News Alert: Situational Awareness Report 14 March 2016 As of 9:00 AM
Posted: 3/14/2016 9:46:47 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

Situational Awareness Report

14 March 2016

As of 9:00 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

Federal Declaration: FEMA – 4263-DR




Situation:  A strong upper level storm system brought showers and thunderstorms from west to east across most of the State this past week. Heavy rainfall, flash flooding, river flooding and damaging winds were the main threats associated with this front.  Please stay tuned to your local National Weather Service for the latest information.


North Louisiana: See Flood Warnings issued by NWS.


Southwest/Central Louisiana: River flooding will continue. Record flood wave will be moving down the lower Sabine River and be at its peak between Bon Wier and Deweyville area today. Major flooding is also expected along the Calcasieu River Basin and moderate flooding along the Lower Neches River Basin with many other rivers experiencing minor flooding. A frontal system will move into the area late Wednesday and stall near the coast on Thursday. This front will help bring a chance for showers and thunderstorms each day until another more significant cold front clears the region Saturday. It is too early at this time to tell how much rainfall will occur during this time period and how it will affect the river basins.  


Southeast Louisiana: See Flood Warnings issued by NWS. A strong cold front is expected to be followed by strong northerly winds that will create hazardous wave conditions for small craft Saturday night into Sunday.


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


State Actions as of 8:00 am



·       GOHSEP Regional Coordinators are maintaining communications with affected parishes.

·        GOHSEP has received a State Declaration.

·       GOHSEP has received a Federal Declaration: FEMA – 4263-DR

·       GOHSEP EOC maintaining 24/7 operations.

·       GOHSEP is conducting daily conference calls with the National Weather Service and Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center.


Louisiana National Guard

·       LANG Personnel Duty Status:  1,197 Total (769 State Active Duty)

·       Issued 1,008,000 sandbags.

·       Provided 8 sandbag machines.

·       Issued 71,576 bottles of water.

·        Issued 700 of each, blankets and cots to Richland Parish.

·        Issued 576 MREs to Winn Parish.

·       Rescued 4,259 people, 354 pets and 16 livestock.

·       Ongoing SAR missions & Providing LNOs

·       Will continue to deploy HWVs and PAX to support Evacuation in addition to Search and Rescue efforts in the parishes. Continue to transport Sandbags and logistics to parishes as needed.

·       Working to reinforce levees in Ouachita Parish and working with officials to provide assessment and planning for Natchitoches Parish.


Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

·        3/8: 5 people rescued

·        3/9: 72 people rescued

·        3/10: 199 people rescued, 21 dogs rescued

·        3/11/16: 389 people / 51 dogs / 4 cats / 6 chickens / 4 goats

·        3/12/16: 103 people, 43 dogs, 2 cats, 1 hamster

·        3/13/16: 9 people, 5 dogs

·        3/14/16: No rescues as of 0500

·        Total Rescued: 777 people / 120 dogs / 6 cats / 6 chickens / 4 goats / 1 hamster

·        Detailed reports of rescues can be found in WebEOC.


Louisiana State Police

·       Troop G: I-20 west bound and east bound are now open

·        Troop D: Evacuations by Beauregard and Calcasieu OEP are ongoing for all residences near the Sabine River corridor.

·        Troop E DOTD is discussing closing La. 8 at Little River Bridge in LaSalle Parish, due to debris impacting the bridge supports.  If this is closed, traffic will be diverted to US 84 in Jena to LA 28 east of Jena.

·        LSP Troop F is assisting the Caldwell Parish Sheriff’s Department as well as the Richland Parish Sheriff’s Department with mandatory evacuations. The evacuation areas include Hebert, La (Caldwell Parish) and the Woolen Lake (Richland Parish) area. The water is rising from the over flow of the Lafouche Canal into the Boeuf River.

·        Troop G Webster I-20 milepost 44 the East bound entrance and exit ramps

·       5 flight missions were completed.

·       Supported Calcasieu Parish in night rescues.

·       On standby for flight observations (weather permitting): Alexandria on Monday and Bossier on Tuesday.



·        DOTD crews (approximately 1,100 employees) are deployed throughout the affected areas.

