)

o   Total Population 1174  

·        82 Texas residents left the Alexandria Mega Shelter on 2 coach buses in route to Mesquite, TX.

·        The Alexandria Mega Shelter has been activated and began receiving Texas evacuees from Burton Coliseum. The Mega Shelter has received 1,957 (1,625 CTNS & 60 MSNS) Texas residents as of 9/1/17 6 am.

·        DCFS has requested a security detail to support the Jewella Shelter in Shreveport

·        DCFS has requested to activate the Mass Feeding contract through LWC with Picadilly to feed the Jewella Megashelter in Shreveport; personnel numbers are not known at this time

·        Calcasieu Parish closed the Civic Center 9/2/17, and ARC closed Grace Church 9/2/17.

·        DCFS has redeployed staff from the Burton Coliseum to the Regional DCFS EOC. 

·        DCFS continues to monitor sheltering and managing the Alexandria Mega Shelter, MSN Shelter, and Jewella Shelter.

 

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

·        DHHS has declared a Public Health Emergency in LA

·        Two (2) Federal Medical Stations were pre-staged in Baton Rouge and Federal Liaisons were on-site.  The CDC is retrieving the FMS caches as of 9/2/17.

·        Executive Order issued re: temporary suspension of licensure requirements for EMT’s, Medical Professionals & personnel licensed

·        CDC is retrieving the FMS caches

·        The Mosquito Abatement Plan has been submitted to GOHSEP and FEMA.

·        Conducting a state inventory of Influenza vaccine, projections, Tdap.

·        CDC has placed Vaccines for Children (VFC) vaccine shipments to Louisiana VFC Providers on-hold until further notice. 

·        Working with FQHC group to secure additional emergency Dtap vaccinations that could potentially be used for first responders and residents returning to flooded homes for cleanup.

·        The STD/HIV Program activated its emergency plan with Ramsell, to approve overrides for early refills and lost medications. This plan applies statewide and to all network pharmacies and will be active through at least 9/30/17. Mail order pharmacy delivery is included when necessary.

·        The Calcasieu Parish Coroner’s Office and the ESF-8 Mass Fatality team have been monitoring four cemeteries for disruption. Four caskets were retrieved yesterday from Niblett’s Bluff Cemetery in Starks.

·        IDEpi is monitoring LEEDS emergency department syndromic surveillance data for 13 syndromes in all 9 regions. IDEpi is seeing a slight increase in the upper respiratory tract infection syndrome in LEEDS and ILI activity is also increasing across the state.

·        Staff are also working with the equivalent partners in Texas to quantify how many of their program participants may have traveled to Louisiana for safety/to be with friends and family, and are in need of medications.

·        Staff are exploring the possibility of a data sharing agreement with the Texas Health Department allow reciprocal eligibility and reduce the burden of proof required from displaced persons living with HIV who need medication refills; this would require Legal review and approval.  LDH Legal is in the process of working with TX officials to determine best mechanism to share patient data needing services from various Programs, including the STD/HIV Program. Texas programs are obviously overwhelmed with their own urgent priorities; the STD/HIV Program will wait to hear back from their staff.

·        As of 9/4/17 the mandatory bed poll has been lifted. Hospitals are asked to update MSTAT if they receive any new evacuees.

·        Gap Analysis and Surge: The Federal teams (DMAT, RDF, IRCT, and LNOs) started demobilizing as of 9/2/17. 

·        On 9/4/17 the Administrator said that the 8 Assisted Living residents evacuated from Texas would remain at Golden Age for the time being.  The owner of Golden Age has been in touch with the owner of the Assisted Living in Texas which sustained flood damage. The residents will not be able to return there until renovations are completed.  The residents have officially been admitted to Golden Age and most family members have visited them there and are OK with them remaining until they can return to their facility in Texas.

·        Efforts are underway to come up with a plan with Texas to repatriate their citizens once all LA shelters are closed. The Louisiana Hospital Association is reporting that as of 9/3/17 at 2325 hours, a total of 139 Texas patients are or have been treated in 15 Louisiana hospitals. The chart provided in WebEOC shows the patient count by hospital and type of patient.

·        On 9/3/17 Medicaid has issued another update to the Provider Bulletin.

