News Alert: Situational Awareness Report 3 January 2016 As of: 4:00 pm
Posted: 1/3/2016 10:13:09 PM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

Situational Awareness Report

3 January 2016

As of: 4:00 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”

State Declaration Proclamation No. 205 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 and Mississippi River. All updates to this SITREP will be in red text.

 

Red River Levels:

Red River at Shreveport is currently at 31.24 feet (Minor Flood Stage) and is forecasted to crest at 31.55 feet (Moderate Flood Stage) today, January 2nd, 2016.

 

Red River at Coushatta is currently at 32.28 feet (Minor Flood Stage) and is forecasted to crest at 33.0 feet (Moderate Flood Stage) on January 3rd , 2016.

 

Red River at Grand Ecore is currently at 34.46 feet (Minor Flood Stage) and forecasted to crest at 34.70 feet (Minor Flood Stage) on January 4th, 2016.

 

Red River at Alexandria is currently 27.05 feet (Below Flood Stage) and forecasted to crest at 30.50 feet (Action Stage) on January 5th, 2016.

 

Mississippi River Levels:

Mississippi River at Vicksburg is currently at 43.02 feet (Minor Flood Stage) and is forecasted to crest at 54.00 feet (Major Flood Stage) on January 15th,  2016.

 

Mississippi River at Natchez is currently at 48.70 feet (Minor Flood Stage) and is forecasted to crest at 60.00 feet (Major Flood Stage) on January 17th,  2016.

 

Mississippi River at Red River Landing is currently at 50.93 feet (Minor Flood Stage) and is forecasted to crest at 62.5 feet (Moderate Flood Stage) on January 18th,  2016.

 

Mississippi River at Baton Rouge is currently at 34.13 feet (Action Stage) and forecasted to crest at 44.0 feet (Moderate Flood Stage) on January 18th, 2016.

 

Mississippi River at New Orleans is currently 13.21 feet (Below Flood Stage) and forecasted to crest at 17.0 feet (Minor Flood Stage) on January 12th, 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 was held at 4:15 pm December 30, 2015.

 

LOUISIANA NATIONAL GUARD

o   LANG continues to prepare and support State and local agencies in response to this event.

o   On Monday, written instructions were issued to our units across the State to alert key leadership, verify personnel rosters, and conduct inspections in our emergency response equipment.

o   We have over 7,000 Guardsmen available to respond in the event they are needed to support State and local agencies.

o   A detailed list of available emergency response equipment can be found in WebEOC. This equipment is being tracked by region in order to expedite our response time in the event a specific capability is required.

o   In support of GOHSEP, LANG has provided storage for ESF-7 at National Guard facilities and currently tracking inventory, including sand-bagging chutes and sand bags, for flood response.

o   LANG is utilizing full time personnel and manning our JOC at Camp Beauregard  to quickly respond to tasking from the State EOC.

o   Our TAC within GOHSEP will continue to match the hours that GOHSEP operates.

o   Units will continue to prepare personnel and emergency response equipment.

o   LANG is also looking at the support provided in the 2011 flooding incident to determine what type of support may be requested in order to prepare for those requests.

 

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.

 

COASTAL PROTECTION AND RESTORATION AUTHORITY

o   CPRA is coordinating with local, state and federal entities while maintaining communications with the USACE and levee districts for the latest forecasts.

 

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 TRANSPORTATION AND DEVELOPMENT

o   The remaining 1000 of the 2000 (4ft) HESCO baskets have been delivered and off-loaded at the Vidalia delivery location as per the mission request. This mission is complete.

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.

o   Coordinating with other agencies, vendors, and GOHSEP.

o   Future Plans Team has been activated.

o   District Officers are coordinating with local and parish officials, staging resources, assisting and supporting levee inspections along with communicating with the local levee boards, and inspecting/monitoring all levee gaps and potential road flooding locations.

o   In the Lafayette area, DOTD is monitoring roads along coast, Rest Area at the Atchafalaya Basin will close gaps in levee is the Morganza Spillway is opened, and we are identifying areas possibly in need of additional resources to plug gaps in the levee.

o   In the Caddo/Bossier area, closure equipment and signage has been pre-staged for anticipated closures.

o   In the Alexandria area, DOTD has made contact with local levee boards, participated in conference calls with NWS, LMRFC and GOIHSEP and are identifying and contacting local vendors for flume sand.

o   In the Capital region, preparing to support Angola Prison with sand haul, monitoring catch basin near Belle of Baton Rouge sand bags, and prep for message boards and signage for state routes if Morganza Spillway is opened.

o   In Monroe area, DOTD is coordinating with the levee board on levee slides.

o   In Chase area, DOTD is responding to a potential HESCO basket mission.

o   Resource quantities have been updated in WebEOC.