·        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:

·        The inside lane of I-49 northbound and southbound were reopened Saturday evening south of Shreveport at DeSoto/Caddo parish line.  There are no other interstate closures at this time. 

·        DOTD Hammond Area District (62) is coordinating with LSP and MDOT to monitor the potential impact of the forecast crest of the Pearl River on I-10 east near the LA/MS state line with regard to traffic control and public information needs.

·        Supplied, delivered, and installed supersack sandbags (quantity TBD) to fill levee gaps in Natchitoches which are allowing overtopping of routes US 84 and LA 1226.

·        DOTD Bridge Maintenance remains heavily involved in bridge inspections across the state. The current status of bridge related issues are as follows:

o   DOTD Damage Assessment Teams remain on standby to deploy as soon as waters recede.



·         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.

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


Lt. Governor's Office

·         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 Corrections

·        Elayn Hunt Correctional Center (EHCC) filled 2500 sandbags and sent out 25 inmates and 4 correctional officers to Alligator Bayou in Iberville Parish on 3/12/16. The same crew is currently back at EHCC filling another 3000 sandbags and will return to Alligator Bayou.

·        Richland Parish Detention Center has requested evacuation and housing assistance in the event that their facility floods.

·        Continue to maintain 32 man trustee crew with 4 security officers working night shift at the Red Chute levee in Bossier City.

·        On stand-by to assist the LANG with sandbagging crews in Franklin Parish, this request for assistance does not need to filled till approximately Tuesday per LANG & Franklin Parish.

·        We have had an unofficial request from Mary Livers and Kristy Nelson for assistance in assessing Jetson Juvenile Facility for possible relocation of the Swanson juvenile facility out of Monroe; this request is being processed by DOC authorities.   


Department of Health and Hospitals

·        Golden Age Nursing Home in Denham Springs evacuated 13 most critical (red) residents to Harvest Manor a sister facility in Denham Springs. Amite River levels continue to be monitored. No additional resources have been requested.

·        69 Public Water Systems currently on boil water advisory. 6 Public Water Systems cleared from advisory.

·        Clients from the ICF/IID facilities were relocated to other ICF/IID facilities, vocational program buildings or went home with family.

·        13 cemeteries are being monitored. All parish authorities are aware and are stating that they have the resources required to handle the situations.  ESF 8 has put several SMEs and resources on stand-by if needed.   The Federal ESF 8 is updated as information changes.

·        4 weather-related deaths have been confirmed.  2 in Ouachita, 1 in Bienville, and 1 in Natchitoches

·        Facilities in the vicinity of a reported levee breach in Hebert, LA were contacted by ESF-8.  Due to their location, the facilities were never in danger of evacuating.  They were aware of the incident and had no needs/requests at the time.


Department of Children and Family Services

·       Working with ARC and GOHSEP to maintain a current shelter count for the State; as of 0600. there are 10 Parish shelters Pop=58 ; 9 ARC shelters Pop=196; total of 19 shelters with a pop = 254. Detailed shelter reports can be found in WebEOC.

·       Continuing to work with ESF – 7 on providing resources.

·       DCFS is working to prepare for SNAP Replacement and DSNAP if requested.  We are coordinating with pre-determined DSNAP sites and if DSNAP is requested by Parish we will coordinate with OEP Directors to ensure we are using site OEP recommends. DCFS is also coordinating with other ESF leads in for preparing for possible DSNAP operations.


American Red Cross

·        Additional shelter opened in Red River: Grand Bayou Resort Center, 5286 LA 784, Coushatta, Red River, LA, 71019.

·        Coordinated with ESF6 Branch Manager regarding showers for Lillie Marbles. Parish is working on arranging a city bus to take residents to Saul Adler to shower.

·        Worked with DCFS, DRO MC Leadership and NSS Leadership on updating shelter population counts and closures.

·        Red Cross DA began in Shreveport and Nachitoches areas.

·        Activated partnership with Texas A&M University - Drone Program. Presently coordinating with Parish OEPs to conduct DA Assessments utilizing Drones.

·        Bulk Distribution of cleaning supplies and meals in some of the assessable affected communities.

