News Alert: GOHSEP Severe Weather SITREP 13 August 2016
Posted: 8/13/2016 9:17:26 PM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

State EOC Activation Level: Level II

WebEOC Incident: 16-019 Severe Weather – Statewide – 10-14 August 2016

State Declaration Proclamation 111-JBE - 2016 State of Emergency - Heavy Rain and Flooding



Situation:  A lingering surface low over the coastal plains will continue to draw in tropical moisture into the South. Numerous showers and thunderstorms have developed and are lingering across the Gulf States, yielding high rainfall amounts. Stay tuned to your local National Weather Service for the latest updates, watches and warnings.


Southeast LA:  Scattered to numerous showers and a few thunderstorms will continue to affect the area tonight with the best chance for rain west of Interstate 55. A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for those areas of southeast LA. Any thunderstorm could produce frequent lightning and wind gusts up to 40 mph. Many area rivers have risen above flood stage and are experiencing major or record flooding. Scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms are expected again Sunday. A few stronger thunderstorms will be capable of producing frequent lightning and wind gusts up to 40 mph. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be possible each day Monday through Friday.


Southwest/Central LA: A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through Sunday morning for all of southwest and southcentral Louisiana. An additional 4 to 7 inches of rainfall with locally higher amounts is expected across the area. This will likely result in additional flash flooding, particularly across lower Acadiana. Residents are urged to continue monitoring weather conditions and be alert to rising water. Rainfall chances will decrease through  next week as the area of low pressure exits the region. However, daytime rain chances will remain above normal and the potential for scattered thunderstorms will exist each day.


North LA:  Showers and thunderstorms will be on the increase tonight due to an upper level disturbance across the Plains and approaching upper level low across southeast LA. Brief heavy downpours, frequent cloud to ground lightning, and strong winds gusts will be possible with some storms. Rain chances will remain high Sunday through at least the early part of next week due to an upper level disturbance remaining nearly stationary across the southern plains with locally heavy rainfall possible.

State Actions:



·        GOHSEP activated the Crisis Action Team on 11 August 2016

·        GOHSEP activated to a Level III (24 hour operations) on 12 August 2016

·        GOHSEP has activated to a Level II (24 hour operations) as of 13 August 2016

·        A WebEOC Incident has been created for this event

·        Regional Coordinators continue to monitor and update as needed

·        Provided approximately 312,000 sandbags

Louisiana National Guard

·        LANG TAC is manned 24 hours


Department of Environmental Quality

·        LDEQ has deployed 6 water craft vessels with operators as requested by the State Fire Marshall. 3 additional water craft vessels requested by the National Guard are on stand by if needed. LDEQ has made contact with EPA Region 6 and they are on stand by and ready to deploy assets if needed.

·        No major hazmat releases at this time.

·        LDEQ personnel are continuing to monitor the situation and WebEOC.


Department of Transportation and Development

·        Barricades and high water signs  have been deployed in multiple districts. 

·        Statewide Bridge Inspection Teams are deployed to Districts 61&62 inspecting scour critical bridges (400 on systems and 700 off systems)

·        Continuing to maintain current road closure information while collaborating with Districts and LSP

·        Preparation for deployment of Damage Assessment Teams

·        Pulled traffic control resources from Tom Drive warehouse in support of District 62 (Hammond) operations

·        Preparation to coordinate debris management operations once water recedes

·        Preparation to support DCFS DSNAP operations if required

·        DOTD LNOs are currently staffing GOHSEP ESF-3 State EOC positions 24 hours

·        Total road closure count: 68 - See full report in WebEOC

Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

·        Tangipahoa: 85 people, 14 animals

·        Washington: 1 person

·        Livingston: 37 people, 5 animals

·        St. Helena: 12 people

·        East Baton Rouge: 53 people, 11 animals

·        Iberia: 11 people

·        Lafayette: 27 people, 8 animals

·        East Feliciana: 9 people, 1 animal

·        West Feliciana: 2 people

·        Vermillion: 4 people, 2 animals

·        total people: 241

·        total animals: 41


Public Service Commission

·        Power outages as of 1300 on August 13: 17,580


State Fire Marshal

·        Fire Marshal Deputies began assisting parish EOC's at 0600 August 12

·        Currently assistance is being provided in Tangipahoa, Washington and Livingston Parishes

·        Requested that  swift water rescue assets be dispatched to OSFM Headquarters Baton Rouge

·        Pineville FD/Monroe FD swift water assets to be dispatched to Livingston OEP

·        Livingston Parish coordinated the delivery of 5 swift water boats from the State Fire Marshall’s Office

·        Zachary FD requested 2 swift water rescue teams from RrT-8 Monroe FD to help support water rescues in their area

·        2 + swift water rescue teams from Shreveport FD were added to support any mission request. Thet will report to OSFM HQ for standby duty at 0600 am.

