News Alert: Situational Awareness Report 1 April 2016 As of 3:00 p.m.
Posted: 4/4/2016 8:43:44 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

Situational Awareness Report

1 April 2016

As of 3:00 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 results.


Today’s Weather Outlook:


North Louisiana: As a cold front moves into the state from the northwest, areas of light rain and possibly a few isolated thunderstorms are expected to develop this afternoon with a lower chance of showers later in the evening. Low temperatures tonight will be in the lower 40s. Although rainfall amounts will be very spotty and not excessive, any amount of rain across certain portions of the region that experienced recent flooding could result in brief periods of renewed flooding.


Southwest/Central Louisiana: A marginal risk of severe weather will remain through Saturday morning. Showers and thunderstorms associated with a cold front will move east across the region this afternoon with the possibility of continued precipitation tonight. Frequent cloud to ground lighting, gusty winds and heavy rainfall will be possible in some of the storms. A wind advisory is in effect until 7:00 p.m. this evening for parishes along and south of the Interstate 10 corridor. High pressure will build over the region by late in the weekend and continue through the period. This will bring drier weather and allow winds and seas to diminish over the coastal waters.


Southeast Louisiana: A slight risk of severe thunderstorms will remain across all of southeast Louisiana; associated risks include damaging winds, isolated tornadoes, and frequent lightning. Widespread showers and thunderstorms producing heavy rainfall will move across the region this afternoon before becoming more scattered throughout the night. The highest risk of severe weather and greatest rainfall will generally be across the Northshore parishes of southeast Louisiana. Most of the region is under a flash flood watch through 7:00 p.m.



***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

·        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 5 parishes w/11 waterway restrictions (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 in the impacted area 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) 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. 



·        DOTD has activated its District 62 Debris and Monitoring Retainer Contracts as of 3/24/2016. These contractors are focusing debris operations along US, state and federal aid routes in St Tammany, Tangipahoa, Washington, St. Helena and Washington parishes. Currently there is minimal household goods, C&D (Construction & Demolition) debris along DOTD jurisdictional routes within these parishes however; DOTD will be taking a pro-active approach towards ensuring these routes are clear of all potential debris hazards.

·        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 460 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.

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

·        DOTD Disaster Recovery is currently engaged in capturing reimbursement costs associated with DOTD response operations for damage to DOTD infrastructure that is eligible for reimbursement under the FEMA PA and FHWA ER programs.

·        As a supporting agency, DOTD ESF-3 is in communication and coordination with DCFS while assisting in DSNAP Site preparations and operations. DOTD Districts are currently engaged in DSNAP site support for the following parishes: Ascension; Allen; Calcasieu; Rapides; Red River; Sabine; Jackson


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 Health and Hospitals

·        OPH Immunizations teams remain active in areas with shelters.

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

·        9 Public Water Systems currently under boil water advisory

·        72 Public Water Systems cleared from boil water advisory       


Department of Children and Family Services

·        DCFS is working Round 2 of DSNAP operations through Sunday 3 APR 2016.

·        As of 30 MAR 2016, DCFS provided services to 52,973 Households and has issued $19,613,096.00 in DSNAP benefits.

·        Shelter totals as of 12:00 p.m. on April 1:

o   Total shelter population - 89

o   2 Parish shelter - 45 pop count

o   2 ARC shelter - 44 pop count

o   Difference between ARC numbers and DCFS numbers is ARC did not report shelter numbers for Liller Marbles Recreation Center in Monroe, LA.

·        Updated Shelter Reports are located in Filed Library under ESF 6 (DCFS).


American Red Cross

·        Bulk Distribution still continues in some of the affected areas

·        Feeding still continues in some of the affected areas

·        Casework – in a number of parishes throughout the state

·        Continue to support ARC Shelters

·        Provided Midnight and 12 Noon shelter population numbers to DCFS

·        Participated on 11am State Housing Task Force Call

·        Participated on 2:00pm ESF/Parish Recovery Call

·        Participated in 9:00am JFO Command and General Staff Meeting

·        DA continues to be conducted in some of the areas in the state

·        Continue to support ARC DRO Operations and JFO

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

·        The following data reflects Red Cross services to date as of Tuesday, March 30th COB:

o   Shelters Opened to Date - 30

o   Shelter Overnight Stays to Date – 3,217

o   Meals Served to Date – 65,328

o   Snacks Served to Date – 167,133

o   Comfort Kits to Date  - 2,579

o   Clean-up Kits to Date – 5,903

o   Bulk Items to Date – 48,831

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

o   Health Services Consultations to Date –  2,520

o   Mental Health Consultations to Date – 2,566

o   Cases Open to Date: 1,572

o   Red Cross Workers to Date – 1,032


Department of Agriculture and Forestry

·        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),,   


Office of Technology Services

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

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


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.