·        ARC will be engaging our EMDAC (Emergency Management Disability and Aging Coalition) Partner Members starting today. (3/14/16) The EMDAC members will be starting on the Northshore to begin conducting FNSS assessments in our Red Cross shelters. Further plans are being developed to move toward the Southwest and Northern part of the State. 

·        ARC will be engaging our EMDAC (Emergency Management Disability and Aging Coalition) Partner Members starting today. (3/14/16)  The EMDAC members will be starting on the Northshore to begin conducting FNSS assessments in our Red Cross shelters. Further plans are being developed to move toward the Southwest and Northern part of the State.

·        ARC will be using local vendor to feed 30 people in a shelter in Richland Parish that evacuated due to levee breach.


Department of Agriculture and Forestry

·         Red River Stockyard in Coushatta open for housing livestock. Livestock Brand Officers assisting cattlemen in the Monroe area.

·         LDAF receiving reports of abandoned pets from evacuations in Region 7 and 8. Advise citizens to report issues to local animal control or Sheriff Office.
Livestock issues are handled by LDAF Livestock Brand Officers on request of Parish OEP.


State Fire Marshal

·         Dispatched its Liaison coordinators to Caddo, Bossier and Webster Parish

·         OSFM Personnel assisting with evacuations and monitoring open shelters.

·         66 flat boats ready from the states fire service along with 10 USAR SWR teams on standby.

·        USAR group for swift water rescue have been updated on the Pearl River situation and stand ready if needed.

·         Liaison Deputies in regions 6, 7, 8 & 9 continue to maintain contact with parish OEP centers and the statewide fire service.

·        The Natalbany task force has closed operation as of 16000 hrs. on 3/13/16.


Office of Technology Services

·        Mobile LWIN tower site is on site in Caldwell Parish N32°08'50.5" W092°01'20.4"

·        The following sites are on mobile satellite backhaul: Merryville – Beauregard Parish & Sentell – Caddo Parish

·        Current LWIN Status: Operational tower sites: 132/132 


Public Service Commission

·         Statewide Power Outages total: 7,581

·         Per Ponchatoula Fire Marshal, we are working with officials to de-energize the following areas in Ponchatoula: S. Thibodeaux Road; N. Thibodeaux Road; & possibly Brown Road. However, even with the assistance of city officials in conjunction with GOHSEP, we may not be able to gain access to the needed equipment in order to limit the outages – in this case we will need to de-energize everything east of Brown Road on Hwy 22, which would affect 1,401 customers.


LA Board of Regents

·         University of Louisiana Monroe – announced closures through Tuesday.

·         Campus closures by date:

o   3/9/16 – 11 campuses

o   3/10/16 – 16 campuses

o   3/11/16 – 25 campuses

·         Flood damaged universities include: Grambline State University, Southeastern University, Northwest LA Technical College, LA Delta Community College, LA Technical Community College, River Parishes Community College, and Northshore technical Community College


Salvation Army

·         Shreveport area providing snacks/hydration; Emotional and Spiritual Care team on standby.

·         The Shreveport Canteen is on standby to provide services to Caddo Parish as needed.

·         Monroe Corps providing meals and snacks at Lillie Marble Recreation Center. 

·         Two additional Canteens (mobile kitchens) and a supply truck are will arrive in Monroe from the Jackson (MS) Area Coordinate and the Divisional Emergency Disaster Services Center (Jackson, MS) to support the Monroe Corps.  The supply truck will bring additional meals, food service supplies and cleanup kits. 

·         Provided meals to GOHSEP. 


Louisiana VOAD

·        Operation Blessing - Advance Teams in Shreveport

·        Samaritan's Purse - deploying teams to Shreveport and Monroe

·        Methodist – deployed resources to Asbury UMC Natchitoches Ruston

·        Food Bank of NWLA – sending pallets of water to Bossier

·        Food Bank of NELA delivered drinks and food to 4 shelters: Marbles Community Center and Henrietta Johnson Center in Monroe, the West Monroe Rec Center, and St. Andrews

·        Team Rubicon - will come in for assessment after weather subsides.

·        Advocacy Center - on standby for requests to assist with disability issues.

·        Convoy of Hope: assessments will begin when the weather subsides and debris removal operations should begin sometime next week.

·        Louisiana Baptist:  Laundry unit deployed to SW Bienville

·        United Ways of Louisiana launched a flood fund to support recovery efforts.