 

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.

o   LDAF issued alert to livestock producers in potential flood areas to be prepared to move animals. Livestock Brand Officers contacting producers and local OEP offices.

 

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 CORRECTIONS

o   In preparation for this event, both of the sandbagging machines have been moved from Hunt Correctional Center to Angola.

o   DOC is responding to a request for 170 cubic yards of sand to be delivered to Louisiana State Penitentiary beginning Monday 4 January 2016.

o   Participated in a conference call with West Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office and our HDQ Department in reference to the upcoming flood.

o   Brought in 17 loads of sand to fill sand bags (26 tons per load).

o   10 rolls of visqueen have been placed on the levee slide. 30,000 sang bags have been used on the slide as of Tuesday with 10,000 more expected Wednesday.

o   COE provided 20,000 sand bags to LSP on Tuesday.

o   Also welding metal barrels together in preparation for future sand boils.

 

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.

o   The LDEQ Assessment Administrator was contacted by EPA Region 6. Both agencies are continuing to monitor the flooding situation will remain on standby.

 

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.

o   DHH continues to monitor all medical facilities of threats to power outages and/or flooding incidents.

o   Targeted monitoring of approximately 100 medical facilities is actively occurring.

o   Environmental Health Services has reached out to all Red River Water Systems and the at risk water systems along the Mississippi River.

 

PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION

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

 

DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES

o   DCFS is monitoring WebEOC, maintaining communications with stakeholders and preparing for 12/30 UCG.

 

RED CROSS

o   Working on providing DCFS with the 2011 Mississippi River flooding Red Cross shelter locations and capacity.

o   Red Cross Southeast and Caribbean Division will be holding a river flood planning conference call today at 11:30 am to begin preparedness activities for the anticipated potential river flooding.

 

Parish Actions

All involved parishes are monitoring the situation and on standby for response efforts.

 

AVOYELLES

o   Due to great concern for citizens, structures, and farm animals, parish will host a meeting on January 4th at 11:00 am to review plans.

 

BOSSIER

o   Bossier Unified Command met with NWS, State Agency partners and non-profits to validate actions according to the parish flood IAP (Incident Action Plan).

o   Parish is maintaining communications and coordination with the following entities: NWS, Corps of Engineers, USGS, fire departments, law enforcement, other response agencies, VOAD partners, Barksdale Air Force Base Emergency Management, gaming industry, Bran commission LNO and other farming interests, LANG, major commercial enterprises, utility providers, Region 7 Coordinator and Region 7 Hospital Coordinator.

o   Parish PIO and JIC have been informing the public of current and expected conditions including their impacts. Also released was the continued POD operations for Bossier residents at 410 Bossier Highway Department Mayfield Street in Benton, Monday through Thursday from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.

o   Filled sandbags left over from the May-June flood event have been inspected and inventoried. Unfilled bags and dry sand has been placed in filling stations. Two new fully automatic sandbag machines will arrive January 15th which almost doubled the parish’s historic effort/capability of the Summer of 2015.

o   Bossier City Public Works completed closure of water intake values along the Red River to protect critical infrastructure.

o   Bossier Levee District, Public Works and Marine Divisions are continuing daylight hour observations of levees.

o   Parish will continue to monitor not only the Red River but also secondary streams and lakes in the area.

o   The POD location in Benton will be manned both Friday and Saturday from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm. In addition to the POD offering sandbags, a Public Works crew will be on duty and staged at the Mayflower Street facility with all needed equipment including dump trucks, front end loaders and bulldozers. This will allow on-duty reaction during the holiday until more forces can be marshaled.

o   Bossier Unified Command operations representatives conducted interviews with TV and print media to inform the public of the Red River status and to address vigilance on Lake Bisteneau in low areas prone to flooding and to also stay tuned local media and the local OEP’s phone alert system for the other secondary streams that could rise in the Parish.

o   The Parish LIC will be publishing a news release advising the residents of the community of new extended schedule for the Benton POD with a message of vigilance.

 

CADDO

o   Unified Command Group is maintaining communications daily 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   Public notification through news releases and Code Red will be drafted but will not be released until confirmation is received from NWS.

o   Shreveport GIS has prepared flood maps to identify all areas that may be affected up to 34’ major flood stage.

o   Met with DOTD who is putting out high water and road closure signs as a precaution if water enters the roadway.

o   Sandbags are available daily to citizens at the Caddo parish Public Works and City of Shreveport Public Works facilities.

 

CATAHOULA

o   Parish is continuing to monitor the Black River, Ouachita, Little and Tensas drainages as our issues depend on how much water COE diverts through Old River Control structure.

o   The Levee Board is constantly checking drainage structures.

o   Parish has sandbags.

 

CONCORDIA

o   A conference call with the CITY of Vidalia Mayor, Engineers, OEP and GOHSEP was conducted to determine resources needed to complete a phased plan to protect areas of concern.

o   Parish is preparing to protect with HESCO baskets.

