News Alert: Situational Awareness Report 5 January 2016 As of 4:00 pm
Posted: 1/6/2016 11:19:15 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

Situational Awareness Report

5 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. Please see the attached slides from the Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center. All updates to this SITREP will be in red text.

 

Red River Levels:

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Red River at Shreveport is currently at 30.33 feet (Minor Flood Stage) and crested at 31.55 feet (Moderate Flood Stage) January 3rd, 2016.

 

Red River at Coushatta is currently at 32.85 feet (Minor Flood Stage) and crested at 33.0 feet (Moderate Flood Stage) on January 4th,  2016.

 

Red River at Grand Ecore is currently at 34.76 feet (Minor Flood Stage) and crest today around 34.80 feet (Minor Flood Stage).

 

Red River at Alexandria is currently 29.63 feet (Action Stage) and forecasted to crest at 30.30 feet (Action Stage) on January 6th, 2016.

 

Mississippi River Levels:

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Mississippi River at Vicksburg is currently at 44.89 feet (Minor Flood Stage) and is forecasted to crest at 52.50 feet (Major Flood Stage) on January 15th,  2016.

 

Mississippi River at Natchez is currently at 50.49 feet (Minor Flood Stage) and is forecasted to crest at 59.00 feet (Major Flood Stage) on January 17th,  2016.

 

Mississippi River at Red River Landing is currently at 53.12 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 35.92 feet (Minor Flood Stage) and forecasted to crest at 44.0 feet (Major Flood Stage) on January 18th, 2016.

 

Mississippi River at New Orleans is currently 14.01 feet (Below Flood Stage) and forecasted to crest at 17.0 feet (Minor Flood Stage) on January 12th, 2016.

 

Atchafalaya River Levels:

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Atchafalaya River at Simmesport is currently at 32.61 feet (Below Flood Stage) and is forecasted to crest at 45.5 feet (Below Flood Stage) on January 19th,  2016.

 

Atchafalaya River at Melville is currently at 25.05 feet (Below Flood Stage) and is forecasted to crest at 36.00 feet (Minor Flood Stage) on January 20th,  2016.

 

Atchafalaya River at Krotz Springs is currently at 22.30 feet (Below Flood Stage) and is forecasted to crest at 32.00 feet (Minor Flood Stage) on January 21st, 2016.

 

Atchafalaya River at Butte La Rose is currently at 15.85 feet (Below Flood Stage) and is forecasted to crest at 23.50 feet (Minor Flood Stage) on January 21st,  2016.

 

Atchafalaya River at Myette Pointe is currently 9.16 feet (Below Flood Stage) and forecasted to crest at 15.0 feet (Minor Flood Stage) on January 22nd,  2016.

 

Atchafalaya River at Morgan City is currently 5.31 feet (Action Stage) and forecasted to crest at 9.50 feet (Moderate Flood Stage) on January 23rd,  2016.

 

 

 

State Actions

 

GOHSEP

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

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   GOHSEP held a conference call with National Weather Service, Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center, Army Corps of Engineers and potentially affected parishes at 1:00 pm on 4 January 2016.

o   A Red River Parish Closeout Conference Call was held at 1:00 pm on 5 January 2016.

o   A Mississippi River and Atchafalaya River Task Force conference call is scheduled for 2:00 pm on 6 January 2016.

 

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   Monitoring weather/river and levee status reports, coordinating with other agencies, coordinating with vendors for supplies/resources coordinating with GOHSEP/monitoring WebEOC for missions and Future Plans team placed on notice (strategic planning).

o   DOTD District Offices are coordinating with local and parish officials, staging resources, assisting and Support in Levee Inspections (as applicable), communicating with Local Levee Boards (as applicable), identifying and contacting local vendors for resources, and inspect/Monitor all levee gaps and potential road flooding locations

o   Lafayette Area is Monitoring roads along coast based on past flooding events; Will monitor La. 317 and 318, Rest Area at the Atchafalaya Basin – will close gaps in levee if Morganza spillway opened, Butte Larose (Atchafalaya) rest area – may need HESCO baskets to plug gaps in levee. Same in Krotz Springs.

o   Caddo Bossier is pre-staging closure equipment and signage in anticipation of having to close LA 3049 later this week. We do not think we will need to close it at this time, but we need to be prepared.

o   Alexandria is conducting daily Monitoring of River Stage Forecast, participating in GOHSEP Red River Flooding Conference Call on 01/04 and GOHSEP Mississippi River Flooding Conference Call on 01/04, has made Contact with Local Levee Boards, and is identifying and contacting local vendors for flume sand.

o   Capital region is preparing to support Angola Prison with sand haul (170cy) on Monday (experiencing sand boil activity along the levee in their vicinity) , monitoring catch basin near Belle of Baton Rouge casino sand bags and message boards and signing for state routes if Morganza is opened

o   Chase area (Concordia and Tensas area) preparing for potential HESCO mission is Vidalia – 2000 units (15ft per section) requested

o   Updated list of agency resources can be found 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.

o   Livestock owners have been alerted for possible relocation in flood areas.