·        ReachGlobal Crisis Response will be responding to the needs through the local churches.

·        Acadian Search & Rescue is planning to deploy teams this weekend for clean-up.  also able to clear roads, evacuation, and perform search and rescue operations if needed. 

·        Coordination has started in impacted areas with VOAD partners and calls or meetings are scheduled as follows:

·        NWLA VOAD will meet March 14 at 10:00 at Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana

·        NELA VOAD will host a conference call March 14

·        Florida Parishes VOAD will meet March 18 at 10:00 at First United Methodist Church of Hammond

·        Louisiana VOAD will host a coordinating call on Tuesday, March 15 at 1:30



·         The LA BEOC has 13,100 registered contacts representing 2,243 businesses and have been posting Incident SITREPS daily at to provide businesses with the most updated information.

·         Personnel are maintaining communications with the State EOC operations staff.


Parish Actions as of 8:00 am



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



·         Fire Departments and  Sheriff assisted 18 people to safety. 



·         EOC partially activated.

·         Parish waterways are closed until further notice.

·         Two pumps have been added to relieve the water on Buxton Road/Buxton pump Station.

·         In the event that pre-filled sand bag resources deplete, sand and bags will be distributed; list of locations can be found in WebEOC.

·         24 hour flood control operations continue at Marvin Braud, Henderson Bayou, Sorrento pumping stations.

·         HESCO Baskets are being placed along the risk areas.

·         Law Enforcement Coordinating with all government agencies to assisting with barricading.



·         EOC is partially activated.

·         Sand and bags have been placed at Dorseyville Park & the Road and Bridge Department.



·         Sand bags distributed at the parish maintenance facility on 2346 Valley Street in Mansura. Must bring their shovel or a way to fill them.



·         EOC is at partial activation.

·         Evacuations in Merryville and along the Sabine River is in progress, approximately 600 thus far.

·         Approximately 75 residents with major damage and 40 with minor damage.

·         US Highway 190  is blocked with 2-3 feet of water across it.

·         1 pump station is under water, remaining pump stations have been sandbagged and are expected to maintain the waste water load.

·         Search and rescue was continued along the river bottom and there were approximately 100 people rescued by BPSO, LDWF and LANG.

·        The State has made emergency repairs to provide communications from Merryville back to the BPSO and 911 center. The action will remain intact till normal service can be reinstalled.

·        Approximately 75 search and rescue missions conducted by BPSO,LDWF, Fire District 1 and the La National Guard

·        The Toledo Bend Dam still 9 gates open at 10 feet 



·         Assisted with evacuations of stranded motorists on I-20.

·         Evacuated 30-40 people so far in this event

·         50 homes with water, about half of them with 18" or more.



·         Secondary command and control site in use (Bossier Sheriff Substation 2510 Viking Drive).

·         Flood rescues in the Haughton, Tall Timbers and portions of Bossier City.

·         Bossier Civic Center open as shelter under American Red Cross support. Pet Sheltering: Bossier City Animal Control facility available for reception of pets.

·         Water is near sand bag levee operations, hopeful that it will control overtopping.24/7 monitoring operations. Prepared for the overtop should it happen.

·         Red Cross to go to the Haughton Community to assist in damage assessments and recovery operations.

·         Evacuated approximately 9,485 citizens.

·         Estimates  for water in houses: Haughton Town: 50, East 80 Tall Timbers:30, South Bossier too wet to see them all: 200+



·         Caddo EOC at 24-hour Full Activation.

·         Rescues are slowing down but still ongoing. Evacuated approximately 289 thus far.

·         Red Cross shelter at Southern University is still open. The next step will be damage assessments to the affected homes.

·         Salvation Army has multiple food donations available to support shelters and responders.  Call 424-3200 for any food needs.

·         VOAD partners have a meeting Monday at 10 AM at the Goodwill on W. 70th to plan short-term and long-term recovery needs for residents affected by flooding.

·         Parish PW may provide additional sandbags to MLK area to support Shreveport. The City of Shreveport’s sandbag operation is still open, although there have been fewer pick-ups. May go from 24 hour to normal business hours today at 3825 Old Mansfield Rd.

