News Alert: Situational Awareness Report 10 March 2016 As of 9:45 am
Posted: 3/10/2016 11:54:47 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

Situational Awareness Report

10 March 2016

As of 9:45 am


State EOC Activation Level: Level III – 24 Hour Activation

WebEOC Incident: 16-006 Severe Weather — Statewide — March 8-11, 2016

State Declaration: 30 JBE 2016 State of Emergency – Severe Weather





Situation:  A strong upper level storm system has brought showers and thunderstorms from west to east across most of the State and will continue to persist through the remainder of the work week. Heavy rainfall, flash flooding, and damaging winds are the main threats associated with this front, however hail, river flooding and isolated tornadoes will also be possible. Please stay tuned to your local National Weather Service for the latest information.


North Louisiana:  The threat for flooding will continue as widespread showers and thunderstorms develop over the northern gulf and quickly spread northward into the area. With major flooding already in place, even modest rainfall will aggravate this flooding and possible very heavy rain of several inches will actually worsen the current flooding issues. Stronger storms may also produce very strong wind gusts. The threat for flash flooding will continue through at least Friday afternoon as at least one more round of heavy rain will surge northward from the Gulf earlier in the day Friday. Although the heavy rainfall will become less widespread, scattered thunderstorms with even brief heavy rain may become enough to perpetuate ongoing areas of flooding. The upper low pressure system bringing the showers and thunderstorms to the area will finally move to the east by late in the weekend.  


Southwest/Central Louisiana: A significant storm system continues to affect the region with ongoing flooding across southeast Texas and western Louisiana and the potential for flooding to the rest of central and southern Louisiana. A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect with ongoing Flood Warnings across west central Louisiana. Record pool levels at Toledo Bend will continue with major flooding along the Sabine River likely. Flooding along the immediate coast will diminish by this afternoon as the winds subside. The flooding threat will continue into Friday as the surface upper level storm system meanders over Texas. Showers and thunderstorm chances finally diminish by Saturday afternoon as the upper level low moves northeast of the region. A weaker upper level disturbance might bring a slight chance of showers Sunday across central Louisiana but much improved weather is expected Monday and Tuesday of next week. The next chance of precipitation is possible on Wednesday.


Southeast Louisiana: Small Craft Advisories will remain for waters east of the Mississippi River and will include all coastal waters through midnight. A Wind Advisory remains in effect for much of the outlook area along and south of the Interstates 10 and 12 corridor. Southerly winds of 20 to 30 mph with frequent gusts of 35 to 45 mph are expected. A Coastal Flood Advisory remains in effect for all coastal locations from the mouth of the Atchafalaya River to the Mississippi – Alabama state line. These locations will continue to experience tides of up to 2.5 feet above normal levels. A few locations may need to be upgraded to a Coastal Flood Warning with tides possible as high as 3 to 3.5 feet above normal. Mainly Hancock county and the Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain. A marginal risk of severe thunderstorms will exist for the entire area. The main concerns will be damaging winds, heavy rainfall and the possibility of an isolated tornado. A Flash Flood Watch will remain in effect  for the entire area through Saturday afternoon. Storm total rainfall amounts of 7 to 11 inches with locally higher amounts exceeding 13 inches are possible.


***All updates to this report will be in bold red text***


State Actions as of 9:00 am



·        GOHSEP has created a WebEOC incident for this severe weather event.

·        The GOHSEP Crisis Action Team activated on 3/8/16.

·        GOHSEP Regional Coordinators are  maintaining communications with affected parishes.

·        GOHSEP has received a State Declaration.

·        Participating in numerous National Weather Service conference calls.

·        GOHSEP EOC maintaining 24/7 operations.

·        A Unified Command Group Meeting is scheduled for 10:00 am 3/10/2016.


Louisiana National Guard

·        LANG Personnel Duty Status:  151 Total (23 State Active Duty) 

·        Last 24 hours

·        256th IBCT providing 8 High Water Vehicles and personnel to Bossier Parish to support Search and Rescue. 

·        139th RSG providing 3 High Water Vehicles to Bossier Parish to support Search and Rescue.

·        256th providing 2 LNOs to Bossier Parish ISO emergency operations

·        139th RSG providing 1 High Water Vehicle to Webster Parish for assistance with evacuations and personnel relocations.

·        225th ENG providing 2 LNOs to Lincoln Parish to support emergency operations.

·        225th to provide 1 High Water Vehicle and 2 PAX to Morehouse Parish to assist with search and rescue.

·        225TH Providing 8 High Water Vehicles and 1 Dump Truck to Ouachita Parish ISO Search and Rescue.

·        Camp Minden provided 100 DCFS Cots and 100 blankets to Webster Parish.

·        Provided 100 cots and 100 blankets to Webster Parish ISO shelter operations.

