News Alert: Situational Awareness Report 16 August 2016 As of 9:00 am
Posted: 8/16/2016 10:59:19 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

Situational Awareness Report

16 August 2016

As of 9:00 am


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: Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected today, mainly in the late morning, afternoon and early evening hours. A few storms could become strong, producing frequent lightning, gusty winds and brief heavy downpours. Many area rives remain above flood stage and moderate to major flooding will continue on lower portions of the Amite and Comite Rivers, along with numerous tributaries that are experiencing backwater flooding. Please refer to flood warnings and statements for the latest information on when rivers are expected to fall below flood stage. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be possible each day Tuesday through Sunday. A few storms could become strong, producing frequent lightning, gusty winds and brief heavy downpours.


Southwest/Central LA: Showers and thunderstorms again today. Rainfall totals will range from one to three inches. This is expected to create some minor flooding issues in southwest Louisiana and urban areas in Texas. Rains look to begin tapering back a bit tomorrow and into the weekend with the rainfall pattern looking more like a typical summertime regime for this area. 


North LA: Periods of showers and thunderstorms will be possible today through tonight due to a very moist atmosphere in place and an upper level disturbance remaining rather stagnant across the region. The high moisture content of the atmosphere means that there will be periods of locally heavy downpours, some of which could produce excessive heavy amounts of rain. This could result in some low area flooding, especially in flood prone and poor drainage areas. Flooding, if it occurs, will not be widespread. This stagnant pattern of scattered to numerous periods of showers and thunderstorms will remain in the forecast through much of the work week. Again, there will be periods of intense downpours, some of which could result in low area flooding as we go through the work week.


State Actions:


·         Activated Crisis Action Team on 11 August

·         Activated to a Level III on 12 August

·         Activated to a Level II on 13 August

·         Activated to a Level I on 13 August

·         Provided approximately 744,000 sandbags; 307,776 bottles of water; 31,104 MREs; 2,200 cots & blankets each; 467 tarps

·        A Federal Declaration has been received for 12 Parishes: Acadia, Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberia, Lafayette, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Landry, St. Helena, Tangipahoa, Vermillion

·         Parish Taskforce conference calls are continuing each day until further notice



Department of Administration

·         Due to the extreme flooding situation throughout parts of Louisiana, Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne is announcing that state government offices will be closed Tuesday, Aug. 16, in the following parishes: Acadia, Ascension, Assumption, Beauregard, Cameron, Calcasieu, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Vernon, Vermilion, Washington, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana. These are the same parishes that had state office closures Monday, Aug. 15.

·         Essential personnel not dealing with personal flood damage or helping others should contact their supervisors.

·         State officials continue to monitor weather conditions across the state, and this announcement may be updated.

·         State employees should be aware of the following phone numbers to call, which will be updated with information regarding office closures: 1.800.360.9660 or 225.342.0498.



Louisiana National Guard

·         Approximate SAR: 7,609 people and 1,269 pets

·         LANG providing support for shelters in Livingston, Tangipahoa, and St. Helena Parishes delivering meals this week


US Coast Guard

·         207 lives saved ; 28 Pets

·         2936 assists

·         Assets: 2 AirSta Nola 65s, 2 ATC Mobile 60s, 1 ATC 144, Western Rivers Flood punt teams: 12 pers on 6 flood boats, Gulf Coast Strike Team: 2 vessels Sta/Ant Nola conducting SAR by water, 23-foot vessel. 1 aids to navigation 23' vessel



Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

·         Tangipahoa: 305 people 108 pets

·         Livingston: 214 people 82 pets

·         Washington: 3 people

·         St. Helena: 25 people

·         EBR: 1442 people 230 pets

·         Iberia: 41 people 3 pets

·         Lafayette: 836 people 114 pets

·         East Feliciana: 49 people 5 pets

·         West Feliciana: 2 people

·         Vermillion: 95 people 28 pets

·         Acadia: 22 people 2 pets

·         St. Landry: 22 people 14 pets

·         Ascension: 83 people 17 pets

·         Totals: 3139 people 603 pets


State Fire Marshal

·         OSFM assisted in the evacuation of approximately 800 civilians in the affected parishes. Evacuated approximately 30 civilians and 12 animals in the Gonzales/Sorrento area using boats and high water vehicles

