News Alert: Situational Awareness Report 16 March 2016 As of 5:00 p.m.
Posted: 3/17/2016 8:30:33 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

Situational Awareness Report

16 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 last 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 Deweyville  and Orange area today. Major to moderate  flooding is also expected along the Calcasieu River Basin and moderate flooding along the Lower Neches River Basin. Moderate flooding is expected on the Red River near Alexandria as river levels continue to rise. A chance for shower and thunderstorms is expected Thursday through Saturday. The potential for severe weather or heavy rainfall is low. Rainfall amount through the period are expected to be between 0.50 and 1.50 inches with the highest totals over lower portions of Acadiana. However, the distribution and amounts of rain may still change over the next few days as the forecast details become more refined.


Southeast Louisiana: See Flood Warnings issued by NWS. Few thunderstorms will be possible late this afternoon and tonight. Severe weather is not expected at this time. Thunderstorms will be possible Thursday 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.


***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 a total of 23 parishes.

·        GOHSEP EOC maintaining 24/7 operations.

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

·        The State of Louisiana submitted a declaration request to add the following parishes to the Major Disaster Declaration on March 16, 2016:  Allen, Ascension, Calcasieu.


Louisiana National Guard

·        LANG Personnel Duty Status:  1,172 Total (793 State Active Duty)

·        Issued 1,521,500 sandbags.

·        Provided 8 sandbag machines.

·        Issued 162,000 bottles of water.

·        Issued 700 of each, blankets and cots.

·        Issued 8,062 MREs.

·        Issued 50 tarps

·        Rescued 5,188 people, 665 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

·        3/15/16: 1 person, 5 dogs

·        3/16/16: 2 people

·        Total Rescued: 805 people / 131 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).

·        LDWF assisted Red Cross Personnel in Hebert, LA Richland Parish, with transportation for personnel and supplies to individuals in flooded areas that sheltered in place.


Louisiana State Police

·        Troop D: Evacuations by Beauregard and Calcasieu OEP are ongoing for all residences near the Sabine River corridor. 03/16/2016 @ 0000 hrs, I-10 Eastbound at Texas state line was shut down, due to water and conditions. Sgt. James Haugen is the LSP liaison at the Texas DPS Command Post in Orange, Texas. Troopers are staged at various checkpoints throughout the Troop D area to facilitate the traffic Flow, due to the I-10 Closure. LANG are assisting at checkpoints with the use of their vehicles and  manpower.

·        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. Troop F has been in contact with all Parish Sheriffs Depts, DOTD, and local governments. Monroe City has opened shelters for displaced citizens in Ouachita Parish.

·        Troop G: Preparations are currently underway for the DSNAP openings in Bossier, Claiborne and Webster Parishes. Caddo and Bossier locations were recently and will be staffed accordingly. All locations are tentatively scheduled to open on Monday, 03/21/16.

·        Following an emergency alert sent out last night, troopers were assigned to monitor the levee system near Red Rover and Loggy Bayou and assist where needed. Mandatory / voluntary evacuation orders are pending the assessment of the damaged areas and repair efforts by engineers which are proceeding. Troop G troopers, to include BOI, TESS and DPS personnel will remain on telephone standby and available should they be needed.

·        3 flight missions were completed. 5 missions pending.

·        Coordinating with DCFS and LANG for anticipated DSNAP operations.

·        The EOC Call Center operated overnight from 1800-0600 (163 total calls).



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

·        I-10 at Sabine River – I-10 IS CLOSED in both directions near the TX Line.  While information supports that this area is at crest, because it covers such a large area, this closure will remain for a few more days.  The bulk of the water on the roadway is on the TX side.

·        I-10 at Pearl River – Waters continue to recede.

·        US 90 (south of Pearl River) remains open.

·        US 71 is closed today at Saline Bayou due to high water/flooding.

·        Our Districts continue to respond to WEBEOC tasks as needed.

·        Bridge and Roadway maintenance crews are continuing repairs.

·        Bridge inspection crews are conducting inspections on structures that have been affected by flood waters.

