News Alert: Situational Awareness Report 15 March 2016 As of 5:00 p.m.
Posted: 3/16/2016 8:19:25 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

Situational Awareness Report

15 March 2016

As of 5:00 p.m.


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. Thunderstorms will be possible each day from Wednesday through Saturday. Severe thunderstorms are not expected at this time. The greater risk will be occasional lightening, gusty winds and brief heavy rainfall. 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.


 *** Please see the attached document on disaster unemployment assistance.

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


State Actions as of 5:00 pm



·        GOHSEP Regional Coordinators are maintaining communications with affected parishes.

·        GOHSEP has received a State Declaration.

·        GOHSEP has received a Federal Declaration: FEMA – 4263-DR. The federal declaration has been amended to include 16 new parishes.

·        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:  1,169 Total (773 State Active Duty)

·        Issued 1,329,500 sandbags.

·        Provided 8 sandbag machines.

·        Issued 109,880 bottles of water.

·        Issued 700 of each, blankets and cots.

·        Issued 4,608 MREs.

·        Issued 50 tarps

·        Rescued 5,168 people, 659 pets and 16 livestock.

·        Ongoing SAR missions & Providing LNOs


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: 114 people, 44 dogs, 2 cats, 1 hamster

·        3/13/16: 10 people, 5 dogs

·        3/14/16: 13 people, 5 dogs

·        Total Rescued: 802 people / 126 dogs / 6 cats / 6 chickens / 4 goats / 1 hamster (Detailed reports of rescues can be found in WebEOC.)

·        Providing 7 parishes with assistance to enforce lake closures and no wake zones that are a result of the floodwaters (as SAR needs allow).


Louisiana State Police

·        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. 

·        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.

·        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.

·        The EOC Call Center was activated today to assist with very high call volumes from the LSP Road Closure Hotline.



·        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 on the DOTD website:

·        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.

·        Some DOTD Damage Assessment Teams have been deployed to north Louisiana.

·        I-10 at Sabine River – West Bound lanes of I-10 are closed near the TX Line.  East Bound remains open at this time.

·        I-10 at Pearl River – Crews are monitoring.  I-10 remains open on the east side of the state at this time.  Crews have observed no measurable rise in the water on the shoulders there today.



·        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.

·        Assisting Tensas Levee Board with levee patrols to begin 14 March 2016.

·        Provided Pearl River inundation maps to GOHSEP and inundations map of Red Chute Bayou to Bossier Levee Board, City of Bossier, and Bossier Parish Police Jury.

·        Provided 2 – 12 in. pumps to City of Monroe through GOHSEP WEBEOC.

·        Provided 5 – 16 in. pumps and hoses to Ouachita Parrish Emergency Management through GOHSEP WEBEOC.

·        Provided 1500 LF HESCO from Vidalia & 1 PTO pump to Tensas Levee District through GOHSEP WEBEOC.

·        Provided 2 – 12 in. Crisafulli Pumps with 200 FT Hose from Bayou Bodcau to Bossier Parish Levee Board.


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.

·        41 Public Water Systems are currently under a boil water advisory, and 36 Public Water Systems have been cleared from a boil water 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.  

·        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. there are 8 Parish shelters; 8 ARC shelters; total of 16 shelters with a pop = 193. Detailed shelter reports can be found in WebEOC.

·        DCFS reached out to the original seven federally declared parishes regarding DSNAP eligibility and process. Those parishes have all requested DSNAP: Bossier, Claiborne, Richland, Grant, Ouachita, Morehouse and Webster. 

·        DSNAP activation plans (8am-6pm) :

o   March 21: Last Name A-D

o   March 22: Last Name E-K

o   March 23: Last Name L-R

o   March 24: Last Name S-Z

o   March 25: Last Name A-K

o   March 26: Last Name L-Z

·        DCFS is working with the additional declared parishes that may be requesting DSNAP to develop a detailed plan for distribution of benefits.


American Red Cross

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

·        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 has engaged our EMDAC (Emergency Management Disability and Aging Coalition) Partner Members. (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. 

·        Continue to manage and support shelters, provide DCFS with shelter population numbers and NSS Report, conduct mobile feeding and bulk distribution, and conduct DA.

·        The following data reflects Red Cross services through Monday evening 3/14.

o   Shelters Opened to Date 23

o   Shelter Overnight Stays 1,069

o   Meals Served to Date 1,741

o   Snacks Served 4,519

o   Comfort Kits 957

o   Clean-up Kits 642

o   Bulk Cleaning Items 303

o   Emergency Response Vehicles on the ground (ERVs) 22

o   Health Services Consultations 96

o   Mental Health Consultations 35

o   Red Cross Workers 277


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

·        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.