·        Rescues:  361 people, 77 pets, 16 Livestock

·        Issued sandbags in support of flood fighting operations:

o   13,000 to West Carroll Parish

o   52,000 to Ouachita Parish

o   39,000 to Caddo

o   26,000 to Webster

o   13,000 to Claiborne

o   13,000 to Desoto


Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

·        During the nighttime operational period (March 9-10):

·        LDWF/LED provided SAR assistance in the LDWF Region 1 (Minden) area, primarily in Webster and Bienville Parishes.

·        LDWF/LED provided SAR assistance in the LDWF Region 2 (Monroe) area, primarily in Ouachita and Morehouse Parishes. 

·        3/8/16 - 5 people rescued in Doyline, Webster Parish. RPs brought to Doyline Fire Station.

·        As of 3/9/15:

·        4 rescued in Doyline, Webster Parish. RPs taken to fire station.

·        2 rescued in Minden, Webster Parish. RPs carried to truck stop in Minden.

·        2 adults and 1 child on Penal Farm Rd. in Webster Parish. RPs brought to Fire Station

·        6 rescued (1 elderly lady from oxygen) from Sibley, Webster Parish. RPs were transported to shelter at Exacta Inn in Minden.

·        9 rescued on Hwy 371 Heflin, Webster Parish. RPs transported to shelter at Exacta Inn in Minden.

·        3 rescued in Heflin, Webster Parish. RPs had their own transportation.

·        2 adults and 1 child in Doyline, Webster Parish. RPs have their own transportation.

·        2 rescued - 2 separate 18 wheelers washed off I-20 @ exit 55 at Webster/Bienville Line.  RPs transported by lsp or SO.

·        24 adults and 12 children rescued in Ouachita Parish, RPs were transported to collection points and then transported by other agencies to shelters and hotels. (NEW)

·        2 adults and 2 children rescued in Morehouse Parish,  RPs were transported to collection points and then transported by other agencies to shelters and hotels. (NEW)

·        As of 3/10/16:

·        32 adults and 12 children rescued in Ouachita Parish,  RPs were transported to collection points and then transported by other agencies to shelters and hotels. (NEW)

·        1 adult and 4 children rescued in Morehouse Parish, RPs were transported to collection points and then transported by other agencies to shelters and hotels. (NEW)  

·        2 rescued in Sabine Parish  (NEW)

·        LDWF/LED has coordinated a response for Bossier Parish to provide 4 boats/operators again on March 10, 2016 at 8:00am, Bossier SO, Viking Drive Substation, 2510 Viking Drive Bossier City.

·        In LDWF Region 3 (Pineville), 6 agents in 4 boats have been sent on rescue missions around Vernon lake in Vernon parish. The lake has risen 4 feet and is rising.   

·        ENF Agents have assisted (9A) the Richland Parish Sheriff Office with evacuations for residents of Rayville. La., to the local community center. 

·        ENF Agents have assisted (8A) West Carroll Parish with transporting nurses to the West Carroll Hospital who were unable to cross high water to reach the West Carroll Hospital facilities.

·        LDWF/LED Region 4 and 5 have also been placed on alert status in case additional resources are needed.  

·        GOHSEP will be activating the state EOC and we will have a representative there starting tonight at 7:00 pm until further notice.  The phone numbers to our EOC desk are:

·        Desk A-(225)925-7460

·        Desk B-(225)925-7402


Louisiana State Police

·        State Police is assisting all parishes with road closures due to high water.

·        Due to multiple Interstate and Highway closures, GOHSEP will not report each one individually. 

·        You can find a complete up to date list of road closures on the DOTD website:

·        Troop E Staffing: 11 Troopers and 2 Sergeants  assigned to the night shift. One Communications Officer is on duty at Troop E. Troopers are actively monitoring roadways and weather conditions in their areas and are in contact with local agencies.

·        Troop F Staffing: 16 Troopers on duty

·        Troop G Staffing: 19 Troopers on duty to include TESS, two DPS officers and one communication officer.

·        Troopers and Wildlife Agents were successful with rescuing numerous subjects who were trapped in their vehicles by aggressive flood waters.

·        With the assistance of DOTD and local law enforcement partners, barricades were positioned in critical areas which aided in the closure I-20 East bound from Bossier Parish to Bienville Parish. The two alternate routes are: I-49 North to I-30 in Texarkana  or I-49 South to US 84.

·        Five Troop F troopers were called to assist Troop G on I-20 in Bienville Parish.

·        American Red Cross called and advised they have a team of volunteers responding to the Troop G area.

·        Beginning this evening at 1800 hours, Troop G will resume double shifts and continue those operations until conditions improve. Teams C & D troopers along with CPU (16 troopers and 7 supervisors) will be on duty for night shift (1800-0600).

·        Additional personnel have been placed on standby pending the activation of shelter duties.



·        DOTD ESF3 EOC remains on 24-hour status. We are continuing to monitor and compile a list of road closures. DOTD crews are deployed throughout the affected areas, monitoring roadway conditions and conducting inspections of bridges and transportation infrastructure that has been flooded.   

