News Alert: Situational Awareness Report 29 December 2015 as of: 3:45 pm
Posted: 12/29/2015 6:13:34 PM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

Situational Awareness Report

29 December 2015

As of: 3:45 pm

 

State EOC Activation Level: Crisis Action Team (CAT)

WebEOC Incident: “15-0043 Mississippi River Flooding – Statewide- December/January 2015

WebEOC Incident: “15-0044 Red River Flooding – North LA- December/January 2015

 

 

Situation:  Due to the heavy rainfall amounts over the past 30 days there is some concern regarding rising water levels for the Red River and Mississippi River.  Please see the attached briefing slides from the Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center.

 

Red River Levels:

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Red River at Shreveport is currently at 27.5 feet (Action Stage) and is forecasted to crest at 31.50 feet (Moderate Flood Stage) on January 1st, 2016.

 

Red River at Coushatta is currently at 29.26 feet (Below Flood Stage) and is forecasted to crest at 33.0 feet (Minor Flood Stage) on January 2nd,  2016.

 

Red River at Grand Ecore is currently at 29.94 feet (Below Flood Stage) and forecasted to crest at 34.50 feet (Minor Flood Stage) on January 3rd, 2016.

 

Red River at Alexandria is currently 26.25 feet (Below Flood Stage) and forecasted to crest at 30.50 feet (Action Stage) on January 4th, 2016.

 

 

Mississippi River Levels:

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Mississippi River at Red River Landing is currently at 47.75 feet (Action Stage) and is forecasted to crest at 62.5 feet (Moderate Flood Stage) on January 19th,  2016.

 

Mississippi River at Baton Rouge is currently at 31.45 feet (Action Stage) and forecasted to crest at 44.0 feet (Moderate Flood Stage) on January 19th, 2016.

 

Mississippi River at New Orleans is currently 12.21 feet (Below Flood Stage) and forecasted to crest at 17.0 feet (Minor Flood Stage) on January 9th, 2016.

 

 

State Actions

 

GOHSEP

o   GOHSEP is monitoring the situation and has activated their Crisis Action Team.

o   GOHSEP hosted a conference call with the Army Corps of Engineers and Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center on 28 December 2015 at 2:00 PM to inform Red River parishes and select state agencies on their expectations this week.

o   GOHSEP hosted a conference call with the Army Corps of Engineers and Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center on 28 December 2015 at 3:00 PM to inform Mississippi River parishes and select state agencies on their expectations this week.

o   GOHSEP will be monitoring WebEOC for mission or asset requests.

o   GOHSEP Regional Coordinators are currently monitoring the situation and maintaining communications with the EOC.

o   A Unified Command Group Meeting is scheduled for 4:15 pm December 30, 2015.

 

LOUISIANA NATIONAL GUARD

o   LANG is aware of the event and is monitoring the situation.

 

ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS

o   Phase 1 activated on lower Mississippi River on 14 December 2015

o   Coordinating efforts with local authorities and patrolling the levee system twice a week.

o   Currently tracking 47 inspection sites.  Deficiencies include:  broken slope pavement, animal burrows, erosion, and shrinkage cracks.  We are continuing to monitor 5 potential seepage areas, and an area of slides just south of Algiers Lock.

o   EOC open 7 days a week from 0700 to 1730.

 

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY

o   LDAF is aware of both events and is monitoring the situation.

o   LDAF personnel are in contact with farmers in potential flood zones to provide situational awareness.

 

DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES

o   LDWF is aware of both events and is monitoring the situation for potential search and rescue efforts in the event of major flooding on both the Red river and Mississippi River.

o   Enforcement Captains are maintaining communications with impacted parishes and will make necessary preparations to provide assisted if needed.

o   Due to flooding conditions of the Mississippi River, the LDWF Secretary has authorized a “Partial Deer Hunting Season Closure” beginning January 3rd 2016 at official sunset until the situation warrants reopening for the following area: East of US 65 from the Arkansas State line to Vidalia, Louisiana. (Emergency Declaration and map can be found in WebEOC)

 

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND DEVELOPMENT

o   DOTD is in communications with all districts in the potential impact zones and will continue to closely monitor the situation and remain on standby is needed for any tasks assigned to the agency.

 

LOUISIANA STATE POLICE

o   State Police EOC personnel are monitoring the threat, are engaged with other public safety partners, and will be monitoring WebEOC for mission or asset requests.

o   Louisiana State police Gaming Division is monitoring and updating the State on the Shreveport/Bossier City casinos affected by high water levels associated with the Red River as well as all casinos located on the Mississippi River affected by high water.

 

DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

o   LDEQ is aware of potential flooding on both the Red River and Mississippi River and will continue to monitor the situation and remain on standby if needed for nay tasks assigned to the agency.

o   Headquarters staff will coordinate with regional offices for possible response efforts concerning orphan containers, spills, sheens, or releases.

 

STATE FIRE MARSHAL

o   State Fire Marshall is monitoring and updating the State on the Shreveport/Bossier City casinos affected by high water levels associated with the Red River as well as all casinos located on the Mississippi River affected by high water.

o   Attended a phone conference with Lt. Ingram of LSP Gaming, ABS, and the Louisiana Gaming Control Board in reference to the casinos.

 

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HOSPITALS

o   The Office of Public Health Drinking Water section continues to monitor water systems in the at risk areas.

o   All critical healthcare facilities have been notified to report any power outages and/or flooding incidents to ESF 8 and their local OEP.

 

PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION

o   PSC is aware of both events and is monitoring the situation.

 

COASTAL PROTECTION AND RESTORATION AUTHORITY

o   CPRA is aware of both events and is monitoring the situation.

 

 

Parish Actions

 

CADDO PARISH

o   Unified Command Group is maintaining communications with their local NWS regarding river crest levels and ongoing dam releases.

o    All departments are preparing resource needs for the next 24 hours.

o   Sandbags are being filled at city and parish locations to prepare for citizens.

o   Public notification through news releases and Code Red will be drafted but will not be released until confirmation is received from NWS.

 

 

 

 

For more information on the current river flood outlooks, please 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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