·        On 9/4/17 at 7 AM the LDH EOC reports there are 9 boil water advisories issued at this time; full details can be found in WebEOC

·        Port Arthur Evacuation Support Activity: As of 09/03/2017, repatriation planning calls are underway.  This plan is very fluid at the moment and subject to changes.  Buses will start repatriation on Tuesday, September 5 and continue to Thursday, September 7. Buses for MSNS from mega shelter is slated for Thursday timeframe. This delay for MSNS closure is to allow for dialysis and hospital discharges.  The current complex planning effort is to coordinate repatriation of pets with their owners and determine the best way to carry out the plan.

·        Jewella : On 9/3/2017 Walgreens filled 82 Rx’s for a cumulative total of 330 Rx’s filled

·        Mega Shelter : On 9/3/2017 Wal-Mart filled 184 Rx’s for a cumulative total of 878 Rx’s filled

·        Lake Charles : Walgreens which is currently closed filled a cumulative total of 160 Rx’s

·        A grand total of 1368 RX’s have been filled.

·        On 9/4/17 guidance for use of the Texas Department of State Health Services Pharmaceutical Contract was issued.  The guidance is to be used to provide out-patient prescription drug services to individuals who are impacted and/or evacuees of Hurricane Harvey.  The guidance is not to be used for hospital patients.

 

WORKFORCE COMMISSION

·        Mass Feeding operations continue at Alexandria Mega Shelter and Jewella in Shreveport in support of DCFS shelter ops.  

  

AMERICAN RED CROSS

·        Deployed 15 ERVs with emergency supplies, water, snacks and recovery information throughout affected Parishes

·        Performed extensive DDA push in Calcasieu Parish and designed plan to complete DA in Vernon Parish tomorrow

·        Continuing to support evacuees by providing Red Cross shelters in Caddo and Rapides parishes

·        Provided Health and Mental Health Services to affected clients

·        Participated in Louisiana to Texas Shelter Transition Plan call

·        Coordinating with Red Cross at Fema Region 6 to link Mass Care resources from Louisiana to Texas

·        Collaborating with Parish VOADs and Louisiana VOAD to coordinate support and clarify Roles

·        Maintained EOC coverage and communication with Offices of Emergency Preparedness, specifically shelter and evacuation needs

 

SALVATION ARMY

·        Participating in Territorial Salvation Army Hurricane taskforce calls

·        Conducting daily ALM Divisional Hurricane Taskforce Calls

·        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 while monitoring SA’s other states in the Division (AL & MS)

·        The Salvation Army helped participated in the initial Louisiana Mass Feeding Task Force (LMFTF) this afternoon at 1500 hrs.  The purpose was to do a general assessment of each primary organization's readiness should mass feeding be needed in Louisiana for this event.  The LMFTF also discussed any challenges they believe would be faced in the event of a mass feeding operation and potential feeding operations that they might be tasked with.

·        The Lake Charles Corps, in coordination with other area NGOs, coordinating and supervising the food service at the Lake Charles Civic Center.

o   Through 9/1, approximately 6,000 meals were served

§  900 of these were sent to Burton Coliseum on 8/30

·        5,000 sandwiches have been provided as of 9/1

§  250 sent to the shelter in Orange, TX on 8/30

·        Have deployed an Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) and 6 canteens (mobile kitchens) and 1 shower trailer to Beaumont, TX. They will be staged in Lake Charles, LA until able to get to Beaumont.

 

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 launched. Homeowners can call 800-451-1954. The hotline is currently scheduled to remain live through September 15th.

·        LAVOAD partners and community members are seeing a migration of survivors from TX arriving and requesting financial and housing assistance.  LAVOAD pushed out resources for Texas survivors to members for distribution to the community.

·        Participation in Louisiana Disaster Housing Task Force Conference Call

·        Acadiana VOAD is opening a Harvey Resource Center for evacuees at The Bayou Church at 2234 Kaliste Saloom Road in Lafayette and will be open from Tuesday, September 5 through Friday, September 8, 10 am to 4 pm.

·        Continue to field inquiries and provide information on donations and volunteers

·        Coordinate with FEMA IA at mega shelter to identify and provide assistance for shelter residents needing transportation to Baton Rouge.

·        Regular communication with TX VOAD on coordination and participation on TX VOAD calls to provide situational awareness.