·        District 04 (Shreveport) has reported that several houses in two subdivisions in Haughton have had houses flooded and Bossier Parish has activated a shelter for those residents.

·        DOTD is assisting all parishes with road closures due to high water.

·        Due to multiple Interstate and Highway closures, GOHSEP will not report each one individually. 

·        You can find a complete up to date list of road closures on the DOTD website:

·        DOTD is in the process of closing I20 near the Ada/Taylor exit in Bienville Parish due to flash flooding. Water is over both east and west bound lanes.

·        District 05 (Monroe) will be sending a Variable Message Board to Ruston, LA to put on the I-20 westbound in advance of US 167 in an effort to intercept some heavy traffic onto US 167.

·        DOTD Dist. 5 reports that the LA 557 bridge located 1/2 mile South of Red Cut Rd. in Ouachita Parish has collapsed. LSP and DOTD are on scene. DOTD personnel have barricades in place. The roadway will remain closed until further notice.



·        MVN EOC activated to a level II on 3/7/16.

·        Hours of operation: 7 days a week from 0700 – 1730.

·        Number of personnel supporting EOC 7, field personnel 47, and in-house personnel 13. Total personnel: 67.

·        Phase 1 flood fight inspections have begun on the Lower 7 Mississippi River sectors.

·        Coordinating with local authorities also patrolling levees along the Mississippi River system.

·        Begun coordination with permit holders and USACE construction contractors to implement high river requirements on construction sites. Only permitted work with site specific waivers can continue to work up to high river stages (but not past 15 ft.)

·        Within the activated sectors there are 37 inspection sites, 9 of which are seepage points, with 1 of medium priority.


Lt. Governor's Office

·        As of tonight, we have closed Hodges Gardens and Lake Bistineau parks. We have partial closures of Fairview (roads),Chemin-a-haut(some cabins),Palmetto Island (trails), Darbonne (boat launches and piers), Jimmy Davis (launches, and some access), and Lake Claiborne (boat launches and piers)


Department of Health and Hospitals

·        Hospitals have been reminded to utilize ESF 8 portal to report impacts to facilities which could include impacts to infrastructure or patient/evacuee reception.

·        Instituting daily mandatory status reporting by all hospitals and nursing homes in Regions 7 and 8. This may be expanded as the incident evolves. All facilities statewide are strongly encouraged to report any adverse incidents that may occur as a result of this incident.

·        Currently, 2 nursing homes are on “Limited Operations”. Both are still on public power and have no resource requests. One nursing home resident was admitted to the local hospital, Minden Medical Center.

·        ESF 8 is continuing 24-hour presence at the GOHSEP EOC during the incident. 

·        DHH is conducting regular conference calls with the field (DHH Offices) and stakeholders

·        Instituted daily mandatory status reporting into MSTAT by all hospitals and nursing homes in region 7 & 8 and we may expand to other regions as the incident evolves

·        Environmental health is closely monitoring several water systems

·        DHH Bureau of Media and Communications is preparing notices related to flood water safety and other safety issues

·        1 confirmed death in Bienville Parish associated to the severe weather (64 year old male – car washed off road)

·        8 Systems Under Boil Advisories: Arcadia – systemwide (power loss), Springhill Community – systemwide (power loss), Village W.S. - All of Princeton Road, All of Venus Drive, Mack Drive,   Randy Lane and Cindy Lane (road washout leading to WM break), South Claiborne – Gandy Road and Liles Road (road washout leading to WM break), South Bossier – systemwide (power loss), Lakeview Estates – systemwide (power loss), Farmerville – 8-10 customers (road washout leading to WM break), and Point Wilhite – J. Taylor Road and McCreary Road

·        1 Hospital on Limited Operations - Minden Medical Center (Webster Parish)

·        1 NH sheltering in place - Meadowview Health & Rehab (Webster Parish)

·        1 NH in process of evacuating – Natchitoches Nursing and Rehab Center (Natchitoches Parish)

·        1 Hospital on Limited Operations - Northern Louisiana Medical Center (Lincoln Parish)


American Red Cross

·        Incident has been created in NSS. 

o   NSS Incident Number:  LA0316-01 

o   INSS Incident Name:  NW LA 03/16 Flood - BOSSIER 

·        Reception Center has transitioned to a shelter: Brau Red Cross Building (160422) Open POP = 3. (805 Brook Hollow Drive SHREVEPORT LA 71105)

·        Henrietta Johnson Center (50823) (Open) POP = 267 (2800 BURG JONES LANE MONROE LA 71202)

·        Liller Marbles Recreation Department (50829) (Open) POP =110 (2950 RENWICK STREET MONROE LA 7120)

·        (smn) Bossier Civic Center (58780) (Open) POP = 41 (620 BENTON RD BOSSIER CITY LA 7111)

·        WEST MONROE SPORTS COMPLEX (6143) (Open) POP =  90 (802 S 5TH STREET WEST MONROE LA 7129)

·        First Baptist Church in Haughton (160415) (Closed as 1:00pm 3/09 ) 105 E Washington Street HAUGHTON LA 71037

·        Non-Red Cross Shelter: Run by Parish;RAYVILLE CIVIC CENTER (6164) (Open) POP = 30 (706 LOUISA ST RAYVILLE LA 71269)

·        Willie Davis JR. Rec Center (151814) (Stand-by/Alert )Time TBA (116 Cox Ferry Road FARMERVILLE LA 71241)


Department of Agriculture and Forestry

·        Monitoring WebEOC and employee reports for flood related problems in NW LA.