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

·        Caldwell Parish Residents have been told to evacuate from the town of Hebert do to a breach in the levee.  As of last night the National Guard along with the Caldwell Parish Sheriff’s Office were evacuating families to emergency shelters that have been set up at Outreach Baptist Church in Mangham and also in a  Community Center.  Area 4 dispatch a deputy to verify compliance at shelters.

·        ESF-4 USAR SWR Group are monitoring the Pearl River situation and stand ready to assist if needed.  


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: Hagewood - Natchitoches Parish & Sentell – Caddo Parish

·        The Merryville LWIN tower site AT&T circuit is down again and the site is out of wide are operations. OTS Radio Communications technicians are en route to switch the site back over to the state mobile satellite backhaul.

·        The following LWIN sites are operational, but out of wide area operations:  Merryville - Beauregard Parish


Public Service Commission

·        Statewide Power Outages total: 1,439.

·        Cleco: Restored all Covington customers that can take electricity. Watching the following areas: Allen Parish--Calcasieu River in the Oakdale & Kinder areas Rapides Parish--Rigolette Rd. area & Saline area St. Tammany Parish--Pearl River in Slidell

·        Concordia Electric Co-op: LaSalle Parish & Catahoula Parishes-disconnected 35 accounts, all fishing & hunting camps

·        CenterPoint Energy Gas: Had to disconnect service to Bell City in Calcasieu Parish due to having a line cut by a 3rd party contractor. They will be making repairs today, and will restore service tonight and tomorrow morning.

·        Entergy: Eight customers without service in Calcasieu Parish due to the flooding at the state line.  


Department of Environmental Quality

·        On 3/15, LDEQ Emergency Response personnel did a flyover to observe the floodwaters east of Baton Rouge. The primary purpose of this flight was to try to locate wrack lines, orphan containers, or releases from facilities which may be of concern to the Department.  During this overflight, extremely high water levels were still observed from French Settlement eastward to Lake Maurepas and the Northshore areas of Lake Maurepas and Lake Pontchartrain toward Madisonville. No areas were observed that would cause immediate concern to the Department at this time.

·        As of 3/14/2016 LDEQ Emergency Response has responded to the following incidents:

·        40 barrels of crude oil released due to firewall breach in Bossier Parish.  Oil was non-recoverable.

·        Oil condensate release in Lincoln Parish.  Boom and pads where deployed to recover the condensate.

·        Oil condensate release in Lincoln Parish.  The condensate was non-recoverable.  A follow up is being done today.

·        A reported crude oil release in Caddo Parish.  At time of site visit there was no evidence of a release.

·        A report of an oil tank leaking by a search and rescue team in Bossier Parish.  The site was visited but there was no release of gas or oil; however, saltwater was released.   


LA Board of Regents

·        University of Louisiana Monroe – announced closures through Tuesday.

·        Flood damaged universities include: Grambling 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.

·        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

·        LAVOAD report moving forward will be consolidated to last 24 hour activity or report out. We will prepare full sit reps which will be updated and submitted under our file. Due to our full VOAD conference call held today, not all information may be included in this report, but will roll to tomorrow's report. We continue to man the EOC, monitor WebEOC for requests, participate in daily coordination calls and participate in the DHTF

·        Responded to request of Winn Parish Sheriff for volunteer assistance.

·        Outreach to Beauregard and Vernon about need for mobile feeding units

·        ITDRC -  currently has an Assessment Team and Mobile Technology Unit staged in the Bossier area; available to support any community or NGO needing communications or technical resources for Field Command Centers, Call Centers, Volunteer and Donations Management, MARCs, etc.

·        ToolBank USA -  Tools available for deployment

·        Crisis Cleanup - Opened incident in system to track cleanup efforts by NGOs

·        NECHAMA Jewish Response to Disaster - Assessing for potential deployment

·        Provided the Red Cross with 7,284 meals (MRE) and 700 sandwiches that will be distributed in Washington Parish through the Red Cross Disaster Response trucks.

·        We have 2 trucks going out on Tuesday to Washington Food Bank and Bush Community Food Bank.

o   Washington Food Bank in Franklinton, LA - We have 9,107 pounds going to the agency.

o   Bush Food Bank in Bush, LA - We have 7,310 pounds going to this location.

·        The Bogalusa Senior Center was impacted - providing 800 frozen meals and 1 pallet of Abbott disaster boxes for seniors serviced through the center.

