News Alert: Situational Awareness Report 10 June 2015 As of: 8:25 PM
Posted: 6/11/2015 8:09:20 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center
Situational Awareness Report
10 June 2015
As of: 8:25 PM
 
State EOC Activation Level: Level III 
WebEOC Incident: “15-018 Red River Flooding – North LA May 2015”
State Declaration Proclamation No. 85 BJ 2015

Situation:  Due to the heavy rainfall amounts over the past 30 days there is concern regarding rising water levels for the Red River.  Attached to this report is the Red River Gauge document. 
 
Red River Levels:
    
Red River at Shreveport is currently at 37.14 feet (Major Flood Stage) and is forecasted to drop to 36.8 feet (Major Flood Stage) on Thursday, June 11. 

Red River at Coushatta is currently at 38.72 feet (Major Flood Stage) and is forecasted to reach 38.80 feet (Major Flood Stage) on Thursday, June 11. Record height for Red river at this point is 39.9 feet.

Red River at Grand Ecore is currently at 41.32 feet (Major Flood Stage) and forecasted to reach 42.5 feet (Major Flood Stage) on Friday, June 12. Record height for Red River at this point is 44.7 feet.

Red River at Alexandria is currently 35.06 feet (Minor Flood Stage) and forecasted to reach 38.0 feet (Moderate Flood Stage) on Sunday, June 14.

***Full SITREP details beyond the last 24 hours can be found in WebEOC***

State Actions 

GOHSEP
oMonitoring the situation and is activated to Level III with select ESFs
oGOHSEP coordinated a Red River Task Force conference call this evening with our parish and state partners. Slides briefed by the Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center, NWS Shreveport and NWS Lake Charles has been attached to this SITREP.

LOUISIANA NATIONAL GUARD
oContinuing to support flood operations
ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS
oUSACE continuing to conduct levee inspections on all federal levees
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY
oCurrently monitoring the situation and prepared to provide resource support to affected parishes.
oCoordinating with LSU Ag Center to assess livestock and agricultural needs.
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND DEVELOPMENT
oDOTD District 08 (Alexandria) Crews supporting Levee Gap closures at LA 1226, US 84, US 71, KCS Railroad NLDD, KCS Railroad 19th Levee District and LA486
oDOTD District 08 continues to monitor LA 1226 and LA 486 for potential flooding 
oDOTD District 08 and District 04 continues to support sandbagging operations throughout their area of responsibility 
oDOTD District 04 continues to monitor rising water on I-220, LA-154, LA 157 and  US 71
oBoth ends of I-20 have been opened to I-220 to allow access to US-80
oDOTD continues to support Levee Districts with monitoring
LOUISIANA STATE POLICE
oContinuing to conduct flights, monitoring area casinos, and support flood operations
oLSP HazMat responded to a ruptured gas line in the River Bluff subdivision. Mandatory evacuation was cancelled and the situation is being evaluated.
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HOSPITALS
oConducted a GIS comparison with the Army Corp of Engineers flood inundation maps
oContacted all of the water systems with service areas that intersect the projected inundation areas. None of the systems indicated any concerns with their facilities becoming inoperable or anticipate having to issue any boil water advisories.
oSome systems have reported flooding of their service areas, but they have maintained pressure.
RED CROSS (Shelter Updates):
oElm Grove Elementary BOSSIER (Population: 1)
oSouthern University Shreveport CADDO (Population: 3) 
oLSU-S Red River Radio Bldg. CADDO (Population: 0)
oMartin Luther King Recreation Center NATCHITOCHES (Stand-by)
oLouisiana State University CADDO (CLOSED)
oProvided meals in Red River Parish
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
oContinuing to make phone calls to facilities in the impacted parishes and continuing to update Response Manager with assessments.
oResponded to a ruptured gas line in the River Bluff subdivision. Evaluating situation
STATE FIRE MARSHAL
oContinuing to monitor all area casinos
oContinuing to monitor a crack in the wall at the Boardwalk. The water on the Boardwalk appears to have stabilized.
DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES
oContinuing to support sheltering operations
PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
oCurrent disconnects determined to be associated with the Red River flooding according to SWEPCO (attached to WebEOC SITREP)
oIn the Shreveport area, the Regency Gas Transmission line ruptured, which serves the Arsenal Hill Generating Unit for SWEPCO. Regency will cut and cap the line on either side of the Red River until the line can be replaced. Arsenal Hill is now being served by CenterPoint Gas, and will continue to operate normally. CenterPoint has the capacity to serve as long as needed, and Regency expects to be able to resume serving within the week.
oCleco has disconnected 69 camps, 1 Rec area, 1 RV area, 1 Barn & Pump, and 1 Residence in the Pineville area. The customer in the residence has already relocated. In the Echo area, 8 camps have been disconnected.
oPlease note that the cities of Natchitoches, Boyce, & Alexandria have municipal electric utilities, and therefore the PSC does not have any information about disconnects within the corporate limits of those cities. 
VOLUNTARY ORGANIZATIONS ACTIVE IN DISASTER (VOAD)
oVolunteer organizations are providing canteen services and mobile feeding vehicles
DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES
oContinuing to enforce lake closures to recreational traffic
oProviding 2 agents and 1 boat to patrol the Lake Bistineau closure daily
oAgents are making periodic checks throughout the day, and communicating with SO for any specific requests for the Nantachie Lake closure in Grant Parish
DPS (COMMUNICATIONS)
oContinuing to support flood operations
DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
oDepartment of Corrections has been working with parish officials from Bossier, Caddo and City of Shreveport in the sandbagging effort.
oProvided work crews, plus security, from Avoyelles Correctional Center to Caddo Parish
oProviding ongoing work crews, plus security, from Winn Correctional Center to Caddo Parish
oProviding ongoing work crews, plus security, from David Wade Correctional Center to Bossier Parish
oMoved  two sandbag machines from Elayne Hunt Correctional Center to the Avoyelles Correctional Center

Parish Actions 

BOSSIER PARISH
oContinuing to monitor and support flood operations
NATCHITOCHES PARISH
oContinuing to monitor and support flood operations
GRANT PARISH
oSandbagging efforts are continuing
oSuper sacks have been placed at the gap in the levee.
CADDO PARISH
oContinuing to monitor and support flood operations
RED RIVER PARISH
oContinuing to monitor and support flood operations
RAPIDES PARISH
oContinuing to monitor and support flood operations
WEBSTER PARISH
oDeclaration of Emergency received
oContinuing to monitor and support flood operations
AVOYELLES PARISH
oContinuing to monitor and support flood operations
WINN PARISH
oContinuing to monitor and support flood operations
CATAHOULA PARISH
oVoluntary evacuation in effect in the southern part of the parish
oDeclaration of Emergency not declared
                                                                                                              
For more information on the Red River gauges, visit:  http://www.srh.noaa.gov/lmrfc/
GOHSEP operations is monitoring the situation and will continue to update and report if needed.

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