News Alert: GOHSEP Severe Weather SITREP 14 August 2016
Posted: 8/14/2016 11:47:25 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

State EOC Activation Level: Level I

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: Rain and a few thunderstorms will continue to affect the area today…particularly west of Interstate 55. A flash flood watch remains in effect for those areas of Southeast Louisiana and extreme Southwest Mississippi generally to the west of Interstate 55 until 4pm. One to two inches of rain will be possible with locally higher amounts in the watch area. Rain amounts east of Interstate 55 should remain under one inch. Any thunderstorms could produce frequent lightning and wind gusts up to 40 mph. Many area rivers have risen above flood and are experiencing major or record flooding. Please refer to flood warnings and statements for latest information. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be possible each day Monday through Friday. A few storms could become strong…producing frequent lightning…gusty winds and brief heavy downpours. River flooding is likely to continue through at least the early portion of the work week. Some rivers are experiencing major or record flooding. Please refer to flood warnings and statements for the latest information.


Southwest/Central LA: Rain will continue across Southern Louisiana today. Areas around Acadiana has received over 20-25 inches of rainfall since the start of this event. Looking at additional two to six inches today. A flash flood watch has been posted and will run through this evening. Rains are expected to taper off during the late evening/overnight hours. The cause will be the surface low is projected to begin lifting to the low North and out of the region. As this happens the focus mechanism will weaken the rainfall totals dropping. Rains are expected to continue into the new work week. Even though the surface low is expected to be well North of the region by tomorrow. A boundary will continue to block moisture from lifting out of the region. What this will mean is chances for rains will drop along with rainfall totals. What it does not mean is rains ending. Rains are expected to continue through most of this coming week


North LA:  Periods of showers and thunderstorms will be possible today through tonight due to a very moist atmosphere in place and upper level disturbances remaining rather stagnant across the region. Some of these storms will be strong in nature, capable of producing strong wind gusts, frequent cloud to ground lightning as well as locally heavy downpours. Scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms will continue across portions of the four state region through much of the upcoming work week. Heavy rainfall potential will be possible as well through the week given the moisture laden air mass in place.

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

·        GOHSEP has activated to a Level I (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


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 standby 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

·         One on-going mission will use school buses to support the evacuation of nursing homes


Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

·         Tangipahoa: 261 people, 91 animals

·         Washington: 3 people

·         Livingston: 116 people, 40 animals

·         St. Helena: 25 people

·         East Baton Rouge: 927 people, 177 animals

·         Iberia: 41 people, 3 pets

·         Lafayette: 791 people, 109 animals

·         East Feliciana: 49 people, 5 animals

·         West Feliciana: 2 people

·         Vermillion: 65 people, 23 animals

·          Acadia: 22 people, 2 pets

·          St. Landry: 22 people, 14 pets

·         Total people: 2324

·         Total animals: 464


Public Service Commission

·         Power outages as of 0900 14 August 2016: 31,738

·        The broad reaching effects of this storm have caused extensive damages and flooded thousands of homes including dozens of Entergy employees and some Entergy facilities. We have had additional crews in the area throughout this event and have no resource issues at this time – however, we are having cell phone issues in the Baton Rouge area this morning.

·        We are attempting to gain access to the damaged section of the line serving Angola prison in order to restore service there. Our efforts yesterday were blocked by road closures/inaccessibility due to flood waters.

·        As of 8:25am, we had approximately 18,900 customer outages spread across the state. Crews will be working to restore power to customers that are not affected by flood waters throughout the day; however approximately half (~9,000) of these customer outages are in areas that are inaccessible due to the flood waters where we will have to wait until the waters recede before we are able to work to restore power.

·        Below are the numbers of customers spread across the following areas where we will not be able to work to restore power until the flood waters recede and it is safe to do so – if customers sustain damages to their electrical equipment, they will need to hire a licensed electrician and/or acquire needed permits. I plan to update this number later this morning as crews are able to assess additional damages from rising waters and other ongoing various issues related to this storm.

o   Amite/Kentwood - 400

o   Baton Rouge - 1,463

o   Denham Springs - 4,569

o   Hammond – 1,991

o   Livingston - 20

o   Milton/New Iberia - 223

o   Walker - 121


State Fire Marshal

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

·         Currently, assistance is being provided in Tangipahoa, Washington, East Baton Rouge (cities of Central, Baker, and Zachary) and Livingston Parish (cities of Denham Springs, Watson).

·         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. That will report to OSFM HQ for standby duty at 0600 am.

·         Swift Water Rescue Teams have performed approx. 1,100 rescues, utilizing 52 watercraft


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. 

·         Will assist with pet sheltering and emergency fuel requests


Department of Corrections

·         Facilities under this jurisdiction have assisted in sandbagging operations (filling bags and delivering them to towns in need). LCIW - We received 95 females from Livingston Parish.

·         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.

·         LCIW - Received 95 females from Livingston Parish


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

·         32 ARC shelters open with POP – 3369 and 11 Parish Shelters open with POP 1681

·         Total POP- 5050


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.

·         42 Water Systems on Boil Water Advisory: The City of Denham Springs has been added to the BWA list.

