News Alert: GOHSEP Winter Weather SITREP - January 18, 2018 As of 4:30 PM
Posted: 1/18/2018 5:04:40 PM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

GOHSEP Winter Weather SITREP

January 18, 2018

As of 4:30 PM

 

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 has moved through the area bringing freezing temperatures and wintry precipitation in most areas. Please stay tuned to your local National Weather Service for the latest updates and warnings.

 

North Louisiana: Warmer temperatures are occurring in the area, temperatures will fall again overnight into the 20’s however, no hazardous weather is expected.

 

Southwest/Central Louisiana: Friday will be the last below normal temperature day in the next 7 days. Morning lows will be below freezing is most locations, and highs will be in the lower 50’s.

 

Southeast Louisiana: There is a moderate confidence that another light to hard freeze will occur tonight across much of the area. The hard freeze is anticipated mainly along and north of a line from Houma to Belle Chase a light freeze is expected. 2 Potential factors could keep temperatures falling are high clouds trying to move in and warmer temperatures moving in just above the surface.

 

*** 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:   7 calls for service resulting in 4 crash investigations. 8 abandoned vehicles have been removed from the interstates. MISC:  Troopers are checking roads for any hazards in preparation to open highways.

·        TROOP B WEATHER RELATED CRASHES INVESTIGATED:     2 weather related crash since the 0600 SITREP

·        TROOP L WEATHER RELATED CRASHED INVESTIGATED:     As of 1200 hours, 8 property damage crashes have been reported. MISC:    DOTD placing road closure barricades, continuing to salt open roadways.

·        TROOP D WEATHER RELATED CRASHES INVESTIGATED:   1 since 0600 hrs.

·        TROOP I WEATHER RELATED CRASHED INVESTIGATED:    As of 0600 hours, 10 reports of crashes/ traffic incidents related to the weather.  MISC:   DOTD continues to monitor major routes in the Troop I area.  They are continuing to work on Interstate 10. 

·        TROOP G Units are still patrolling I-49 north for violations and will assist DOTD with the opening of the roadway throughout the day.

 

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.

·        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. 

·        There are currently 55 public water systems under a confirmed boil water advisory related to the winter weather.  The following 4 public water systems are without water (water outage).

o   Parish               PWS Name                                   Population Affected

o   ALLEN               TOWN OF KINDER WATER SYSTEM     3162

o   BOSSIER   CAMP JOY MARINA WATER SYSTEM           132

o   CALCASIEU          FAMILY DOLLAR 5483 WATER SYSTEM      25

o   VERMILION          LA MAISON DES CHENES WATER SYSTEM 40

 

AMERICAN RED CROSS

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

 

DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

·        EHCC has transported 156 male offenders and 5 female offenders from St. John Parish to their facility and will house them until the water issue in St. John Parish is resolved. Arrival time was 3 pm  

 

FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF ATLANTA – NEW ORLEANS BRANCH

·        Activated Business Continuity Plan

·        Placed Tier 1 employees in hotel

 

DEPARTMENT OF VETERAN AFFAIRS

·        Bossier: Facility remains in normal operation.  No heating, water, or physical plant issues at this time.   

·        Monroe: No issues at this time with heat, boilers, or cooling towers in the facility.  Facility still has maintenance, activities, and administrative spaces closed to allow the boilers to keep heat in the resident care areas. Maintenance working to bring admin area up as they are able. 

·        Jennings: SWLVH experiencing no issues at this time.     

·        Jackson: No problems at this time. No physical plant issues at the facility.

·        Reserve:  SELVH status remains as “Closed Facility.”  No staffing problems to report. Parish water continues to be a major concern, the facility has NO running water at this time. Facility remains with sufficient water supply through various community vendors and plant organizations. Dietary has changed over to a complete disposable system at this time. Residents are urged to stop water use immediately in an effort to replenish potable water systems.

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·        LDVA Cemeteries Slidell cemetery is closed.  Keithville, Leesville, and Rayville cemeteries are back open.   

·        LDVA Veterans Service Offices (74 offices in 64 parishes) Closed in parishes where state offices are closed.   

 

PARISH ACTIONS

ACADIA

·        Some residents reporting low water pressure

 

ASCENSION

·        Government offices back to normal operations 1/19

·        Cities of Sorrento & Gonzales opened at 11 as well as Parish Government.  City of Donaldsonville closed today, but will reopen tomorrow.

·        The school board will assess the weather and school board buildings and make a determination on schools by 5 PM this afternoon. 

 

ASSUMPTION

·        Reporting no issues to roadways or bridges

·        Assumption Parish Government returned to work today (1/18/2018).  Assumption Parish Schools remain closed Schools plan to resume classes tomorrow (1/19/2018). 

·        A Boil Water Advisory was issued for all areas after the Pierre Part Bay Bridge west toward the Belle River area and beyond including St Martin Parish customers.  