·        Responded to request of Winn Parish Sheriff for volunteer assistance.

·        Outreach to Beauregard and Vernon about need for mobile feeding units



·        The LA BEOC has been activated and is assisting in the state’s response to the current historic flood event.  LA BEOC personnel is maintaining communication with FEMA Region 6 Private Sector and the FEMA National Business Emergency Operations Center.

·        Situational Awareness Reports are being posted on and staff is fielding calls and emails from local businesses in with Request for Information (RFI's).   



Parish Actions as of 5:00 pm



·        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.

·        Requesting LDWF to stand by with boat at Kinder Fire Station to support parish emergency rescue personnel. Met with WLF spoke of moving operations to southern part of Parish.    

·        115 structures are involved with water ranging from 8 feet to 4 inches. Parts of parish are still not accessible due to rising water.



·        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.

·        Returned to normal operations as of Tuesday, March 15 at 2:00 p.m.



·        Sand bags distributed at the parish maintenance facility on 2346 Valley Street in Mansura. Must bring their shovel or a way to fill them. Sand bags are also available at the Brouillette Fire Dept. and the Fifth Ward Fire Dept.

·        An emergency declaration was submitted on Tuesday, March 15.

·        A voluntary evacuation is in place for the unprotected side of the river.



·        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.

·        The State has made emergency repairs to provide communications from Merryville back to the BPSO and 911 center.

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

·        Evacuation and search & rescue operations have been completed in the Merryville and north portion of the parish

·        Search & rescue operations in the southwest area were continued 

·        The parish has now moved more to damage assessments 

·        Added to the amended federal disaster declaration on Tuesday, March 15.

·        There is meeting scheduled for 2PM Wednesday 3-16-16 to discuss damage assessment, debris removal and locating the DRC and DSNAP. Hoping to keep both in the Merryville area and close to the flood victims.



·        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.

·        Added to the amended federal disaster declaration on Tuesday, March 15.



·        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.

Sandbagging operations are ongoing/

·        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+



·        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. City of Shreveport and Caddo Parish will create maps for PDA teams.

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

·        Shreveport’s sandbag operation is still open, although there have been fewer pick-ups.

·        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.

·        Added to the amended federal disaster declaration on Tuesday, March 15.



·        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. Also set up check points and criminal patrols.

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

·        CPSO performed aerial photography of flood zone.

·        At least approximately 705 homes have received flood damage.



·        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.

·        Added to the amended federal disaster declaration on Tuesday, March 15.



·        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 locations: 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.

·        Added to the amended federal disaster declaration on Tuesday, March 15.


East Baton Rouge

·        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 ARC 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.

·        4 community sand piles and bags along west side of the Parish.

·        Preparing the Tier II review for action.

·        LANG supporting in delivery and HWRV.



·        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 hwy 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, 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.

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

·        Approximately 1000 filled sandbags have been distributed to the Nantachie Fire station for public use

·        Work continues on the breach in the levee at Bayou Rigolette.  LANG is finishing placing the remaining 12 supersacks of sand and an assessment will be conducted by LANG engineers as to if anything else is needed.  As of when work was stopped yesterday, the tops of 10 bags were visible but no improvement was observed in the flow of the water.

·        Bottled water is being distributed by LANG soldiers and GPSO personnel this morning on two separate missions via high water vehicles to the Claudes Road area on Iatt Lake and the Bynum community south of Colfax.

·        In the lower Meade Road Community, a citizen has approximately 24 head of cattle lost in the woods. The area has flooded severely creating a danger for the cattle. Owner and help are on scene but need support from the air to see where the cows are in order to remove them. LDAF will conduct fly overs of the area during routine fire patrol to see if they can be spotted.

·        GPSO has placed three deputies on 24 hour patrol in the Georgetown area as it is inaccessible without special assets.  Looters have also been spotted in this area by citizens and appropriate action will be taken if they are found.

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

·        Water outage in Nelms Loop area has been repaired.



·        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.



·        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.

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

·        During the fly over of LaSalle determined that 90-100 structures that were inundated with high waters. Currently collecting data of flooded structures.

·        A railroad bridge has washed out on Little River.

·        Added to the amended federal disaster declaration on Tuesday, March 15.



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

·        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.

·        Added to the amended federal disaster declaration on Tuesday, March 15.

·        464 is the estimated number of flooded homes from the respective jurisdictions. This is not a final estimate.



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

·        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.

·        Added to the amended federal disaster declaration on Tuesday, March 15.



·        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)

·        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, request for air support to survey damage.

