News Alert: Situational Awareness Report 24 March 2016 As of 2:00 p.m.
Posted: 3/24/2016 2:18:18 PM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

Situational Awareness Report

24 March 2016

As of 2:00 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. 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: A tight pressure gradient will produce strong and gusty winds of 15 – 25 mph with higher gusts to 30-35 mph. The winds and wet soils can result in toppling of trees causing scattered power outages. Another front will be moving into the area for the middle of the weekend including Easter Sunday and diminishing by late Sunday night. Another system will be moving into the region for the middle of next week and into late week. No hazardous weather is expected.


Southwest/Central Louisiana: Showers and thunderstorms will accompany a cold front set to cross southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana this morning into early afternoon. A few of these storms could become strong to severe with the primary threats being damaging wind gusts, large hail, and frequent cloud to ground lightning. Showers and storms will gradually end from west to east, exiting lower Acadiana by mid-afternoon. The rain will be replace by clearing skies and cooler temperatures. Lows tonight expected to be around 5 degrees below the climatological normal for late March. After dry weather lingers Friday into Saturday, another round of showers and thunderstorms is expected to develop Saturday night into Sunday as an area of low pressure develops over the northwest Gulf and moves inland across southern Louisiana. At this time, severe weather is not expected with this activity. Additional showers and storms look possible during mid-week time frame with yet another frontal passage.


Southeast Louisiana: Scattered thunderstorms are expected this afternoon. A few of these storms could be strong to severe, mainly east of a Gulfport to Belle Chasse to Grand Isle line. The main threat is damaging winds. Several rivers will remain in flood through the week. See the latest River Flood Warnings and Statements for details. A second storm system is expected to affect the area Saturday night and Sunday. Strong to severe 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 2:00 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 1,708,500 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 5,251 people, 680 pets and 16 livestock.


Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

·        LDWF is coordinating with the Caldwell SO to provide security patrols in the Hebert Community, Lafourche Lake, Long Lake to prevent looting, enforce closed areas, and other emergency situations that may be needed.  LDWF will provide 1 boat/2 agents from 6am-6pm.

·        Webeoc Task #321-10646729 01 is complete.  Caldwell Parish has advised that this request is no longer required due to open task #323-155157598 01 including this information.  LDWF is coordinating with Caldwell Parish to provide security patrols and enforce the Lafourche Lake curfew and the Long Lake closure (24/7).  LDWF is providing 1 boat/2 agents for the 6a-6p shift relating to Task #323-155157598 01.    


Louisiana State Police

·        Troop D: (8 troopers, no longer on double shifts) DSNAP operations are underway in Beauregard Parish with no issues to report.  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: (10 troopers) DSNAP operations are underway in Natchitoches, Grant, Winn, LaSalle and Vernon Parishes, with no issues to report.

·        Troop F: (8 troopers) DSNAP operations are underway in Richland, Morehouse, Ouachita, Caldwell, Madison, Union, and West Carroll Parishes, no issues to report.

·        Troop G: (10 troopers) Water levels are receding in most areas and additional roadway openings are expected. DSNAP operations underway in Bossier, Claiborne, Webster, DeSoto, Caddo, and Bienville Parishes no issues to report. 

·        Troop L: (11 troopers) DSNAP operations are underway in St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Washington (2 sites) Parishes.  No issues to report.

·        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.

·        Communicating with Troopers, LANG, and DCFS during the second day of DSNAP.  Planning is also underway for DSNAP in additional parishes, to begin Wednesday, March 30th.



·        DOTD has activated its District 62 Debris and Monitoring Retainers Contract today 3/24/2016 in support of debris clearance and pick up on state and federal routes for the following parishes, Washington, Tangipahoa, St. Tammany Livingston and St. Helena.

·        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 has responded to over 455 closed US and Federal aid routes impacted by flooding.

·        Activated DOTD District manpower and heavy equipment in support of fortifying several levees and waterway barriers along affected lakes and rivers i.e. the Mississippi, Red, Ouachita, Sabine and Black.

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



·        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 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

·        Chlorine Dioxide: On March 22, the Department of Health and Hospitals, per the State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry, ordered Peoples Water System to stop treating its water with chlorine dioxide. March 23 the Department of Health and Hospitals verified that chloride dioxide is no longer being used by the system. There is still a chlorine dioxide by-products in the system. Testing was conducted today to determine levels of this by-product and those samples have been sent to a certified lab. The DO NOT DRINK the water advisory is still in place until further notice.

