News Alert: Situational Awareness Report 29 March 2016 As of 4:00 p.m.
Posted: 4/1/2016 8:29:50 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

Situational Awareness Report

29 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: Widely scattered thunderstorms will be possible overnight tonight. These storms should remain below severe levels. Thunderstorms will increase in coverage from the west during the day Wednesday into Wednesday night across the entire four state region. A few thunderstorms could become severe. Large hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes will be possible. In addition, there will also be a heavy rainfall threat Wednesday through Wednesday night which could lead to flash flooding especially north of a line from Monroe to Shreveport Louisiana to De Queen Arkansas. The flash flood threat should diminish across the area on Thursday but severe weather will remain possible across northern Louisiana and portions of south central Arkansas with the arrival of a cold front from the northwest.


Southwest/Central Louisiana: there will be a slight chance for showers and thunderstorms today and tonight, At this time, no hazardous weather is expected. Upper level disturbances combined with an approaching frontal boundary will bring a high likelihood of showers and thunderstorms from Wednesday through Thursday. Isolated severe thunderstorms will be possible especially Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday night. Shower and thunderstorm chances will decrease on Friday with severe weather not expected. No hazardous weather is expected through the remainder of the period, although there will be a chance for showers and storms on Sunday. Over the marine area, onshore flow will increase in Wednesday with small craft advisories possible Wednesday night and Thursday. Strong offshore winds may lead to small craft advisory conditions on Saturday.


Southeast Louisiana: winds will increase over open waters to around 15  knots with higher gusts at times. Small craft should exercise caution through the day as these winds could make conditions very choppy. An isolated thunderstorm or two will be possible tonight. Although no severe weather is anticipated, the occasional cloud to ground lightning strike and brief heavy rainfall will be possible. The risk for strong to severe storms will be higher Wednesday and Thursday. A 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 afternoon through Thursday evening and possible with two separate episodes. Timing will continue to be refined. In addition to severe weather, heavy rainfall will be possible with this system. Area average rainfall of 1 to 3 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.

·        Webeoc Task # 316-82154802 001 (Grant Parish) is complete.  Nantachie and Iatt Lakes have reopened.       


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, 3/29/2016 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. DOTD Districts are engaged in DSNAP site support for the next round of openings 3/30/16 in the following parishes: Ascension, Allen, Calcasieu, Rapides, Red River, Sabine, and Jackson.  



·        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.  

·        13 Public Water Systems currently under boil water advisory

·        68 Public Water Systems cleared from boil water advisory       


Department of Children and Family Services

·        29 MAR 2016 (1200)

o   Total shelter population - 99

o   1 Parish shelter - 33 pop count

o   2 ARC shelters - 66 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.

·        DCFS is currently working to set up 7 DSNAP Sites in 7 Parishes for Round 2. All sites will open at 0800 on Wed 30 March 2016.

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

·        DSNAP Sites for Round 2 can be located in File Library under ESF 6 (DCFS).


American Red Cross

·        A note for parishes -- as we pull back a bit on large scale bulk distribution we remain available to meet the needs of your residents who have been unable to access their homes because of flooding once they are able to return. Casework, outreach, feeding and bulk services do continue. Please reach out to your local contacts or put a WebEOC request in for any Red Cross service needs.

·        Activities today 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

·        Provided midnight and 12 Noon shelter population numbers to DCFS

·        Preparing to support Ouachita Parish with a transitional housing facility

·        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 as of Monday, March 28th COB:

o   Shelters Opened to Date - 30

o   Shelter Overnight Stays to Date – 3,388

o   Meals Served to Date – 58, 862

o   Snacks Served to Date – 158, 015

o   Comfort Kits to Date  - 2, 2538

o   Clean-up Kits to Date – 5,645

o   Bulk Items to Date – 45, 129

o   Emergency Response Vehicles on the ground (ERVs) to Date - 29

o   Health Services Consultations to Date – 1, 853

o   Mental Health Consultations to Date – 2,019

o   Cases Open to Date: 1,068 (clients served in cases 3,318)

o   Red Cross Workers to Date – 959

o   Red Cross Volunteers - 882


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)

·        FEMA housing inspectors will be in Louisiana as long as it takes to complete all inspections, even for homes where water is slow to recede.

·        One additional DRC is now open in Livingston Parish, resulting in a total of 17 DRCs open. Complete list below.

·        Designated Parishes Thirty parishes – Allen, Ascension, Beauregard, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Caldwell, Calcasieu, Claiborne, De Soto, Grant, Jackson, La Salle, Livingston, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Rapides, Red River,  Richland, Sabine, 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). Other parishes are pending review.

