News Alert: Situational Awareness Report 21 March 2016 As of 3:45 PM
Posted: 3/21/2016 4:20:27 PM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

Situational Awareness Report

21 March 2016

As of 3:45 PM


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. 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: No hazardous weather is expected this afternoon and tonight. Scattered showers and thunderstorms can be expected Wednesday night in advance of a cold front moving across the area. Hail and strong gusty winds will be possible in the stronger storms.


Southwest/Central Louisiana: Today and tonight, fair conditions can be expected with moderating temperatures. A cold front will move across the region late Wednesday into Thursday. A few strong thunderstorms may be possible as this occurs.


Southeast Louisiana: Several rivers remain in flood. See the latest river flood warning and statements for details. Thunderstorms are expected with a cold front on Thursday and Thursday night. A few of these could be strong. A second storm system is expected to affect the area Saturday and Sunday. Strong storms are also possible with this system.


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

*** Note: Public Assistance (PA): 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 Self - Damage Assessment of the damages eligible for Public Assistance Program.  The spreadsheet should be completed for all eligible applicants in the parish as accurately as possible in compiling all event related damages. GOHSEP is asking that the parishes conduct their own PDAs and submit to GOHSEP. FEMA/GOHSEP will assess the data each parish provides prior to scheduling the Joint PDA with the parish.  This effort expedites the process for those parishes that meet their parish threshold.  The quicker estimates are captured, the quicker we can request FEMA review for consideration of a permanent work PDA and, ultimately, being declared for permanent work under the Public Assistance Program. These self-assessments will be conducted prior to scheduling any joint FEMA/State PA PDAs.


State Actions as of 3:00 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 26 parishes.


Louisiana National Guard

       LANG Personnel Duty Status:  1,143 Total (802 State Active Duty)

       Issued 1,814,500 sandbags.

       Provided 8 sandbag machines.

       Issued 196,568 bottles of water.

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

       Issued 10,944 MREs.

       Issued 270 Tarps.

       Rescued 5,631 people, 736 pets and 16 livestock.


Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

·        LDWF agents remain on alert status to provide SAR if needed.

·        Rescue Totals: 805 people / 148 pets

·        LDWF continues to provide assistance throughout the state in the impacted areas (primarily at this time with the enforcement of waterway/lake restrictions).  These restrictions are due to the flood waters and include closures, no wakes and curfews.  LDWF is coordinating our assistance with the respective parishes to assist with the enforcement of these restrictions as resources are available.

·        LDWF is currently assisting 11 parishes with 16 waterway/lake restrictions.

·        LDWF is providing security patrols in some of the impacted areas to provide public safety and prevent looting.

·        Requests for security patrols and assistance with enforcing waterway/lake restrictions, full list of missions in WebEOC SITREP.


Louisiana State Police

·        Troop D: DSNAP Security mission is planned and expected for Beauregard Parish on 03/21/16.  A Site Security Assessment has been completed for this parish.  DSNAP is also anticipated for Allen and Calcasieu Parishes, beginning on 03/29/16 – security plans will be completed as the sites are announced. 

·        Troop E: DSNAP Security missions are planned and expected for Natchitoches, Grant, Winn, LaSalle and Vernon Parishes on 03/21/16. Site Security Assessments have been completed for those parishes. 

·        Troop F: DSNAP Security missions are planned and expected for Richland, Morehouse, Ouachita, Caldwell, Madison, Union, and West Carroll Parishes on 03/21/16. Site Security Assessments have been completed for these parishes. 

·        Troop G: The threat level regarding the levee on Loggy Bayou has been reduced subsequent the ongoing repair efforts. Engineers will continue to monitor the developments and will disseminate their findings accordingly. No evacuations are required. DSNAP Security missions are planned and expected for Bossier, Claiborne, Webster, DeSoto, Caddo, and Bienville Parishes on 03/21/16. Site Security Assessments have been completed for these parishes. 

·        Troop L: DSNAP Security missions are planned and expected for St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Washington (2 sites) Parishes on 03/21/16. Site Security Assessments have been completed for those parishes.    

·        Working with public safety and media partners to ensure the public is kept informed through traditional and social media regarding weather conditions, safety and hazards.

·        No flights on this date.  Currently 1 mission pending in Rapides Parish.

·        LSP EOC at normal operations – Call Center was closed at 1000 hours on 03/18/16.

·        Standing by to assist LSP Troops and other state agencies as requested

·        Monitoring WebEOC for requests for LSP assets and updating the event SitRep accordingly

·        Coordinating with DCFS, LANG, and Troops for opening of DSNAP sites on Monday, 21 March.