·        In addition to using chlorine dioxide to treat its water, Peoples Water also uses chloramines.  Chloramines is a commonly used disinfectant that is typically used in conjunction with other chemicals in surface treatment plants.

·        DHH and a consultant to the water system conducted on-site sampling this morning. The sampling was for:

o   Chlorine Dioxide – All results were found to be below the EPA standard for maximum residual disinfection level, or MRDL.

o   Chlorite (a chlorine dioxide disinfectant by-product) – A field measurement was taken and the results showed levels below the

·        EPA standard. Additional samples were sent to a certified lab. Results are being expedited and are necessary to determine the levels of these by-products in the system.

o   Bacteria – Lab results are needed to check the levels of coliform bacteria.

·        DHH is awaiting the results of the lab tests before the agency can determine the appropriate next steps.

·        DHH is requiring Peoples Water System to submit a water treatment plan to the agency. This plan must be reviewed and approved by DHH. The plan must address treatment techniques. After the plan is implemented, DHH will conduct sampling. When the samples are tested, lab results must be within acceptable ranges.

·        DHH is drafting Violation Notices and an Administrative Order that address this week’s findings. The Administrative Order will establish compliance timelines for the water system and the penalties if compliance is not achieved.


Department of Children and Family Services

·        DCFS is continuing DSNAP operations at 25 sites in 23 parishes. No major issues to date and foresee no major issues for the remaining days of this cycle. Sites are operational from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

·        DCFS is also working with OEP directors and partners on follow-on DSNAP mission to start next week for other approved and potential IA Parishes

·        Total Sheltered population - 135

o   3 ARC shelters - population 108

o   1 parish shelter - population 27


American Red Cross

·        Bulk Distribution (4 parishes with mobile bulk and 1 parish with bulk distributed through partner agencies)

·        Feeding (13 parishes with mobile feeding, 2 parishes with fixed feeding sites)

·        Casework - 7 parishes

·        Continue to manage and support ARC Shelters

·        Provided midnight and 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 State Housing Task Force Call

·        Continue to monitor WebEOC and respond to requests from parishes or partners

·        The following data reflects Red Cross services to date through Wednesday evening 3/23:

o   Shelters Opened to Date 30

o   Shelter Overnight Stays to Date 2,687

o   Meals Served to Date 36,680

o   Snacks Served to Date 120,292

o   Comfort Kits to Date  2,299

o   Clean-up Kits to Date  4,437

o   Emergency Response Vehicles on the ground (ERVs) to Date 27 plus 25 response vehicles

o   Health Services Consultations to Date 1,120

o   Mental Health Consultations to Date 1,236

o   Red Cross Workers to Date  837

o   Volunteers 773


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

·        486 round bales of hay and 250 square bales of hay were delivered to livestock producers needing feeding assistance. 

·        LDAF Livestock assistance operation is demobilized. Livestock producers needing hay should contact Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation, Carey D. Martin, Director of Information and Public Relations, 225-922-6226 (office),,   


State Fire Marshal

·        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

·        ESF2 personnel completed maintenance on the GOHSEP Phone system last night at 1800. The voicemail system server was reset and power supplies were changed on several other components. Two other issues were discovered during the maintenance operations. Parts have been ordered to repair the new issues.

·        Technicians will be on-site at 1000 to troubleshoot interference issues with the uplink frequencies of the in-building AT&T LTE system at the State EOC.

·        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, 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 trails and wooden boat launch.

·        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.

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


Louisiana Economic Development

·        Began work with representatives of the US Small Business Administration and Louisiana's Small Business Development Center Network on March 17 to identify location for Business Recovery Centers (BRCs). Five BRCs opened on Wednesday, March 23.

·        Business Expansion Retention Group (BERG) reached out to 196 economic driver companies. In some instances, Parish Economic Development Directors provided support. To date we received responses and made contact with 90 out of the 196 driver companies. Of those companies that responded, only 9 indicated they received any damages, and all of the 9 advised that the damage was minor. All of the 90 companies contacted are currently operational.


