News Alert: Situational Awareness Report 13 January 2016 As of 4:00 p.m.
Posted: 1/13/2016 4:23:17 PM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

Situational Awareness Report

13 January 2016

As of 4:00 p.m.

Operational Period: 3:00 p.m. 1/12/16 through 3:00 p.m. 1/13/16

 

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. Please see the attached slides from the Slidell National Weather Service and Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center. All previous SITREPs can be found in the File Library in WebEOC. Updates to this report will be in red text.

 

Mississippi River Levels:

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Mississippi River at Vicksburg is currently at 49.75 feet (Moderate Flood Stage) and is forecasted to crest at 50.20 feet (Major Flood Stage) on January 15th,  2016.

 

Mississippi River at Natchez is currently at 55.74 feet (Moderate Flood Stage) and is forecasted to crest at 56.50 feet (Major Flood Stage) on January 17th,  2016.

 

Mississippi River at Red River Landing is currently at 59.01 feet (Moderate Flood Stage) and is forecasted to crest at 60.50 feet (Moderate Flood Stage) on January 18th,  2016.

 

Mississippi River at Baton Rouge is currently at 41.85 feet (Major Flood Stage) and forecasted to crest at 43.50 feet (Major Flood Stage) on January 18th, 2016.

 

Mississippi River at New Orleans is currently 16.57 feet (Below Flood Stage) and forecasted to crest at 17.0 feet (Minor Flood Stage) on January 15th, 2016.

 

Atchafalaya River Levels:

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Atchafalaya River at Simmesport is currently at 39.87 feet (Below Flood Stage) and is forecasted to crest at 41.50 feet (Below Flood Stage) on January 18th,  2016.

 

Atchafalaya River at Melville is currently at 31.36 feet (Below Flood Stage) and is forecasted to crest at 32.50 feet (Below Flood Stage) on January 18th,  2016. 

 

Atchafalaya River at Krotz Springs is currently at 28.83 feet (Action Stage) and is forecasted to crest at 29.50 feet (Minor Flood Stage) on January 19th, 2016.

 

Atchafalaya River at Butte La Rose is currently at 19.46 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 11.42 feet (Below Flood Stage) and forecasted to crest at 13.00 feet (Below Flood Stage) on January 21st,  2016.

 

Atchafalaya River at Morgan City is currently 7.02 feet (Moderate Flood Stage) and forecasted to crest at 8.00 feet (Moderate Flood Stage) on January 23rd,  2016.

 

State Actions

 

GOHSEP

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

o   Unified Command Group Meetings have been held on December 30, 2015, January 8, 2016 and January 13, 2016.

o   Mississippi River and Atchafalaya River Task Force conference calls are held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 2:00 pm.

o   GOHSEP Logistics has distributed 78,000 sandbags. Our beginning total was 881,000 sandbags leaving an inventory total of 803,000 sandbags as of 1/12/2016.

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

 

LOUISIANA NATIONAL GUARD

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

o   LANG has deployed 110 guardsmen to St. Mary and 65 to St. Landry and are ready to start flood fight operations

o   295 Louisiana National Guardsmen currently on State Active Duty.

o   Unit at Krotz Springs project of HESCO barrier installation is 100% complete.

o   Unit at Avoca Island project has completed 93% of HESCO barrier installation.

o   LANG will begin levee patrol from Old River Control Structure to the Arkansas line today January 8, 2016.

o   Conducting 24-hour levee patrols along Mississippi River in Levee District 5.

o   Conducting 24-hour levee patrols vicinity of the Morganza flood control structure and Mississippi River in Point Coupee Parish.

o   Providing LNOs to parishes and Corps of Engineer headquarters in New Orleans.

o   Provided helicopter support to Red River / Atchafalaya Levee District on 12 January 2016.

o   Operating the Mobile Operations Command Center at St. Mary Parish to maintain critical communications capabilities.

 

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.

o   USACE is currently tracking 13 medium priority levee slides; no hotspots have been identified.

o   The levees are stable in all three levee patrol sectors.