 

LOUISIANA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

·        LED’s Business Expansion and Retention Group (BERG) has conducted targeted outreach with major industrial trade associations, key economic driver companies, port assets and rail assets to ascertain any impacts. LED team members remain in contact with those key economic development partners and are prepared to provide support as needed if conditions worsen.

 

SABINE RIVER AUTHORITY

·        Per Bryan McDonald with Toledo Bend @ 337-286-5244 advised GOHSEP @ 12:27 on Monday, September 4, 2017:

         The reservoir elevation is 172.50 ft. Msl. The Toledo Bend water releases have changed from 11000 cfs to 5000 cfs until Toledo Bend reservoir reaches conservation pool level of 172.00 ft. Msl. 5 spillway gates are open at 1 foot. Currently generator # 1 is running 24 hours a day at  8600  cfs. Generator # 2 is running 24 hours a day at 6450 cfs. Total releases are 20050 cfs.

 

PARISH ACTIONS

 ** Reference WebEOC or contact Parish OEP for Sandbag distribution information and locations**

 

ACADIA (Declaration Received)

·        A tornado spotted in Egan heading toward Iota; slight damage to a roof/awning on a home in Egan was reported. Four homes on Riverside Drive reported structural damage to their homes:

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

 

ALLEN (Declaration Received)

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

·        Opened 2 shelters in the Reeves Dry Creek area; managed by the ARC:

o   Camp Pearl on Camp Pearl Loop off of Topsy Bel Road (175 capacity)

o   Dry Creek Baptist Encampment on Hwy 113 in Dry Creek (150 capacity)

·        Beginning to see flooding in south part of the Parish, Barnes Creek area has homes which are completely flooded; no evacuations – residents left beforehand

o   Approximately 100 people and 55 homes; no definite number yet

 

ASCENSION

·        Emergency refueling plan has been activated

  

BEAUREGARD (Declaration Received)

·        Damage Assessments on 8/31; No damages at this time

·        Local residents along the Sabine River are strongly recommended to voluntarily evacuate in advance of expected high water

·        In recovery mode; the water is receding in the Bundick Lake area; Area likely to be opened on Tuesday for inspection

·        We are not looking at any area to be inspected along the Sabine River till end of next week or the first part of the week after

·        1 SAR mission to rescue 5 men working for Beauregard Electric Cooperative Inc.; tried to go up the Anacoco creek with a strong current and flip both boats over; No injuries

·        We have some supplies to support the local churches if needed

·        The Parish Shelter in Merryville was Closed 8/31

 

BOSSIER

·        PODS open in Bossier City Maintenance Facility, Haughton, Plain Dealing, East 80, and South Bossier Fire Departments.

·        PODS open at Bossier Parish Police Jury Maintenance Facility in Benton (all open 7am-8pm) 

 

CADDO (Declaration Received)

·        ARC opened General Population Shelter at Morning Star Baptist (Jewella Ave) 

 

CALCASIEU (Declaration Received)

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

·        Flooded areas impacted approximately 5000 people and 2000 houses

·        Conducted 125 missions and rescued approximately 500 people from flooded areas; SAR ongoing

·        Opened Mega shelter at the Lake Charles Civic Center; Transferred all citizens from smaller shelter to Mega shelter

·        ARC opened Shelter at Burton Coliseum

·        Operational Planning Meeting for Sabine River Flooding 8/31; changing mission focus to Sabine River flooding

·        SRA water release at 11 gates at 6ft (66,000cfs)

·        Burton Coliseum has been converted from a Shelter to an evacuee collection point

o   Transporting evacuees from TX to LA

·        Voluntary Evacuation for Calcasieu residents from Hwy 109 West

·        Parish has requested a refrigerated casket truck to assist with casket recovery which is ongoing

·        Parish has requested 25 LANG w/no special training/MOS qualifications to assist in shelter operations loading/unloading people from busses & other duties; Parish assisting LANG in transferring Texas SAR mission to Texas National Guard

·        EOC activation level changed to 2 (partial)

·        Staged Mobile Command Center in Vinton

·        POTUS visited parish 9/2

·        CPSO & LANG search and rescue operations are ongoing

 

CAMERON (Declaration Received)

·        Parish equipment moved north to higher ground

·        60+ roads are closed within the parish (Full List can be found on WebEOC Parish SITREP)

·        Schools will remain closed in Cameron until 9/4 (next Monday)

