News Alert: GOHSEP Winter Weather SITREP January 18, 2018 As of 10:00 AM
Posted: 1/18/2018 12:33:15 PM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center
GOHSEP Winter Weather SITREP
January 18, 2018
As of 10:00 AM
 
State EOC Activation Level: Level IV (Crisis Action Team)
WebEOC Incident: 18-002 Winter WX – Statewide – Jan1217
Proclamation Number 14 JBE 2018 – State of Emergency – Winter Weather
 
SITUATION: A very strong Arctic cold front moved through the area bringing freezing temperatures and wintry precipitation in some areas. Some important tips to prepare for this cold is to check on and think about people, pets and plants. Check on elderly relatives, friends, neighbors or those in poor health. Pets will also need shelter for warmth in these conditions. Plants can also sustain damage in cold outbreaks such as this one. Wrap insulation around exposed water pipes to prevent freezing and bursting pipes. Additionally, stay tuned to your local National Weather Service for the latest updates and warnings.

North Louisiana: With early morning temperatures in the teens across the area, bridges and overpasses will continue to have slick spots with certain highways likely remaining closed through at least midday.

Southwest/Central Louisiana: Below freezing temperatures are expected across the entire region tonight into Friday morning. It is possible that a hard freeze could occur across northern Acadiana into central Louisiana.

Southeast Louisiana: Hard freeze and Freeze Warnings are also in effect this morning and again tonight. Most locations will not rise above freezing until around noon today before quickly diving back into the 20’s this evening and remain below freezing into midday Friday.

*** All updates to this report will be in red text
STATE ACTIONS
GOHSEP
·  A WebEOC Incident has been created for this event
·  Activated Crisis Action Team
·  Regional Coordinators are maintaining communications with local and State partners
·  Declared a State of Emergency

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION
·  Due to extreme weather possible as freezing temperatures impact Louisiana, Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne is announcing that state offices will remain closed Thursday, January 18, in ACADIA, ASCENSION, ASSUMPTION, AVOYELLES, CALCASIEU, CAMERON, EAST BATON ROUGE, EAST FELICIANA, EVANGELINE, IBERIA, IBERVILLE, JEFFERSON, JEFF DAVIS, LAFAYETTE, LAFOURCHE, LIVINGSTON, ORLEANS, PLAQUEMINES, POINTE COUPEE, ST. BERNARD, ST. CHARLES, ST. HELENA, ST. JAMES, ST. JOHN, ST. LANDRY, ST. MARTIN, ST. MARY, ST. TAMMANY, TANGIPAHOA, TERREBONNE, VERMILION, WASHINGTON, WEST BATON ROUGE and WEST FELICIANA parishes. State offices in all other parishes will be open.
·  All agency heads are responsible for determining those essential personnel who should remain on duty or those who should report to alternate work sites if necessary. State officials continue to monitor conditions throughout the state, and this announcement may be updated.
·  State employees should be aware of the following phone numbers to call, which will be updated: 1.800.360.9660 or 225.342.0498.

 
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND DEVELOPMENT
·  24 hour partial activation began at 1800 hours on 1/15
·  DOTD crews will continue to monitor and treat elevated roadways and bridges that may be affected by ice. As temperatures begin to fall again, roadways may ice again. Several major routes remain closed and are not expected to reopen before tomorrow. For the updated list of road closures and hazards, please refer to 511la.org. Again, drivers are cautioned not to move or drive around barricades placed on roadways.
·  All major commercial airports resume back to normal operations with the exception of the listed below:
o  False River Regional Airport, New Roads, LA
o  Arcadia-Bienville Airport, Arcadia, LA
o  St. Landry Parish Airport, Opelousas, LA

LOUISIANA STATE POLICE
·  TROOP A WEATHER RELATED CRASHED INVESTIGATED: 101 calls for service resulting in 49 crash investigations including one fleet crash and one fatal crash.  MISC:  Troopers will be reassessing barricades along the I-10 and I-12 Corridors making sure they have not been moved or repositioned.
·  TROOP B WEATHER RELATED CRASHES INVESTIGATED:  Investigated 1 weather related crash since the 1400 SITREP; MISC:  I-10 eastbound at milepost 212 on the Bonnet Carre Spillway, a 20 foot section of cement guardrail was destroyed in a weather related crash with a jack-knifed 18 wheeler.  This needs to be repaired before reopening I-10. DOTD has been notified and is working to make repairs on Thursday morning.
·  TROOP L WEATHER RELATED CRASHED INVESTIGATED:  As of 0600, Troop L worked 29 crashes (3 injury crashes) with 10 vehicles off the roadway but no damage. MISC:  DOTD placing road closure barricades, continuing to salt open roadways.
·  TROOP N 6 units have been assigned to static locations in the Troop B area to assist with road closures. 
·  TROOP D WEATHER RELATED CRASHED INVESTIGATED:  One injury crash was investigated involving a DWI arrest.  Two vehicles in the ditch involving one DWI arrest.
·  TROOP I WEATHER RELATED CRASHED INVESTIGATED:  As of 0600 hrs., Troop I has responded to over 150 weather related crashes/traffic incidents. MISC:  DOTD concentrating their efforts on I-49 north from I-10 to US 190 and US 190 east into the Troop A area. 