Department of Agriculture and Forestry

·        LDAF coordinating pet resources for EBR, Livingston, and Tangi. Lamar Dixon Expo center open for horses, Amite Livestock Sales open for cattle. 

Department of Corrections

·        Facilities under this jurisdiction have assisted in sandbagging operations (filling bags and delivering them to towns in need).

·        DOC is assisting with the evacuation of Livingston Parish Jail by providing DOC facility staff and buses and 25 Probation and Parole Officers and vehicles. Jail inmates will be evacuated and transported to multiple DOC facilities.

Department of Children and Family Services

·        DCFS is coordinating with ARC on shelter openings throughout the State. 

·        A full shelter report can be found in WebEOC File Library

Department of Health and Hospitals

·        Medical infrastructure remains at normal operations.

·        A Nursing Facility in Region 9 Golden Age in Denham Springs evacuated to a sister facilities on 8/12/2016 out of precaution. Residents were temporarily placed at the following: 123 residents to Sterling Place, Baton Rouge; 15 residents to The Guest House, Baton Rouge; 7 residents to The Care Center, Baton rouge.

·        23 water systems on Boil Water Advisory

·        Oakwood Village LLC, Assisted Living - 4400 McHugh Road, Zachary Facility started evacuation 8/12/2016 completed 8/13.
evac'd 77 residents total - 39 went with family, 4 went to Grace Nursing Home located in Slaughter(E. Feliciana parish); 34 went to Lane Regional Medical - Rehabilitation Center in Zachary

·        Hospitals: Medical infrastructure remains at normal operations. Hospitals - and all medical facilities - have been notified to use ESF8 portal should they be impacted by the storm.

·        911 Report: 911 is down in Livingston Parish

·        2 Nursing Homes have been evacuated: 1. A Nursing Facility in Region 9 Golden Age in Denham Springs evacuated to a sister facilities on 8/12/2016 out of precaution. Residents were temporarily placed at the following: 123 residents to Sterling Place, Baton Rouge; 15 residents to The Guest House, Baton Rouge; 7 residents to The Care Center, Baton Rouge.

·        2. PENDING EVACUATION: Maison du Monde nursing home in Abbeville. Situation is currently being cased - ie. roads being evaluated and determination whether receiving sites are accessible. LNG, Local/Parish EP , Hospital and EMS are all involved.

·        Network 13 Dialysis Centers Status: For those that need dialysis in Region 9 call: 985-276-2594 ; For those that need dialysis in Region 2 call: 225-772-1428

·        Food and cots are being provided by DCFS and ARC.

·        Small Pets are being transferred to the F.G. Clark center. Additional shelters are continuously being opened.

·        Shelter Population: 1225 ; 1 Parish Shelter-Pop of 61 ; 17 ARC Shelters-pop 1164

Louisiana State Police

·        Total Statewide Crashes: 138 ,Total affected LSP personnel: 10

·        W. Feliciana personnel request: Troop A sent (8) Troopers to patrol W. Feliciana overnight at request of W. Fel. OEP.

·        Troop A and DOTD monitoring I-12 near Holden – closure and detour possible.

·        All LWIN Sites are operational at this time.

·        Emergency Operations Center -Partial Activation began 08/12/16 at 0730 hours. Call Center Activation on 08/12/16 at 0900 hours.
o 342 total calls (46 calls/hour currently)

·        CIMS Blue Team placed on telephone standby.

·        CIMS Gold Team will staff EOC w/ two team members at 1800 hours.

·        Crisis Response Staff continues to monitor the weather event and WebEOC for resource requests.

·        Troop A: Staffing (12), currently monitoring roadways and are in contact with local agencies. Troopers are currently monitoring road closures and high water and providing assistance as needed

·        Troop A: Livingston Parish Detention Center reported 6” of water, evacuating staff and inmates to Hunt Correctional

·        Troop B: Staffing (14), monitoring roadways and weather conditions

·        Troop C: Staffing (8), actively monitoring roadways and weather conditions

·        Troop D: Staffing (10), actively monitoring roadways and weather conditions

·        Troop E: Staffing(17), actively monitoring roadways and weather conditions

·        Troop F: Staffing (12), monitoring roadways and conditions (no rain reported)

·        Troop I: Staffing (25), toopers continuously monitoring roadways and weather conditions

·        Troop I: Curfews in Acadiana, coordinating barricades

·        Troop L: Staffing (16), troopers manning road closures

Red Cross

·        Supporting and managing Reception Centers in Tangipahoa, Lafayette, Iberia, East Baton Rouge, and Livingston Parishes

·        Anticipate additional Reception Centers opening in affected parishes as this system impacts our area

Board of Regents:

·        Campus closures Friday and Saturday at LSU and SU campuses.