·        DOTD District crews continue to deploy to multiple affected flooded areas, while continuing to monitor roadway conditions and conducting inspections of bridges and transportation infrastructure impacted by flooding.

·        DOTD continues to monitor state-wide roadways and provide a current status of road closures/openings on the DOTD site.

·        Our Districts continue to respond to WEBEOC mission tasks as required.

·        Bridge and Roadway maintenance crews are continuing repairs at multiple locations state-wide.

·        District and DOTD HQ Bridge inspection crews continue to conduct inspections on structures that have been affected by flood waters.

·        DOTD Damage Assessment Teams continue to deploy in an effort to gather infrastructure damages in support of FEMA PA and FHWA ER reimbursement.

·        DOTD Districts have made appropriate plans and taken required steps necessary to support scheduled DCFS DSNAP sites.

·        DOTD Districts have engaged in supporting DCFS DSNAP sites in the following parishes: Livingston, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Washington (2 locations), Beauregard, Grant (2 locations), LaSalle, Vernon, Winn, Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, Desoto, Natchitoches, Webster, Bienville, Caldwell, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, Union, West Carroll



·        Continuing 24 hour operations in Monroe, LA.

·        Continuing 12 hour operations at Red River near Natchitoches, LA.

·        Provided 3,000 linear feet of visqueen to Brouillette, LA in Avoyelles Parish.

·        Completed HESCO emplacement at low points on the levee at Bayou Mayna south of Jonesville, LA.

·        Continue providing technical assistance to RRABB, DOTD, and LANG emplacing super sacks at two low points of the levee at Brouillette, LA.

·        Continue 24 hour operations in Monroe, LA.

·        Continue 12 hour operations at Red River near Natchitoches, LA.

·        Continue assisting Tensas Levee Board at Bayou Mayna south of Jonesville, LA.

·        Continue 12 hour operations in the Red River backwater system.

·        Hydraulic and Geotechnical engineers continue assessing damage at each site monitored.  


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.


Department of Health and Hospitals

·        DHH Bureau of Media and Communications (BMAC) has distributed a press release regarding the importance of vaccinations.

·        Evacuated residents should speak with their health care provider or their shelter’s medical staff regarding vaccinations

·        First responders should have up-to-date tetanus vaccinations.  OPH is currently working with local governments to provide these vaccinations for first responders.

·        BMAC will also issue a separate release pertaining to mold issues.

·        Mandatory status reporting into MSTAT by all hospitals and nursing homes has been discontinued as all healthcare facilities are reporting normal operations and no issues.

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

·        Further ESF-8 network conference calls will be scheduled as needed.

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

·        No Nursing homes reported power issues or water issues.

·        ESF8 will continue to work with Allen and Calcasieu Parishes regarding assistance with re-internment. We will continue to monitor any requests for assistance.16 cemeteries remain on the monitoring list.

·        24 Public water systems remain on flood-related Boil Water Advisories, 57 Public water systems have been released from flood-related Boil Water Advisories  


Department of Children and Family Services

·        DCFS is currently working to set up 25 DSNAP Sites in 23 Parishes. All sites will open at 0800 on Mon 21 March 2016.

·        DCFS is coordinating with State and Local Partners on DSNAP readiness.

·        DCFS will deploy 450 staff from regions not affected to affected regions for support.

·        Updated shelter report as of March 20 at noon:

o   Total sheltered population: 200

o   6 ARC shelters open (2 on Standby); Population: 165

o   2 parish shelter open (5 Standby only); Population: 35

o   Difference between ARC numbers and DCFS number for 1200 count is ARC did not report numbers for Rayville Civic Center.

·        25 DSNAP Sites in 23 Parishes scheduled to open Monday, March 21 at 8:00 a.m.

·        DCFS is currently working to ensure all sites are ready and staffed.


American Red Cross

·        Bulk Distribution and Feeding continued today

·        Continue to manage and support ARC Shelters

·        Provided 12 Noon shelter population numbers to DCFS

·        DA continues to be conducted across the state

·        Continue to support ARC DRO Operations and provide daily SIT REPs

·        Participated in FCO/ARC Operation Conference Call

·        Provided State with current DDA  and Map of Damage

·        Participated in State Housing Task Force Call

·        Participated in 2pm GOHSEP ESFs/Parish Conference Call

·        Red Cross Service Totals Through March 20:

o   Shelters Opened to Date 29

o   Shelter Overnight Stays to Date 2,286

o   Meals Served to Date 26,448

o   Snacks Served to Date 73,059

o   Comfort Kits to Date 1,302

o   Clean-up Kits to Date 3,467

o   Bulk Cleaning Items to Date 21,018

o   Emergency Response Vehicles on the ground (ERVs) to Date 23

o   Health Services Consultations to Date 743

o   Mental Health Consultations to Date 465

o   Red Cross Workers to Date 635


Workforce Commission

·        3/21/16, 07:00 - LWC staff on site at DCFS performing mass feeding for DCFS staff at DSNAP sites in the declared parishes.  