·        Housing Assistance: Totals as of COB 03/28/2016, Total registrations: 26,552, Total IHP Approved: $38,545,264, Housing Assistance: $30,426,205, Other Needs Assistance: $8,119,059

·        Inspections: Inspections Issued: 21,656, Inspections Returned: 13,789, Inspectors in the field: 327

·        Disaster Recovery Centers: Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays until further notice. Bossier Parish, Desoto Parish, Grant Parish, Ouachita Parish, St. Tammany Parish, Washington Parish (Mobile), Webster Parish, Winn Parish, Bienville Parish, LaSalle Parish, St. Tammany Parish, Caddo Parish, Richland Parish, Morehouse Parish, Ouachita Parish, Tangipahoa Parish, Livingston Parish

·        SBA Loans: Applications issued: 13,669; Applications received: 1005; Applications approved: 51; Amount approved: $2,648,300

·        Business Recovery Centers: Bossier Parish, Ouachita Parish, Tangipahoa Parish, St. Tammany Parish, Washington Parish

·        Number of Flood Insurance Claims received: 4,486; Amount Paid Out: $15,736,355

·        Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) teams are canvassing all designated parishes.

·        Numbers as of 03/28/2016

·        Visited 11,625 homes, interacted with 16,881survivors and registered 2,100 people.

·        Onsite registration locations include (13 total):

·        Grant (Grant Fire Station) Allen Parish; Merryville (City Hall Annex) Beauregard Parish; Ringgold (Corner store on Pine Bluff Rd) Bienville Parish; Elm Grove (Anna P. Tooke Memorial Library) Bossier Parish; Vinton Crossroads Baptist Church, Calcasieu Parish; Columbia (Caldwell Community Center) Caldwell Parish; Homer (Police Jury Building) Claiborne Parish; Colfax (Civic Center) Grant Parish; Georgetown (Town Hall) Grant Parish; Natchitoches (Sheriff’s Office) Natchitoches Parish;  Rayville (Civic Center) Richland Parish; Evans (Evans Congregational Methodist Church – Youth Center) Vernon Parish; Bogalusa (Bogalusa City Baseball Park) Washington Parish Request for Public Assistance deadlines established. April 12 for Bossier, Claiborne, Grant, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, and Webster parishes. April 14 for Beauregard, Bienville, Caddo, Caldwell, De Soto, La Salle, Livingston, Madison, Natchitoches, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Union, Vernon, Washington, West Carroll and Winn parishes. April 16 for Allen, Ascension and Calcasieu parishes. April 23 for Jackson, Rapides, Red River, and Sabine parishes.

·        Louisiana residents are encouraged to separate their storm debris into the following categories for environmental safety: Vegetative Yard Waste (tree limbs, etc.); Household Chemicals (such as paint, pesticides); White Goods (washers/dryers, refrigerators, stoves); Electronic Appliances (computers, TV’s, etc.); Solid Building Materials and Furniture. When possible, please mark containers clearly.

·        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 declaration makes available individual and public assistance (Categories A & B) for Bossier, Claiborne, Grant, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, and Webster 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.

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

·        03/25/2016: President Barack Obama approves the expansion of the declaration to include Jackson, Rapides, Red River and Sabine parishes.


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.

·        Recovery in the parish is running smoothly with FEMA IA and Red Cross covering the area.

·        Parish agencies preparing for Public Assistance and have submitted their estimates as requested.

·        Agencies are registering on LAPA for Public Assistance.



·        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. Due to Parish tax voting on 4/8/16, DRC will have to move out temporarily; JFO reviewing options to best accommodate.



·        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. Meetings scheduled for IA and HM eligibility questions.



·        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: DRC internet issue still not resolved, JFO addressing. FAC opens today.



·        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. Coordinated with Parish to have HWV with drivers returned to their parishes for sand bag operations to protect properties that are being exposed to rising water. Trucks should arrive this evening, prepared to begin mission in the morning. Both parish OEPs will confirm status in the morning. Communicated with all parishes in Region 8 regarding the Applicants Briefing scheduled for Friday 1 Apr.



·        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.

·        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.

·        The Ouachita and Bouef Rivers continue to rise in the Northern part of Catahoula Parish. Area still continuing to receive higher flood water.

·        The Black, Little, and Red Rivers backwater areas in the  Middle and Southern part of Catahoula has a slight fall, but areas still areas still flooded.

·        FEMA, GOHSEP PDA/IA teams in Parish Monday, March 28,2016 to do damage assessments.

·         GOHSEP PDA/PA team in Parish on March 24, 2016, Parish meet threshold for PA assistance.

·        Tensas Basin Levee District has closed 30+ drainage structures in Parish, causing trapped rainwater in side of levee system.  



·        Beginning Recovery Operations.