·         77 boats and 10 high water vehicles assisting agencies

·         280 personnel from statewide law enforcement and fire department agencies have been provided to OSFM to assist with search and rescue operations

·         OSFM has 40 personnel on continuous duty at command center

·         OSFM has been able to enter flood affected areas for further evacuations in the Livingston, Joor Road and Walker areas

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

·         OSFM assisted in 4 Nursing Home Evacuations: 1) 126 Patients, 14 transported by ambulance; 2) 88 Patients, 2 transported by ambulance; 3) 120 Patients all transported by ambulance; 4) 101 Patients and 20 Staff Members.  Rescue operations are focused on evacuation and relocation of approximately 300 from nursing homes in East Baton Rouge.


Louisiana State Police

·         Total Statewide Crashes: 192
Total affected LSP personnel reported: 18 Non-commissioned; 30 Commissioned

·         Abbeville LWIN Tower Site has been repaired and is now operational. Parks LWIN Tower Site (Iberia Parish) is down due to flooding. Iberville LWIN Tower site is down. Sheriff Office will utilize a back-up system. Bossier LWIN Tower Site is down due to flooding.

·         6 Troopers from Troop B and 6 from Troop C continue to assist Troop A with road closures.

·         Celtic Studios Shelter – 6 troopers, 20 LANG. At max capacity.

·         Baton Rouge River Center Shelter is open – 10 Troopers. 42 LANG. 197 Evacuees present.

·         AT&T requested assistance with escorting several cellular on wheels (COWs) once they arrive at the state line. Once the assets are en route from different parts of the country, an AT&T representative will notify LSP EOC to coordinate escorts with the troops. Troop L is escorting the (3) COW’s to State Police HQ. Two more COW’s are coming from Arkansas.

·         I-10 E/B and W/B at Crowley is closed due to flooding. Traffic is being diverted at I-49 to US 165 on the east side and at US 165 to I-49 on the west side. I-10 at Bayou Manchac: W/B closure at LA 73, E/B closure at Siegen Lane.

·         Partial Activation began 08/12/16 at 0730 hours. Call Center Activation on 08/12/16 at 0900 hours. Currently approximately 140 calls per hour. CIMS Blue Team staffing night shift EOC with three team members. Crisis Response Staff continues to monitor the weather event and WebEOC for resource requests.

·         TROOP A : STAFFING (48) Activated Double Shifts

·         Livingston Parish: I-12 and US-190 east and west bound have become impassable at the Natalbany River (Albany). I-12 and US-190 west bound has become impassable at the Amite River (Denham Springs). I-12 remains closed from the Amite River into Tangipahoa Parish (Troop L). The Livingston parish 911 center is flooded and their operations were transferred to GOHSEP. Livingston Parish remains an area of emergency with numerous dynamic road closures. All closures are due to flooding. Traffic in Livingston Parish is unable to exit the parish. Traffic is not being allowed into the parish by way of alternate roadways. I-12 at US-61 in East Baton Rouge Parish is closed to direct traffic south on US-61 to I-10 to I-55 – Baton Rouge City Police is assisting with the closure.

·         Oshner Medical Center on O’Neil Lane has evacuated due to high water. Only hospitals in the Troop A area available are Our Lady of the Lake and Baton Rouge General Bluebonnet. Last word Troop A received is that Lane Memorial in Zachary is opened but access to it is questionable.

·         TROOP B: STAFFING: (15) Troop B has worked 1 crashes since the 0400 Sit Rep was sent.


·         TROOP D: STAFFING (13) Troop D mobile field force has (1) Sgt. and (6) Troopers deployed to the Baton Rouge area.

·         TROOP I: STAFFING: 27 LSP units. Troop I has responded to 4 crashes and 4 traffic incidents/stalled vehicles. A DOTD representative has been assigned to Troop I to coordinate barricade positioning.

·         TROOP L: STAFFING (13) Troop L has not investigated any crashes since shift change at 0600 hours. Troop L has towed nine vehicles (so far) that had been left blocking roads.