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.

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

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

·        ESF-4 Continues to monitor Region 5 & 9 with Liaison deputies monitoring shelters along with our local fire departments in the regions.  


Office of Technology Services

·        The Many LWIN site in Sabine Parish is out of wide area operation. Users will be able to use their LWIN radios while affiliated with this tower, but will only be able to communicate with other users affiliated with the same tower

·        Two components of the GOHSEP phone system have power supplies in alarm status. Component power supplies will be replaced at 5pm today, 3/21/16, by ESF2 staff or immediately in the event of a failure.

·        Potential interference issues have been identified with the uplink frequencies of the in-building AT&T LTE system at the State EOC. ESF2 will work with GOHSEP facilities staff to investigate possible solutions.

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

·        The following sites are on mobile satellite backhaul: Sentell - Caddo Parish

·        Mobile tower sites deployed: Caldwell Parish N32°08'50.5" W092°01'20.4"  


Public Service Commission

·        Outage report attached--Statewide outages @ 987 As of 1100 03/21/2016


Department of Environmental Quality (HAZMAT)

·        Since 3/15 LDEQ has been notified of the following incidents:

·        4 gallon spill of crude oil and water in Lafourche Parish. Heavy rains and power outage caused tanks to overfill into secondary containment

·        A report of a possible oil spill in Claiborne Parish coming from an exposed pipe hit by a tree. After site visit it was determined there was no release.

·        Diesel spill in Tangipahoa Parish. Boom was deployed to clean up release.

·        Complaint about oil floating on private property with strong orders reported by the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office. The complaint was unable to be verified once the area was accessible.

·        Oil condensate and saltwater release in Lincoln Parish. Flood waters caused tank to move and a valve was broken. The site is still inundated with flood waters. Tanks have been emptied of any remaining material and there is no recoverable material on site.


LA Board of Regents

·        Flood damages reported at:  Northwestern State University, Louisiana Tech University, LSU Ag Center Hammond Research Station (Tangipahoa Parish), and LSU Ag Center Lee Memorial Forest (Washington Parish)

·        Flood damaged universities include: Grambling State University, Southeastern University, Northwest LA Technical College, LA Delta Community College, Central LA Technical Community College, River Parishes Community College, and Northshore Technical Community College. University of Louisiana Monroe - flood damages to Water Ski Facility, Fant-Ewing Coliseum, Malone Stadium, and Heard Tennis Stadium.


Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism

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

·        Overnight Facilities Closed: Chemin-A-Haut State Park: 8 cabins, Fairview-Riverside State Park: 7 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 parts of 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.

·        Tickfaw State Park should be able to open on Thursday, March 24. The only areas currently under water are the River and Cut-Thru Trails, the Tent Campground, and RV campsites #25 and #27.

·        Fairview-Riverside State Park’s premium campsites #61-67 will remain closed through the weekend, due to excessive mud in the area.

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


Salvation Army

·        Shreveport Corps: 2 Canteens providing mobile feeding in Bossier and Caddo Parish. Distributing cleanup kits and food boxes to residents in Bossier, Caddo, Webster and Bienville.

·        Monroe Corps: Demobilized mobile feeding. Providing cleanup kits in Ouachita Parish.

·        Baton Rouge Corps - Distributing cleanup kits in Livingston and Ascension Parish.  


Louisiana VOAD

·        LAVOAD continues to support the State EOC, monitor WebEOC and respond to various requests, participate in coordinating call and DHTF calls.

·        Continue to assist on request to Union Parish for boxes - which has now been fulfilled.

·        Support Parish Directors and Regional Coordinators with requests as needed.

·        Support request from Bossier for mental health support to DRC Louisiana VOAD State call will be rescheduled for Wednesday with time to be determined.

·        Respond to various inquiries from FEMA field staff to support mission.  



·        The LA BEOC successfully located boxes.  International Paper is donating approximately 9,000 boxes for residents to use to move their belongings from their flooded homes.  Currently working with ESF 7 and LA VOAD to determine the best location for delivery and staging of the donated boxes. 

·        The LA BEOC staff met with FEMA Private Sector, External Affairs Officers and will coordinate information dissemination through the site and through stakeholder associations. 

·        The LA BEOC forwarded information to Local parishes and GOHSEP Regional Coordinators from UHAUL in regard to free 30 day storage for flood victims.

·        Assisting GOHSEP and LA VOAD to locate resources for recovery efforts.     