·        Some DOTD Damage Assessment Teams are deployed to north Louisiana.

·        DOTD is prepared to support DCFS when DSNAP begins.



·        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.

·        Small field office set up in Slidell, LA to support local flood fighting efforts on the Pearl River.

·        Commander COL Cross traveled to Slidell, LA to meet with St. Tammany Parish officials.

·        Currently coordinating GOHSEP WebEOC mission request for 12" PTO Pump to Department of Corrections/Angola in West Feliciana Parish; Vicksburg District USACE contacted New Orleans District USACE as this is in their AOR for execution.

·        Shifting resources down river to Alexandria, LA and Ouachita/Black. Preparing for crest early next week.

·        Vicksburg District USACE Commander COL Cross conducting site visit at Monroe with our engineers and local 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.   


Department of Health and Hospitals

·        ESF8 will continue to work with Allen Parish regarding assistance with re-internment.

·        ESF-8 network conference calls continue at regular intervals, as appropriate.

·        Regional Response Networks are fully engaged with parishes and response agencies for situational awareness and coordination.

·        Mandatory status reporting into MSTAT by all hospitals and nursing homes continue in Region 8 only.

·        The DHH Bureau of Media and Communications (BMAC) has distributed a press release that provides safety information for residents and restaurants in flood-affected areas

·        No hospitals with reported power issues, limited ops, or ICU diversion

·        ESF8 currently monitoring 2 hospitals that are close to the Red River in Alexandria.  Both facilities are preparing the hospitals and will continue to monitor.  Both do not expect flooding unless there is a major levee failure.

o   Rapides Regional Medical Center – 333 Patients

o   HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital – 41 patients

·        No Nursing homes reported power issues or water issues.

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

·        16 cemeteries are currently being monitored.

·        Information on procedures to return/re-occupy a state licensed facility can be found by following this link:

·        Then follow the appropriate facility type link are three memos.

o   DHH-Health Standards

o   DHH-OPH-Sanitarians

o   Office of State Fire Marshal

·        You can view the memos in the WebEOC/file library/ESF8/memos state licensed facilities  


Department of Children and Family Services

·        Current shelter pop: 197; ARC shelters – 11; Parish -( 5 on standby only )

·        DSNAP – 20 parishes have requested DSNP.  DCFS continues to reach out to parishes, state partners, and vendors to confirm site locations and other logistics for individual site activation and support.  Initial DSNAP sites will begin Monday March 21 – Sat. March 26 utilizing alphabet system by last name for application dates. 

·        DCFS contacted all eligible parishes who had not requested DSNAP to confirm eligibility and process for activation within a parish. 


American Red Cross

·        Bulk Distribution and Feeding continued today. ARC is continuing to support and communicate with affected parishes, provide shelter numbers to DCFS, conduct DA across the state, support ARC DRO Operations, and provide daily SIT REPs.

·        Participated on the EMDAC (Emergency Management Disability and Aging Coalition) Conference Call. EMDAC partner members continued to conduct FNSS shelter assessments

·        The following data reflects Red Cross services through Monday evening 3/15.

o   Shelters Opened to Date 24

o   Shelter Overnight Stays 1,244

o   Meals Served to Date 3,974

o   Snacks Served 16,769

o   Comfort Kits 1,697

o   Clean-up Kits 2,824

o   Bulk Cleaning Items 3,590

o   Emergency Response Vehicles on the ground (ERVs) 22

o   Health Services Consultations 219

o   Mental Health Consultations 62

o   Red Cross Workers 384


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.

·        Hay delivery scheduled beginning in Red River parish to continue in Natchitoches parish on 3/16. Aerial recon for missing cattle complete in Grant. Livestock operations to continue as donated hay supplies last.

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.

·        ESF-4 Continues to monitor open shelters in Region 5,6, 7 & 8 Monitoring the Peral River situation and stand ready to assist if needed.

·        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


Public Service Commission

·        Statewide Power Outages total: 2,445.

·        Entergy Update: Calcasieu Parish--Around 400 customers, largely located between Starks & Vinton, have been disconnected. They continue to monitor water levels in the area, and will work towards restoring power as the water recedes.