 

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   Deer Hunting Closure in Deer Hunting Area 9: Title 76 (Part XIX, Section 111F, 6vii) – Deer hunting is those portions of Iberia, Iberville, St. Martin, and St. Mary Parishes south of I-10, west of the East Guide Levee, east of the West Guide Levee, and north of US 90 will be closed when the river stage of the Atchafalaya River reaches 18 feet at Butte Larose (this benchmark is expected to be reached either Friday or Saturday)

o   Revised Deer Hunting Closure for North Louisiana – The “Partial Deer Hunting Season Closure” for the area east of US 65 from the Arkansas state line to Vidalia, Louisiana will reopen 30 minutes before sunrise on Saturday January 9th unless further measures due to the flooding are necessary. However, land from the levee to the Mississippi River in this area will remain closed until further notice.

 

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.

o   LDEQ participated in  the GOHSEP conference call 1/4/2016 at 1:00 pm

o   Calls were made between LDEQ personnel, EPA, and State Police HAZMAT.

o   LDEQ will be available to assist with any WQ monitoring that may become necessary if the Bonnet Carre Spillway or Morganza Spillway should open.

 

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   Information has been received from Entergy concerning de-energizing of some locations due to high water:

o   We currently, as of January 4th, have de-energized 104 locations (primarily camps) in the Bastrop area and 141 locations (primarily camps) in the Winnsboro area due to flooding and road closures as a result of high waters, and are currently evaluating the need to possibly de-energize another ~43 locations (primarily camps) in these areas as conditions develop.     

o   We will de-energize Farmers Grain in Waterproof on Wednesday, January 6th We will de-energize Bungee Grain Terminal in St. Joseph on Thursday, January 7th We are evaluating the need to de-energize Bungee Elevator at the Tallulah Port by later this week.

 

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   Conference call with Red Cross Division Leadership will be held today (1/5/16) to discuss MS River flooding.

 

DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

o   The Department of Natural Resources Office of Conservation has sent notice to more than 1,000 operators in parishes most at risk for flooding advising all operators to demobilize equipment as needed, secure tanks, ensue appropriate valves and plugs are installed, and take other steps to secure well sites.

o   Conservation Environmental Division has issued notices to E&P waste commercial facilities to provide emergency preparation and contingency plans for potential high water conditions.

o   DNR-coordinated Fuel Team has been notified to standby in order to support fuel supplies to facilitate any evacuations if necessary – No current reports of fuel availability issues.

o   DNR Office of Coastal Management has issued emergency notice setting forth the parameters of Emergency Use Authorization for Coastal Use Permitting in preparation for potential needs.

o   Office of Mineral Resources has issued notice to holders of state mineral leases advising on the procedure for declaring force majeure in case of flood affecting production on state leases.

 

 

Parish Actions

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

 

AVOYELLES

o   Held a meeting on 1/4/2016 at 11:00 am to discuss possible flooding in the parish. There was representation from the Police Jury, AOHSEP, Levee Board, LDWF, APSO, NWS Lake Charles, DOTD, Local Fire Departments and the local newspaper.

o   AOHSEP will continue to monitor all of the areas daily looking for rising water and the possibility of evacuating residents and any farm animals or pets.

o   The major concern with flooding is the backwater of the rivers overflowing into smaller bayous and bodies of water. The following communities could possibly be affected: of Brouillette, Simmesport, Bordelonville Big Bend, Rexmier and Effie.

o   There will be sandbag fill sites set up at different fire departments throughout the flood prone areas.

o   AOHSEP has approximately 3,000 sand bags unfilled and the sand has been ordered to fill approximately 5,000 bags.

 

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   2,000 sections of HESCO baskets have been delivered to Vidalia for installation next week.

o   Preparation meetings are being held as we continue to monitor water levels.

 

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.

o   EBR Parish held a PEMAC meeting on 1/4/2016 on the current projections and statuses of the Mississippi River. Mayor Holden, Chemical Industry, US Coast Guard, Ponchartrain Levee District, GOHSEP, Jay Grymes, and other members were present to discuss the current status, emergency measures, and rover projections affecting the parish.

 

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.

o   Completed inventory of resources and sand/sandbags have been pre-staged.

 

ST. BERNARD

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

 

ST. CHARLES

o   The Bonne Carre Spillway road between River Road to Montz has been closed until further notice due to high river water.

o   All moveable recreation items (garbage cans, portable restrooms, etc.…) have been relocated from the spillway.

 

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   A coordination meeting was held yesterday 1/4/2016 with parish stakeholders.

 

WEST FELICIANA

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.

o   Parish held a PEMAC\Unified Command meeting on 1/5/16.

o   DEMCO is cutting service to Cat Island area for safety and security reasons.

o   Requested 13K sandbags for the parish through WebEOC. 

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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