Disaster Recovery (JFO)

·        Twenty-six parishes – Allen, Ascension and Beauregard, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Caldwell, Calcasieu, Claiborne, De Soto, Grant, La Salle, Livingston, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Richland, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Union, Vernon, Washington, Webster, West Carroll and Winn – have been designated under DR-4263-LA for Individual Assistance and Public Assistance (Categories A and B, including direct federal assistance). 

·        Residents with flooding damages living in parishes NOT named in the federal disaster declaration can still register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). If a parish is added to the declaration, applications from that parish will be automatically processed.  

·        Homeowners AND renters may be eligible for temporary rental assistance if their primary place of residence has been made uninhabitable – not safe, sanitary or secure -- by the flooding. Renters who lost personal property may be eligible for FEMA assistance.

·        Flood survivors do not need to wait for a visit from FEMA or their insurance company to start cleaning up and making repairs. FEMA inspectors and insurance claim adjusters will be able to identify flood damage even after cleaning has begun. It’s important for survivors to take photographs of damage and keep recovery-related receipts. Insurance companies may need both documents while FEMA may need receipts.

·        Contacting 211 or your insurance company or local emergency manager’s office does NOT register you for FEMA assistance. Louisiana residents affected by the flooding need to contact FEMA’s 800 number or register online (some are registering with DSA teams).

·        Individual Assistance (IA): Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured and underinsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.    

·        Total registrations: 18,052;Total IHP Approved: $4,314,422;Housing Assistance: $3,196,931;Other Needs Assistance: $1,117,490;Inspections Issued: 14,826;Inspections Returned: 1,679;Inspectors in the field: 214

·        IA Registration Information: The important thing to do now is register. Disaster assistance applicants can register online at or call 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA). Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly. For those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.

·        IA Housing Assistance: Grants for repairs and rebuilding and temporary rental assistance may be available to those residents with no insurance coverage and who cannot live in their homes.

·        Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) teams are canvassing all designated parishes. The teams answer questions about the types of help available, help survivors apply for state and federal assistance and update an applicant’s contact information.

·        So far they have visited 3,320 homes, interacted with 4,678 survivors and registered 868 people.

·        Team members wear blue FEMA shirts and have photo IDs. 

·        Registration intake sites included (four total): Allen Parish (Oakdale Fire Dept.); Bienville Parish (Ringold Corner Store Pine Bluff); Bossier Parish (Bossier City library) Calcasieu Parish (Vinton Crossroads Baptist Church).

·        Below are a list of parishes that have open DRC locations. Hours of operation at these DRC locations are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday until further notice. The centers will be closed on Easter Sunday, March 27.: 1. Bossier Parish, Bossier Parish Public Safety Complex, 5850 Shed Road, Bossier City, LA; 2. Ouachita Parish, Monroe Civic Center, 401 Lea Joyner Expressway, Monroe, LA; 3. St. Tammany Parish, The Towers Government Building, 520 Old Spanish Trail Slidell, LA.

·        The following parishes have pending requested for DRCs: Allen; Ascension – Inspected 3/21/16 ;Bienville – Inspected 3/18/16;Caddo – Inspected on 3/16/16;Caldwell – Inspection scheduled for 3/24/16;Claiborne – Inspection scheduled for 3/24/16;De Soto –Inspected on 3/18/16;Grant – Inspected on 3/16/16;La Salle – Inspected on 3/19/16;Livingston – Inspected on 3/21/16;Morehouse – Inspection scheduled for 3/21/16;Richland – Inspected on 3/17/16;Tangipahoa – Inspected on 3/19/16;Union – Inspection scheduled for 3/22/16;Vernon;Washington – Inspected on 3/17/16;Webster – Inspected on 3/16/16;Winn – Inspected on 3/18/16

·        The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers low-interest disaster loans to help homeowners and renters as well as businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations to cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.

·        SBA Applications as of COB 3.20.16: Applications received: 8,243; Applications reviewed: 78; Applications approved: 3; Amount approved: $64,400

·        Contact U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing Visiting SBA’s website at Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

·        Other Disaster Assistance Information & Referral Services Louisiana residents seeking information about disaster-related services and unmet needs should call 211, a statewide information and referral service. Anyone using a relay service should call 877-541-7905.

·        Survivors of recent flooding in Louisiana who need legal advice may take advantage of free legal counseling via a toll-free hotline (1-800-310-7029), operated by the Louisiana Civil Justice Center in partnership with the Louisiana State Bar Association’s disaster legal assistance plan.