·        Cleco Update: Beauregard Parish--Evans-Merryville area (Almondyne Rd., Neal Loop, Moon Lake Loop, Humble Rd.) The rest are scattered up & down a 50 mile stretch on the Sabine River from Burr Ferry to Bancroft. Grant Parish-- Colfax-Lake Iatt area (Claudes Rd., Eagle Point, Corley, Ripple Ln., Broadway Ave., LouAnn, Hyde Landing, Hog Island, Gator Hole, JD Camp, Louis Sills, Will Bryant, Mudd Fest) Pollock area (Fish Creek, Penn Darvis, Bodies Landing, Dennis Slaughter Rd., Longino Rd.)

·        Rapides Parish--Holloway-Deville area (Cotton Island, Open Bayou, Cross Bayou, Muddy Bayou) Rigolette-Pineville area (Rigolette Rd., Airport Rd., PV Recreation, Bowers Branch, Big Creek, Palmer Chapel Rd., Hollowdale)

·        St. Tammany Parish--Magnolia Forest Subdivision (Southdown Dr., Oak Alley Dr., Parlange Dr


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

·        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


Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism

·        Parks Still Flooded/Closed: Fort Pike State Historic Site, Lake Bistineau State Park, Tickfaw State Park

·        Parks With Wind Damage: District 4 Regional Office – large tree through storage facility. *Tree has been removed and holes are patched, securing the structure.

·        Overnight Facilities Closed: Chemin-A-Haut State Park: 8 cabins Fairview-Riverside State Park: 22 campsites Lake Bistineau State Park: 7 cabins, 2 group camps, 61 campsites. Tickfaw: 14 cabins, one group camp, 50 campsites

·        Parks Back in Partial Service: Bogue Chitto State Park: Closed:  all trails, day use area, bottomland campground. Chemin-A-Haut State Park: Closed: all 8 deluxe cabins. Fairview-Riverside State Park: Closed: boardwalk and premium campground.

·        Parks Back in Full Service: District 1: all parks except Bogue Chitto, Fort Pike SHS, and Tickfaw; District 2: all parks; District 3: all parks, except Chemin-A-Haut and Lake Bistineau; District 4: all parks.

·        Water receded at Lake Fausse Pointe State Park, with no impact.

·        Water reached the ceilings inside the bathhouses and bathrooms in Bogue Chitto State Park’s bottomland campground area.

·        Initial report of no damage to Tickfaw State Park’s facilities; further assessment to take place on Wednesday when staff arrive for clean-up and repairs.

·        Lake Bistineau State Park and the deluxe cabins at Chemin-A-Haut will be closed through at least May.  


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

·        Last 24 hour activity only.  We will provide a comprehensive report tomorrow to the file drive with included in partner report outs.

·        Deployment Update:

o   Southern Baptist: "Region—Haughton

o   Debris Removal and Mudout in Caddo, Bossier, Webster Shower unit, Assessor, Chaplains, Meeting with Samaritan’s Purse/Share Bossier Parish

o   Plans for Debris Removal and Mudout in Webster/Bienville Parish

·        Northeast Region—Monroe

o   Debris Removal and Mudout in Ouachita, Morehouse, Caldwell, Richland Shower unit, Laundry Unit, assessors, Chaplains Feeding Unit on Standby for ARC Meeting with Samaritan’s Purse

·        North Central Region—Ruston

o   Debris Removal and Mudout in Lincoln, Union, Jackson, Bienville Laundry Unit, assessors, Chaplains

·        Southwest Region—Leesville

o   Debris Removal and Mudout in Vernon, Beauregard, Calcasieu Vernon Shower unit, Laundry Unit (TX) Vernon, Assessors, Chaplains Beauregard Assessors, Chaplains Calcasieu 2 Shower units & standing by for Debris removal

o   Feeding Unit & Team on standby for ARC

·        Southeast Region—Franklinton

o   Debris Removal and Mudout in Tangipahoa, Washington, St. Tammany, Livingston Shower Unit, Laundry Unit, Assessors, Chaplains Feeding unit (feeding 800 meals per day) Franklinton

·        ICNA Relief:  ICNA Relief USA is planning to deploy to Monroe, LA, based on needs and requests of local Muslims and damaged masjid.  We anticipate expanding our mucking/gutting-out services as needed, dependent upon volunteer capacity and need.  Anticipated date of arrival is 3/20, dependent upon weather and accessibility. Our initial response is planned for 10-days.  Additionally, ICNA Relief USA can help train local volunteers in case management, for LTRC or local VOAD groups, if/as requested.