 

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

·        Faith based Shelter (Water's Edge 2760 Power Center Parkway) is closed

·        Old Spanish Trail (Trousdale to Prater) is now open Public & Private Schools are scheduled to resume

 

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

·        Parish government back to normal operations 1/19

 

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

·        Parish government will be back to normal operations1/19

 

IBERIA

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

 

JEFFERSON

·        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.

·        JPEM has submitted a Declaration of Emergency from the City of Kenner

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

·        Boil Water Advisory for St Charles/Raceland Communities/All areas along Hwy 182/Entire Bayou Blue Community/Choctaw/Kraemer/ Grand Bois Community/ Romero Subdivision in Lower Bayou Blue/ All South Lafourche Communities

·        Schools closed due to BWA, NSU will be open 1/19

 

LIVINGSTON

·        Working with public works and DOTD on hazardous road conditions

·        Maintaining communications with utility companies

·        Parish government back to normal operations 1/19

 

MADISON

·        Parish OEP Director is stating the Tallulah Water System, Walnut Grove Water System and a System at Delta are all down or partially down due to frozen and broken pipes. 

 

ORLEANS

·        NOHSEP PIO - Monitoring social media. Coordinating with schools and universities.

·        NOHD - Overflow shelter at Allie Mae Williams Multi-Service Center remaining open during daytime hours, through tonight. Conducting outreach to area healthcare facilities. Liaising with dialysis centers.

·        DPW - Assessing construction sites for water leaks SWBNO - EOC activated. Precautionary boil water advisory issued for the East Bank of New Orleans. See SWBNO releases for additional info.

·        RTA- All bus routes have been restored. Streetcar service has been restored on St. Charles, Canal/Cemeteries, Canal/City Park, Rampart/Loyola, and the Riverfront

·        MSY - Jefferson Parish is having significant water system issues and cannot supply necessary water pressure to the airport. There is no guarantee as to when it can be resolved. This is affecting all activities including drinking water and sewerage. The airport is taking measures to rotate bathroom usage but there is concern for operations today with airlines wanting to run full schedule.

·        DOTD - The Eastbound lanes of I-10 from the Jefferson Parish line to Slidell in Orleans Parish is now OPEN. The Westbound lanes of I-10 from US 11 to Jefferson Parish line is now OPEN. 610 reopened in both directions.

 

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

·        The Braithwaite Auditorium will open up as a warming shelter only if the power is out for an extended period of time.  If opens, residents will be asked to bring blankets, pillows, sleeping bags, etc.  There will be no cots, food or drinks available in the event of a power outage.

·        All Ferries are now operational in Plaquemines Parish.  All roadways are clear to travel in Plaquemines Parish.

·        As many of you may have noticed yesterday, Plaquemines Parish's water contractor Inframark, lowered water pressure throughout the parish in order to conserve water during this Winter Weather Event. As a precaution, we are asking residents and businesses of Plaquemines Parish to conserve water throughout the day in order to maintain the water pressure in our system. If the water pressure were to continue to drop, Plaquemines Parish would then have to issue a Boil Water Advisory.

·        Also agreed to cut down water usage, made request for water through WebEOC for consumption at the prison

·        Parish offices will be open 1/19

 

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

·        Parish government back to normal operations 1/19

ST BERNARD

·        No warming centers open however, resources are on standby if needed

·        Parish water has been lowered to catch up with their reserves.

·        Parish is supplying LANG with 2000 gallons of water to assist Ochsner Hospital

 

ST CHARLES

·        Parish is no longer asking residents to conserve water

 

ST JAMES

·        Reporting water pressure continues to be an issue on the west bank; Residents throughout the Parish are strongly urged to conserve water

·        Entergy has sent several PSA’s requesting residents to conserve electricity

 

ST JOHN THE BAPTIST

·        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 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

 

TANGIPAHOA

·        All Government offices open tomorrow

·        1 warming center open at browns chapel church in the Village of Tangipahoa. 1 resident currently in center

·        2 warming centers continue to be on standby

·        No major road issues remain

·        TP Fire Districts are providing 4 Tanker ZTrucks to Jefferson Parish to assist with water issues; coordinated via the LSFM office

·        Southeastern university open 1/19

 

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

·        All Union Parish Schools are in session. No power outages reported & no gas outages. Some state highways and parish roads had patchy black ice on them this morning which could create problems and accidents. These icy spots should melt after temperatures rise above freezing and with the sun shining on them.

·        The City of Farmerville had water issues through the night and early this morning. Farmerville Nursing  Rehab was without water, some town residents and the Union Parish Courthouse. This water problem appears to be fully resolved as of 9:00 AM this morning and this includes Farmerville Nursing & Rehab.  

 

WEST BATON ROUGE

·        Parish government back to normal operations 1/19

 

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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