·        Recovery officials encourage Louisiana residents to watch for and report any suspicious activity from scam artists, identity thieves and other criminals who may try to prey on survivors. FEMA does not endorse any commercial businesses, products or services. FEMA does not charge for its services. If you suspect fraud, call the FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721. All federal employees have an official badge/ID. Ask to see it. 

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

·        03/13/2016: A Major Disaster Declaration is signed by President Barack Obama for storms and flooding occurring in Louisiana from March 8 and onwards; the declarations makes available individual and public assistance (Categories A & B) for Bossier, Claiborne, Grant, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, and Webster parishes.

·        03/14/2016: The State of Louisiana made a declaration request to expand and include Beauregard, Bienville, Caddo, Caldwell, De Soto, La Salle, Livingston, Madison, Natchitoches, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Union, Vernon, Washington, West Carroll and Winn parishes.

·        03/15/2016: President Barack Obama approves the expansion of the declaration to include Beauregard, Bienville, Caddo, Caldwell, De Soto, La Salle, Livingston, Madison, Natchitoches, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Union, Vernon, Washington, West Carroll and Winn parishes.

·        03/16/2016: The State of Louisiana made a declaration request to expand and include Allen, Ascension and Calcasieu.

·        03/17/2016: President Barack Obama approves the expansion of the declaration to include Allen, Ascension and Calcasieu.


Parish Actions as of 3:00 PM



·        Per Regional Coordinator: Coordination efforts for FEMA –PA and Cat A&B outreach assistance for desktop assessment process.

·        115 structures have water ranging from 8 feet to 4 inches.

·        DRC will be set up at the Allen Parish Civic Center, Tiger Lane  Oberlin  after DSNAP has finished registration using same location. FEMA through the Parish is setting up  several locations for parish registration for IA. Oak-dale 19-20 Oberlin 21-22 Kinder 25-24 Grant Mittie 25-26 at the area fire station. Fire Chiefs are coordinating each separate location then moving to Allen Parish sheriff’s office for as long as it takes to get the process well documented.



·        Parish Waterways are open

·        Only 2 parish roads have water but are passable - no complete closures at this time

·        Parish damage assessment teams have completed preliminary Damage Assessments and we have now begun the process of DA with FEMA and are preparing to open a DRC and DSNAP for residents.

·        OEP is continuing to coordinate with residents on Damages and Debris Removal to ensure residents are aware of the process for PA and Debris Pick up.   



·        Brouillette levee operation:

o   The first 1,800 feet of the levee was completed on March 19 at 2:00 p.m. with 1,800 ft. of plastic sheeting, 354 super sacks, and over 8,000 small sand bags.

o   The second low section of the levee is 1,200 feet. The plastic sheeting and 334 Super sacks of sand were placed on March 19; scheduled completion  March 20 by 7:00 p.m.

o   On March 19 at 4:00 p.m., there was a small levee breach that would immediately affect over 15 homes. Plastic sheeting was placed, and small sand bags filled in the breach to stop the leaks and protect those families.  

·        PDA/PA desktop assistance is scheduled for Wednesday, March 23 at 9:00 a.m.



·        Dumpsters placed at pre-approved sights for trash other than trees, etc. The dumpsters will be marked maintained daily and at night kept secured.

·        FEMA IA teams are in the area and will begin operations Monday 3-21-16 in the Merryville and N/W section of the parish and then south as water recedes.

·        DSNAP is scheduled to start Monday 3-21-16 in the parish and will used the location they have agreement with in the DeRidder area.

·        Was advised of an oil leak on the river, but the water is still too high to enter the area and locate the leak. The State Police Haz-Mat troopers were advised and as soon as the water goes will enter the area to determine the source of the leak. Could more as the water goes down and wells can be looked at.

·        The parish is continuing with the recovery phase with FEMA IA team and other groups in the area conducting cleanup and repairs. FEMA has established an field office in Merryville and taking registrations as needed. A full IA team due this week.

·        The government agencies are preparing for the PDA visit and gathering  their expenses (receipts) together for the meeting next week on Public Assistance.

·        No further meetings scheduled until the March 24 (PWs workshop) and March 25 (Recovery meeting).



·        PDA’s are ongoing and recovery operations are beginning. DSNAP operations will begin on Monday 3/31/16.



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

·        Per Regional Coordinator: Discussed need for crisis counseling at DRC and in the field. Resource assistance is ongoing in hardest hit areas of the Parish.

·        DRC was set up by FEMA at the Bossier City Public Safety Complex at 5850 Shed Rd. Friday Afternoon DSNAP was set up Sunday and BOHSEP coordinated inmate help for that location beginning at (10:00 am)

·        Water levels continue to recede on Red Chute Bayou and areas within the parish that had been flooded by heavy rainfall. There are areas that still have water across roadways in the southern portion of our parish and Lake Bistineau areas.