Public Service Commission

·         Power outages as of 2000 on August 15: 34,118

·         Due to the high waters, we are having to de-energize a substation in Baton Rouge which will affect approximately 3,000 customers. We are working to notify affected customers. The boundaries of the affected area in East Baton Rouge are as follows: North is Florida Blvd. South is I-12. West is Sherwood Forest. East is Flannery. This also includes South Harrels Ferry Street. These customers will be without power until the waters recede and we are able to safely restore power.

·         We continue to experience fluctuating customer outages in areas affecting by the moving flood waters due to the draining of the saturated ground, rivers, tributaries, etc. As of 4:30pm, we had approximately 14,754 customer outages spread across the state. Crews are working to restore power to customers that are not affected by flood waters and assess other areas that are flooded.

·         We also continue to adjust the subset number of customers that we will not be able to access due to flood waters as the waters shift and new information is gathered. This updated number is approximately 9,850 customers, or 67%, of the outages as of 4:30pm. Below is the breakdown of the 9,850 customer outages as of 4:30pm that are 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 may need to hire a licensed electrician and/or acquire needed permits. Amite – 8 East Baton Rouge – 3,223 Gonzales – 518 Hammond/Ponchatoula/Springfield – 500 Livingston – 5,389 Milton/New Iberia – 223 Port Allen – 28 Zachary – 184

·         Angola restoration is now complete


ESF-02 Communications

·         AT&T reports most 4G service in Baton Rouge has been restored. 11 COLTS. (mobile cell towers) en route. Wireless service has been restored for the vast majority of our customers as of early today. We are working around the clock to complete our repairs associated with the flooding of our Baton Rouge wireless switching center. Also, we are deploying additional equipment to aid emergency personnel.

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

·         LWIN Sites out of wide area operation: The Sibley Tower Site in Webster Parish is out of wide area operations. Technicians have been notified. Parks tower sit in St. Martin Parish: Flood water has reached inside the building. Equipment repairs will not take place until water level has receded inside the building and the surrounding area. Bossier City tower site in in Bossier Parish is out of wide area operations. Century Link and AT&T are working to resolve a T1 issue.

·         The Abbeville Tower Site is operating on satellite backhaul.

·         Iberville and Sibley Tower Sites are back in wide area operations.

·         ESF-2 now has 20 T-Mobile cellphones available to sign out for responders in the field or EOC workers having difficulties with their cell service – 5 standard phones and 15 smartphones.

The following statewide interoperability talk groups are in use:

·         *STATE-1

·         *INTEROP-1

·         *INTEROP-2

·         *INTEROP-3

·         *INTEROP-5

·         *INTEROP-6

·         *INTEROP-7

·         *INTEROP-8

·         *INTEROP-9

·         *INTEROP-10

·         Complete ICS 205 located in File Library



Department of Transportation and Development

·         DOTD continues to maintain current road closure information while collaborating with Districts and LSP.

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

·         Making preparations for deploying Damage Assessment Teams when required.

·         Making preparations for conducting Debris Operations once water subsides along DOTD jurisdictional routes.

·         Provided 4000ft of Aquadam (water barrier) in support flood mitigation operations at Womens Hospital.

·         DOTD conducted the delivery of shelter resources in support of DCFS sheltering operation at the Celtic Studio Shelter.

·         District 62 and HQ EOC is continuing to closely monitor the I/12 E/W bound lane closures.

·         DOTD is currently conducting flood mitigation operations, (i.e. deploying Aquadam) at the Airline/Highland route.

·         Prepared to support DCFS DSNAP operations if required.


Department of Corrections

·         As requested 6,000 sandbags have been delivered to Woman's Hospital per Warden Hooper w/ EHCC.

·         Sandbags have been delivered to Airline Hwy @ Highland Rd as requested by DOTD.

·         4 Amite District Office Probation and Parole will send officers to work this task. Probation and Parole Officers continue to check shelters in Livingston Parish for any registered sex offenders. The have been unable to check the shelters at Killian Baptist Church, Frost Elementary and St. Joseph Catholic Church as these shelters cannot be reached by road. At this time these shelters can only be reached by boat

·         BRD Agents Robert Bannan & David Jung will replace the other 4 Agents at 6am providing security @ Celtic Studios in Baton Rouge.