 

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

o   The DOTD Dams, Levee’s and Reservoir Development Department has segmented the levee into 4 sectors and have teams of two inspecting/patrolling each sector (in coordination with the associated levee districts and USACE). A detailed breakdown of the DOTD levee inspection operation can be found in the File Library in WebEOC.

o   District 58 (Chase) will be providing 8-10 wooden road barriers is support of public safety in Catahoula Parish and has delivered 450 linear ft. of HESCO baskets from Vidalia to Krotz Springs.

o   District 02 (Bridge City) have all HESCO baskets in place in support of providing potential flood mitigation along US 61. District will place one more foot of sand per basket as a precaution. They have also added two dynamic message boards on US 61 in advance of the Spillway Bridge (“No stop on shoulder, emergency stopping only”).

o   District 03 (Lafayette) delivered a total of 1,331.8 cy of sand to the Krotz Springs operational mission site.

o   District 05 (Monroe) Will provide personnel to assist with levee inspections.

o   Significant Road Closures: Tensas - LA 3078 - 5 January 2016, Catahoula -  LA 3102 -  8 January 2016, St. Charles - The Bonne Carre Spillway road between River Road to Montz – 4 January 2016, and Concordia - HWY 3196 from HWY 84 and HWY 425 to Fisherman Drive

 

DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES

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

o   Emergency Declaration Deer Hunting Closure in NE Louisiana - reopened on Saturday, Jan. 9th except for area between levee and river which remain closed until further notice.

o   High-Water Benchmark Deer Hunting Closure  in certain areas of Deer Hunting Area 9-closure is in effect as a result of the Atchafalaya reaching 18' at Butte LaRose.

o   Emergency Declaration Deer Closure for the Morganza/Bonnet Carre Spillways- this closure will go into effect 1/2 hour after sunset on the dates that each respective gate is opened.

o   Bonnet Carre began opening on Sunday, Jan. 10 so this closure is in effect (map can be found in WebEOC)

o   Morganza locks opening is TBD (Deer Hunting closure not in effect) -LDWF 24 hour patrols of the Morganza Floodway will begin the day after the gates are opened at 12:01 am (if they are opened)

o   LDWF is coordinating with Catahoula Parish and Tensas Levee Board to provide relief/support patrols (water) for security detail in the following areas: South of the Catahoula Lake Diversion Canal, Cross Bayou, saline Bayou, Hunt Road, and Dewy Willis WMA.

 

PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION

o   De-energized 160 locations in Avoyelles Parish (Echo and Vidalia)

o   De-energized 247 locations (primarily camps) in Franklin Parish (Winnsboro)

o   De-energized 56 locations (primarily camps) in Morehouse Parish (Bastrop)

o   De-energized 450 locations in Pointe Coupee (Old River area)

o   De-energized 64 locations in Rapides Parish (Open Bayou and Woodson Landing area)

o   De-energized 2 locations in St Charles Parish (Lulling)

o   De-energized 8 locations in St Mary Parish (Charenton)

o   De-energized 2 locations in Tensas Parish ( Farmers Grain and Bunge Grain Terminals)

o   De-energized 22 location in West Baton Rouge Parish (Port Allen)

o   De-energized 1 location in West Feliciana Parish (Cat Island)

o   Total without power = 1,012

 

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.

o   LDEQ Assessment Division manager attended the Pointe Coupee Stakeholders meeting on 1/12/2016 to discuss the current status of the Morganza Spillway due to the floodwaters.

o   Headquarters and regional office personnel continue to coordinate with EPA and other state agencies in the event that any response efforts may become necessary.

 

Parish Actions

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

 

REGION 2 JOINT TASK FORCE 7

o   JTF7 is conducting waterside, boat-based patrols between MM167 and M300. These patrols are increasing in frequency as the river rises and are more prevalent in the Baton Rouge metropolitan area. The focus areas for these patrols include:

o   Levee integrity. Checking for levee slippage, wash out, or other potential problems.

o   Barge fleeting area patrols. Checking for barges that may be at risk of parted mooring cables.

o   Violations of special regulations put into place for maritime safety.

o   Report any motor vehicles on the levees.

o   Report any tow boats pushing up barges on the levee.

o   Specials Missions as they arise.

 

AVOYELLES

o   Avoyelles Parish has closed the S&B Cutoff road due high water making a dangerous situation to drive on this road as of Jan10 at 4:00 pm. Due to the possibility of the road washing out or deep water causing injury or drownings,  AOHSEP has staged 8000 sand bag & sand at the Bordelonville (big bend Substation) & Simmesport Fire Departments for resident’s to fill.

o   AOHSEP is monitoring daily and has made contact with approximately 15 homes and 63 people in Simmesport that may be affected regarding the concern for flooding when the Atchafalaya River crests at 41.5 ft. on January 15th.

o   We have an additional 20,000 sand bags & 20- 2000 lbs. super bags & sand ready to deploy to any area in the parish that is needed.

o   Cleco has begun disconnecting all the dwellings at Grassy Lake Smith Bay in the la WMA,  also all of Grand lake area will also be  disconnected.        

o   The RRABB is monitoring all the levees & will report any problems to AOHSEP.