Salvation Army

·        Shreveport Corps - demobilized mobile canteen service at 4:00 p.m. on 3/23/2016.  Distributing food boxes and clean-up kits in Bossier, Caddo and Webster Parish in support of Forward Assistance Centers.

·        Monroe Corps - Providing individual assistance (clothing and food boxes) to residents as requested.

·        Baton Rouge Corps - At the request of local emergency management, providing mobile feeding to recovery workers in Livingston and Tangipahoa (Hammond) Parish.

·        Lake Charles Corps - Providing individual and community assistance as requested and in coordination with VOAD.   


Louisiana VOAD

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

·        Completed requests and communication loop on boxes for Union Parish.  NELA Food Bank will accept donation and distribute to Union with balance to community needs.

·        Continued follow-up on need for crisis counseling/mental health; contact with Office of Behavioral Health regarding federal funded program application.

·        Outreach on behalf of NELA VOAD for warehouse space.

·        Participation with Disaster Housing Task Force.



·        The LA BEOC is monitoring WebEOC and maintaining communications with the State EOC and continues to post SITREPS on the site.    


Disaster Recovery (JFO)

·        Individual Assistance (IA) Total Designated Parishes: 26 Allen, Ascension, Beauregard, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Calcasieu, Caldwell, Claiborne, De Soto, Grant, La Salle, Livingston, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Richland, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Union, Vernon, Washington, Webster, West Carroll and Winn.

·        Public Assistance (PA) Total Designated Parishes: 26 Allen, Ascension, Beauregard, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Calcasieu, Caldwell, Claiborne, De Soto, Grant, La Salle, Livingston, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Richland, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Union, Vernon, Washington, Webster, West Carroll and Winn for debris removal and emergency protective measures (Categories A and B), including direct federal assistance.

·        A total of ten (10) DRCs have been setup throughout the affected parishes. All DRCs will be closed on Sunday, April 27, 2016 for Easter. Normal operating hours are, Monday-Saturday: 0800 CDT - 1800 CDT / Sunday: 1200 CDT - 1700 CDT.

o   DRC #1 - Bossier Parish, Safety Complex, 5850 Shed Road, Bossier City, LA 71111

o   DRC #2 – St. Tammany Parish, The Towers Government Bldg., 520 Old Spanish Trail, Slidell, LA 70458

o   DRC #3 – Ouachita Parish- Monroe Civic Center, 401 Lea Joyner Memorial Expressway, Monroe, LA 71201

o   DRC #4 – Grant Parish, Grant Parish Civic Center, 1208 Main St., Colfax, LA 71417

o   DRC #5 – Webster Parish, Webster Parish Courthouse Annex, 401 Main St., Minden, LA 71055

o   DRC #6 – Winn Parish, Winn Parish Library, 200 North Saint John St., Winnfield, LA 714893

o   DRC #7 – Desoto Parish, Desoto Parish Sheriff's Office Training Center, 120 Sprocket Lane, Grand Cane, LA 71032

o   DRC #8 – Bienville Parish, Bienville Courthouse Annex, 2145 Mill St., Ringgold, LA 71068

o   DRC #9 – LaSalle Parish, East Jena Baptist Church, 1220 Pepper St., Jena, LA 71442

o   DRC #10 – St. Tammany Parish, Parish Recreation District, 13505 Highway 1085, Covington, LA 70433

·        The following parishes have pending requested for DRCs: Allen – Inspection scheduled for 3/23/16; Ascension – Inspected 3/21/16; Beauregard; Caddo – Inspected on 3/16/16; Caldwell – Inspection scheduled for 3/24/16; Claiborne – Inspection scheduled for 3/24/16; 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

·        Business Recovery Centers (BRCs):The SBA and Louisiana Small Business Development Centers is opening five Business Recovery Centers (BRCs) to provide a wide range of services to businesses impacted by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that began March 8, 2016. Keep in mind the SBA low-interest disaster loans are available to homeowners, renters and businesses that have experienced flooding damage as well.