 

EAST BATON ROUGE

o   Parish is monitoring ongoing river flooding, participating in conference calls with State and local partners, and keeping officials up to date with current information from NWS, LMRFC and USACE.

 

EAST FELICIANA

o   Parish is monitoring the situation and giving officials current information.

o   Parish OEP is in contact with industry along the river.

 

EAST CARROLL

o   The Levee Board Fifth District and the Corps of Engineers are aware of the mudslide on the levee. They will be taking the appropriate action to maintain situational control.

o   Parish has started sandbagging at the Ragland Boat Landing area across the levee.

o   All necessary agencies are on standby.

 

GRANT

o   Backwater areas are under control at this time as Nantachie Lake has been drawn down several feet

o   Also, the Corps of Engineers at L&D #3 have drawn down the pool stage north of the locks and it appears to be under control.

 

IBERVILLE

o   Parish is monitoring and keeping officials updated with current information.

o   Anticipating effects should the Monganza Spillway be opened.

 

JEFFERSON

o   Parish at present have no projects that require excavation near the river levee however we are inspecting the discharge of Sauve and Hilling’s pumps to the river weekly. Any required excavation work that may arise would be within 1500 ft. of the levee would be permitted prior to beginning work.

o   East Jefferson Levee District is conducting daily inspections of the Mississippi River Levee and surrounding areas up to 1500’ from levee center line. They have contacted all batture operators by phone and email on 12/29 to remind them of the high river restrictions and permit requirements, particularly stockpile heights.

o   West Jefferson Levee District is performing daily river patrols with no seepage, sand boils or issues to report. They have begun to notify utility companies that they cannot perform any pole removal or drilling for new poles within 1500’ of the river levees.

 

MADISON

o   Parish road crews are on standby with equipment and sandbags for possible flooding in vulnerable areas.

o   EOC has been partially activated to monitor the situation.

o   Parish officials are in daily contact with local Levee District and Corps of Engineers to receive current information on levee conditions, flood stages and crest predictions.

 

NATCHITOCHES

o   The Media and citizens have been updated on the most current information

o   Filled sandbags are ready to be distributed in the event flooding occurs.

 

ORLEANS

o   Monitoring the situation and collaborating with local, regional, state and federal partners.

o   Levee agencies are coordinating with USACE to inspect and patrol levees twice a week.

 

PLAQUEMINES

o   Parish is completing two inspections per week along with USACE completing their two weekly inspections. Levee superintendent also checked yesterday for any pot holes on top of the levee. Heavy Equipment Personnel will repair any if found. Additional inspections have been scheduled over the upcoming holiday with the possibility of beginning daily inspections next week.

o   Levee Superintendent is working closely with contractors working on the numerous levee projects.

o   Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office will begin issuing citations to any unauthorized vehicles on the levees.

o   Currently, the Director of Operations has an unknown amount of sandbags on hand by PPG, however a pre-disaster contract for sandbagging operations can be activated if needed.

 

POINTE COUPEE

o   Parish is readying equipment to include vehicles, boats, etc. for use.

o   Sheriff’s Office is preparing a warning order for the Parish President for January 5th.

o   Currently work on Operations Plan and updating as needed.

o   Will continue to monitor the situation and update officials with current information.

 

RAPIDES

o   Parish is monitoring the situation and provided information to all entities along the Red River within the parish.

 

ST. BERNARD

o   Parish (LBBLD) is monitoring the situation and is conducting levee inspections twice a week.

 

ST. JAMES

o   EOC is currently monitoring and coordinating with  Pontchartrain Levee District and Corps of Engineers.

o   Parish is participating in conference calls with GOHSEP and COE.

o   Parish has limited amount of sandbags available if needed.

o   Parish has reached out to the private industry along the river and have coordinated their facilities with USCG on high water operations.

 

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST

o   Parish is monitoring the situation,  participating in conference calls with State and local partners, and updating officials with current information from NWS, Pontchartrain Levee District, LMRFC and USACE.

o   No Emergency Declaration at this time, however if the Bonnet Carre Spillway is opened, we would most likely declare.

 

ST. MARY

o   A conference call has been scheduled with the supporting Levee District for Monday.

 

ST.  TAMMANY

o   Parish is monitoring the situation and putting together a logistics list of support materials should other parishes need assistance.

 

WEST BATON ROUGE

o   Parish is currently monitoring the situation and giving officials current information.

o   Parish is planning to conduct official meetings and conference calls next week.

 

WEST FELICIANA

o   Parish PEMAC will meet Tuesday January 5th to being planning flood fight efforts from a unified command perspective.

o   LSP – Angola is conducting sandbagging operations on a slide on their levee system. Aerial inspections of levee systems began 12/29 and will continue as needed or requested.

 

 

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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