·         I spoke w/ Warden Hooper @ EHCC, he advised that they would send someone up (air support) @ daylight to assess the flood situation to determine if LWIC & EHCC need to be evacuated.

·         Request to assist the Army National Guard by providing equipment and labor to fill and load super sack sand bags for the Alligator Bayou mission. Sand bags to be filled at EHCC and will be airlifted from EHCC to Alligator Bayou. EHCC is prepared to assist in this by providing sandbagging machine and labor to fill super sacks and an area for them to be picked up. 6,000 sandbags filled as requested, Per National Guard. Completed at 0600 hours.

·         At 1930 officers completed checking all shelters for registered sex offenders. One sex offender was located and transported to his alternative address.  Probation and Parole has two (2) officers per shift at the Sex Offender Shelter in Houma.



Department of Environmental Quality

·         LDEQ deployed 6 boats from the Capitol Regional Office today with operators from the Emergency Response and Water Surveys Assessment Division. Boats were used for search and rescue in the Baton Rouge, Denham Springs, and Central areas.

·         3 boats from the Acadiana Regional Office were also deployed with operators from the Surveillance Division and they reported to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office.

·         The Surveillance Division responded to the incident regarding leaking barrels at the Governor's Mansion. Clean Harbors has been contracted for clean-up. They have also responded to incidents related to storm water discharges, as well as wastewater treatment system bypasses. 

·         ER responded to an incident regarding inundation of water in a diesel tank at the Coca Cola Plant. There were no visible signs of sheening at this time.

·         Incident Command has been set up at HQ.

·         LDEQ has made contact with EPA to start the process of environmental assessments.

·       Overflight of affected parishes on 8/15 noted no significant haz-mat releases. Minor sheens observed from submerged autos.


Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority

·         Coordinated the placement of flood barrier to protect Woman's Hospital.

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

·         “AquaDam” flood barrier and sandbags to protect Woman’s Hospital is working and hospital is happy with the installation. Mission is accomplished.

·         Worked with DOTD and LANG to identify sources of sand to support mission to place supersack sandbags on Manchac Road at Alligator Bayou.

·         Addressed an issue with a constituent dealing with the Davis Pond Diversion.


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. ESF 11 desk will be manned this morning.

·         LDAF received report of cattle on Hwy 36 at Pearl River with one struck by car. LDAF Livestock Brand Officer in route to assist. LDAF continues to monitor WebEOC and weather reports.

·         Emergency fuel continued to be dispensed today to maritime search and rescue first responders, stranded motorists, and emergency shelter and telecommunication company generators.

·         Pet sheltering support today has continued at the Celtic Media Centre shelter, and the LDAF Mobile Pet Shelter, staffers, supplies, and the LDAF Mobile Command Center are now fully operational beside the Baton Rouge River Center shelter. Pets were also transported from the LSU Critical Needs Shelter to DCI for safe sheltering. Finally, the LDAF continues to partner with the Louisiana State Animal Response Team (LSART) for veterinary care of affected animals.

·         The LDAF continues to monitor WebEOC from both the GOHSEP EOC and the LDAF EOC for large animal rescue, pet sheltering, and emergency fuel requests.


Department of Health and Hospitals

·         80 Water Systems on Boil Water Advisory as of 4:40pm on 8/15

·         Hospitals: Womens having staffing issues. Has cancelled elective procedures, working to contract staff. Request for assistance to pick up staff for transport to work. WH to provide staff list/LHA EP staff to follow-up. Oschner donated medical supplies for a baby in Central, LA who needed trach care supplies. Central Fire Dept. delivered the supplies.

·         Nursing Homes: No change to NHs Evacuation Shelter In Place Status 6 - evac'd 1- Sheltering staffing transportation is some of an issue

·         ARCP: (Assisted Living) No Change 2- evacuated 1 - returned to facility on 8/14

·         Cemetery Disruptions: Darlington Cemetery in St. Helena Parish has approximately 50 disruptions; Friendly Funeral Home in Livingston Parish has 8 human remains in flooded funeral home. Four (4) of the remains are casketed, four (4) not casketed. All are embalmed.