·        LDAF Livestock Brand Officers are assisting Caddo Parish with cattle movements.


Department of Children and Family Services 

·              DCFS is in contact with American Red Cross and monitoring the situation.


State Fire Marshal

·        OSFM ESF 4 dispatched its Liaison coordinators to Caddo, Bossier and Webster Parish OEP Centers to support the current flooding in north Louisiana.

·        OSFM Personnel are working with South Bossier Fire District at 3551 Highway 527 Elm Grove, La. Provide assistance with evacuation of flooded areas.

·        Checking shelters in Caddo & Bossier Parish at this time.

·        OSFM Deputies are contacting the Fire Chiefs in each affected parish to see if they are in need of support services.

·        Fire Marshal Browning conducted a 1: 00 pm conference on 3/9/16 with his staff to review services that will be needed in north LA.

·        River Boat landings update:

·        Red River is currently at 23.59 feet. Currently the river boats are unaffected at this time.

·        Samstown Casino- high water plan in place.

·        Boomtown Casino- They will be lowering the ramp to the first deck.

·        Horseshoe Casino- Un affected at this time.

·        Diamond Jack-unaffected.

·        Eldorado and Margaritaville casino-unaffected

·        OSFM ESF 4 desk is now man 24 hours as of 1700 hours on 3/9/16.

·        State Fire Marshal deputies continuing to provide evacuation assistance to Bossier City Sherriff.  


Office of Technology Services

·        Current LWIN Status: Operational tower sites 132/132

·        The Hagewood Tower Site in Natchitoches Parish has been restored to wide area operations through a mobile satellite connection. Rain fade may put this site in site trunking (out of wide area operations) intermittently until telco technicians repair the T1 backhaul circuit connecting the tower site to the LWIN Master Site.

·        LWIN Statewide Interoperability Talkgroup *Interop-10 has been assigned to LANG for flood response operations in North Louisiana POC SFC Cockerham 504-214-1845

Public Service Commission

·        The LPSC is monitoring power outages throughout the state as the severe weather moves through. A detailed outage report can be found in WebEOC.

·        Statewide Power Outages total: 11,670

·        Most affected parishes:

o   Bienville: 858

o   Bossier: 657

o   Caddo: 1,013

o   Red River: 1,380

o   Sabine: 979


Salvation Army

·        Ouachita Parish: The Monroe Corps is deploying 1 Canteen (mobile kitchen) to feed at a shelter in the Monroe area.

·        Caddo/Bossier Parishes: The Shreveport Corps has a canteen on standby for 3/10/16.


Workforce Commission

·        Mass Feeding vendors for affected areas have been put on standby for possible shelter operations.  LWC-EP will continue to monitor the situation for any request and maintain coordination with DCFS.  


Louisiana VOAD

·        Monitoring and on standby for any requests. Reached out to NWLA VOAD to offer any support or requests for assistance.

·        Outreach to GOHSEP re: 2-1-1 resources for NWLA Outreach to NELA VOAD Team Rubicon on standby for support Outreach to Methodist to evaluate availability of flood buckets for deployment

·        Update on available resources: Methodist - able to deploy truckload of flood buckets (2,000) - relayed to NWLA VOAD, Convoy of Hope - standby for cleanup teams; may be

·        able to deploy supplies, food, water, cleaning if needed. Samaritan's Purse - prepared to deploy clean up teams - up to 5 locations. ALAN - on standby for requested logistic  support.

·        Louisiana Baptist - Desoto Parish - Shower Unit deploying to shelter first thing in the am. & Recovery Units & Feeding on Standby; Bossier Parish - Recovery Units on Standby will set up IC at FBC Haughton, with Shower Unit and Feeding Team*; Webster Parish - Recovery Units on Standby will deploy from FBC Haughton; Claiborne Parish - Recovery Units on Standby will set up IC at (TBD), with Shower Unit and Feeding Team; Ouachita Parish - Feeding unit & Shower units on standby for shelters in Monroe, Recovery Units on Standby will deploy from (TBD); *Feeding Partners: ARC & Food Bank on standby to assist Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Recovery Efforts.



Parish Actions as of 9:00 am



·        Parish EOC on Standby activation level.

·        Sandbags area available at parish barns in Crowley, Branch Iota between 6:30 am and 5:00 pm and from the Church Point City Barn starting at 10:30 am.