·        F.G. Clark Activity Center on Southern University campus has been opened as a shelter.

·        Baton Rouge Community College - Louisiana Building and Magnolia Building on main campus are both taking on water. Staff pumping water out of both buildings.

·        Northshore Technical Community College and Fletcher Technical Community College both reporting minor roof leaks.



·        134 / 135 LWIN tower sites in wide-area operations.

·        Abbeville tower site in Vermillion Parish is out of wide area operations. Technicians notified.

·        The following statewide interoperability talk groups are in use: *INTEROP-1 *INTEROP-3 *INTEROP-5 *INTEROP-6

·        Complete ICS 205 located in File Library


Department of Justice:

·        Report price gouging to consumer hotline: (800) 351-4889


·        Continue to direct inquiries and calls for information

·        Connect Mercy Chefs to Tangipahoa OEP for potential deployment for mobile feeding unit

·        Outreach to EBR churches, local VOAD concerning potential need for additional shelter space per GOHSEP


Parish Actions: 



·        SHELTER IN PLACE…issued by Sheriff Gibson..."DO not leave residence unless it is an emergency...many areas are flooded and unpassable".

·        Flash Flood warning till 2:00 pm

·        Acadia Parish Sheriff office is requesting a couple of boats for in home rescues

·        Power Outage count: 70 (7 Entergy, 63 SLEMCO)



·        Reported flooding in low areas of Parish, especially in Kinder Area

·        Preparing to set up temporary shelter at Kinder fire station



·        Waterways closed  until further notice

·        Established emergency messages for residents on community information line (1.866.380.2303)


·        Minor flooding in the areas of Highway 998, near the railroad tracks in Belle Rose. Ideal Street and Daggs Street in Paincourtville. Brusly St. Vincent Road and Back Marias Street in Napoleonville. Georgette Street, Pin Oak, Live Oak and Sophie Streets in Labadieville. OEP personnel are out assessing the situation.

·        Assumption OHSEP is partially activated and monitoring the situation

·        Three sand sites opened on Daggs St. in Paincourtville, site next to Family St. in Pierre Part, and American Legion on Brule Road in Labadieville. 


·        Approximately 10 homes threatened of water in the Simmesport area on South Simms Street and Love Oak Street in the town of Simmesport

·        There are 15 homes threatened to have water inside on Philo Street, Edgar Street ad Elmo Street.


·        Code Red notification at 1155 hrs to support DCFS staff standby for Jewella Shelter.

·        Local agencies have been deployed to support south Louisiana response: CPSO Marine Unit deployed 3 deputies and 3 boats; SFD deployed 4 firefighters and 1 boat.


·        No reports of flooded structures

·        No government offices closed, No school closed, No shelters opened

·        Scattered power outages in southern part of parish.

·        SO personal and Parish PW works crews monitoring Vick area

East Baton Rouge

·        Some homes are being reported with water inundation

·        "Cover" areas are open at the following locations to provide a dry place to stay: Baker Civic Club 3325 2899 Wilson St., Baker, North Sherwood Forest Community Park 3140 North Sherwood Forest, Baton Rouge,  and Zoor Baptist Church 11848 Hopper Road, Baton Rouge. However, you will need to provide your own bedding, food and medications

·        Water rescue and evacuation of residents from all parts of the parish have been on-going throughout the night.

·        Currently there are an estimated 25 people in Central, independent pockets of families in Zachary, independent pockets of families off Highland Road (aka referred as "The Bottoms"), individuals standing along Plank Road and possibly 80 persons sheltered at " The Rock Shelter" which has incurred physical damage.

·        The response and rescue continues to evolve as the water rises. EBR still needs an additional shelter open and as many as possible on standby throughout the duration of this incident.

East Feliciana

·        Numerous homes reported flooded

·        Continuing to rescue people from flooded homes. Only road into and out of East Feliciana is Highway 61 to Highway 68 into Jackson then out from there and reverse to get out of East Feliciana. Sheltered roughly 40 citizens at Clinton FD and roughly 10 at Slaughter Baptist church.


·        The Fire Dept. and Sheriff’s Posse are doing high water rescue using boats on the Eastern Portion of the parish, along Hwy 167 east (Opelousas Rd).

·        Ville Platte and Mamou are flooded. Some evacuation of residents were done.

·        Parish and city are handing out sandbags

·        Curfew in place tonight beginning at 6pm (13 August 2016)

·        Power Outage count: 19 SLEMCO


·        Parish-wide street flooding and residential flooding


·        Ongoing SAR in Coteau area.