 
PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
·  Statewide power outages as of 1930 on 01/17/2018 were 6,638. Outage report attached.
·  Updated info from Entergy: Crews continue to make great progress restoring power to customers that lost electrical service during this unusual arctic blast which packed ice, sleet, snow, and high winds combined with increased cold weather electrical load issues that knocked out power to a peak of approximately 32,000 customers across the state which was reached earlier this morning.  Please see the following updates for the areas of concentrated outage situations:
·  St. Bernard Parish: Extensive work has been done throughout the day to place multiple transmission lines back into service and additional marsh equipment has been brought in to further assist crews in making repairs to a transmission line that will allow for the restoration of the remainder of the ~2,860 customers currently without power in St. Bernard Parish.  We are hoping to have this transmission work completed later tonight so that the distribution lines serving the remaining customers without power can then be re-energized.   
·  Lafourche Parish: Crews have performed demanding work in the Thibodaux area working to make repairs in order to restore the remaining ~3,000 customers currently without power in Lafourche Parish.  We are hoping to have this work completed later tonight so that the remaining customers without power can then be re-energized. 
·  We will continue to monitor this arctic weather as we have another hard freeze in effect for tonight that is forecast to last into the late morning hours tomorrow.  We will keep you apprised of any prolonged issues that we may encounter. 

 
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
·  Dialysis Network 13 has been in contact with dialysis providers relative to the Winter Storm effects.  They have heard from 25 facilities (24 in Louisiana, 1 in Arkansas) regarding their operations- temporary closures due to icy conditions. The spreadsheet is uploaded into the WebEOC file library for details.  Impacted dialysis units have been proactively addressing their local issues and making arrangements to cover their patient services. 
·  Medical infrastructure remains intact.  There have been intermittent power outages/ generator power issues reported but facilities have returned to normal - specifically, Thibodaux Hospital in R3,  Lake Pines in R1, Nottingham NH in R2.
·  There are currently 33 public water systems under a confirmed boil water advisory related to the winter weather.   
·  Acadian Ambulance (AA) reports normal operations with the exception of non-emergency long-distance transports due to highway closures.  AA provides services in most of the southern parishes. 

 
AMERICAN RED CROSS
·  ARC pre-positioned supplies as requested by EBRP; Shelter teams on standby

DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
·  Received a request from Anthony Giovingo (St. John Parish Prison) to evacuate and house 170 offenders (165 -Males and 5 Females) due to water outage at the facility. This is expected to be for several days due to the amount of leaks in the water pipes throughout the parish. These offenders will be transported and housed by EHCC. EHCC administration are making plans for this evacuation

 
FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF ATLANTA – NEW ORLEANS BRANCH
·  Activated Business Continuity Plan
·  Placed Tier 1 employees in hotel

DEPARTMENT OF VETERAN AFFAIRS
·  Bossier: No heating, water, or physical plant issues at this time; facility is fully staffed
·  Monroe: No issues at this time with heat, boilers, or cooling towers in the facility; staff are trickling in.  Facility still has maintenance, activities, and administrative spaces closed to allow the boilers to keep heat in the resident care areas. Maintenance is going to bring administration up as quickly as they can.
·  Jennings: SWLVH remains in “Closed Facility “ Status.  No issues to report from the home regarding Veterans, staff, heat, water and facility.
·  Jackson: Building warm and comfortable. No water, electrical or heat issues. Maintenance on site monitoring bldg.  A few staff call-ins due to continued road and/or bridge closures;  but morning staff continue to make their way in. 
·  Reserve: SELVH status remains as “Closed Facility.” All essential employees continue to report to work with no staffing problems to report. 
·  PARISH WATER- on 1/17/18, at approximately 3:00 PM, facility began experiencing low water pressure.  Facility maintenance notified Parish EOC and ordered a 2,000-gallon water bladder from Fire Department for preparation of flushing toilets.  On 1/17/18, at approximately 8 PM, Parish President sent out notice to minimize use of running water due to demand and system capacity.  At this time, water pressure is minimal. Through systematic preparation, facility has sufficient water supply on hand for cooking/drinking use and other water for toilet flushing.
·  Follow-Up from yesterday's reporting:  HVAC SYSTEM- rooms identified as concern have been resolved.  All ELECTRICAL SYSTEM, FREEZER and GENERATOR problems have been resolved.
·  LDVA Cemeteries: Keithville, Leesville, Rayville and Slidell cemeteries are closed today
·  LDVA Veterans Service Offices (74 offices in 64 parishes) Closed with state office closures