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


Salvation Army

·        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

·        We continue to monitor WebEOC and respond to requests for assistance.

·        We continue to participate in coordinating calls and are actively participating in the Louisiana Disaster Housing Task Force.

·        We are coordinating efforts with LABEOC for requests from Parishes or partners for support. 

·        We are actively in the field working to establish long term recovery operations and are collecting data on response operations to date.   


Louisiana Economic Development (LED)

·        LED hosted a meeting on Friday, 04/01/2016 of SBA officials to discuss progress in assisting individuals and businesses with home and business loans.  Over $11.0 million in SBA loans have been approved thus far for individuals and businesses.

·        Five business recovery centers continue to be open.  LED is working with SBA and Small Business Development Centers statewide to raise awareness of DRCs and BRCs that are open.  



·        Working with GOHSEP, FEMA, LA VOAD and LA BEOC stakeholders to locate storage areas/containers/site(s) for citizens that homes were destroyed in the flooding. 

·        Working with GOHSEP and FEMA Private Sector Division to assist in recovery efforts and actively participating on the Housing Task Force and assisting FEMA Logistics Management in locating possible sites in Rapides Parish for logistical staging needs.  


Disaster Recovery (JFO)

·        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.

·        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. 

·        Two additional DRCs are now open in Ascension and Union parishes, resulting in a total of 18 DRCs open.

·        Housing Assistance Totals as of COB 03/31/2016

o   Total registrations: 29,293 / Total IHP Approved: $52,312,450

o   Housing Assistance: $41,240,126 / Other Needs Assistance: $11,072,324

o   Housing Inspections: Inspections Issued: 23,928 / Inspections Returned: 19,691

·        Disaster Recovery Centers

o   Visits: Daily: 661 / Cumulative: 5,030

·        Small Business Administration (SBA) Loan Totals as of Cob 03/21/16:

o   Applications issued: 15,077 / Applications received: 1,799

o   Applications approved: 167 / Amount approved: $8,206,000

·        National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Totals as of 3.30.2016:

o   Number of Insurance Claims received: 4,565 / Amount Paid Out: $23,680,798

·        Disaster Survivor Assistance: Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) teams are canvassing all designated parishes. Numbers as of 03/31/2016:

o   Visited 15,668 homes

o   Interacted with 19,874 survivors

o   Registered 2,504 people.

·        Request for Public Assistance deadlines established.

o   April 12 for Bossier, Claiborne, Grant, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, and Webster parishes.

o   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.

o   April 16 for Allen, Ascension, and Calcasieu parishes. 

o   April 24 for 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.



·        PDAs completed. DSNAP Operations established 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 pending.

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



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

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

·        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.

·        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: Very unique challenges in specific neighborhoods facing HM projects, some requiring community-wide decisions and planning. Many are new construction and large homes not in flood zones (most all uninsured for flood) leaving little financial room for owners to work with. Parish working closely with residents and HM regarding these issues.



·        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. PA Desktop conducted.

·        Per Regional Coordinator: DRC internet issue still not resolved, JFO addressing.



·        Continuing to work on re-internment issue. 71 caskets in storage, 18 more recovered this week, approximately 17 more still need to be recovered.

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

·        DSNAP Operations established 3/30/16. DRC location has been determined.



·        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. 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. GOHSEP PDA/PA team deployed 3/24/16. GOHSEP PDA/IA teams deployed 3/28/16, will also complete aerial assessment 4/1/16.

·        Number of flooded homes continue to rise in the norther part of the parish. 45 reported damaged with many inaccessible due to water over roadways The number of homes in the Northern Part of Catahoula Parish with flooded access is growing each day as water levels rise.

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

·        The Black, Tensas, Little and Red Rivers continue a slow fall of 2-3 inches a day in the backwater areas, but still covering several thousand acres.

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

·        Red Cross in Parish assisting residents with special needs requirements.  