·        Parish has begun notifying residents of sandbag availability and pick up locations.



·        DOTD opened the Bundick Lake drawn gate at 8:00 am on 3/7/16 but still expect minor flooding in that area.

·        Anticipating minor flooding at Sabine River Bottom (west side of the Parish).

·        Bundick Lake still forecast to reach 100 feet and will cause moderate to major flooding

·        Toledo Bend has opened all 9 gates at 22 feet



·        Multiple businesses and a few homes are significantly flooded.

·        Majority of roadways region wide have 2-5 feet of water. Numerous are impassable.

·        American Red Cross reported a few residents stayed in the Haughton Shelter overnight on 3/8/16 and may have more today.

·        Sandbag stock sufficient.

·        Water/wastewater plants are ok at this time.

·        Gibsland Elementary is taking on water, parish is assisting with sandbags.

·        Have requested transportation assistance with evacuations of stranded motorists on I-20.

·        Coordinating efforts to evacuate elderly homecare patient.

·        Coordinating shelter needs for two residents.



·        Phase I completed with Parish Unified Command planning meeting on 3/7/16 to accomplish the following:

·        Inform public through media educations news release.

·        Open sand bag POD in Benton, LA.

·        Inventory sandbag stock and added new bags to already contingency pre-filled bags from Flood 2015 effort.

·        Moved sand bag stock to Haughton Fire Department as a forward POD.

·        Phase II actions underway response to include:

·        Bossier Parish Public Works on site providing sand bag supply.

·        A mandatory evacuation of approximately 3000 households along Red Chute. Working mandatory door to door notifications in this area. A press conference that water is near topping and they are watching levees closely with some concern.

·        Webster Parish will be assisting with sandbagging efforts tonight and tomorrow as much as possible.

·        Past 24 hour actions:

o   Initial flood rescues in the Haughton, Tall Timbers and portions of Bossier City (total number of rescued not captured yet but estimate over 250)

o   NO loss of life and no injuries. No loss of critical infrastructure (report of one very small rural water district loss operational status in South Bossier for a period of time).

o   Over 75 homes damaged by criterial of 18 inches or over with several up to the roof structure).

o   Bossier EOC (1511 Doctors Drive) not operational due to high water access to adjacent streets, per Parish COOP plan one of secondary command and control site in use (Bossier Sheriff Substation 2510 Viking Drive).

o   Reception and utilization of State supported resources (high water vehicles in boats fully integrated into operation).

o   Rescues still in progress as of this report.

o   Unified command announced in joint press conference at 1500 hrs today (3:00pm) the mandatory evacuation of 8 subdivisions: Carriage Oaks, Victoria Point, Carriage Oaks, Stockwell, Lafayette Point, Stonebridge, Dogwood. Small community cluster below BAFB vicinity Mayflower and Silago Road.

o   Social Media activated by PIO/JIC

o   Press Release Issued

o   Unified Command Live Media Press Conference

o   CODERED Phone, Text, E-mail system activated

o   Door to door notification initiated

o   Additional technical coordination conducted with US Army Corps of Engineers, Parish Engineers and Levee Board District:

o   Additional levee protectionary barriers now being implemented on Guideline Levee (primary levee threatening Bossier City).

o   BAFB base briefed and joint flood monitoring and sheltering operations conducted

o   Control value structures as part of the Parish IAP for mid parish flooding gates open at 1 inch per hour in concert with US Corps and Levee Board established protocols.

o   Sheltering: In coordination with American Red Cross Haughton Baptist Church family life center shelter closed and Bossier Civic Center open under American Red Cross support. Pet Sheltering: Per parish Pet Plan, Bossier City Animal Control facility available for reception of pets.

o   Future Actions: Continue evacuation of 8 identified at risk subdivisions, meet the immediate needs of flooded victims and prepare community for a historic flood. Re-evaluate additional needed state resources and request from GOHSEP based on 12,24, 36 mission outlook.



·        Inmate workers from the Caddo Correctional Center will be filling sandbags until further notice at the parish and city facilities. Sandbags are available to the public around the clock at the City of Shreveport’s Public Works facility at 3825 Old Mansfield Road and until 10 p.m. at the parish facility at 1701 Monty Street. The parish will reopen at 7 a.m.  

·        Kingston Apartments in Shreveport are flooded and were evacuated.

·        A command group meeting was scheduled for 10:00 am on 3/9/16 to assess damages and plan for continued rain event. Next UCG meeting will be tomorrow, March 10th at 9:00 AM.

·        Atmos Wastewater Plant has opened gates to let off some intake to prevent overload on the pumps.

·        Multiple road closures, trees down and rescues completed last night and overnight.  Shreveport Fire Department boats used for rescue as well as brush trucks.  Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office and Shreveport Police Department have been putting up barricades where roads are covered by water.  Caddo Parish Fire District #1 has 3 boats available for rescue. 

