News Alert: Situational Awareness Update 10.13.14
Posted: 10/14/2014 10:07:36 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center
GOHSEP SPECIAL WEATHER REPORT
13 October 2014
As of: 2100 Hours
 
STATE EOC ACTIVATION LEVEL: 3 Crisis Action Team (CAT)
 
WebEOC Incident Name: 14-031 Severe Weather, Statewide, 13 October 2014
 
SITUATION: A cold front moved across the state today bringing severe thunderstorms, strong winds, and heavy showers. Thousands are without power, and significant damage to roadways, homes, and businesses has been reported.  The front has pushed through the state and debris removal and power restoration is underway statewide.   Entries in red were submitted after 1700 hours.  GOHSEP will continue to monitor  
GOHSEP SPECIAL WEATHER REPORT
13 October 2014
As of: 2100 Hours
 
STATE EOC ACTIVATION LEVEL: 3 Crisis Action Team (CAT)
 
 
DECLARATIONS:
  State of Louisiana – Proclamation NO. 107 BJ 2014
 
2.  ACTIONS BY PARISHES:
A.  Region 1:
  -  Orleans- A strong line of thunder storms moved through Region 1 producing heavy rains  and wind. Power outages in the Metairie at the Orleans parish line; 11,000 customers affected.
B.  Region 2:
-  Point Coupee – A power outage affecting about 60% of the parish was reported, which most of them are serviced through Point Coupee Electric.  Cause of outage in Pointe Coupee was a tree that fell on the main line on La 1.  Most all power has been restored for the parish.
C.  Region 3:
-  St. James- Funnel cloud reported in St James Parish by law enforcement - no touchdown was reported. No reported damages.
D.  Region 4: 
   The latest outage report shows 497 without power in the region as follows:
·  Acadia: 18 (12 CLECO, 4 Entergy, 2 SLEMCO)
·  Evangeline: 1 (CLECO)
·  Lafayette: 1 (CLECO)
·  St Landry: 443 (436 Entergy, 7 SLEMCO)
·   St Mary: 21 (16 CLECO, 5 Entergy)
·  Vermilion: 4 (3 Entergy, 1 SLEMCO)

  -  Acadia - Power lines were reported down on Hwy 98 between Llama and Quarter Pole Road near Rayne.  A roof of a shed was blown off at 142 Nation Road northeast of Rayne near I-10.
    
E.  Region 5:
-  Small amount of power outages. Sam Houston High, Moss Bluff letting students go home due to power outage due to a car hitting a utility pole
 
F.  Region 6:
-  Approximately 3,000 residents were without power in the region today.  Power companies have been working to restore power to these individuals. 

G.  Region 7:
-  Early reports from Desoto are numerous trees down but no injuries or structure damages called in. SO is patrolling the area.
-  Outages are at approx. 6,500 region wide, most being in Desoto/Webster at this time.
-  A north Webster Parish elementary school sustained damage to their main power infrastructure; they don't expect to have it restored before this evening. All students will be transported beginning at 10:30 to two area schools for parents to pick them up.
-  Lightning strike to crude oil tank in Claiborne caused a fire. Fire out. No evacuations.
-  Significant number of trees down in SE Mansfield along LA 510 along with barn roofs blown off. No major structural damages or injuries reported.
-  Reports of trees and power lines down region wide; no injuries or fatalities reported. 
-  A 20" crude oil pipeline is leaking significantly into a creek in Caddo Parish under Old Mooringsport Road.  Pipeline has been shut in and diked and they believe this will prevent downstream flow into Caddo Lake. Crude has traveled approximately 4.5 miles. Cleanup is underway
-  3 homes are being evacuated due to meter readings and have been placed under shelter in place until they are certain there is no longer a threat of a spike in levels. Responsible party will handle hotels for residents if additional evacuation is required.
-  The strongest line has cleared the region with no additional impacts; continuing to monitor the situation with no requests for assistance at this time.  