·        Shelter opened at Cyr Gates, 300 Parkview Dr. New Iberia City Park, New Iberia with 152 persons, capacity is 300. 

·        Numerous homes with water inundation

·        Sewer systems running but inundated with water

·        Power Outage count: 307 (63 CLECO, 244 Entergy)

Jefferson Davis

·        Barricades are being put throughout the parish where roads are impassible (majority of roads have flooded)

·        Parish and city are passing out sand bags

·        Curfew set to 6pm 13Aug2016 to 6am 14Aug2016

·        Lower parts of the parish will be evacuated, plan to follow


·        Many homes and businesses are flooded

·        Rescue Operations are ongoing

·        Shelter open at Heymann Center in Lafayette.

·        Parish EOC at Full Activation

·        Power Outage count: 382 Entergy, 111 SLEMCO



·        Minor reports of homes with water in them

·        Sandbag location for residents at Chackbay fairgrounds


·        Numerous homes flooded

Pointe Coupee

·        Search And Rescue operations are ongoing. Approx 175 personnel rescued from 60 homes.

·        Current pumps are working. however are have difficulty keeping up. Sandbagging operations are ongoing throughout the parish.

·        Currently have 19 personnel at shelter at Scott Civic Center in New Roads. Awaiting Red Cross for support.


·        Two airboats and two trucks that were made available along with 4 Plaquemines Parish Government employees (2 of which are airboat drivers) and 1 volunteer departed Belle Chasse at approximately 1130 hours headed to MOHSEP and advised to check in with personnel upon arrival for assignments.

St Charles

·        Parish reporting approximately 15 homes with water inside

·        Residents being asked to minimize sewer use until further notice

·        Provided 25 barricades and 2000 filled sandbags to Tangipahoa Parish

St James

·        5 deputies, 1 deuce and a half, 1 Hummer sent to Livingston SO to assist w/flood response activities. 

·        Sandbagging locations are as follows: King View Street Fire Station; South Vacherie Fire & Rescue Training Center (near health unit); Grand Point Fire Station; Young’s Kwick Stop in Convent; Gramercy River Road Fire Station


St Helena

·        Opening Red Cross shelter at the First Baptist Church and High School gym in Greensburg; Council members are manning these sites

·        LANG conducting high water search and rescue operations 

St Landry

·        The City of Eunice is experiencing water on numerous roadways and some homes are beginning to take on water. Some residents are requiring rescue.

·        2 shelter locations: World Ministries in Eunice at 1960 W Laurel Ave (approximately 100 occupants and expected to increase); Civic Center in Opelousas (approximately 50 occupants and expected to increase)

·        Coordination with local ARC representative to facilitate shelter support

·        Power Outage count: 57 SLEMCO


St. Martin

·        Extended sandbag hours from 7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. today at the following locations: South Barn-Off of Capritto Forty Arpent Road; Ruth Bridge Barn-Ruth Bridge; and 3257 Hwy. 70, Stephensville, LA. (At the Parks)

·        Curfew in effect from 800pm Saturday August 13th to 6 am Sunday August 14th

St Tammany

·        Shelter open: Coquille Recreation 13505 Louisiana 1085 Covington, LA 70433


·        3 shelters are open

·        187  rescues with 28 animal rescues

·        Parish EOC is active and Entergy has personnel embedded at this location to assist with approximately 1067 power outages

·        Parish LNO, assets, crews and requested resources arrived, missions continuing in SAR


·        high water vehicle and 4-five ton vehicles along with five deputies to assist New Iberia communities.

·        St John providing deuce and a half w/operator to Livingston Parish.



·        Requested assistance from LDWF to assist with an evacuation in Erath

·        Requested 4 additional boats with crew from LDWF and 5 HWVS with crews for rescue operations

·        Power outage count:62 ( 32 Entergy, 30 SLEMCO)

·        Shelter opened at Rene Rost School in Kaplan, requesting ARC assistance


·        ARC reception center opened at Franklinton High School gymnasium

·        Bogue Chitto River at Franklinton crested at 20.65ft at approximately 1230am on 08/13/2016

·        6 SAR were done

West Feliciana

·        Search and Rescue missions are ongoing, approximately 50 people have been rescued thus far

·        Sandbags are available at WF Parish Detention Center on Feliciana St. and WF Fire HQ on West Feliciana Pkwy.

·        2 Parish bridges failed and approximately 65 homes are cut off until repairs can be made.

·        Widespread power outages in the parish.

·        US Hwy 61 remains closed in both directions at East Feliciana/West Feliciana line.

·        Boil advisory in effect for Water District #13

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