·        Evacuated approximately 1,000 citizens.

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

·        LANG personnel are scheduled to be released at 1200 hours today.

·        DSNAP has been requested to set up at Dotson Park in Bastrop.



·        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. 

·        LNO remains at 24 hr. operations.

·        Monitoring Levee and water level at Chivery Dam, requested engineer to assess. Air support is now reinforcing Chivery Dam.

·        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.

·        LANG is bringing water and MREs to those without water or power in the northern part of the Parish.

·        100 plus families have been evacuated. Approximately 3,500 structures have sustained damage.

·        Added to the amended federal disaster declaration on Tuesday, March 15.



·        Entergy New Orleans and Cox Communications have 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 40,000 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 Parish Sheriff's Department Boat and Dive Team responded and secured the boats and barges. 

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

·        Placed 25 "supersacks" by helicopter late yesterday.  The breach at the Lafourche canal control structure has been plugged. 

·        Currently sandbagging a lift station and a sewer station in the Deborah Drive 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.

·        GOHSEP debris people are here this morning briefing on the best way to attack the debris problem once we move to the recovery stage of this operation.



·        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.

·        An LNO will be at the EOC beginning Wednesday, March 16 at 8:30 a.m. (normal business hours).


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.

·        Parish is working on a sandbagging/plugging effort on the 48" culvert at Coushatta.

·        Responded to an area on Hwy 84 off Hwy 1 regarding a call on cows.  Eight to ten head are near drowning and cannot safely be evacuated. Two are already floating; the remainder are expected to be lost. Owners had been contacted days ago, and this may have been a small bunch that couldn't be found during moving of the rest of the herd.



·        Voluntary evacuations ongoing. Approximately 75 evacuations total. Shelter remains open at this time.

·        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. 10K sandbags are on standby at this time.

·        Richland Parish Detention Center evacuation completed; 565 offenders moved to Richwood, LTCW, Madison and Catahoula. Evacuation of the Hebert community continues.

·        Surveying team putting out elevation stakes to monitor water levels around the Lafourche Canal area where water is coming over the spoil banks. Crew lake spoil bank over topping still begin monitored as well. Will continue to monitor Lafourche and Beoufe Rivers for anticipated backwater flooding.

·        Levee breach at Lafourche Canal. Evacuations Richland Parish Detention Center, approx. 550 offenders to Tallulah Detention center. Ongoing evacuation 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.

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

·              1 home, 5 mobile homes, and 7 parish buildings have minor damage. Still assessing damages.

·              Approximately 17 citizens have been evacuated.

·              We will be requesting  a PDA team for the first of next week.


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

·        1st Responders have performed  over 600 rescues thus far.

·        Conducting windshield assessments. Approximately 614 structures have sustained damage thus far.

·        1 shelter remains open.

·        There is a possibility I-10 will be completely shut down in both directions. Traffic will be shut down from the I-10/12/59 split to the La. state line due to river flooding.

·        DOTD is monitoring I-10 and reporting updates every 90 minutes.     

·        STPSO assisted 1 adult and 2 children leave their subdivision along the Pearl River because a road was impassable (not due to home flooding.)  Flooding of some homes in subdivisions along the Pearl River is occurring.  No specific number at this time.

·        Added to the amended federal disaster declaration on Tuesday, March 15.



·        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

·        Added to the amended federal disaster declaration on Tuesday, March 15.



·        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.

·        ARC on the ground assisting parish. One high water vehicle and three LANG troops remain in the parish.

·        Assessing safety concerns on roads, highways and bridges.

·        Approximately 500 homes and camps have sustained damage; approximately 750 citizens have been evacuated.

·        Added to the amended federal disaster declaration on Tuesday, March 15.



·        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.

·        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.

·        Two POD sites remain open 

·        A Red Cross Disaster Assessment Team was in Vernon Parish today

·        Numerous reports of looting in the Hunter Town Road and Doe Ridge Road Area

·        Added to the amended federal disaster declaration on Tuesday, March 15.



·        Shelters: Franklin High School & Methodist Church in Bogalusa.

·        State Interop Chanel: *Interop 4 has been assigned to Washington Parish.

·        SAR missions are ongoing.

·        Sever 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.

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

·        Damage Assessments are ongoing.

·        WP EOC is currently without phones. Request for assistance has been made.

·        Added to the amended federal disaster declaration on Tuesday, March 15.



·        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.

·        Added to the amended federal disaster declaration on Tuesday, March 15.



·        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 

·        Added to the amended federal disaster declaration on Tuesday, March 15.


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