·        Evacuation order was lifted in two stages:

o   8/30 on 10am residents entered

o   8/30 on 12pm the parish was opened completely

·        Cameron Parish will be ready for PA Assessment as of 9/5

·        Cameron Parish School Busses w/Drivers (3) will assist Calcasieu OHSEP w/transporting evacuees from TX to Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles

·        2 Reports of Property Damage

o   Flood Damage to camper awning & porch - $5,000

o   Tornado damage to camper and camper awning - $25,000

  

DESOTO (Declaration Received)

·        One road washed out; several more closed due to high water

·        Mansfield FD lost a fire (Pumper) truck overnight due to a fallen tree during operations; 1 firefighter injured/treated/released from DeSoto Regional

·        DeSoto has requested PDA-PA Team for 1 road washout & 1 bridge washout; also for the fire truck loss

 

EAST BATON ROUGE

·        EMAC: 10 EBR Firefighters who comprise the Urban SAR Team are preparing to deploy to TX on behalf of State Fire Marshall request

   

IBERIA (Declaration Received)

·        Tornado spotted in Lydia area just prior to 3:00 PM 8/27; no injuries or damages reported; info sent to NWS

·        The VOLUNTARY evacuation for Iberia Parish terminated effective 5 PM 8/30

 

JEFFERSON (Declaration Received)

·        Parish administrators urged citizens to clear debris from streets and drains around their property as long as it is safe to do so.  Or, citizens may contact operators who remain on standby at 504-349-5360 to ask for assistance or provide information.  Administrators also remind motorists that they are prohibited by law (JP Ordinance Section 36-188) from traveling on flooded streets.  

·        To stay informed and receive emergency alerts or weather bulletins, citizens may sign up for JPAlert by registering at www.jeffparish.net.

  

LAFAYETTE (Declaration Received)

·        Several roads within the Parish reported to have water or flooded and impassable; full list can be found in WebEOC

 

LAFOURCHE (Declaration Received)

·        Barricades have been placed on Central Lafourche Drive in Mathews & Rene Drive in Thibodaux due to high water

·        Harbor Police will have patrol units stationed with lights at problem areas on LA 1 to Port Fourchon where water is covering the road

 

ORLEANS (Declaration Received)

·        Setting up Medical Special Needs Shelter site set up at Convention Center and on stand by

·        NOHSEP & ITI launched new NOLA Ready website http://ready.nola.gov

·        Special Needs Registry: 137 people have registered during Harvey

·        Coordinated barricade staging on I-610 at Franklin AVE with LA DOTD.

·        Overall pumping capacity availability is 93 %; more detailed updates on pumps can be found in WebEOC

 

PLAQUEMINES (Declaration Received)

·        We have 22 pumping stations within Plaquemines Parish of which 16 have to be manned permanently

·        We have 14 pump operators and will backfill the remaining positions with other parish employees and assistance from the Plaquemines Parish Fire Department

·        One of the Pumping Stations in Belle Chasse is operating at 75% and the other at 100%

·        The Ollie (Jesuit Bend) Pumping Station is operating at 75%

·        The Scarsdale (Braithwaite) pumping station is 75% due to damage from Hurricane Isaac. All other Parish pumps are operating at 100%

·        A levee has been breached across from the Phillips 66 Alliance Refinery near Entergy’s Substation along Hwy 23 due to high winds and tide (Lat/Long located in WebEOC)

o   On Saturday at 8:00 p.m., Barge with large rocks arrived at the breach and proceeded to place the rocks within the breach. This operation lasted until 3:30 a.m. this morning. Rocks had been placed across the breach and another barge with rock is anticipating arriving onsite this afternoon.

o   At the present time, Plaquemines Parish does not anticipate proceeding with the Air Operations dropping sandbags but will have a formal notification made after consultation with President Cormier. Crews believe that with 1 or 2 more barges of rock along with dirt and clay that breach will be closed. LANG personnel on site have been advised of the situation and will begin picking up equipment and slings.

 

POINTE COUPEE (Declaration Received)

·        Installing 1,000ft of 30” Aqua Dam for Pecan Acres Subdivision

 

RAPIDES (Declaration Received)

·        Provided 6 school buses to transport evacuees from Burton Coliseum to Alexandria

·        DCFS LNO currently at Parish EOC during partial staffing Level 2 daytime hours

·        Two (2) homes with roof damage from limbs due to winds last night. 

·        Donations site established & being managed by United Way of Central La.

