News Alert: Situational Awareness Report 10 January 2016 As of 3:30 p.m.
Posted: 1/11/2016 8:26:41 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

Situational Awareness Report

10 January 2016

As of 3:30 p.m.

Operational Period: 3:00 p.m. 1/9/16 through 3:00 p.m. 1/10/16

 

State EOC Activation Level: Level III

WebEOC Incident: 15-043 Mississippi River Flooding — Statewide — December 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 along the Mississippi River and Atchafalaya River. All previous SITREPs can be found in the File Library in WebEOC. Updates to this report will be in red text.

 

Mississippi River Levels:

Mississippi River at Vicksburg is currently at 48.42 feet (Moderate Flood Stage) and is forecasted to crest at 50.5 feet (Major Flood Stage) on January 15th,  2016.

 

Mississippi River at Natchez is currently at 54.11 feet (Moderate Flood Stage) and is forecasted to crest at 57.0 feet (Major Flood Stage) on January 17th,  2016.

 

Mississippi River at Red River Landing is currently at 56.96 feet (Moderate Flood Stage) and is forecasted to crest at 61.0 feet (Moderate Flood Stage) on January 18th,  2016.

 

Mississippi River at Baton Rouge is currently at 40.2 feet (Major Flood Stage) and forecasted to crest at 43.5 feet (Major Flood Stage) on January 18th, 2016.

 

Mississippi River at New Orleans is currently 16.0 feet (Below Flood Stage) and forecasted to crest at 17.0 feet (Minor Flood Stage) on January 12th, 2016.

 

Atchafalaya River Levels:

Atchafalaya River at Simmesport is currently at 38.25 feet (Below Flood Stage) and is forecasted to crest at 41.5 feet (Below Flood Stage) on January 18th,  2016.

 

Atchafalaya River at Melville is currently at 29.88 feet (Below Flood Stage) and is forecasted to crest at 32.5 feet (Below Flood Stage) on January 18th,  2016. 

 

Atchafalaya River at Krotz Springs is currently at 27.54 feet (Below Flood Stage) and is forecasted to crest at 29.0 feet (Minor Flood Stage) on January 19th, 2016.

 

Atchafalaya River at Butte La Rose is currently at 18.56 feet (Action Stage) and is forecasted to crest at 20.0 feet (Minor Flood Stage) on January 20th,  2016.

 

Atchafalaya River at Myette Pointe is currently 10.91 feet (Below Flood Stage) and forecasted to crest at 13.0 feet (Below Flood Stage) on January 21st,  2016.

 

Atchafalaya River at Morgan City is currently 6.51 feet (Minor Flood Stage) and forecasted to crest at 8.0 feet (Moderate Flood Stage) on January 23rd,  2016.

 

State Actions

 

GOHSEP

o   Unified Command Group Meetings have been held on December 30, 2015, and January 8, 2016.

o   GOHSEP Logistics has distributed 65,000 sandbags. Our beginning total was 881,000 sandbags leaving an inventory total of 816,000 sandbags as of 1/8/2016.

·        Distribution breakdown: 13,000 sandbags to West Feliciana; 13,000 to Angola Prison; 13,000 to St. Martin Parish; and 26,000 sandbags to Avoyelles Parish.

·        In coordination with requesting parishes, DOTD, and USACE, 4,000 additional sandbags and 300 linear feet of HESCO baskets were distributed to Tensas Parish; 30,000 linear feet of HESCO baskets to Concordia Parish; 2,100 linear feet of HESCO for St. Charles Parish; and twenty, one-ton super sandbags for bridge support to Avoyelles Parish.

o   A request for a federal emergency declaration was made on Friday, January 8.

o   A Mississippi River and Atchafalaya River Task Force call will be scheduled for early next week.

 

LOUISIANA NATIONAL GUARD

o   Over 7,000 Guardsmen are available to respond in the event they are needed.

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

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

o   LANG is conducting levee patrol from OLD RIVER Control Structure to the Arkansas line.

o   110 Guardsmen have been deployed to St. Mary parish, and 65 Guardsmen have been deployed to St Landry parish to help with flood fight operations.

 

ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS (New Orleans)

o   Phase II activated on lower Mississippi River on January 6, 2016.

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

o   Provided 5,500 linear feet of HESCO and 20,000 tons of RIP RAP to St. Mary Parish.

o   The opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway began at 10:00 a.m. on January 10.

 

ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS (Vicksburg)

o   Phase I activated on upper Mississippi River on December 30, 2015.

o   Phase II activated on upper Mississippi River on January 8, 2016.

o   Provided 300 linear feet of HESCO baskets and 13,000 sandbags to Tensas Levee Board.

o   Provided 2 pumps to the city of Jonesville.