·        Per Regional Coordinator: PA Desktop scheduled for 3/22/16. DRC site visit 3/25/16, buildout 3/30/16, soft opening 3/31/16.



·        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: PA Desktop conducted 3/24/16. All evacuation orders have been lifted.


East Baton Rouge

·        IA Declaration pending.

·        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 pending. PA completed.

·        Overwhelmed with calls from residents claiming damages.

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

·        LANG flight with FEMA was conducted on Friday, April 1. Further affected homes were identified.

·        Handing out MREs and water around Turkey Creek Lake.



·        DRC established.



·        PDA Teams deployed.

·        DSNAP Operations established 3/30/16.

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



·        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.

·        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 pending.

·        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.

·        Parish entity PA Applicants moving forward with temporary repairs and some permanent repairs.



·        Applicant Briefing on 3/30/16.  

·        FEMA and the SE LA Baptist Assoc. are assessing homes.  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.

·        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.



·        PDA/PA desktop assistance conducted 3/22/16. Setting up DRC.

·        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.

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

·        DHH administered DTap and Flu Shot on 3/29/16 and will again on 3/31/16 from 5-8 p.m. at 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. 

·        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: Communicated with all parishes in Region 8 regarding the Applicants Briefing scheduled for Friday 1 Apr. Participated in meeting with FCO and SCO; major topics were housing needs and case management … members of the Ouachita Parish Police Jury joined the meeting to discuss issues affecting their constituents; (housing, benefits, alleged FEMA fraud) … Ouachita Parish OEP Director reviewed flood fighting activities in the parish and provided status for the Parkview Apartments resident relocation and shelter operations.



·        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 established 3/30/16. Awaiting press release to inform affected areas.

·        DRC:  Met with FEMA Ground Support Unit.  Identified location.  Was advised they thought they would be prepared for soft opening on Friday however this is not confirmed. 

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


Red River

·        DSNAP Operations established 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.

·        Several parish roads are closed.

·        Per Regional Coordinator: On schedule for 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.



·        Water continues to rise in southern end of the Parish. Multiple roads still inundated with water.

·        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. 

·        We currently have one High Water Vehicle with 2 operators, 1 LNO, and 1 OIC from the National Guard.  High Water Vehicle is stationed at the Woolen Lake Fire Station to assist with rescues and security patrols.  

·        7 dumpster locations throughout the Parish for flood debris.

·        PDAs are underway. DRC established.

·        Shelter is open and supporting 16 evacuees at this time.

·        Over 30 Parish roads are closed. Boeuf River south of Hatch's Bridge (Hwy 231) is closed to all boat traffic immediately.

·         “Flood Buckets” from Methodist Relief Agency are staged at Woolen Lake Fire Station and are ready for distribution if needed. Also have high water vehicle stationed there to assist with rescues and security patrols.

·        Per Regional Coordinator: Communicated with all parishes in Region 8 regarding the Applicants Briefing scheduled for Friday 1 Apr. Met with SCO and Richland OEP in Rayville; discussed housing issues, issues with ARC shelter support and feeding problems, and flood fighting efforts in the southern part of the parish near the Community of Hebert. GOSHEP Human Services Branch worked with ARC to modified current level of ARC support to the Rayville Shelter (changes to take effect 3/31/16, will follow up Richland OEP).

·        The Richland Correctional Facility has issues with its sewage system taking in flood water. It has called for the removal and replacement of inmates to another dorm of the facility as well as transference to a neighboring corrections facility.   



·        DSNAP Operations established 3/30/16 and will remain open through 4/3/16 at 7:00 pm.

·        PDAs conducted. Recording names of residents with flood damage for IA.

·        Emergency repairing high priority roads and bridges.

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


St. Helena

·        IA Declaration pending.

·        Permanent road repairs are being made at this time.

·        IA PDA teams deployed. Submitted flooded home list. IA/PA team deployed.

·        Red Cross checking flooded homes.


St. Tammany

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

·        Two DRCs have been established. 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.

·        PA/PDA submitted to GOHSEP



·        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 3/28/16.

·        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.

·        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.

·        DRC site assessment 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 Leesville.



·        The parish has made repairs to numerous damaged roads. 

·        Mobile DRC established 3/21/16. Applicant Briefing 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. Two points of distro for shots by OPH and other resources were underway 3/30/16 and 3/31/16.

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



·        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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