·        Second Harvest: "Pearl River Church of the Nazarene- Pearl River, LA (St Tammany Parish) Delivery for Monday to include snacks, beverages, bread, and toiletries. Around 3,000 pounds.

o   Delivery for Sat 3/19 to Catholic Charities in lake Charles, LA on Saturday, March 19th for snacks, water, and #10 peaches.

o   A truck with disaster supplies will also be going to the Lafayette warehouse on Monday, March 21st.

·        Samaritan's Purse - NWLA

o   Total Work Orders 9

o   Completed 0

o   DBO 0

o   Open 9

o   Daily Volunteers 13

o   New Volunteers 5

o   Total Volunteers 17

o   Daily Volunteer Hours 100

o   Total Volunteers Hours 164

·        Samaritan's Purse - NELA

o   Total Work Orders 126

o   Completed 2

o   DBO 5

o   Open 119

o   Daily Volunteers 47

o   New Volunteers 24

o   Total Volunteers 87

o   Daily Volunteer Hours 360

o   Total Volunteers Hours 864



·        The LA BEOC will host a stakeholder conference call on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 1000-1030 AM to provide GOHSEP updates and discuss the transitions from response to recovery and programs available to assist local businesses and their employees. 

·        Staff continues to support ESF 7 (Logistics) and ESF 14 (Recovery) efforts, as well as providing responses to Request for Information (RFI's) from the business community and other stakeholders.

·        The site will post updated reports and information on Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) site locations and post the 1-800-621-3362 hotline number and other subsequent information provided by GOHSEP and FEMA to assist the business communities that were impacted by the severe weather and flooding throughout the state.


Disaster Recovery (JFO)

·        In an effort to expedite a request to include Categories C - G (permanent work) in the Major Declaration, GOHSEP has sent out information to local parish officials to conduct a "desktop PDA".   Instead of FEMA/GOHSEP having to physically come out to each site within the parish to capturing damages/estimates, we are asking that the Parish conducts their own PDAs and submit to GOHSEP.  This effort will allow parishes that meet their parish threshold to quickly get approval for a permanent work declaration (Categories C thru G).  The quicker we are able to capture estimates, the quicker we can request FEMA review for consideration of a permanent work declaration.

·        PA PDA request have been made and DR staff is working with the following parishes to schedule: Bossier, Catahoula, Caddo, De Soto, Jackson, Sabine, and Washington

·        IA PDA request have been made and are currently being scheduled with the following parishes: Caddo, De Soto, Jackson, St. Tammany, Washington, and West Carroll.

·        These "desktop" PA PDA's will be conducted prior to scheduling any joint FEMA/State PA PDAs.

·        DRC request have been made by the following designated eligible IA Parishes and are being inspected by FEMA prior to opening: Caddo, De Soto, Natchitoches, Winn, Bienville, Morehouse, Washington, Ouachita, Tangipahoa, St. Tammany, Webster, Bossier, Richland, and LaSalle.


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.



·        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.    

·        Per Regional Coordinator: Parish is transitioning from Response to Recovery. Maps have been sent to GOHSEP of projected impact areas. Identified 7 caskets that have floated but may find up to 38 as water recedes. Expect to request PDA’s as water recedes. Notified residents to contact FEMA through GOHSEP website regarding sustained damage.

·        Estimate of damage not recoverable yet,  parish still in response mode  115 structure are involve with water ranging from 8 feet to 4 inches. Parts of parish still not accessible due to rising water. in the southern part of the parish Estimates are being gathered but will not be finalized till Thursday. People are still being rescued and moved along with performing   other response activities.