 

CATAHOULA

o   La. 3102 at Larto Lake Control Structure (water about 18 inches over roadway and rising), Vick Rd. From La. Hwy 3102 to Hwy 1196(closed by Catahoula Parish Police Jury water over roadway about a foot), Hunt Rd. south of Catahoula Lake Diversion Canal Bridge (closed by LDWF water over roadway).

o   LDWF is patrolling Diversion Canal Rd and Hunt Rd, Cross Bayou, Saline Bayou, Larto Lake for protection of personal and LDWF property.

 

CONCORDIA

o   A section of Hwy 3196 was closed due to wildlife refuge and on lookers.

o   LANG is conducting 24 hour patrols of the levee.

o   All unused HESCO baskets have been removed from the Vidalia Riverfront by DODT.

 

EAST BATON ROUGE

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

 

IBERVILLE

o   Iberville Sheriff’s Office is utilizing JTF7 members and equipment to assist in extra Mississippi River levee patrols as requested by the Atchafalaya Levee Board to keep individuals off the levee.

 

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.

 

MADISON

o   National Guard troops are continuing to patrol the levee in Madison Parish to keep traffic to a minimum. Levee District is only reporting 2 sand boils in the parish but neither is posing problems or requiring sand bags. Road Superintendent is reporting no road closures or high water problems.

 

ORLEANS

o   Notified by Amtrak that operations over the Bonnet Carre Spillway have ceased due to closure of the track by Canadian National due to debris and erosion observed around bridge pilings. USACE, CN and Amtrak continue to communicate.

o   Amtrak is running a bus bridge for the City of New Orleans line (#58/59) between NOUPT and Jackson, MS (and back). This has been scheduled through January, 31, 2016 at present.  

o   New Orleans Public Belt has lost access to Pauline Yard due to Floodgate #68 being closed.  They were able to move cars that would be needed.  This has caused a minor operating impact due to lost capacity.  

 

POINTE COUPEE

o   PCPSO/LANG have started extra patrols from the WBR line to LA-15 along the Mississippi River.

 

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.

o   Parish is inspecting the 110 miles of levee daily. Currently there are only minor issues being monitored or repaired daily. USACE is advising levee construction crews in the Belle Chase area on precautions that need to be taken.

o   Parish received 240 pallets for sandbag storage. Crews are continuing to fill sandbags and have placed an order for additional 3X3 bags.

o   A temporary water intake pump was put in place in early December prior to the rising of the river at Belle Chasse Water Plant due to construction of levee system in the area. The pump had to be removed due to the high water in the area, crews will continue to monitor it daily.

 

ST. BERNARD

o   LBBLD is conducting twice daily levee inspections.

 

ST. LANDRY

o   LANG has deployed 65 guardsmen to the parish for flood fighting operations.

o   DOTD and LANG have completed work at the HESCO levee site in Krotz Springs.

o   The Governor and staff visited Krotz Springs to view levee construction.

o   DOTD has provided 2,575 linear feet of HESCO baskets, 1,331.8 cubic yards of sand, and 2,000 cubic yards of aggregate.

o   Sandbags are available for those in need.

 

ST. MARY

o   Sand and sand bags are available for resident to pick up under the Amelia Hwy 182 bridge to assist with flood fighting. We have returned twice with more sand and bags at that location.

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.

o   St. Mary Levee District reported that barges are being placed in Bayou Chene to prevent backwater flooding issues. Crews are currently installing sheet piling to secure the barge in place.

o   Parish workers will begin shutting the Hanson flood gates because of the high water and south winds.

 

TENSAS

o   Bagging effort for Old Yucatan Ring Levee is proceeding as planned. Bagging materials have been staged for additional placements.

 

TERREBONNE

o   Terrebonne Parish Public Works personnel are conducting daily inspections on the potato levee.

o   Delivered 2,000 empty sandbags to each sand/sandbag location for a final total of 10,000 sandbags. These sites are being checked regularly throughout the day.

o   Terrebonne Levee District completed an inspection of water level changes at Avoca Island. They have also placed a barge load of sandbags at Tabor Canal and moved all equipment to the first pipeline to begin placement of sandbags.

o   TLCD employees will go back to all three crossings and finish placing sandbags to a 6 ft. elevation tomorrow January 14, 2016. This job should be completed by late Thursday afternoon or early Friday morning. Once all bags have been placed, TLCD will have ordered a total of five hundred and seventy five (575) 3000 pound sandbags.

 

WEST FELICIANA

o   La Hwy 1263 closed from Royal St. in St. Francisville to Mississippi River.

 

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