·        A total of four (4) BRCs have been setup throughout the state.

o   BRC #1 – Ouachita Parish, Bossier Parish Public Safety, 3601 Desiard St., Monroe, LA 71203

o   BRC #2 – Bossier Parish, Knights of Columbus, 5400 East Texas Street, Bossier City, LA 71111

o   BRC #3 – Tangipahoa Parish, Hammond Center of Commerce, 400 NW Railroad Ave, Hammond, LA 70401

o   BRC #4 – St. Tammany Parish, Greater Covington Center, 317 North Jefferson Ave, Covington, LA 70443

·        Totals as of COB 3.22.16: Total registrations: 21,064

·        Total IHP Approved: $12,988,800 / Housing Assistance: $10,165,996 / Other Needs Assistance: $2,822,811

·        Inspections: Inspections Issued: 17,196 / Inspections Returned: 4,627 / Inspectors in the field: 287

·        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.

·        Numbers as of 3.22.16, Visited 5,844 homes, interacted with 7,973 survivors and registered 1,218 people. 

·        Onsite registrations included (11 total): Kinder (Fire Station) Allen Parish; Merryville (City Hall) Beauregard Parish; Ringgold (Corner store on Pine Bluff Rd) Bienville Parish; Elm Grove (Tooke Memorial Library) Bossier Parish; Columbia (Caldwell Community Center) Caldwell Parish; Homer (Police Jury Building) Claiborne Parish; Colfax (Civic Center), Georgetown (Community Center) Grant Parish; Natchitoches (Sheriff’s Office) Natchitoches Parish; Rayville (Civic Center) Richland Parish; and Winnfield (Library) Winn Parish.

·        SBA Applications issued: 10,916 / Applications received: 285 Applications approved: 4 / Amount approved: $84,200

·        As of 3/22/2016: Number of Flood Insurance Claims Filed: 4,197 / Amount Paid Out: $7,870,681

·        Additional assessments are being done by local, state and federal officials to determine needs for further Public Assistance funding.

·        Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) is available in 23 parishes so far. 

·        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.


Parish Actions as of 2:00 PM



·        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.



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

·        Preliminary Damage Assessments completed and 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. 

·        Ascension Parish OHSEP continues to support the City of Donaldsonville with their contaminated water incident. We have placed numerous reverse 911 calls to the affected area.   A bottle water POD was established by the city and parish at the Sotile Pavilion in Donaldsonville yesterday.   A public message was sent yesterday notifying People's water customers.

·        We have been notified that this incident is expected to continue through Saturday.  We have placed an additional mission requests in for a total of 48 pallets of water.  Retail / grocery stores are having great difficulty keeping water in stock in the immediate area.  



·        PDA/PA desktop assistance conducted 3/23/16.

·        Per Regional Coordinator: Gathering map information and requested IA PDAs for inclusion in the next IA declaration request. Worked low and hot spots of levees near Vick and Brouillette communities. Completed 1,800 ft. of levee reinforcement.



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

·        DSNAP operations established  3-21-16. Will request DRC.

·        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 this week on Public Assistance.

·        Parish Public Works conducting damage assessments of roads, bridges and culverts.

·        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 established on 3/21/16.

·        Per Regional Coordinator: PA Desktop conducted 3/21/16. DRC buildout on 3/22/16.



·        DRC and DSNAP operations established. Coordinating Applicant Briefings. Chaplain presence at DRC on 3/22/16.

·        Still have water across roadways in the southern portion of parish and Lake Bistineau areas.

·        BPSO has continually checking on residents that did not leave there homes in 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.

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



·        There are still some homes without electricity in the Oil City and Vivian communities. Salvation Army providing food. DHH/OPH has provided tetanus shots.

·        656 people have called Caddo OHSEP to report damages.

·        DRC site has been identified, coordinated and inspected. FEMA will execute its own security contract for the DRC site. Right of Entry signed on 3/21/16. FEMA DSAT on-site, everything on track for DRC. DSNAP operations established on 3/21/16. Forward Assistance Center was a success.

·        FEMA IA Teams have been in the affected neighborhoods talking with residents.

·        PA Desktop conducted, coordinating location for applicant briefing.



·        Mosquito Control spraying this week.

·        Per Regional Coordinator: Coordination efforts for FEMA – DSNAP IA programs/teams, PA and Cat A&B outreach assistance for desktop assessments.

·        Coroner's office has estimated over 100 caskets; a third refrigerated trailer will be arriving today.

·        FEMA on site and working with Parish OHSEP on assessments. OHSEP starting to conduct assessments of public buildings.

·        PA meeting conducted in Vinton Town Hall. PA assessments are ongoing.



·        Beginning recovery operations. D-Snap Operations established 3/21/16.