·        Allen Parish still dealing with Coffins issues.

·        Damage assessment and details on affected dwellings being gathered as personnel can get into locations.  



·        Parish waterways are closed until further notice.

·        Two pumps operations to relieve the water on Buxton Road/Buxton pump Station are ongoing.

·        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.

·        We are still trying to access all areas for a quick assessment of damages and needs in the affected neighborhoods.

·        Currently, we have local resident shelter open and all major roadways are passable.

·        We will place a request for JPDA/IA.



·        Sand and bags have been placed at Dorseyville Park in Belle Rose, Hwy. 70 across from Family St. in Pierre Part and Hwy. 1008 at the Road and Bridge Department.

·       No structures with damage.

·       Back to normal operations.



·        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.

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

·        Contentious rise in the Red River causing residents in the Brouillette Community and the Vick Community to extra precautions to protect their personal property by placing sand bags around homes & other structures on their property. We are continuing sand bagging operations and monitoring resident’s needs.



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

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

·        Meeting today 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.

·        Per Regional Coordinator: Closing down response and kicking off recovery process. Approximately 300 structures with minor to major damage. Maps of projected impacts have been sent to GOHSEP. Expect to request PDA’s. Notified residents to contact FEMA through GOHSEP website regarding their impacts. Merryville will locate DRC’s and DSAP programs when set up.



·        Evacuated 40 people.

·        Approximately 75 homes with flood damage; 15 homes with over 18 inches of water.

·        PDA’s are ongoing and recovery operations are beginning.



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

·        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.

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



·        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 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.

·        Texas A&M will complete an aerial drone flight of the affected areas.

·        Areas around Caddo Lake and Oil City still require sandbagging operations.



·        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.

·        CPSO performed aerial photography of flood zone.

·        At least approximately 705 homes have received flood damage.

·        Per Regional Coordinator: Will remain in response mode until river crest, planning meeting for recovery. Maps of impacted or projected impacted areas - Sent to GOHSEP 3/14 Identified 20-25 Caskets our of Vaults.  5 Cemeteries in Flood Zone. Expect to request PDA’s Parish notified citizens to contact FEMA regarding impacts via GOHSEP website. Parish looking for DRC locations.

·        Power was turned off for 438 ENTERGY customers.

·        59 rescues have taken place in the last 24 hours.

·        One shelter operational/Pet shelter (KC Hall Vinton, LA): 14 Evacuees and 5 Pets

·        4 Cemeteries affected in Starks and Vinton area. Over 100 caskets have come up from ground.  Coroner's office is tagging caskets.

·        DHH will be available to administer Tetanus to first responders tomorrow.



·        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. 

·        Sand bagging operations continue.

·        Beginning recovery operations.

·        There have been 6000 sandbags distributed today.

·        D-Snap to open on Monday, March 21st in Caldwell Parish.

·        Currently there are 17 being housed in the shelter, with expectations of more to arrive.

·        Salvation Army Canteen trailer is here to serve hot meals to all affected. Red Cross has sent 100 cleaning kits.

·        National Guard will continue with 4 people and 2 trucks for the duration of the sandbagging operation.

·        No evacuations going on at this time. All persons that chose to be evacuated at this time have evacuated.

·        Red Cross windshield has not begun for Caldwell Parish at this time. 

·        Damaged house count is up to 190.



·        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.

·        Beginning Recovery Operations.



·        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.

·        EOC has set up a hotline for damage reporting (318) 872-1939.

·        Sabine River Authority has reopened the Sabine River along the Desoto Parish line.

·        Mandatory evacuations of River Road and Garrett's Park in Logansport, have been lifted and residents are allowed to reenter these areas at their own discretion.

·        Mandatory evacuations of Caraway Island (Logansport) and Sleepy Hollow (Stonewall) are still in effect.


East Baton Rouge

·        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, many farm areas still filled with water, many parish roads still have water.

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

·        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.