·        Dixie Garden pump has been working since last night to keep flooding under control. 

·        Dr. Martha Whyte, OPH – Private wells are not normally tested, but can be during this event.

·        Greenwood facility is still open with 2 people currently there.  Red Cross is working on getting volunteers to staff tonight if needed for an overnight shelter.  12 individuals were there last night for the 2 Greenwood apartments that were evacuated.  Additional shelters can be opened as needed.  Two were evacuated in Gilliam last night and were sheltered in a church in Belcher. 

·        Salvation Army is prepared to provide feeding as needed.

·        CPSO OHSEP is encouraging residents with flooding INSIDE their homes to call 675-2255 or send to

·        Between 2 p.m. Tuesday and 2 p.m. Wednesday, the Sheriff’s Office answered 25 calls to assist motorists and responded to 85 reports of trees down. Caddo Sheriff’s deputies and Caddo Fire District personnel conducted rescues and evacuations today in the 700 block of Self Road in Belcher (one home, 7 people, six dogs), the 11000 block of Colt Trail in Keithville (five houses, 10 people, five animals, evacs still ongoing),  and the Sherwood Apartments in the 10,000 block of Mansfield Road (two apartments, five people). Additional evacuations involving Greenwood Police took place overnight at the Greenway Apartments in Greenwood.

·        Caddo Sheriff’s deputies, Caddo Fire Districts, and Shreveport Fire also are using boats and high-water equipment to conduct rescues.

·        The Cowboy Church has opened a shelter at 9950 Hwy. 80 for those in need in Caddo Parish.



·        Rains have enlarged all rivers and flooded roads causing evacuation of low lying areas. 

·        Preparations are being made to open a shelter at the Caldwell Parish Community Center.

·        Windshield survey of damages are in progress.



·              Clerk of Court offices are closed

·              Expecting high tide at 1511 hrs today possibly having water over roadways along the coast. Johnson Bayou, Holly Beach, Cameron in front of courthouse, and Rutherford Beach, all alongside State Highway 82.and Parish Road (Trosclair).



·        Severe weather causing school closures, toad closures, evacuation of residents, and business closures.

·        In the process of opening a shelter at the Homer City Hall.

·        Rescued approximately 100 people so far.

·        Sandbagging operations are ongoing.



·        Currently on site with Corp of Engineers (COE) Mississippi River levee on La 15 approx. 13 miles south of Deer Park.  Have approx. 6 sand boils - 2 of which are major.

·        COE has two (2) engineers enroute from Vicksburg office to further assess situation & determine course of action.

·        Concordia Parish Sheriff's Capt. enroute to be shown exact location. 



·        American Red Cross is sent 100 blankets and 100 comfort kits to EOC for staging.

·        Voluntary evacuations of low lying areas of Logansport including Garrett’s Park, Caraway Island, and River Road are ongoing. Mandatory evacuations may be implemented as situation progresses. Logansport population is estimated at 5,000.    Mandatory evacuation of River Road in Logansport is now in effect. 

·        Continuing water rescues from houses in the Stonewall, Gloster and Frierson areas.

·        DPSO Hydroactive vehicle has been deployed to those areas to assist.

·        Sandbagging efforts are being made for protection of the Logansport Water Plant which will begin to flood at the 35 ft. Sabine River Stage. River is expected to crest Saturday at 40 ft.

·        EOC is partially activated.

·        Sandbag operations at the Police Jury Road Department, in Grand Cane, were suspended at 10pm last night and will resume at 8am. An additional sandbag filling location has been added and is located at the Desoto Parish Fire District 1 Central Station in Logansport. Additional sandbags and sand have been received as per our request through webEOC.

·        I-49 at Bert Kouns Industrial Loop confirmed closed both directions from Bert Kouns to Stonewall exit. DeSoto Sheriff's Office reporting that at this time, Hwy 84 and Hwy 5 are both clear to Hwy 171, which is also clear north to Shreveport and are encouraging public to use these north-bound exits/routes off I-49 until determination of conditions are made. 

·        Opening shelter in Stonewall at Stonewall community center and at 1st Baptist Church in Logansport.  Notifying Red Cross for assistance with both shelters.

o   Stonewall Community Center, 5208 LA Hwy 3276 Stonewall 71078 (opening time tba)

o   First Baptist Church in Logansport, 1009 Gum Street, Logansport, 71049 (ARC Leadership assessing whether we can manage)

·        Stonewall - Lake Road and Linwood - High water rescues underway; unknown number of people; Standing up a community reception area/shelter at the Community Center on Stonewall Frierson Road across from Salem Church.  Requesting ARC support at reception center; no supplies needed.

East Carroll

·        One evacuation of a home on 86 CDJ Blvd.

·        Road crew is  out assisting with drainage issues.

·        Sandbagging operations continue.