·         The City of Shreveport has strategically placed sandbags in the expected areas that may be affected for those residents surrounding 12 Mile Bayou (Oregon Ave, Aline, MLK…). SPD and SFD are going door-to-door daily to check on those residents. Many of those homes remain vacant from last year’s river flooding.



·         Recommending voluntary evacuation announced for all citizen west of Hwy 109 from North of Parish line to Old Hwy 90 south of the parish

·         Calcasieu Parish Sheriff department established two staging areas, one on Hwy 109 in Vinton and one on Hwy 12 in Starks.

·         Parish Coroner performing cemetery for all five cemetery in flood zone.

·         CPSO performed aerial photography of flood zone.

·         CPSO has set up check points and criminal patrols.



·         Approximately 95 homes in the Herbert/Beouf River and Castor Creek areas have 6 “ inches of water.

·         Shelter opened at the Caldwell Parish Community Center.  Voluntary evacuation at this time.  

·         Windshield survey of damages are in progress.

·         Sand bagging operations continue.



·         Sandbags at the Parish Prison in Harrisonburg and Public Works in Jonesville, La.

·         No water in homes reported as of now. No evacuations. No Shelters.



·         Sandbagging operations are ongoing.

·         Approximately 100 citizens have been evacuated.

·         Approximately 27 homes with major damage, 28 homes and 12 businesses with minor damage.



·         Sandbags being stockpiled and distributed at Ferriday Maintenance.

·         All lakes have been closed to traffic.

·         Water continues to rise, Black and Red Rivers are causing tributaries to back up. All Lakes are closed to recreational use.



·         Sandbagging efforts made to protect the Logansport Water Plant.

·         Sandbag operations at the Police Jury Road Department in Grand Cane and at the Desoto Parish Fire District 1 Central Station in Logansport.

·         Animal control has been advised and Pine Ridge Vet Clinic has volunteered space if needed also.

·         Mandatory evacuation order remains in effect for Sleepy Hollow, Garrett's Park, and River Road. Hydro Trac to assist with evacuations.

·         Rescues ongoing.


East Baton Rouge

·         EOC staffed with essential personnel and activated Crisis Action team.

·         Baton Rouge Police Department conducted a flyover of inundated areas on 3/12/16. 

·         Public Works Department are monitoring sewer and water levels across the Parish. 

·         Parish is populating the database with impacted areas utilizing the 311 System, coordinated a medical pick up, and also coordinating with American Red Cross to put shelters on standby.

·         Sand / Sand Bag Locations remain open at Baton Rouge Fire Stations 7, 9, 13 & 14.


East Carroll

·         3 damaged homes

·         Road crew is out assisting with drainage issues.

·         Sandbagging operations continue.



·         Sand bags are available at the Ville Platte Yard, Mamou Yard, Basile Yard, and Lone Pine Fire Department



·         Multi-sandbagging operations ongoing.

·         Rescue operations are ongoing to remove residents from closed roads.

·         Sandbagging Operations Continue in New areas the Big Creek @hy132 is approaching multiple Homes. The bayou Macon At hy 861 sandbagging in the area. The Boeuf River at Lliddelville is flooding homes in the L R Hatton rd.



·         Sand bag locations: Bynum Fire Station, Grant Parish Civic Center, Zig Slayter Ballpark in Prospect, Bob Fire Station.

·         Voluntary evacuations conducted in and around Latt Lake, Nantachie Lake, Little River. Evacuations from homes continue in Grant Parish. The Colfax Reunion Nursing Home is in pre-evacuation stages. Approximately 31 citizens have evacuated.

·         Rescues have been conducted and are ongoing through various areas of the Parish. LANG and LDWF are assisting in numerous SAR missions.

·         The Nelms Loop section of the water system is inoperable. State logistics delivered bottled water.

·         Placed sandbags around the Grant Parish Detention Facility.

·         Rigolette Dam gates are closed. The control structure levee to the Rigolette Control Structure, which regulates Bayou Darrow, has breached.

·         LANG is continuing to monitor barricades until conditions improve.

·         LANG soldiers will be staffing barricades in areas identified as unsafe for vehicle traffic.

·         26 homes destroyed, 90 with major damage & 110 with minor damage.



·         Sand bag 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. 