·        Work continues on the breach in the levee at Bayou Rigolette

·        Bottled water distributed 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 on scene but need support from the air to see where the cows are. 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 in response to looting.

·        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.



·        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.

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

·        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.

·        Faith based shelters are on standby.

·        Will be requesting DSNAP and DRC site for Parish.



·        Shelter at Trinity Methodist Church, on standby

·        Parish working on damage assessments from storm damage.

·        Communicating with GOSHEP Disaster Recovery personnel for informational purposes.

·        Parish entities met on Tuesday, March 15 @ 2 pm to receive briefing regarding disaster recovery efforts and to discuss PDA’s.

·        Pending to be added to parish Presidential Declaration List.



·        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.



·        Residents are collecting sand bags from local distribution point.

·        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)

·        Evacuated approximately 1,000 citizens.

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

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

·        Per Regional Coordinator: Debris removal and recovery briefing conducted. Arranged for initial interviews with DSA Task Force and Division Supervisor to coordinate DSA activities.



·        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. 

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

·        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.

·        Requesting PDA Teams.



·        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. Issues with schools under boil advisory, bottled water has been ordered.

·        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.

·        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.

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

·        Sandbagging operations are ongoing at Loggy Bayou.

·        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.

·        Per Regional Coordinator: Debris removal and recovery briefing conducted. Arranged for initial interviews with DSA Task Force and Division Supervisor to coordinate DSA activities.

·        We are dropping approximately 30 more super sacks in the Town &Country control structure today at 1000 hrs.  As the water is pumped out, the water differentiation is causing pressure on the gate.

·        The FEMA rep has arrived.  I have requested to open a DRC.

·        Have requested IA team and PA teams.     



·        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.

·        1 shelter open.

·        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.

·        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.

·        OEP director issued mandatory evacuation of HUD housing due to unlivable conditions. Approximately 15 homes affected and 30 evacuees to be moved to the shelter in Rayville.  

·        DRC & DSNAP site established at 112 D Morgan st Rayville, LA.

·        Per Regional Coordinator: Debris removal and recovery briefing conducted. Arranged for initial interviews with DSA Task Force and Division Supervisor to coordinate DSA activities. Coordinated with Parish, SO and ARC to provide regular feeding for shelter in Rayville.

·        LANG assisting with recon and distribution of relief supplies.



·        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.

·              Approximately 17 citizens have been evacuated.

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

·              5 homes flooded; 9 homes, 1 church, and 6 parish owned buildings with roof leaks (2 buildings need to be checked); 4 homes have to be checked when the owners return. 1 home had roof damage with insurance that was not included in the count of 19 buildings.

·              Started recovery stage.


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. LANG has pre-staged equipment if necessary.

·        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, parking lot on corner of Rue Rochelle and Independence Drive,  John Slidell Park.

·        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. Evacuations ongoing in Goodbee in the Tallow Creek area.

·        1st Responders have performed  over 600 rescues thus far. No SAR missions throughout the night 3/16/16. STPSO remains ready for SAR as necessary.

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

·        1 shelter remains open; Capacity = 2.

·        673 flooded structures in St Tammany Parish. This number does not reflect the East side of the Parish.



·        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. Red Cross shelter population is 44.



·        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.



·        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 Parish 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

·        Sabine River water levels continue to recede slowly in the Evans area as well as on Vernon and Anacoco Lakes, Residents are assessing damages to their homes as possible.

·        Four pallets of water was requested and received for LEO operations.

·        A Command Post by VPSO was set up @ the Burry Ferry Pentecostal Church POD site to gather contact info from residents directly affected by the flood event.



·        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.

·        40 roads and 3 highways  remain impassable.

·        Anticipated requesting DRC soon.



·        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.

·        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.

·        Working on list of damaged or affected residents & address to get areas together when the PDA/IA team comes  

·        Red Cross ERV wants to set up here on March 17 from 10:00-1:00 & 2:00-5:00 with hot BBQ sandwiches to serve people in the middle of clean up at their homes.   



·        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 still not back online, bottled water still being provided to those without.

·        100 + homes damaged  

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