News Alert: Situational Awareness Report 28 March 2016 As of 4:00 p.m.
Posted: 4/1/2016 8:29:06 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

Situational Awareness Report

28 March 2016

As of 4:00 p.m.


State EOC Activation Level: Crisis Action Team (CAT)

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 today or tonight. Showers and thunderstorms will increase from west late Tuesday night but especially during the day Wednesday into Wednesday night across the four state region. During this timeframe, there is a slight chance for severe thunderstorms across the entire region. Large hail, damaging thunderstorm wind gusts and isolated tornadoes will be possible with any severe thunderstorms Wednesday through Wednesday night. Along with the severe weather threat will be a heavy rainfall threat Wednesday through Wednesday night as well. Flash Flood Watched may become necessary for portions of the sour state region with future forecasts.


Southwest/Central Louisiana: Showers and thunderstorms will be possible again Tuesday through Thursday.


Southeast Louisiana: No hazardous weather is expected today or tonight. Another storm system will affect the area Wednesday and Thursday with scattered to numerous thunderstorms. A few storms could become severe each day, producing damaging wind gusts, isolated tornadoes, and large hail. The primary threat timing is currently expected to be Wednesday through Thursday evening. Timing will continue to be refined. In addition to severe weather, heavy rainfall will be possible with this system. Area average rainfall of 2 to 4 inches is expected Wednesday and Thursday. Locally higher amounts will be possible. This could lead to isolated flash flooding concerns as well as rises on area rivers.


***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.


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 continues to assist 7 parishes with 13 waterway restrictions.  These restrictions include closures, no wakes and curfews.

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

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


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 Retainer Contracts as of 3/24/2016. These contractors conducted a reconnaissance of the District affected areas over the weekend and will engage this morning, 3/28/2016 in pickup operations in St Tammany parish along US 190 and into both Tangipahoa and Washington parishes as well. Currently there is minimal household goods, C&D (Construction & Demolition) debris along parish routes however; DOTD is taking a pro-active approach towards ensuring roadways are clear of all potential debris hazards along these routes.

·        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.

·        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 Disaster Recovery is engaged in capturing reimbursement costs associated with acquired Damage Assessment Team - Damage Information Reports (DIRs) s. These DIRs will capture damage to DOTD infrastructure that is eligible for reimbursement under the FEMA PA and FHWA ER programs.

·       As a supporting agency, DOTD is in communication and coordination with DCFS while assisting in DSNAP Site preparations and operations.



·        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

·        Medical Infrastructure is at normal operational levels.

·        OPH Immunizations teams remain active in areas with shelters.

·        Behavioral Health Crisis Hotlines remain available for those requiring crisis care or behavioral health support.

·        Behavioral Health Crisis Hotlines are available for those requiring crisis care or behavioral health support. Updated information (additional parishes covered) are reflected in today's attachment.  

·        14 Public Water Systems currently under boil water advisory

·        67 Public Water Systems cleared from boil water advisory       


Department of Children and Family Services

·        27 MAR 2016 (1200)

·        Total shelter population - 107

o   1 Parish shelter - 33 pop count

o   2 ARC shelters - 74 pop count

·        Updated Shelter Report located in Filed Library under ESF 6 (DCFS)

·        DCFS continues to coordinate with Local and State Agencies for DSNAP operations that will begin this week.

·        DCFS plans on putting into WebEOC request to DOTD for signage, LSP for security, and have already submitted to LWC for feeding.

·        The Alpha Schedule for this week's DSNAP operations will be as follows:

o   Wed 30 Mar: A-F

o   Thu 31 Mar: G-N

o   Fri 1 April: O-Z

o   Sat 2 April: A-K

o   Sun 3 April: L-Z

·        Applications will be accepted: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM in the approved parishes.


American Red Cross

·        Activities Sunday and Monday included:

o   Bulk Distribution (including mobile bulk and distribution through a casework site)

o   Feeding (including mobile feeding and fixed feeding site)

o   Casework – in a number of parishes throughout the state

·        Continue to support ARC Shelters (ARC Managed shelter at National Guard Armory in Independence (Tangipahoa) closed Saturday at 6pm.