Jefferson Davis

·         Sand bags are available Monday through Friday 7:00 am - 3:30 pm at: Jennings Police Jury Road Yard, Lake Arthur Community Center, Woodlawn Fire Station, Welsh Police Jury Yard, Hathaway Fire Station, Fenton Police Jury Yard and Lacassine Fire Station.



·         Sandbags are being distributed at all six Public Works field offices and Chackbay Fairgrounds. 3,500 issued thus far.



·         EOC is at Crisis Action Team Level and are operating at normal business hours at this time.

·         Assisting with sandbagging efforts throughout the Parish, checking on the elderly, disabled and home-bound, as well as checking roadways/bridges.

·         Zenoria Community off Highway 500 is under voluntary evacuations.

·         Town of Olla completed the repairing of the sewer main under Hwy 165 last night around 10:30 p.m. and all is functioning properly.

·         Several rescued including residents from vehicles, due to going around barricades and becoming stranded in high waters.

·         Jena Band of Choctaws Indians have placed two families that were displaced in vacant mobile homes that the Choctaw Indian's had available.

·        Around 40 residents are without power due to high waters within LaSalle Parish.

·        During the fly over of LaSalle today to count the total amount of inundated structures, we were able to count  90-100 structures that where inundated with high waters due to this event.

·        A railroad bridge has washed out on little river.



·         Initial flash flooding required evacuation of approximately 12 residents from their homes. Multiple rescues were conducted.

·         EOC back to normal operations 

·         Shelter at Trinity Methodist Church, on standby

·         Three local water systems reporting leaks, issued boil advisories.

·         OHSEP made reconnaissance run with LE to check north part of parish around Bayou D"Arbonne for area sustaining main flood conditions. Concerns are that Claiborne Parish may need to release water from Lake Claiborne, which will add to the waters flowing across Lincoln Parish through D'Arbonne Bayou. If waters from Lake D'Arbonne continue to back up, this could possibly cause U.S. 167 North to go under water and cut off a major artery to the north part of the parish.

·         DOTD inspecting state bridges prior to final opening.

·         Oil field incidents regarding condensate tanks under control, DEQ & LSP Emergency Response monitoring cleanup.



·         Sandbags available to residents.

·         Waterways are closed to recreational boat traffic.

·         Partial EOC activation



·         Sandbags handed out at the parish barn. Volunteers have been assisting with sandbag operations.

·         EOC is partially activated and local shelter is on standby to open if needed for displaced families.

·         Road Superintendent is monitoring all roads and staying in contact with the Emergency Manager and Asst. Manager.

·         200+ home affected from this event however, there have been no reports of damaged homes.



·         EOC at partial activation

·         Residents are collecting sand bags from local distribution point.

·         Continuing to respond/rescue stranded motorists/residents, estimates close to 75-100.

·         Request for PDA/IA teams for Tuesday (weather permitting)

·         The Care and Hope center is open to provide supplies for residents affected by flooding (provide food, clothing, essentials)

·         Shelters are closing

·         The Weir on Lake Irwin in Morehouse Parish has been compromised but there is no way to get equipment into the area to repair it, have made request for air support to survey damage.

·         Evacuated approximately 1000 citizens.

·         175+ homes, 25+ mobile homes, 60+ apartment units, 5 business, and 2 public buildings have sustained major damage.   



·         EOC at partial activation

·         Sandbag location: City of Natchitoches Publics Works Office 110 Mill Street, Natchitoches. 

·         Shelter at the MLK Recreation Ctr 700 Martin Luther King Dr. with the assistance of Red Cross

·         Robleine Marthaville Water System down because of flooding. 

·         A large culvert has washed out on Tauzain Island Road.

·         Levees are being monitored frequently. 

·         Village of Natchez has 28 homes affected by flood water. Several homes on Franklin Lane has been inundated by flood water.

·         Rescue efforts are ongoing.

·         Cattle rescued from I-49 between exits 119 & 127.

·         Roughly 400 homes without power or water. Water point set up at Dollar general in Campti.

·         100 plus families have been evacuated. Evacuations ongoing in the northern part of the Parish.



·         Entergy New Orleans has resources available to respond to potential outages. We have a LNO from them on standby throughout the weekend.