·        FEMA moved in the Parish Community Center taking applications.

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

·        Per Regional Coordinator: Columbia DRC inspection 3/24/16. Communities are isolated from parish public safety response due to high, rising water. The CPSO is opening a temporary EOC to provide security for the area and will be joined with the LAWLF.  OEP requested state assistance for ambulance service in the isolated area.



·        Catahoula Parish continues to sandbag and build protective measures to prevent flood water from the Ouachita River, but slowing down to 200 bags per day per resident. 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.

·        Voluntary evacuation in effect for residents in low lying areas of the Parish. 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 15 homes reported with water in them.

·        PDA/PA desktop 3/24/16.

·        Per Regional Coordinator: Gathering map information and requested IA PDAs for inclusion in the next IA declaration request.



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

·        Per Regional Coordinator: PA Desktop scheduled for 3/22/16. DRC site visit scheduled for 3/23/16.



·        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.



·        DSNAP operations established on 3/21/16. DRC soft opening 3/22/16.

·        Per Regional Coordinator: FEMA DRC build out complete and on track for opening. PA Desktop scheduled for 3/24/16.

·        Caraway Island remains in Evacuation Order.  It is the only area in the parish that remains inaccessible due to water.  


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.

·        PA personnel are en route to the parish.



·        Water still rising in Turkey Creek Lake moving north towards populated areas.

·        LANG Transporting sand bags from detention center to affected homes.



·        FEMA has setup a temporary location at the Civic Center with a full DRC planned. DSNAP operations established on 3/21/16.



·        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 deployed in Grand Isle at Bridge Side Marina.



·        Joint PA PDA team conducted  site assessment on damages at Fourchon beach. POC is Chett Chaisson, Greater Lafourche Port Commission.



·        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.

·        DSNAP Operations established on 3/21/16. DRC opened 3/23/16. PDA/PA desktop conducted 3/21/16. FEMA is also going from home to home.

·        Per Regional Coordinator: Debris Status: have asked residents to bring to Parish road easement, using their Parish people to pick up, may use force acct labor timesheets to track and may/or seek reimbursement.



·        Working on damage assessments in preparation for PDA Teams scheduled for next week. Requested IA Team. In the process of submitting PA & IA PDAs.



·        The Hotline is now closed. 

·        A DSNAP has been opened in Springfield.  LPSO, Denham Springs PD, Walker PD, Killian PD, Albany PD and French Settlement PD have all provided deputies/officers to work the DSNAP security.  Springfield Fire is providing medical for the location. 

·        We are working on setting up a DRC location.  Waiting on FEMA for go-ahead. Applicant Briefing is scheduled for Wednesday, 30 March at 1300 hrs.  

·        FEMA and the SE LA Baptist Assoc. are assessing homes now.  Baptist Assoc., Lowe's, Stine's and Salvation Army are assisting with mudouts. 

·        The Parish is assessing roads now for Public Assistance. 



·        DSA Teams deployed throughout the Parish 3/21/16. DSNAP Operations established on 3/21/16.



·        Request for PDA/IA teams. DSNAP Operations established on 3/21/16 at Dotson Park in Bastrop. The DRC soft opening 3/25/16.

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



·        DSNAP operations established on  3/21/16. PDA/PA desktop assistance conducted 3/22/16.

·        Providing MREs and water from volunteers to residents who can't get out. Flood water receding slowly, numerous residents can only be reached by boat.

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

·        Per Regional Coordinator: Requested DRC. Debris Status - have asked residents to bring to Parish road easement, using their Parish people to pick up, may use force acct labor timesheets to track and may/or seek reimbursement.



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

·        FEMA Survivor Assistance teams deployed. Requested IA & PA teams. PDA forms distributed to all agencies. 

·        Two pumps are now up and running. The remainder of the pumps should come online at a rate of one per every six to eight hours.  

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

·        The DRC in Monroe and DSNAP Operations established 3/21/16. The second DRC site in West Monroe soft opening 3/28/16.

·        Per Regional Coordinator: Met Ouachita Parish OEP Director regarding a large de-watering project within the parish. Yesterday the Director requested an opinion and approval from Recovery and FEMA PA to enhance an ongoing flood effort project. After conferencing and a site visits, the protective measures project was approved. Today, the team visited the sites and survey the affected areas and the areas being protected.



