News Alert: Situational Awareness Report 14 June 2015 As of: 3:30 pm
Posted: 6/15/2015 8:17:01 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center
Situational Awareness Report
14 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 33.93 feet (Major Flood Stage) and is forecasted to drop to 32.4 feet (Moderate Flood Stage) on Monday, June 15.

Red River at Coushatta is currently at 38.19 feet (Major Flood Stage) and is forecasted to drop to 37.4 feet (Major Flood Stage) on Monday, June 15. Record height for Red river at this point is 39.9 feet.

Red River at Grand Ecore is currently at 41.97 feet (Major Flood Stage) and forecasted to drop to 41.7 feet (Major Flood Stage) on Monday, June 15. Record height for Red River at this point is 44.7 feet.

Red River at Alexandria is currently 35.73 feet (Minor Flood Stage) and forecasted to reach 36.0 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 water systems and support flood operations
oProvided technical assistance to Rapides Parish regarding questions about water service
RED CROSS (Shelter Updates)
oMartin Luther King Recreation Center NATCHITOCHES (Standby)
oContinuing to support sheltering operations
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
oAll Bossier Parish and Caddo Parish shelters are now closed.
PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
oContinuing to support flood operations
VOLUNTARY ORGANIZATIONS ACTIVE IN DISASTER (VOAD)
oContinuing to support flood operations
DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES
oAt the request of Winn Parish, sent two agents to help patrol Saline Lake to protect homes/camps by preventing boats from creating waves/wakes in flooded areas. 
oLouisiana Mudfest is a private company based in Grant Parish that held a private event on their property last night (ATV rides).  During the event, a makeshift levee breached. The majority of park was submerged under quickly-rising water.  Approximately 50-75 people were stranded on high ground (initial reports). We received a request for search and rescue assistance at approximately 5:03 am.
oWe dispatched 8 agents and 7 boats, and LANG provided air support.  
oA total of 113 individuals were rescued (91 by boat, 22 by foot/ATV).
oThree dogs were rescued.
oNine individuals refused rescue (landowner’s party—Sheriff authorized them to stay). 
oAt approximately 10:30 am, the search and rescue mission was completed and at the request of the Sheriff, LDWF/LED and LANG discontinued operations. The mission was safe and successful.
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.

Parish Actions 

BOSSIER PARISH
oContinuing to monitor and support flood operations
oIncreasing mosquito spraying operations in both the city and parish
oSouth Bossier Fire Department performed welfare checks on residents that didn’t want to leave due to high water.
oParish rented a pump to help allow access to the Buck Hall area.
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
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
oSeeking guidance on possibly closing Saline Lake
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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