·        Bossier Sheriff Office has continually checked on residents that did not leave there homes in these areas where high water has cut them off from main roads.

·        BOHSEP has had forward initiatives these past several days. 3 - FAC Forward Assistance Center; where the effected citizens can go for food, water and cleaning supplies. Also at this location is FEMA team to register residence. today we have over 480 people signed into our office.

·        A Forward Assistance Center at Elm Grove Elementary School, which took place from 9 a.m. - noon Saturday helped serve 170 people and administered 91 tetanus shots.  On Saturday afternoon, the FAC at Curtis Elementary School from 3 - 7 p.m. served 360 people and gave 164 shots.  Earlier on Thursday evening, the FAC at Platt Elementary served 75 people with 53 shots given.  During the three FACs, a total of 605 people affected by the flooding in Bossier were served and 308 tetanus shots were given.

·        Also at lake Bistineau a what we call a (LEAP) Logistics Emergency Assistance Point  a unmanned self-help supply point) staffed by volunteers to give food and water along with cleaning supplies. 200+ people at this location being helped.

·        Operations are still continuing today along the southern portions of the parish and Lake Bistineau.   



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

·        Per Regional Coordinator: DRC and DSNAP sites have been identified, coordinated and inspected. DSNAP operations will begin 3/21/16. Forward Assistance Center was a success. FEMA DSAT on scene. FEMA will execute its own security contract for the DRC site. Still a snag with contract on DRC. Multiple public events are being scheduled next week, DSA embedded in those events. Discussed need for crisis counseling at DRC and in the field.



·        Mosquito Control preparing to spray early this week.

·        Coroner's Office:  5 cemeteries in the affected areas, over 100 caskets disinterred.

·        Working with Coroner’s Office on process for families to identify loved ones.

·        Per Regional Coordinator: Still in response mode but moving towards recovery. Conducting Recovery meetings. Coordination efforts for FEMA – DSNAP IA programs and teams, PA and Cat A&B outreach assistance for desktop assessment process.

·        KC Shelter in Vinton has 6 evacuees, Red Cross bringing in case workers to find alternate housing.

·        FEMA on site and working with Parish OHSEP on assessments.

·        OHSEP starting to conduct assessments of public buildings.



·        Beginning recovery operations.

·        Sandbagging, Sheltering and FEMA applicants continuing through March 23, 2016.

·        D-Snap Operations established 3/21/16.

·        Red Cross has sent 100 cleaning kits.

·        FEMA moved in the Parish Community Center taking applications. DRC requested for this week. 

·        Police Jury passed ordinance for a 10pm-6am curfew in the Hebert area and closed Long Lake.

·        The Police Jury Emergency meeting will be held March 22, 2016 at 10AM with the GOSHEP PA and Debris Contractors along with all parish entities.



·        Catahoula Parish continues to sandbag and build protective measures to prevent flood water from the Ouachita River. Continuing utilizing LANG to create elevation stages on Ouachita River for temporary levee building.

·        Town of Jonesville continues to pump waste water over levee drainage structure.

·        USACE placing Hesco baskets on Black River Levee slide south of Jonesville, La.

·        Voluntary evacuation in effect for residents in low lying areas of the Parish. Will have 3 high water vehicles from LANG on 3/20/16 to assist with evacuations if needed. Shelter options are available in combination with LaSalle parish.

·        40+ Parish roads that have water on them and 2 LA DOTD roads closed. At least 10 homes reported with water in them.

·        PDA/PA desktop assistance is scheduled for Thursday, March 24 at 9:00 a.m.



·        Beginning Recovery Operations. DSNAP operations will begin on 3/21/16.

·        Per Regional Coordinator: Working towards recovery efforts. PA Desktop scheduled for today, 3/21/16. Discussed with RC regarding dumpsters and need for monitoring dumpsters, parish has decided to forgo reimbursement on dumpsters/debris.



·        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.



·        Some evacuations of Caraway Island in Logansport are ongoing. Evacuations for Sleepy Hollow in Stonewall have been lifted and residents are being allowed to go into their homes. Roads still have water but are passable.

·        DSNAP operations established on 3/21/16.

·        Per Regional Coordinator: FEMA DRC build out scheduled for 3/22/16.


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.


East Carroll

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

·        Road crew is out assisting with drainage issues.



·        FEMA has setup a temporary location at the Civic Center with a full DRC planned.

·        DSNAP operations will begin 3/21/16 at Grant Parish Civic Center, 420 Richardson Dr., Colfax and Grant City Hall, 4418 Hwy 500, Georgetown. Information on the schedule will be released to the public.