·        Sand bags are available at the Ville Platte Yard (1200 Vocational Drive), Mamou Yard (1321 Highway 95), Basile Yard (1152 Hunter Road), and Lone Pine Fire Department



·        Parish has received approx. 7" since yesterday. Showers and thunderstorms expected all day, some could be severe.

·        In preparation for rain, the following sand bag locations are open for Grant Parish residents: Bynum Fire Station (Hwy. 492), Grant Parish Civic Center, Zig Slayter Ballpark in Prospect, Bob Fire Station (Walker Ferry Road).



·        Parish is providing sand bags beginning at 2:00 pm March 8, 2016 at the following locations: Grand Marais Fire Station, B.O.M. Fire Station, Coteau Fire Station, Rynella Fire Station, Delcambre City Hall and Loreauville Park.

·        City of New Iberia is providing sand bags to residents from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm at 907 Fulton Street.



·        Caney Lake water Backup into home around the lake.


Jefferson Davis

·        Parish has a list of sand bag area pick up locations listed on the website.

·        Sand bags are available Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00 am and 3:30 pm at the following locations: Jennings Police Jury Road Yard on Airport Road, Lake Arthur Community Center (Pick up first at Lake Arthur Police Department), Woodlawn Fire Station, Welsh Police Jury Yard across from Welsh Community Center, Hathaway Fire Station on Highway 102, Fenton Police Jury Yard on Estes Road and Lacassine Fire Station on Ann Street.



·        Unified Command met at EOC for planning purposes for worst flood event in Lincoln Parish considering longevity of event. The following details reflect the first 24 hours beginning at 4 pm Tuesday, 3/8/2016.

·        Initial flash flooding required evacuation of approximately 12 residents from their homes, no shelters needed.

·        Notified local residents of severe weather threats via Alert FM & City of Ruston Outdoor Warning sirens.

·        Road closures, approximately 50+ Parish Roads, approximately 10+ State highways & U.S. 80, U.S. 167 road closures.

·        Conference call with local drilling companies regarding well shut down for safety reasons considering limited road access due to flooding.

·        All parish schools, Public, Private & LTU, GSU Universities.

·        Parish Government Offices closed down at 12 noon, 3/9/16.

·        Citizens requesting sandbags, Public Works filling sandbags with assistance from local university fraternity personnel.

·        Trinity Methodist Church on Shelter Activation Standby, ARC notified.  



·        Parish has begun notifying residents of sandbag availability and pick up locations.



·        Parish is experiencing heavy rainfall and imminent flooding to homes and structures.

·        All parish schools are closed today.

·        No road closures as of yet.

·        Sandbags are being prepared and handed out at the parish barn.

·        Emergency declaration was filed this morning



·        Major flooding has occurred in Oak Ridge causing 3 families to be evacuated.

·        Completed several water rescues (stranded motorist) LA 134 east of Oak Ridge and LA 138 South of Mer Rouge both have water across road. Vehicles were left at Dowd at Jax, Henry at bridge, 2 vehicles on Highway 134 (18 wheeler and passenger car). Multiple residents requiring assistance for removal from flooded vehicles and areas.

·        Many other Parish roads are impassable due to high water.

·        PVA and Delta campuses, DA’s Office, Clerk of Court, 4th judicial Court all closed.

·        Residents are collecting sand bags from local distribution point.

·        Local first responders are continuing to respond to stranded motorists and vehicles off the roadway, estimates close to 75-100.

·        Shelter has opened for residents at First Baptists Church in Bastrop 


·        Natchitoches Parish Sheriff and the City of Natchitoches Publics Works Office are working together to  fill and distribute Sandbags to needy citizens.  Pickup location is the City of Natchitoches Publics Works Office 110 Mill Street, Natchitoches. 

·        St. Mary's School and NSU with be closed tomorrow, March 10, 2016.

·        OEP was assisting with the movement of Natchitoches Nursing Home residents to pre-determined locations, however, due to road closures in surrounding Parishes some residents (55) will not be moved. The water around the facility has receded, officials feel residents are out of danger. All critical residents were moved.

·        A shelter for 50 to 100 Parish residents will be opening this morning at the MLK Recreation Ctr 700 Martin Luther King Dr. with the assistance of Red Cross

·        Parish has received now 10 to 12 inches and is forecasted to get 10" more by Fri.

·        Portable Culvert to replace a large culvert that has washed out on Tauzin Island Rd.  4 families are strained. 


·        Numerous evacuations have taken place in Monroe and West Monroe due to flooding.



·        High water evacuations, with Fire Trucks, in progress in several areas. Report of vehicle swept from road. One trapped in house with 3-4 ft. water

·        surrounding. 

·        7 structures, residential taking on water.

·        Removed individual from submerged vehicle at 22:00. Transported to hospital with hypothermia. Removed stranded individuals trapped in homes with farm tractors and other farm equipment. No casualties at this time. Hwy. 6 East closing. Leaving EOC at 22:21. Standby at residence.