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

·        PDA/PA desktop assistance and DSNAP Operations established on 3/21/16. PDA (IA) teams are currently in the field.

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

·        Numerous State and Parish roads still inundated with water.

·        Gates on Rigolette are open with outflow into Red River occurring; however this area is not seeing a decrease in levels.

·        Per Regional Coordinator: Debris Status – will use Force Account Labor and seek reimbursement.


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. Awaiting federal declaration.



·        Water continues to rise in southern end of the Parish. Multiple roads still inundated with water. High water vehicle on standby with drivers and one LNO.

·        The Woolen Lake curfew is from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Emergency sandbagging ongoing at Woolen Lake. LANG offering in moving sandbags to high risk areas.

·        Sandbagging efforts continue.7 dumpster locations throughout the Parish for flood debris.

·        The shower that was requested through WebEOC has arrived.

·        DSNAP Operations established on 3/21/16. Preliminary Damage Assessments are underway. Confirmed agreement reached between Richland Sheriff and FEMA Security regarding DRC on-site security. DRC opening pending.

·        Shelter is open and supporting 12 evacuees at this time. The Rayville shelter was found to be ADA non-compliant. Issues that existed were resolved and ARC agreed to provide some level of support for the shelter. The shower that was requested through WebEOC has arrived.

·        Detention center is beginning to bring back offenders.  

·        Per Regional Coordinator: Coordinated with Division Supervisor to complete final steps to open Richland DRC … ROE form was forwarded to JFO … DRC Build out team scheduled to meet at the Rayville DRC location 0900 on 24 Mar … pending no delays, soft opening to follow.



·        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. Gathering map information and requested IA PDAs for inclusion in the next IA declaration request.


St. Helena

·        Permanent road repairs are being made at this time. Parish estimate road damage has reached $55,000 (3/4 completed).

·        IA PDA teams deployed. Submitted flooded home list. PA PDA Teams scheduled to deploy next week. GOHSEP offered assistance for PDAs.

·        Red Cross checking flooded homes.

·        Now have trees falling due to saturated ground.


St. Tammany

·        Disaster Survival Assistance Team working in Slidell Area. Damage Assessment Teams assessing properties affected by Pearl River on East side of parish.

·        DSNAP operations established on 3/21/16. DRC established in Slidell. 2nd DRC established on 3/23/16 (closed on weekend and Good Friday). Applicant Brief on 3/28/16.

·        Debris pickup has been scheduled on the west side of the parish from 3/22/16 – 3/31/16. Crews in this sector will pick up debris in all flood-impacted areas West of Louisiana Highway 434. Debris pickup on the east side of the parish is scheduled from April 1 - 7. Crews in this sector will pick up debris in all flood-impacted areas East of Highway 434.



·        DSNAP operations established on 3/21/16. Two DRCs established 3/23/16. Applicant briefing requested on 3/30/16.

·        PS Process in completing all info for PA.

·        Activated Parish Debris Contract, pick up started 3/21/16.

·        An AAR meeting has been schedule with all ESF's and elected officials for March 29 at 9:00 a.m.



·        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.

·        DSNAP operations established on 3/21/16. The DRC site in Farmerville has been approved for a soft opening on Monday, March 28.



·        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. Multi Agency Resource Center set up at Evans High School. Security details will end here at 1200 hrs. 3/25/16.

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

·        Flood water is continuing to recede in Evans area. Remediation of residents ongoing.

·        Per Regional Coordinator: DRC requested. Will open Debris contract quotes tomorrow and monitoring quotes deadline tomorrow.



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

·        Mobile DRC established 3/21/16. DSNAP Operations established on 3/21/16. Applicant Briefing scheduled for 3/28/16. 1 FEMA 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. Still dealing with power outages and water in many homes. FEMA DSAT deployed. Laundry unit established in Lake Bistineau area to support residents. PA desktop conducted. DRC established 3/22/16.

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


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. Visited West Carroll Parish to select site for DRC (mobile),parish owned site was cleared by IA. Coordinated with Recovery to finalization WCP Desk Top PDA which will be forwarded before COB 24 Mar 16

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



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

·        DSNAP operations established on 3/21/16. DRC established.

·        Per Regional Coordinator: Debris Status - using Progressive, their normal waste company and dumpsters, will not seek reimbursement.

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