·        PDA Teams deployed to the Parish for assessments.



·        Joint PA/PDA team to assess damages to hurricane protection (burrito) levee in Grand Isle. PDA team is scheduled for Monday, March 21 at 10:00 in Grand Isle at Bridge Side Marina.



·        Joint PA PDA team scheduled for site assessment on damages at Fourchon beach. POC is Chett Chaisson, Greater Lafourche Port Commission. Site visit scheduled for Monday, March 21 at 10:30 a.m.



·        Faith based shelters are on standby (also available for Catahoula parish residents).

·        Parish OEP & Communications District currently working on mapping flooded structures, due to Old River waters rising, structures may increase.

·        Sandbagging efforts continue as Old River (south end of Parish); river still rising slowly.

·        DSNAP & DRC sites established on 3/21/16. DSNAP site housed at Woodmen of the World Lodge, 1720 East Oak St., Jena LA 71342. DRC site housed at East Jena Baptist Church family Life Center 1220 Peppers St., Jena, LA 71342 possible open on 3/24.16.

·        PDA/PA desktop assistance is scheduled for Monday, March 21 at 1:00 p.m.



·        Parish working on damage assessments in preparation for PDA Teams scheduled for next week.



·        Parish hotline will remain open until further notice to collect flood data from residents.



·        DSA Teams scheduled to deploy throughout the Parish on 3/21/16. DSNAP Operations begin on 3/21/16.



·        Request for PDA/IA teams.

·        DSNAP Operations established on 3/21/16 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. Coordinated GOHSEP IA regarding DRCs – should be in the que to open next week.

·        Sandbagging ongoing in Bonita due to rising water. Bonita water system is threatened.



·        DSNAP operations established on  3/21/16 at the Council on Aging, 1016 Keyser Ave.

·        Providing MREs and water from volunteers to residents who can't get out.

·        Per DSA Summary Report: Georgetown registration intake location is a POD for hot/cold food, water and clean-up kits located at 4418 Highway 500.

·        PDA/PA desktop assistance is scheduled for Tuesday, March 22 at 9:00 a.m.

·        High water vehicles are no longer needed and have been released.

·        Flood water receding slowly, numerous residents can only be reached by boat.

·        Several State and Parish roads are still closed due to high water.



·        Debris operations have begun on the west side of the Ouachita River.

·        FEMA Survivor Assistance teams have arrived in the Parish.

·        The FEMA rep has arrived. Have requested IA & PA teams. PDA forms have been distributed to all agencies. DSNAP operations established on 3/21/16.    

·        Contracted for 4-30 inch pumps to pump down the Chauvin Basin.  These should be on the ground Sunday, March 20. Two additional 30 inch pumps were requested through Web EOC.

·        A portable shower unit has been installed at the shelter on Jackson Street.

·        The DRC in Monroe soft opening Sunday, March 20 and should be in full swing by Monday, March 21. An additional DRC requested for west side of parish.



·        Continuing protective measures along the Rigollette Bayou area, Ruby-Kolin area along the Red River, & along the Bayou Maria area. Ample prefilled sandbags have been placed at the FD in the Rigolette area.

·        Voluntary evacuations in effect for residents in low lying areas of the Parish. 1 shelter open & have additional on standby, population=21.

·        Levees holding – no immediate concerns that we have not developed a response plan for up to & including pre-staged response assets.

·        Anticipate requesting IA by Monday or sooner. Preparing maps of areas impacted & marking those address points that have confirmed inundation.  Will review with Region SAL on Monday.

·        PDA/PA desktop assistance and DSNAP Operations established on 3/21/16

·        Woolen Lake closed to boat traffic. Sandbagging operations in the area are ongoing.

·        Numerous State and Parish roads still inundated with water.

·        Security detail furnished by State Police, LANG, Rayville City and Richland Sheriff Office.


Red River

·        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.

·        Monitoring and sandbagging (as needed) all three culverts within the Parish.

·        8 State highways and several parish roads are closed.

·        Per Regional Coordinator: DRC is being scouted in anticipation of a declaration. IA and PA PDAs requested. Had significant additional damages to the unprotected section of the levee at “Secondary Priority Point” on the East Point Levee System, but no imminent threat exists to residents at this time due to the drop in water level. Portion of the levee protected by mission last week is holding well.  



·        Water is rising west of State Hwy 133 near Shirtail Rd and Bosco Rd. Situation is being assessed by the Police Jury Superintendent.

·        Per Regional Coordinator: Coordinated with Parish, SO and ARC to provide regular feeding for shelter in Rayville. Continuing with transitional housing challenge, exchanged several emails and monitored housing conference call. Visited Parish with FEMA Group Supervisor, surveyed DRC location, met with shelter team, discussed DRC Inspection Team issues, and met with Sheriff.