·         As of 6:00am: 90 patients at the MSNS at LSU Fieldhouse


Department of Children and Family Services

·         Shelters are continuously being opened to support LA residents affected by the flooding. Parish Shelters have tripled over the past two hours. Meals and cots are being outsourced and delivered by DCFS with the support of ARC. Medical teams have been established to support Regions 2 (EBRP) and 9 (Tangipahoa Parish).

·         Shelter update as of 0600 hrs: 1 State MSNS open with POP – 118 ; 14 Parish Shelters open with POP 2900 ; 18 American Red Cross Shelters open with POP 5463 ; 33 Total State Shelters with total POP – 8481

·         There has been a significant reduction in population at Celtic from 2800 to 1173. There has been an overall reduction in the shelter population from 11054 to 8481.


American Red Cross

·         Continue to monitoring and update State WebEOC and submit SIT REPS.

·         Red Cross Liaisons are embedded in the State EOC - 24 hour coverage

·         Louisiana Red Cross Region/DRO Operation continues to communicate with affected Parish EOCs, GOHSEP and DCFS.

·         Continue to provide flood safety information and information regarding how to access and use our Safe and Well website

·         Red Cross continues to manage and support shelters with the help of our community partner in Acadia, Ascension, Tangipahoa, Lafayette, Iberia, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, St. Helena, Vermillion, Washington, St. Tammany and Livingston Parishes.

·         We anticipate additional shelters opening up due to the rising river levels

·         LANG continues to support our shelters in East Baton Rouge, Livingston, Tangipahoa and St. Helena Parishes by delivering meals and MREs. LANG will continue to support these shelters with meals and water over the next week.


Salvation Army

·         Local Salvation Army has lost all of its' local facilities in Baton Rouge including its' administrative headquarters, homeless shelter, Center of Hope, Thrift Store, Corps (church) building and Officers' Quarters. As far as I know the warehouse is still not flooded but it is not accessible due to flood waters surrounding it.

·         An Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) is on the ground and located at the Capitol One building. Canteens (mobile kitchens) are being brought in from outside of the area as access becomes available. Feeding operations will begin as soon as possible.

·         Served 400 meals today in three locations in Tangipahoa Parish. Will be serving another 300 meals at a shelter in downtown Baton Rouge.

·         Have two IMATs in Louisiana - one in Tangipahoa Parish based out of McComb, MS and one in Baton Rouge.

·         The Tangipahoa operation has two Canteens (mobile kitchens) and a Catering Truck assigned to it.

·         The Baton Rouge operation has six Canteens and a Catering Truck assigned to it.

·         The Salvation Army participated in the Louisiana Mass Feeding Task Force meeting.



Workforce Commission Mass Feeding

·         LWC supported [4] shelters with mass feeding for most of the day. Monitoring the closure of smaller, local shelters that are increasing populations at the large shelters.

·         LWC Mass Feeding currently supporting three (3) shelters as of 0639 on 8/16/2016.



·         Respond and direct inquiries for volunteers and donations and various requests from state and parish level

·         Coordinating with LABEOC

·         Mercy Chefs is planned to deploy for mobile feeding

·         Convoy of Hope is deploying to Baton Rouge and Lafayette to assess and bringing in supplies for distribution

·         Team Rubicon is assessing for potential deployment

·         Crisis Cleanup has an active event opened and will activate the 800 number for survivors to call in

·         LAVOAD will host a coordinating call for its members and partners Monday, August 15th at 11:00 a.m.

·         ITDRC will be deploying a team and Mobile Technology Unit to the Baton Rouge area

·         Samaritan's Purse will be in Baton Rouge for assessment Monday

·         Participating in Mass Feeding Task Force, Louisiana Disaster Housing Task Force, Parish/statewide calls

·         Clothing request for special needs shelter supported by Catholic Charities Diocese of Baton Rouge


Civil Air Patrol

·         Areas flown: Iberville Parish, I-10 thru Baton Rouge to Hammond, SE corner of Ascension Parish,: photos in processing.

·         LCH A/C aborted due to avionics problem.

·         SHV A/C aborted due to WX in target area.