·        Two (2) Red Cross general population shelters open however discussion being held with regard to possibility of consolidating into one (1).  Population of shelters referred to have been updated in WebEOC Shelter Manager Board.

 

RED RIVER (Declaration Received)

·        Evacuated one family – no shelter required

·        Schools will be closed through 9/5 of next week

·        Parish is requesting PDA-PA Teams to review damages

 

SABINE (Declaration Received)

·        Sabine schools will be closed the rest of the week (until 9/4)

·        2 Reports of businesses with water intrusion; no homes reported

·        Courthouse Basement has flooded; 2 pumps working

·        EOC took on water; minor damage to records, furniture, supplies & equipment

 

ST. BERNARD

·        Pumping stations operating at maximum capacity

 

ST. CHARLES (Declaration Received)

·        Damage Assessments have been completed; 7 homes with Minor damage; 4 Affected (not counted as Damaged)

  

ST. JAMES (Declaration Received)

·        One family has requested shelter assistance as their home is surrounded by water. Parish Staff have accommodated them.

 

ST. MARY (Declaration Received)

·        Six (6) Residents have reported flood damage and roof damage from Harvey; Tarps have been provided by the Parish to those residents with wind/rain damage.

 

TERREBONNE (Declaration Received)

·        Terrebonne Levee and Conservation District has closed the following floodgates: Upper Little Caillou Auxiliary Structure, Bayou Point Aux Chenes, Bayou Petit Caillou, Placid Canal floodgate, Humble Canal, HNC Bubba Dove, Bayou Grand Caillou, Bayou Dularge, Gibson, and Bush Canal Floodgate. All other floodgates are being monitored by the Terrebonne Levee and Conservation District.

·        Residents are being informed through local news media, the Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government website (www.tpcg.org), and the Terrebonne Parish Office of Homeland Security website (www.tohsep.com), Facebook page and Twitter page to obtain the latest information available.

 

UNION

·        1 of the 2 Lake D’Arbonne Tainter Gates is opened 2’

·        A fallen tree went through a roof and into the kitchen of a home at 469 Corney Creek Road in Farmerville at 11am on Wed 8/30; No injuries, the tree has been removed and the roof has been tarped

 

VERMILION (Declaration Received)

·        Called for a voluntary evacuation 8/25 of low lying areas below Highway 14

·        A Tornado briefly touched down north of Erath; damage was to a large shed which housed equipment and a sugar cane field; no injuries or deaths

·        Opened shelter at North Vermilion High School; 11609 Highway 699 in Maurice, LA;

·        Multiple Road Closures are being reported at this time; for a full listing please refer to WebEOC

 

VERNON (Declaration Received)

·        Vernon Lake and Anacoco Lake draw-down gates have been opened

·        Approximately 20 homes flooded in Vernon Lake area. Residents all self-evacuated

·        Vernon Parish is requesting assistance with PDA/IA assistance to assess damages in Vernon; ARC sending damage assessment personnel

·        One self-evacuated couple from the Anacoco Lake area received monetary assistance from Red Cross for lodging and food

·        Vernon Sheriff's Office personnel and a citizen with an airboat effected a swift water rescue of 5 Beauregard Electric linemen who were repairing a down power line across Anacoco Creek near the Vernon/Beauregard Parish line on U.S. 190

·        Residents are contacting Parish OEP with flood damage; immediate food needs are being directed to ARC; Red Cross is contacting them directly for assistance

·        Vernon & Anacoco Lake threat advisories were lifted at Noon 8/31

·        Numerous parish roads remain closed at this time; current count not available. Police Jury is working extra hours to re-open roads as water recedes.

·        Beauregard Electric restored power to the Evans community; water and ice POD closed 1900 on 9/3

·        Vernon Fire District and local churches in the Evans area provided hot meals to residents without power

·        Vernon OEP, SO, and Leesville PD provided water, tarps, and MRE's to some families with immediate needs

·        Red Cross was provided information regarding those families and others with needs. ARC responded to Vernon Parish today with two trucks and canvassed the affected areas providing assistance

·        A 24 hour contact number was established to enable flood victims to contact the OEP Office to report damages or needs: (337) 238-3841

·        All schools and government offices will be open 9/5

  

WEBSTER

·        Available for short term emergency sheltering (small gen pop) if critically needed

  

 

 

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