News Alert: Situational Awareness Report 13 June 2015 As of: 3:30 pm
Posted: 6/15/2015 8:15:05 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

Situational Awareness Report
13 June 2015
As of: 3:30 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 35.24 feet (Major Flood Stage) and is forecasted to drop to 28.6 feet (Major Flood Stage) on Thursday, June 18.

Red River at Coushatta is currently at 38.64 feet (Major Flood Stage) and is forecasted to drop to 36.2 feet (Major Flood Stage) on Thursday, June 18. Record height for Red river at this point is 39.9 feet.

Red River at Grand Ecore is currently at 42.01 feet (Major Flood Stage) and forecasted to drop to 40.7 feet (Major Flood Stage) on Thursday, June 18. Record height for Red River at this point is 44.7 feet.

Red River at Alexandria is currently 35.51 feet (Minor Flood Stage) and forecasted to reach 36.5 feet (Moderate Flood Stage) on Monday, June 15.

***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

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
oContinuing to support flood operations
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND DEVELOPMENT
oMonitoring roads and maintaining communications with partnering agencies
oWhen the water levels drop DOTD will assess the roads for damage, clean up debris and silt as necessary and make any repairs that are required so that roads can be re-opened as soon as possible
oStatewide TMC has ramped up staffing throughout this weekend and will continue to monitor and report road closures due to flooding

LOUISIANA STATE POLICE
oLSP EOC personnel are continuing to monitor the Red River flooding event. The EOC is engaged with other LSP Sections, GOHSEP, and other public safety partners. The EOC continues to monitor WebEOC for mission or asset requests pertaining to this event
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HOSPITALS
oContinuing to monitor and support flood operations
RED CROSS (Shelter Updates):
oElm Grove Elementary BOSSIER (Population: 1)
oSouthern University Shreveport CADDO (Population: 4) 
oMartin Luther King Recreation Center NATCHITOCHES (Standby)
oLouisiana State University CADDO (closed)
oAssisted Red River parish with a Meal for a team of workers
oWorking w/ OEP Director to ensure readiness if shelter is required.
oWe have 80 people, approximately 65 of which are volunteers, from the NW area and across the state working on our response to the flooding and ensuring readiness for additional needs further south.  We will begin client casework, mobile feeding and bulk distribution next week in Caddo and Bossier Parishes.  We hope to be able to start this on Monday if the flood waters recede enough.   We will move south with these services as waters allow.
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
oContinuing to support flood operations
STATE FIRE MARSHAL
oContinuing to support flood operations and monitor all area casinos
DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES
oContinuing to support sheltering operations
PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
oContinuing to support flood operations
VOLUNTARY ORGANIZATIONS ACTIVE IN DISASTER (VOAD)
oThe following agencies are responding or are prepared to respond:
The Salvation Army – One canteen (mobile kitchen) active in Shreveport and one or two Mobile Feeding vehicles on standby. Seven units in Louisiana are also available to serve, if needed.
Advocacy Center – Available to assist with identifying resources for disability related issues.
Mercy Chefs – Feeding: Currently deployed in Texas, but if needed will try to put together a team. Kitchen can do up to 500 per meal period.
oLAVOAD is continuing to monitor and coordinate with local NWLA VOAD
oMormon Helping Hands/LDS has been assisting in Bossier with sandbag operations this week; have capacity to bring in several hundred volunteers for clean-up efforts
oHave requested flood buckets which we plan to house at the NWLA Food Bank distribution.
DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES
oContinuing to support flood operations
DPS (COMMUNICATIONS)
oContinuing to support flood operations
DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
oProviding work crews, plus security, from Winn Correctional Center to Caddo Parish
oOn June 11, David Wade Correctional Center completed its task of assisting Bossier Parish with flood response efforts.  David Wade inmates filled a total of 99,336 sandbags during this event.
oSandbag operations at Avoyelles Correctional Center continue. 
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.
oContinuing to monitor and support flood operations
CADDO PARISH
oContinuing to monitor and support flood operations
RED RIVER PARISH
oContinuing to monitor and support flood operations
oSandbagging efforts are in progress. 
RAPIDES PARISH
oContinuing to monitor and support flood operations
WEBSTER PARISH
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
oHaving problems on Saline Lake with boats making waves/wake with their boats. This is causing problems with camps/houses that are flooded. Have request help through WebEOC for Wildlife and Fish Agents to patrol the flooded areas to prevent this problem.
CATAHOULA PARISH
oContinuing to monitor and support flood operations

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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