 

LOUISIANA STATE POLICE

o   An observation flight in conjunction with LANG is pending for the Morganza Spillway.  LSP Air Support is on standby to conduct other observation flights as requested.

o   Troop E: Assisting Concordia Parish S.O. with extra patrols on LA 3196 near Vidalia (large amount of wildlife on the roadway), and LA 3102 near Larto (closed to local traffic only due to high water).

 

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND DEVELOPMENT

o   Notable road closures include LA 3102 in Catahoula Parish, LA 3078 in in Tensas Parish, and the Bonne Carre Spillway road between River Road and Montz in St. Charles Parish.

o   DOTD provided 170 cubic yards of sand to Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola; 2,575 linear feet of HESCO baskets to St. Landry Parish; 1,300 cubic yards of sand to St. Landry Parish; 2,000 cubic yards of aggregate to St. Landry Parish; 7,000 linear feet of HESCO baskets to St. Mary Parish; and 30,000 linear feet of HESCO baskets in Vidalia.

o   Modifications were performed to the Plaquemine Ferry ramps to allow for continued operations in higher water conditions.

o   DOTD is nearing completion of providing 6,000 cubic yards of sand. As of 1430hrs, 52 cubic yards of sand remain to be delivered to St. Mary Parish. District personnel report that they fully expect to complete this task today.

o   DOTD is nearing completion of HESCO berm on US 61. All HESCO baskets have been set in place but will be reinforced with additional sand tomorrow. District personnel report that they fully expect to complete this task Monday.

o   DOTD has provided traffic control devices for closure of HWY 3196 from HWY 84 and HWY 425 to Fisherman Drive in Concordia Parish.

 

DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES

o   Deer hunting closures in the Morganza and Bonnet Carre spillways as described in the Emergency Declaration Order will take effect upon the opening of both the Morganza and/or the Bonnet Carre Spillway.  

o   Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 12.  LDWF will set up its forward command center in Krotz Springs to assist with 24 hour patrols to provide public safety, SAR, enforce road/levee closures, and hunting closures as needed in the Morganza floodway area. These patrols will continue until further notice. 

o   LDWF agents will provide SAR and/or public assistance and enforce hunting closure if needed in the Bonnet Carre Spillway area.

 

PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION

o   De-energized 5 locations in Avoyelles Parish, 141 locations (primarily camps) in Franklin Parish, 104 locations (primarily camps) in Morehouse Parish, 450 locations in Pointe Coupee, 64 locations in Rapides Parish, 2 locations in Tensas Parish, and 1 location in West Feliciana Parish (767 total statewide).

 

DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

o   LDEQ Southeast Regional personnel conducted water sampling and monitoring on 1/8/16 to obtain baseline data prior to the opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway. Samples were collected at established Water Quality Network Monitoring sites.

 

Parish Actions

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

 

CONCORDIA

o   Placement of HESCO baskets to protect water wells is complete. Additional HESCO placement along River Front has begun. No additional levee issues have been reported.

 

EAST CARROLL

o   The reported levee mudslide and two sand boils were reported to be under control.

 

EAST BATON ROUGE

o   Department of Maintenance / Drainage Maintenance are conducting levee assessments daily.

 

JEFFERSON

o   East Jefferson Levee District is conducting daily inspections up to 1500 feet from the levee centerline. There are no seepages or other issues at this time.

o   West Jefferson Levee District is performing daily river patrols from sunrise to sunset. Expected areas of seepage have been identified.

 

ORLEANS

o   Amtrak will begin bus routes (“Bus Bridge”) for passengers on the City of New Orleans Line (58/59) between NOUPT and Hammond, LA (and back) upon the opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway. The bus routing will continue through the duration of the spillway opening.

 

POINTE COUPEE

o   PCPSO/OHSEP are coordinating with other agencies on levee patrols, road closures, and possible evacuations due to the projected opening of the Morganza Spillway.

 

PLAQUEMINES

o   Parish government currently has 50,000 sandbags filled and 130,000 empty sandbags in storage ready to be filled if necessary. Also available is 6,000 feet of Tiger Dams including pumps.

 

ST. LANDRY

o   DOTD and LANG have begun work at the HESCO levee site in Krotz Springs, briefings will be held each morning at 9:00 a.m. with town leadership, ALON refinery, and LANG.

 

ST. MARTIN

o   St. Martin Government will host a public meeting at the Stephensville Elementary Gym (3243 Hwy. 70 Morgan City, LA 70380) on Monday, 11 January, at 18:00. 

 

ST. MARY

o   St. Mary Parish Government placed sand and sand bags under the Amelia Hwy 182 bridge on Friday, January 8. We have returned twice with more sand and bags at that location.

o   St. Mary Parish Levee District is prepared to put the barge in place on Bayou Chene at 6:00 a.m. Monday morning as planned.

o   Water is crossing the road on Avoca Island where HESCO baskets are being installed, creating muddy conditions for Guardsmen installing baskets. Work is continuing on this mission safely and several thousand feet of HESCOs are in place.

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