·        Per Regional Coordinator: PA Desktop scheduled for 3/22/16. DRC site visit 3/25/16; will determine DRC buildout schedule today.



·        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. All evacuation orders have been lifted.


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.

·        Per Regional Coordinator: Communicated with all parishes in Region 8 regarding the Applicants Briefing scheduled for Friday 1 Apr.



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

·        Sandbagging ongoing at the Hayes Rd/Scriber Rd. area.

·        Per Regional Coordinator: Coordinated with Parish to have HWV with drivers returned to their parishes for sand bag operations to protect properties that are being exposed to rising water. Trucks should arrive this evening, prepared to begin mission in the morning. Both parish OEPs will confirm status in the morning. Communicated with all parishes in Region 8 regarding the Applicants Briefing scheduled for Friday 1 Apr.



·        DRC established.



·        PDA Teams deployed.

·        DSNAP Operations to begin 3/30/16.

·        Per Regional Coordinator: Coordinated with Parish to determine locations for DSNAP and DRC. Communicated with all parishes in Region 8 regarding the Applicants Briefing scheduled for Friday 1 Apr.



·        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.

·        Per Regional Coordinator: Communicated with all parishes in Region 8 regarding the Applicants Briefing scheduled for Friday 1 Apr.



·        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.

·        Per Regional Coordinator: Communicated with all parishes in Region 8 regarding the Applicants Briefing scheduled for Friday 1 Apr.



·        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.

·        Per Regional Coordinator: Communicated with all parishes in Region 8 regarding the Applicants Briefing scheduled for Friday 1 Apr. Assisted Morehouse Parish with a request for a dump truck to provide hay for live stock owned by elderly couple living in a flooded area. The couple is surrounded by water but are high and dry.



·        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.

·        Setting up DRC.

·        FEMA IA teams have interviewed approximately 800 individuals. FEMA Teams throughout the parish conducting assessments.

·        DHH will administer the DTap and Flu Shot today 5-8 p.m., Tuesday, March 29, 2016 Family Worship Center, 330 Sandy Point Rd., Campti, LA , and Thursday, 5-8 p.m., March 31, Morning Star Baptist Church, 342 Main St. Natchez, LA 71456.



·        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: Participated in conference call with Ouachita Parish and the American Red Cross regarding the ARC’s role with a shelter for the residents of a housing development in the City of Monroe. After discussion (debate) the shelter need and the responsible parties in the issue, it was decided that the ARC would support the shelter with all wrap-around elements (but not as an ARC sponsored shelter) … As of this report, 162 residents require sheltering and 61 of those residents require a facility to store personal items. The ARC, Ouachita Parish, and the City of Monroe have agreed to begin moving residents at 1400 Tue 29 Mar. Transportation will be provided by the city for those unable to transport themselves. School children should be able to use regular school buses to and from school. Logistics for storage of personal property with each unit is still undecided.  It is expected that the ARC will handle registration at the shelter, but confirmation not received. Location of shelter is the Liller P. Marbles Recreation Center, 2950 Renwick St. 318-329-2447. Communicated with all parishes in Region 8 regarding the Applicants Briefing scheduled for Friday 1 Apr.



·        Voluntary evacuations in effect for residents in low lying areas of the Parish. Shelter is now closed.

·        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.

·        DSNAP Operations begin 3/30/16. Awaiting press release to inform affected areas.

·        DRC:  Met with FEMA Ground Support Unit yesterday.  Identified location.  Was advised they thought they would be prepared for soft opening on Friday however this is not confirmed.  Would like confirmation prior to putting this out to the residents of the affected area

·        DSAT:  Met with FEMA team yesterday and again this morning.  Provided maps with address points in the affected area. 

·        PA Applicant Briefing:  Noted preference of having a briefing held in Rapides Parish.  Working to secure a location.  Spoke with RC Basco yesterday & provided tentative dates of the afternoon of April 6 or morning of April 7th.  Will confirm once location has been secured.  Will put into WebEOC once location is secured.


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: On schedule for DSNAP and DRC site visits. 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.

·        Curfew is from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  for areas south of Hwy 132.

·        2,000 sandbags being filled 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 16 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.

·        Per Regional Coordinator: Communicated with all parishes in Region 8 regarding the Applicants Briefing scheduled for Friday 1 Apr.    



·        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.

·        Per Regional Coordinator: Communicated with all parishes in Region 8 regarding the Applicants Briefing scheduled for Friday 1 Apr.



·        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.  

·        Evans Community meeting this afternoon to discuss flood plain and assistance matters with FEMA.



·        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. Communicated with all parishes in Region 8 regarding the Applicants Briefing scheduled for Friday 1 Apr.

·        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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