·         Cox Communications has resources available to respond to potential outages. We have a LNO from them on standby throughout the weekend.

·         USACE are sending teams to the 17th Street and London Avenue Canals’ interim control structures to monitor conditions and close the gates if they reach the triggers of 3'.  The lake currently is around 2.8'.  They will keep us informed if they make the closure.



·         Multiple water systems under a boil advisory due to the possibility of flood water going over the wellhead.

·         Ouachita received five 16" pumps from the Corp of Engineers and have been deployed to various places in the Parish.

·         Distrubuted over 40000 sandbags.

·         LANG sent two High Water Vehicles to the Town and Country area for evacuations.

·         Monroe City is currently conducting a major sandbagging effort in the River Oaks area to try to divert water around the River Oaks neighborhood.

·         Several large Houseboats and a barge broke loose and struck one of the main bridges over the Ouachita River and also the Railroad Bridge. 

·         The Ouachita Parish Sheriff's department boat and dive team responded and secured the boats and barges.  There appears to be no major damage, but DOTD is on the way to inspect.

·         Conducting sandbagging operations in the Cypress Point area and the Northgate area.

·         Currently there are 1,724 addresses in our data base that have had or still have water in them.

·         Approximate evacuation number is 1825, evacuations are ongoing.



·         Some property owners in the Rigolette area are voluntarily moving out personal property in anticipation of the rising Red River.

·        Regarding the Levee Breach at Bayou Darrow in Grant Parish.  This is affecting the Rigolette Community.  Agencies are going door to door advising the residents.


Red River

·         Sandbagging efforts, occasional rescues and evacuations are ongoing.

·         Have evacuated 15-20 people; 20 homes with water inside, 50+ homes with water surrounding.

·         Operations continue to provide food and water to the homes that are surrounded by water and have no access out to purchase food or water.

·         Planning operations have begun on rescuing 2 horses on Henry BBQ Street, off of Hwy 1 and 4 cows on Meeks Road off of Hwy 177.



·         Voluntary evacuations ongoing. Approximately 75 evacuations total.

·         7 apartment units with major damage.

·         Breach at the spoil bank around Lafourche canal holding back water. Water levels remain the same but some runover is occurring.

·         Rescue operations ongoing removing residents from closed roads.

·         Five sandbagging sites are active.

·        Richland Parish Detention Center evacuation completed at 23:30. 565 offenders moved to Richwood, LTCW, Madison and Catahoula. Evacuation of the Hebert community continues. Water levels are continually being monitored.  

·        Levee breach at Lafourche Canal. Immediate evacuation of Richland parish detention center, approx. 550 offenders to Tallulah Detention center. Immediate evacution of the Hebert community, approx 750 people affected.population is being sheltered in Rayville at the Richland Community Center with an overflow shelter in Mangham.


·         High water evacuations, with Fire Trucks, in progress in several areas.

·         Removed stranded individuals trapped in homes with farm tractors and other farm equipment.

·         Evacuated a total of approximately 12 citizens. 


St. Charles

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

·         Distributing sand bags to the public.

·         Public Works crews on 24 hr. shifts.


St. Helena

·         Sand and bags available at local Fire Stations.

·         Sheriff’s Office rescued 17 people and 1 dog.

·         LANG detail was transferred to Livingston Parish.

·         Multiple damaged roads that will need culvert replacement asphalt, gravel, and drainage ditched cleaned.

·         1 home, 5 mobile homes, and several parish buildings have minor damage. Still assessing damages.

·         Approximately 17 citizens have been evacuated.


St. John

·         St John Parish has activated mutual aid within the Region 3 mutual aid agreement.


St. Landry

·         Sand and Sand bags are available: Yambilee Building 1939 West Landry Street in Opelousas until further notice. Limited to 15 per resident.


St. Tammany

·         STFD 1 has staged 3 high water vehicles to various Fire Stations in Slidell.

·         Crews manning the pump stations for 24 hours a day.

·         Sand bag stations: Lee Street,  tennis courts at Second Street and Cleveland Avenue in Olde Towne, The parking lot on the corner of Rue Rochelle and Independence Drive,  John Slidell Park. Evacuations ongoing in Goodbee in the Tallow Creek area.