·         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: Coordinating the evacuation of 2 vent patients from Ochsner Medical in Baton Rouge to Our Lady of the Lake Baton Rouge. LANG will be providing HWV’s to bring patients to the ambulances. Oschner will be sandbagging around their switch gear to prevent the need of further evacuations.

·       4 nursing homes have been evacuated or are in the process of evacuating: Flannery Oaks Baton Rouge (17 bed ridden patients); La Plantation Denham Springs (66 ambulatory residents); Regency Place Baton Rouge (approx. 86 patients); Colonial Care Baton Rouge (approx. 102 patients)

·         STILL 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.

·         Harvest Manor Nursing Home Denham Springs will shelter in place (153 patients)

·         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


Department of Justice:

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


Firefighting Urban

·         Currently, assistance is being provided in East Baton Rouge (cities of Central, Baker, and Zachary) and Livingston Parish (cities of Denham Springs, Watson).

·         Since 12:00am until present, Swift Water Rescue Teams have performed approx. 1,100 rescues, utilizing 52 watercraft

·         Operating with 63 ESF-4 active members including liaisons at Parish EOC’s and 116 outside support personnel.

·         Fire Marshal’s Office is continuing to assist parish EOC's, local fire departments and law enforcement with search and rescue operations.


Louisiana National Guard

·         LANG TAC is manned 24 hours

·         LANG will support shelter in Livingston, Tangipahoa, and St. Helena parishes by delivering meals and MREs over the upcoming week.


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), troopers 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 Acadia, Ascension, Tangipahoa, Lafayette, Iberia, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, St. Helena, Vermillion, Washington, St. Tammany and Livingston Parishes

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



·         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


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.


Coastal Restoration

·         ESF 3 Manned at State EOC

·         Coordinated with city of New Rhodes on a resource request for pumps to address slow drainage situation threatening homes



·         LWIN status: 133/135 tower sites in normal operation

·         LWIN Sites out of wide area operation:

·         Parks tower site, St. Martin Parish: out of wide area operations. AT&T will resume repairs this morning.

·         Abbeville tower site in Vermilion Parish: out of wide area operations. Status is unknown at this time.

·         Bossier City tower site in in Bossier Parish is out of wide area operations. Technicians have been notified.

·          The following statewide interoperability talk groups are in use: *INTEROP-1 *INTEROP-2 *INTEROP-3 *INTEROP-5 *INTEROP-6

·         Complete ICS 205 located in File Library


Parish Actions: 



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

·          Shelter: 100 E Lougarre St, Church Point, La 70525



·         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)

·         Shelter at Lamar Dixon is open and taking in residents

·         EOC fully activated

·         Ascension has obtained 102,000 sandbags and purchased an additional 150K of sandbags



·         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. 

·         Assumption EOC at Normal Operations



·         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

·         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.

·         650 rescues recorded

·         20 citizens in two shelters: 8 at Mount Hope Church in Ethel and Slaughter 1st Baptist are housing around 12.



·         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

·         Power Outage count: 19 SLEMCO



·         Parish-wide street flooding and residential flooding

·         Hwy. 77 closed from Enterprise Blvd. to Indian Village Bridge

·         Sandbag effort along Hwy. 75 Bayou Sorrel.

·         Still requesting a shelter for St. Gabriel residents displaced by 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)


·         7 flat boats with 25 personnel provided by government for support


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

·         Parish has issued a mandatory evacuation for all household in Lake Arthur.

·         All residents along the bayou have been evacuated

·         Lake Arthur sewage system and water system are projected to flood

·         Parish has established a temporary holding station at the Lake Arthur Civic Center with over flow if needed at the Lake Arthur High School. Current projections for the holding capacity 150 personnel.

·         River is being monitored  for levels and when it is safe to return to evacuated areas



·         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

·         Rescues continue. Delivering MREs to local shelters



·         2 air boat operators, 12 flat boats with 24 personnel, and 1 AHIMT with 3 personnel provided by government for support


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. Bernard

·         2 government airboats provided by government for support and  2 flat boats with 4 personnel provided by Sheriff’s office for support


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

·         High water rescues have ceased for the last several hours.

·        Water works still has issues with lines, may take several days to repair all.

·        2 cemeteries that have caskets been unearthed by the flood waters.

·        Trees across Hwy 43, may have to have heavy equipment to remove.

·        Major damage to state and local roads, bridges and culverts.

·        Homes have been flooded or damaged by heavy rains. No certain number at this time. Parish buildings that have flood damage from rain water Court House roof and ceiling damage, Hospital, Nursing Home and Environmental Sheriff's Office had ground flood water to enter both buildings. 

·        95 in Shelter


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

·         The parish used 7 loads of sand and distributed approximately 12,000 sandbags

·         More than 300 rescues of people trapped in their homes or vehicles


St. Martin

·         The Bridge on Bridge Street in Breaux Bridge has been closed to traffic due to high water causing the bridge to shift and move..


St Tammany

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



·         4 shelters are open: Amite Community Center Shelter (77), Michael Kenny Center (190), Kentwood High School (14), Loranger High School (19)

·         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

·       Tangipahoa Parish has moved a High Water Rescue Vehicle from Amite Fire Department to Ponchatoula Fire Department.

·         Loranger Shelter is Closed.



·         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. (Approximately one-third of parish without power)

·         US Hwy 61 open

·         Boil advisory in effect for Water District #13

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