PARISH ACTIONS
ACADIA
·  Some residents reporting low water pressure

 
ASCENSION
·  The Ascension Parish School Board encourages residents to continue to monitor their website at www.apsb.org and their official Facebook Page for the latest, most up to date information
·  Government offices plan on opening at noon 1/18

 
ASSUMPTION
·  Reporting no issues to roadways or bridges
·  Parish government open

 
AVOYELLES
·  80 tons of sand was applied to parish bridges

 
BOSSIER
·  School resource officers and transportation department employees have been actively patrolling and reporting clear and passable roadways

 
CADDO
·  City and Parish crews are addressing local road closures with DODT

 
CALCASIEU
·  A self-supported faith based shelter has been opened at Water’s Edge 2760 Power Center Parkway

 
CONCORDIA
·  Parish and local offices resuming normal operations 1/18
·  Road conditions have improved

 
DESOTO
·  Roads are clear as of this time

 
EAST BATON ROUGE
·  EOC activated Crisis Action Team
·  EBRP DPW crews prepared Identified two shelters at BREC facilities and ARC has prepositioned shelter support trailers at each location if needed
·  Residential garbage pickup suspended 1/18
·  Central and Zachary school districts closed 1/18
·  Parish government closed 1/18
·  LSU, SU and BRCC closed 1/18

 
EAST FELICIANA
·  Roads throughout the parish are still iced over and considered hazardous for travel
·  Parish workers placed barricades and warning markers at the more extreme areas of concern
·  Entergy has begun changing a fuse at the power plant that will cause a disruption of service to a large area of the parish from 1730 to approx. 2100 hours 1/17

 
EVANGELINE
·  Parish government offices will open at 11 AM 1/18

 
IBERIA
·  Iberia Parish Government and Iberia Parish Courthouse City of New Iberia Loreauville Town Hall and Delcambre City Hall open

 
JEFFERSON
·  Parish government closed 1/18 with the exception of essential personnel
·  EB Water Pressure Issues at 25 psi.  a Boil Water Advisory for the entire East Bank of Jefferson Parish as a precautionary measure because of the loss of pressure in the distribution system due to the extremely high number of water line breaks caused by the hard freeze. The pressure will be restored as soon as possible. The entire process of restoration will take at least 2-3 days
·  Having difficulty providing adequate water to MSY airport. They are operating but have significant water issues. They are concerned about operating a full schedule today. They are rotating bathrooms right now.
GRAND ISLE
o  A water main break between segments of the island. The Rosethorn pumping station (approximately middle of the island) is having trouble getting water to the west side of Grand Isle (Cheniere) due to the main break. Both sides of the Island have towers and currently have pressure. A Boil Advisory may soon be issued for parts of Grand Isle.

 
LAFOURCHE
·  3 warming shelters available to open if needed
·  NSU closed 1/18
·  City of Thibodaux, Parish Clerk of Court, Parish District Attorney offices closed 1/18
·  Boil Water Advisory for St Charles/Raceland Communities/All areas along Hwy 182/Entire Bayou Blue Community/Choctaw/Kraemer/All South Lafourche Communities

LINCOLN
·  Road conditions have improved with only some rural areas and bridges showing ice
·  Schools and government will be open 1/18

 
LIVINGSTON
·  Working with public works and DOTD on hazardous road conditions
·  Maintaining communications with utility companies
·  Government closed 1/18

 
ORLEANS
·  EOC activated at a Level III
·  Overflow Shelter remains open at Allie Mae Williams Multi-Service Center
·  Salvation Army shelter can remain open. Water leak isolated, NOFD providing a Fire Watch.
·  Crews sanding bridges, overpasses, roadways
·  Water Main break in New Orleans East causing road collapse
·  University of New Orleans, Dillard university and Xavier University closed 1/18
·  Parish government closed 1/18
·  The New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board has issued a precautionary boil-water advisory for residents living east of the Industrial Canal due to a pressure drop at a New Orleans East drainage pump station, according to a news release sent Wednesday evening (Jan. 17). The advisory will remain in effect "until further notice," the utility said.
o  The advisory applies for residents in Venetian Isles, Lake Catherine and Irish Bayou, the utility said. It does not apply to residents in the Lower 9th Ward.
o  The utility's news release states Drainage Pumping Station No. 10 in New Orleans East "saw pressure drop below the threshold of 15 psi at 4:33 p.m." that lasted for 15 minutes. That pressure drop traced to breaks in frozen pipes thawing Wednesday and heavy afternoon water consumption, the utility said.
o  "The Sewerage & Water Board believes breaks exposed by higher temperatures thawing frozen pipes and an increase in water use in the afternoon led to the pressure drop," the utility's news release states
·  NOEMS diverted patients from NO East Hospital due to Boil Water situation; NOHSEP PIO issues a press release
·  All NOE assisted living and healthcare facilities have been contacted by LDH and have indicated they are prepared for the boil water advisory.
·  City of Kenner is having significant water system issues and cannot supply necessary water pressure to the airport right now with no guarantee as to when it can be resolved. This is affecting all activities including drinking water and sewerage.
·  RTA is running limited operations

OUACHITA
·  The City of West Monroe has opened a shelter at 400 South 5th, and are manning it with City personnel. There are no other reported shelters opened. There is one privately run shelter open in Monroe. 