·         Voluntary evacuation in low-lying areas in or around Three Rivers Road, North of I-12 to Ronald Regan Highway, South to Madisonville, on the East side to 190 and on the West side to Highway 21.

·         Due to suspected inundation of the well head, a precautionary BOIL ADVISORY is being issued for the above water system. 

·         As of 1130, March 12, 1st Responders have performed  over 600 rescues. Rescue operations continue.

·         EOC will relocate to the Towers building in Slidell in advance of the expected Pearl River Crest.

·         City of Pearl has called for evacuations of homes along Pearl River.

·         Conducting windshield assessments.

·         1 shelter remains open.



·         Several teams are conducting damage assessments.

·         Approximately 850 homes have been flooded

·         Approximately 2,500 citizens evacuated

·         Approximately 2,750 citizens have been rescued

·         Shelter at Shell Robert Training Facility



·         Sandbags available at Tensas Parish Road Barn; approximately 350 distributed.

·         No residents have reported water inside homes.



·         See WebEOC for detailed list of sand bag distribution sites. (Fill your own)



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

·         Evacuated approximately 500 citizens. Citizens around D’Arbonne Lake, Ouachita River and D’ArLeutre areas are evacuating their homes.

·         Shelter: Willie David Recreational Center 116 Cox Ferry Rd, Farmerville, LA 71241

·         LANG and UPSO are monitoring barricades.



·         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.



·       Sandbags are being distributed to Vernon Parish residents in need of them.

·       VPSO, DOTD, Police Jury and LANG patrolling evacuated areas, assessing damaged roadways and patrolling impacted areas.

·       Two caskets dislodged from a family cemetery on Bonner Rd., were secured by Jeane's Funeral home, Leesville. Another cemetery on Jarrell Loop is flooded; however, no caskets have become dislodged. Coordination is ongoing with the Vernon Parish Coroner's Office to address the issues related to the cemeteries. Marking of graves in the cemetery on Bonner Rd. has been postponed based on current flood estimates.

·       Efforts have been underway to extract several horses and other livestock from flooded areas. Approximately 30 head of horses CANNOT be rescued from the flood areas.

·       Evacuated approximately 150 citizens, evacuations are ongoing.

·       Approximately 300 homes damaged.

·        Toledo Bend Lake level was 172.80 msl. Gates:  9 @ 8 ft.  Total Release:  80,784 cfs

·        Two POD sites remain open 



·       Shelters, one at Franklinton High School and the second at the Methodist Church in Bogalusa.

·       Two state interop channels have been requested and assigned to coordinate state/local response assets.  *Interop 3 has been assigned to Tangipahoa Parish and *Interop 4 has been assigned to Washington Parish.

·       SAR missions in numerous subdivisions and conducting rescues near Hwy 1075 and HWY 1.

·       The structural integrity of the WP Jail has possibly been compromised and will require inspection.

·       We have crews actively removing water from the WP Courthouse basement as the level of the river remains above the level of the basement.

·       Their sewer lift station at the end of Pearl is only accessible by boat and the sewer treatment plant behind Riverside Medical Center is inundated by flood waters.  The Public Works Director will be assessing these two by boat as soon as safely possible.

·       Actively working on damage assessments and are awaiting ARC assessment teams.

·       Approximately 400-500 homes are damaged. Approximately 1200-1500 citizens have been evacuated.


·         High water rescues from roadways/homes are fewer but still ongoing.

·         Webster Parish has moved sandbagging operations to Camp Minden.

·         Voluntary evacuations in place in areas around the Lake Bistineau, and a few rescues have taken place today with likely more to come.

·         First few evacuees presenting with pets; parish standing up their pet sheltering plan and is assessing needs.

·         Approximately 416 damaged homes.

·         Approximately 200 citizens have been evacuated.


West Baton Rouge

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


West Carroll Parish

·         National Guard assistance with high water vehicles, evacuations and rescues.

·         75 homes have damage thus far, expect that number to increase as we hear more from the southwestern portion of the Parish.



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

·         Winn Parish Road Department are placing all available road closed signs.

·         Backwoods Water System is about 75% back online, bottled water to those without.

·         Shelter has closed.

·         100 + homes damaged 


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