·        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 and GOHSEP Call with parishes

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

·        Reporting two days of activities for Red Cross

·        The following data reflects Red Cross services to date as of Sunday March 27th COB:

o   Shelters Opened to Date - 30

o   Shelter Overnight Stays to Date – 3,023

o   Meals Served to Date – 57, 021

o   Snacks Served to Date – 154, 627

o   Comfort Kits to Date  - 2, 474

o   Clean-up Kits to Date – 5, 408

o   Bulk Items to Date – 42, 018

o   Emergency Response Vehicles on the ground (ERVs) to Date - 29 Health Services Consultations to Date – 1,608 Mental Health Consultations to Date – 1,809 Cases Open to Date: 926 (clients served in cases 2, 835) Red Cross Workers to Date - 952

·        The following data reflects Red Cross services to date as of Saturday, March 26th COB:

o   Shelters Opened to Date - 30

o   Shelter Overnight Stays to Date – 2, 963 Meals Served to Date – 53, 758 Snacks Served to Date – 149, 822 Comfort Kits to Date  - 2,396 Clean-up Kits to Date – 5, 221 Bulk Items to Date – 40, 833 Emergency Response Vehicles on the ground (ERVs) to Date - 29 Health Services Consultations to Date – 1,541 Mental Health Consultations to Date – 1,747 Cases Open to Date: 887 (clients served in cases 2,731) Red Cross Workers to Date - 939


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

·        Sentell - Caddo Parish is back on land-based T1.

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

·        Catahoula Parish request a LWIN mobile tower or other equipment placed at the Enterprise LWIN tower in Catahoua Parish to bring this site online. OTS Radio Communications Section has technicians en route. The Parish is back on the air via a satellite link.


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 3:00 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. FEMA setting up  several locations for parish registration for IA.



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

·        PDAs completed. DSNAP Operations will begin 3/30/16.

·        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. 

·        Per Regional Coordinator: DRC soft opening 3/29/16.



·        IA Declaration has been requested.

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

·        Water is receding some families were able to move back in their homes, there are still 15 families still not able to go back in the Brouillette community. Super sacks did a great job of holding water in the Brouillette community. 

·        Per Regional Coordinator: 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. They will be marked maintained daily and at night kept secured.

·        Will request DRC.

·        FEMA IA team and other groups in the area conducting cleanup and repairs. FEMA has established field office in Merryville and taking registrations as needed.

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



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

·        Per Regional Coordinator: PA Desktop conducted 3/21/16. DRC buildout on 3/22/16. Resource distribution ongoing in area of greatest need.



·        DRC operations established. Coordinating Applicant Briefings.

·        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.

·        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.

·        Per Regional Coordinator: Still working the FAC in South Bossier including resources and crisis counseling/case work.



·        There are still some homes without electricity in the Oil City and Vivian communities.

·        656 people have called Caddo OHSEP to report damages.

·        DRC soft opening 3/25/16. 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.



·        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; continuing to work on re-internment issue.

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

·        DSNAP Operations will begin 3/30/16.



·        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.

·        Town of Jonesville continues to pump waste water over levee drainage structure. Sandbagging operations here continue.

·        Voluntary evacuation in effect for residents in low lying areas of the Parish. Shelter options are available in combination with LaSalle parish.

·        PDA/PA desktop 3/24/16.

·        Ouachita and Bouef  rivers in Northern Part of parish is starting to crest at 59 ft. MSL, but still overflow from rivers still continuing to cover road ways and flooding homes; Black, Red Tensas and Little Rivers have started a slight fall, but still have areas that have flooding.

·        There is now approximately 40 homes with water, some areas inaccessible  except by boat to get accurate count.

·        Over 100 residents have been displaced either by water in homes or access to homes under water. over 200 residents  are using boats and other means to access home.

·        Duty Ferry at Enterprise closed at this time. 40+ Parish Rds. closed due to water over roadways.