 H.  Region 8:
-  Approximately 40,000 residents for the entire Parish still without power.  Entergy is estimating 1700 hrs. on Wednesday for most to be back on.
  There was significant structural damage to transmission and distribution systems. 
  Extensive damage to homes and businesses are being reported.  Numerous gas leaks reported. 
  There was a Ouachita Parish Unified Command meeting at the Ouachita EOC at 1700 hrs.  There are currently approximately 30 parish roads still impassable, State Hwy151-838 and 546 are still closed. 
  Ouachita Parish OEP Director will be requesting IA and PA PDA Teams through WebEOC probably for Wednesday. 
  The Monroe City School System and the Ouachita Parish School System will make a determination later tonight if schools will open tomorrow. 
  Currently there is only one shelter open; The Community Center on 5th Street in West Monroe.
  State Police had 18 reports of crashes. 
  An Emergency Declaration has been signed for the Parish. 
 -  The Ouachita EOC has been activated
-  Numerous roads are closed throughout the region and trees cannot be cut until Entergy assess the lines for power
-  ULM classes are closed until 12:00 on 14 October 2014
-  Unconfirmed report of tornado touchdown in the Monroe area.
-  Numerous ruptured natural gas lines throughout the region
-  An 18 wheeler was overturned in each of the Wal-Mart and Home Depot parking lots
-  Several people were trapped in the local Wal-Mart and Home Depot and have since been removed with no reported injuries
-  There may be more damage but it is difficult to assess damages due to numerous downed trees in the area

I.  Region 9:
-  Approximately 7,300 customers are without power in the Region, with about 6,000 of those in St. Tammany Parish.  No other significant impacts reported.  No requests for assistance. 
-  Some scattered power outages are being reported throughout the region
-  The entire Region is under a Tornado Watch until 10:00pm

3.  ACTIONS BY STATE AND OTHER AGENCIES:
A.  GOHSEP:
Created WEBEOC Incident “14-031 Severe Weather, Statewide, 13 October 2014”
Activated Crisis Action Team on 13 October 2014 at 1300 Hours
 
B.  Public Service Commission:
10/13/14 6:18 pm- We are still assessing damages, but have started identifying restoration resource needs to assist in North LA.  Assuming we don’t get hit too hard in the south as the storms continue to move across the state this evening, we plan to send about 76 company linemen, plus support, to leave early tomorrow morning.  Additionally, we have secured an additional 130 contract linemen that will be in North LA late tonight and be available first thing in the morning. 

Due to the difficult travel conditions with significant debris in the roads in West Monroe it has been hard to get a complete assessment of the overall damage.  However, it appears that there is substantial damage in the Downtown Monroe and Garden District areas.  These areas are densely populated with large trees with rear lot distribution systems supplying electrical service.  This rear lot configuration does not allow for easy access to damaged equipment which slows down the restoration process.
 
While we will be actively restoring customers throughout the restoration process, those customers with heavy damage and/or access issues in the West Monroe area are estimated to be without power until late Thursday (10/16).  We will continue to assess damages, work the restoration process, and provide updates along the way.

Below are the parishes with greater than 200 customers without power at this time (18:00 hrs.):

  Parish
  Customers Affected (>200)

  OUACHITA (LA)
  26,530

  ASSUMPTION (LA)
  1,981

  E. BATON ROUGE (LA)
  1,805

  JACKSON (LA)
  1,602

  ASCENSION (LA)
  934

  TANGIPAHOA (LA)
  786

  LIVINGSTON (LA)
  543

  ST. CHARLES (LA)
  513

  BIENVILLE (LA)
  466

  ST. LANDRY (LA)
  392

  IBERIA (LA)
  342

  JEFFERSON (LA)
  280

  UNION (LA)
  219

  ACADIA (LA)
  209

    36,602




GOHSEP Operations is monitoring the situation and will continue to update and report if needed.  
 

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