PLAQUEMINES
·  Warming Shelter open at the Prison Gym on the East Bank
·  Parish government closed 1/18
·  The ferry located in Pointe ala Hache is in service. We are unsure how long it will run as the river is rough and splashing water on the deck which will possibly freeze again
·  The Belle Chasse ferry is hoping to be operational by mid-morning on Thursday

 
POINTE COUPEE
·  Roadways are beginning to de-ice in high traffic areas
·  Law enforcement has increased its presence throughout the parish; LE/Fire has responded to 31 MVA since 1600 hours yesterday – 13 of those have been on US 190

 
ST BERNARD
·  No warming centers open however, resources are on standby if needed
·  Parish government with the exception of essential personnel, courthouse and Sheriff’s Admin closed 1/18
·  Nunez CC, parochial and Catholic schools closed 1/18

 
ST CHARLES
·  Parish is still asking residents and industry to conserve water; East and West Bank Waterworks facilities are near capacity and the recommendation is being made to avoid complete shutdown of the Parish’s entire municipal water system
·  Parish government closed 1/18

ST HELENA
·  Parish Sheriff will only have essential personnel report for duty on 1/18
·  Parish government offices, North Shore Technical Community College closed 1/18
·  Per DOTD all state highways in the Parish closed

 
ST JAMES
·  Reporting water pressure continues to be an issue on the west bank; Residents throughout the Parish are strongly urged to conserve water
·  Parish Government is open
·  Entergy has sent several PSA’s requesting residents to conserve electricity

 
ST JOHN THE BAPTIST
·  Parish government and court services closed 1/18
·  Due to the excessive amount of water leaks, and strain on the Edgard Water system, water customers in Edgard, Lucy and Wallace may lose water pressure for 4 to 6 hours as the Edgard plant rebuilds water pressure. When water is restored, please be advised that as a precaution, Water District #2 has issued a Boil Water Advisory for all water customers who lost water pressure. The Boil Water Advisory is to remain in effect until lifted by the St. John Utilities Department upon notification from the Department of Health that water samples collected are safe.
·  St John Parish Sheriff's office will evacuate parish jail facility and transfer prisoners to Hunt Correctional Facility due to extremely low/no water pressure within the jail facility

ST MARY
·  All roads bridges and overpasses open to traffic as of 4:45 PM  1/17
·  Courthouse and Parish workers back to normal operations

 
ST TAMMANY
·  STP Department Public Works sanding designated bridges
·  Warming Shelter currently open at the Giving Hope Retreat Center of the New Orleans Mission located at 31294 Highway 190 in Lacombe
·  St. Tammany Assessor, Clerk of Court Offices and Parish Government Offices closed. St. Tammany Justice Center in Covington status:  Judge Schwartz's Court, Sheriff's Office, Registrar of Voters Office will be open.  DA Office will open at 11:00am. 

 
TANGIPAHOA
·  3 warming centers on standby
·  Parish government to open 1/18
·  Southeastern University closed 1/8

 
TERREBONNE
·  Crews working on overpasses
·  Boil Water Advisory issued for those customers in the general areas of Point Au Chene, Montegut, Klondyke, Cocodrie, Boudreaux Canal, Chauvin Area. 
·  Basically everything in the southern part of the parish from Presque Isle towards the gulf along and adjacent to Hwy 55 and 56. LDH advising parish to include Schriever area.
·  At present, the Grand Caillou area, Dulac and lower Dulac, as well as the Bayou Dularge area have adequate pressure to avoid the notice.

 
UNION
·  Several vehicle accidents due to icy conditions on highways & roads. Patchy black ice spots remain a problem on some state highways and parish roads. Motorist are encouraged to travel only when necessary.

WASHINGTON
·  Parish government offices to resume normal operations 1/18
·  Parish courthouse and DA office closed 1/18

 
WEST BATON ROUGE
·  Government closed until noon 1/18 and may open depending on weather and ice

 
WEST FELICIANA
·  Parish and State crews continue to address bridges with salt
·  LE continues to work crashes associated with the weather
·  Hazardous driving conditions exist on all roadways with an inch or more of ice on most surfaces

WEST CARROLL
·  Road Dept. personnel carefully checking roads for safety

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