·        LWIN tower at Enterprise is out of service due to  ATT T1 under water, but site is not. Request mobile LWIN equipment be placed per WebEOC or ATT set up microwave circuit to LWIN  tower. This tower is in a flooded area, but tower is not.



·        Beginning Recovery Operations.

·        Per Regional Coordinator: PA Desktop scheduled for 3/22/16. DRC site visit 3/25/16; build out slated for this weekend or Monday.



·        IA Declaration has been requested.

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



·        DRC soft opening 3/22/16.

·        Per Regional Coordinator: FEMA DRC build out complete and on track for opening. PA Desktop conducted 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

·        IA Declaration has been requested.

·        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

·        IA Declaration has been requested. PA personnel deployed.



·        Water still rising on three sides of the parish. LANG Transporting sand bags from detention center to affected homes.



·        DRC established.



·        PDA Teams deployed.



·        Joint PA/PDA teams 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.

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

·        Parish working at normal operations.

·        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.



·        IA Declaration has been requested.

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



·        Applicant Briefing is scheduled for 3/30/16.  

·        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. 

·        Per Regional Coordinator: DRC soft opening 3/28/16.



·        DSA Teams deployed throughout the Parish 3/21/16.



·        Request for PDA/IA teams. DRC established 3/29/16.

·        All major roads now open.

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



·        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.

·        Per Regional Coordinator: DRC inspection 3/25/16. 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.

·        Some Parish Roads and State roads are still impassable. Water are receding.  Some residents are only able to get out by boat.

·        FEMA, Disaster Relied Teams, Red Cross, and many  other nonprofits groups are in the parish working diligent helping residents.



·        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. 

·        All six alternate pumps are working.  We are about 1 inch from the point that Bayou Desiard is separated from Chauvin Basin.  The bad news is we are now expecting 4 to 5 inches of rain this Wednesday and Thursday. If we get that amount, the combined effect of the rain and the run-off will put us back to where we were about 7 days ago.    

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

·        The DRC Operations in Monroe 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. 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. 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 conducted 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

·        DSNAP Operations to begin on 3/30/16.

·        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 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. Water Levels at Woolen Lake continue to rise at a rate of 4"+ over the past 48 hours.  2,000 sandbags to be filled this PM at Detention Center for transfer to the Woolen Lake Fire Station.  Sandbagging continues around homes in that area.

·        7 dumpster locations throughout the Parish for flood debris.

·        PDAs are underway. Confirmed agreement reached between Richland Sheriff and FEMA Security regarding DRC on-site security.

·        Shelter is open and supporting 9 evacuees at this time.

·        Detention center is beginning to bring back offenders. 

·        FEMA DRC is open and operational at 112D Morgan Street in Rayville.

·        By order of the OEP Director D. Williams Boeuf River south of Hatch's Bridge (Hwy 231) is closed to all boat traffic immediately.

·        Over 30 Parish roads are closed.    



·        DSNAP Operations will begin 3/30/16.

·        PDAs conducted. 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 this week.


St. Helena

·        IA Declaration has been requested.

·        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 this 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.

·        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.



·        Two DRCs established 3/23/16. Applicant briefing requested on 3/30/16. Activated Parish Debris Contract, pick up started 3/21/16.

·        An AAR meeting conducted with all ESF's and elected officials on March 29 at 9:00 a.m.

·        42 Citizens in Shelter

·        2 DRC are not open at this time however we continue to try to get them open as quickly as possible.

·        PA/PDA submitted to GOHSEP



·        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.

·        The DRC site in Farmerville 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.

·        Multi Agency Resource Center set up at Evans High School.

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

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

·        Bids received for Debris removal.  To be awarded soon.

·        DRC site assessment completed Friday, 3-25-16.  GSA lease agreement completed.  Waiting on DRC startup date.

·        Red Cross and other organizations providing assistance to affected individuals.

·        FEMA registrations ongoing.  Fixed site at HLS/911 office in Leesviile.

·        All LANG support cancelled effective 3-25-16.  



·        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. 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.



·        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. Resource distribution to impacted areas ongoing.

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


West Carroll

·        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.

·        DRC established.

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


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