·        Evacuated app. 5 families from homes over night

·        Sand bags are being passed out

·        Most parish roads have flood waters over and some state roads are closed. 

St. Charles

·        The Sellers Canal sector gate at Pier 90 near Avondale in Luling has been closed due to high tides.


St. Landry

·        Sand and Sand bags are available for parish residents at the Yambilee Building 1939 West Landry Street in Opelousas until further notice. Limited to 15 per resident.


Red River

·        Some homes have been evacuated due to the high waters. No shelters open at this time but are on standby.

·        Assessing a substation currently at risk

·        Numerous washed out roads.

·        Sandbagging efforts and occasional rescues are ongoing.

·        Experiencing sudden increase in flooding at the same bayou and culverts as before in Coushatta; pumping into river but water is rising faster. Flap gates all completely removed at this time and cleared so no obstructions.  Making preparations for evacuation of the senior housing and apartments along the bayou and have a trigger point; not yet pulled.  Will update as this unfolds. *Note: need to consider the wastewater system also impacted by this bayou if floods; as it supports the shelter location and the hospital toilets; secondary location would need to be identified if this occurs; likely a population needing sheltering.


·        Parish began evacuations of 30 people at approximately 2:00 am 3/9/2016. The Rayville Civic Center is being used as a shelter at this time.



·        Terrebonne Parish EOC is monitoring this weather event and is working normal hours.  The TLCD closed the following floodgates due to this event: Placid Canal, Bush Canal, Humble Canal, Bayou Terrebonne, Bayou Petit Caillou, and Lower Dularge.



·        Sand and sand bags are located at Union Parish Police Jury Public Works in Farmerville.

·        27 Entergy customers without power.



·        Sand and sand bags are available in Village of Maurice at the City Hall complex (115 Corrine St) and outside the gates at all area barns.



·        Vernon Police Jury  is dispensing sand bags as needed to residents.

·        Sabine River Authority has opened flood gates at Toledo Bend Dam. Current Level is 172.88 msl. Gate Status: 4 gates at 3 feet. 5 gates at 2 feet. One generator operational 24/7. Total release: 28,944 cfs.

·        VPSO and Police Jury will begin to monitor circumstances in the area near the Sabine River.

·        Several parish roadways are flooded and impassable in the Hornbeck and Anacoco areas. Police Jury Crews are responding with signs.

·        As of 0400 hrs., VPSO is beginning evacuation of residents along the Sabine River due to the large amount of water being released from Toledo Bend.  Evacuation estimates are approximately 10 people at this time.  Additional evacuations in low areas surrounding Anacoco and Vernon Lakes are ongoing.  Evacuation numbers are expected to increase after dawn.

·        Those evacuees without family members locally will be sheltered at VPSO for the present until a local shelter opens. 

·        Roads being evacuated:  McConathy Rd., Hammock Rd., Hunter Town Loop, Cable Loop, Doe Ridge Rd., and Bonner Rd.



·        Public Works is on standby to distribute sand bags as needed.

·        Currently have 300 sand bags and will continue to fill more today.

·        EMS assisted with a temporary evacuation of a section of the rehab wing of Meadow View Nursing Home in Minden due to flooding. Patients were moved to the hallways at the other end of the building. They have found necessary resources to keep 5 vent pts in house rather than evacuating completely to Minden medical. They are working through Hospital Coordinator and FERC.

·        LA 164 is closed from Doyline to Sibley. Roads and US Highways in South Webster (south of I-20) are all impassable.

·        Minden Fire Department rescued an estimated 20-25 people by boat from homes.

·        A total of approximately 50 homes were evacuated due to flooding. A few who needed sheltering were placed in a local hotel.

·        2 individuals were transported to the emergency room with minor injuries.

·        UCAP is handling a shelter for 1 person at this time but is open to others if needed.

·        Parish inmates sandbagged all night and efforts are ongoing.

·        Setting up a shelter at FBC Minden for citizens and stranded motorist on I-20 (currently less than 10 people, capacity for 40. Overflow to secondary church if needed).

·        Sandbagging regrouping at new site (Camp Minden)

·        High water rescues from roadways are fewer but still ongoing. High water Vehicle arrived and staged at camp Mined.

·        Minden wastewater under close observation, taking on significant water but still maintaining function.

·        Lake Bisteneau facing record crest predictions, flood gates opened at 3:00 pm 3/9/16.

·        Webster Parish has moved sandbagging operations to Camp Minden. Providing inmate labor; sand and sand bags have been delivered.  IF they can meet the need of Webster Parish, they will be willing to support neighboring parishes with filling IF LAANG can handle transport/delivery

West Baton Rouge

·        Parish has begun notifying residents of sandbag availability and pick up locations.


West Carroll Parish

·        Multiple Parish Roads are closed, others have several places that have water across them.



·        Sand bags are available at police Jury Barn on Thomas Mill Road.

·        Inmates are filling bags.

·        Water is over several roads across the Parish.

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