·        Shelter is open and supporting 14 evacuees at this time.

·        45 parish roads are underwater, 18 are closed. 5 State Highways are closed.

·        7 dumpster locations throughout the Parish for flood debris.

·        Preliminary Damage Assessments are underway.

·       DSNAP Operations established on 3/21/16 at First Baptist Church Family Life Center 1306 Louisa Street, Rayville, LA 71269



·        PDAs in progress, expected completion date: 3/24/16. Recording names of residents with flood damage for IA.

·        Progressing with home cleanup effort. Emergency repairing high priority roads and bridges.

·        Per Regional Coordinator: State will send IA PDA next week.


St. Helena

·        Permanent road repairs are being made at this time.

·        IA PDA teams have been deployed. PA PDA Teams are scheduled to deploy next week.


St. Tammany

·        Disaster Survival Assistance Team is still active and ready to engage on the East side of the Parish.

·        Damage Assessment Teams have begun assessing properties affected by pearl River on East side of parish. Currently they have assessed 45 additional flood affected structures making the total number with flood related issues: 688

·        USGS working in Parish conducting surveys to determine High Water Marks.

·        Completed emergency response efforts and transitioning into recovery phase.

·        DSNAP operations established on 3/21/16 at the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office Training Facility.

·        DRC currently established in Slidell. A second DRC is schedule to open later in the week at Coquille Recreation District's facility.

·        As of 0900 on 3/21/16, St Tammany has approximately 1000 applicants for FEMA assistance.



·        Several teams are conducting damage assessments.

·        DSNAP operations established on 3/21/16.

·        Per DSA Summary Report: Eagle Heights Community Center is being relocated to the National Guard Armory, 55420 N Railroad Ave in Independence.



·        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

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

·        Beginning recovery operations. DSNAP operations established on 3/21/16.

·        Per DSA Summary Report: Parish Landfill/Solid Waste Department is reporting a major issue with debris removal. Debris left on the ground is rotting with snakes and rats starting to nest in it.



·        A Mobile Shower Unit request was delivered to the Burr Ferry Fire Dept for volunteer workers and evacuees.

·        FEMA Representatives are in the Parish. A Red Cross Disaster Assessment Team in Vernon Parish.

·        DSNAP operations established on 3/21/16 at the East Leesville Baptist Church located on LA 8. Working on coordinating a DRC location.

·        Two Parish POD sites remain open, continue to provide hot meals, clothing, snacks, coffee, water, and information.

·        FEMA Teams in parish registering applicants.  Fixed post location to be established in Evans on 3-20-16.

·        Police Jury should have debris contract available to bid by 3-21-16



·        Approximately 1200-1500 citizens have been evacuated. ESM Bogalusa Shelter – 7

·        The parish has made repairs to numerous damaged roads.  6 remain damaged. 2 State roads closed to only local traffic.

·        Mobile DRC opened on Monday, March 21, 2016 American Legion Home in Bogalusa. DSNAP Operations established on 3/21/16 at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Franklinton

·        FEMA has 1 DSA team in the parish

·        Parish continues to work diligently to get PA declaration # of home damaged in the parish is 500-550.



·        DSNAP operations established on 3/21/16.

·        Per Regional Coordinator: Much of south end of Parish is still inundated with water. FEMA DSAT registered nearly 100 people, will soon move to field for more. Laundry unit has been deployed and is established in the Lake Bistineau area to support residents. Still dealing with power outages and water in many homes. PA desktop scheduled for today, 3/21/16. DRC build up today, 3/21/16, planning soft opening for tomorrow 3/22/16 at 1:00 pm.

·        Per DSA Summary Report: City of Minden conducted outreach to Whole Community Partners; conducted registration intake at the courthouse.

·        Parish established FACs in Sibley and Doyline for resource distribution.

·        DRC build out Sunday, March 20; likely soft opening on Monday, March 21.


West Carroll Parish

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

·        Per Regional Coordinator: ARC has begun food distribution. 

·        The Nat' Guard has moved from SAR to security at the DSNAP site today -next week Will be meeting with Lee from FEMA this afternoon to look at possible location for a DRC here

·        Working with the PJ office on getting our PA info onto the spreadsheet to submit     



·        Most roads have been re-opened.

·        Homes around Saline Lake are still inundated with water, boat patrols continue.

·        Backwater and West Winn Water Systems are repaired and running normal operations.

·        DSNAP operations established on 3/21/16 at Laurel Heights Baptist Church, 1001 San Pedro St., Winnfield, LA 71483.

·        DRC soft opening scheduled for tomorrow 3/22/16.

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