·         Assessed I-10 from New Orleans (NEW) to I-55; I-55 to Ponchatoula then south of I-10 to Slidell. Photos in processing.

·         Working AFRCC directed EPIRB at 30-17.38N/92-12.08W; separate Fed funding.

·         Observation: East of Hwy431 is heavily inundated and water appears to be rising as of early afternoon. A/C reporting is enroute. Photos will be processed at NEW this evening and delivered.

·         Requested preliminary approval from ACC for use of the SPP aircraft for high def IR if needed for area scans. Approval pending but will not launched unless tasked.


Louisiana Housing Corporation

·         The Louisiana Housing Corporation will activate the Louisiana Disaster Housing Task Force on Monday.

·         LHC will have temporary rental assistance made available for displaced low income renters. We will have our call center up this week.

·         LHC is working with local COC's to make available ESG funding for rapid rehousing.

·         LHC is preparing a report on current vacant subsidized units ready for occupancy.


Department of Justice

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

·         AG Hotline is active. The number is 800-351-4889. DOJ is working with GoFundMe to monitor activity. As of midday 8/15, 870 campaigns were active. DOJ in cooperation with GoFundMe will be publicizing tips on how to confirm pages are legitimate and report any concerns about campaigns. We are expecting the number to increase.

·         AG has 15 POST Certified investigators available for additional law enforcement support


Board of Regents

·         LSU opening a Medical Special Needs Shelter (MSNS) in the Field House beginning at 1300 hours on 8/14 in coordination with LDH. Campus will continue to be closed through Monday.

·         Full campus assessment has not yet been completed, but at least 3 buildings on the LSU campus have taken on water: Student Health Center, Hill Memorial Library, and Lockett Hall.

·         Southern University System offices, Southern University Baton Rouge (SUBR), Southern University Laboratory School, Southern University Law Center (SULC), and the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center (SU Ag Center) offices will remain closed until Thursday, August 18 at 8 a.m.

·         Baton Rouge Community College- Frazier Campus has taken on significant water and damage. Mid City Campus has taken on water in nearly all buildings via doorways and leaking roofs. The North Acadian and Jackson Campuses have experienced flooding. While we have not been able to reach the building, we have reports that the Hooper Road Campus may have flooding damage. Dozens of members of the BRCC faculty and staff have been displaced. BRCC will remain closed tomorrow with essential staff reporting as roadways permit travel.

·         Northshore Technical Community College-All campuses of NTCC made it through with no flood damage. Some members of the college faculty and staff have been displaced by flooding. The college will start classes tomorrow with faculty and staff reporting as roadways permit travel. We clearly communicated to students that their safety is priority and we will work with those impacted as to not negatively affect their enrollment. Flexibility will be provided to those who have been displaced.

·         River Parishes Community College- Campus and Airline Hwy Campus sustained no flooding. However, the anticipated river crests to the east of the college could impact both campuses tonight and tomorrow. The college will remain closed today and may open tomorrow.

·         South Louisiana Community College-Multiple campuses with roof leaks. But no significant damage to 5 of the 7 campuses reported at this point. The Abbeville Parish and Vermilion Parish campuses can't be accessed due to high water and therefore, no information on their status is available at this time. The college is working with local law enforcement to access each campus. Given the widespread road closures, SLCC will likely open tomorrow at 5 of its 7 locations tomorrow.

·         The LSU campus will be partially open on Tuesday, Aug. 16, for some limited activities, including Intersession. The LSU Child Care Center and the LSU Lab School will be closed on Tuesday. Professors will work individually with students who cannot get to campus or have other flood-related issues that prevent them from attending class on Tuesday. At this time, Move-In Day is still scheduled for Wednesday, Aug.17.


ESF 14: Disaster Recovery

·         ESF 14 Staffing

·         ESF 14 has assigned 5 DR staff to assist in the following parishes EOC's: East Feliciana - Christina Knighten East Baton Rouge - Mark DeBosier Ascension - John Colvin Livingston - Joe Costello Iberia - Maryls Sanders

·         The DR Division has 8 employees that have been deployed to assist with shelter operations at Celtic in Baton Rouge. Also, we have approximately 10 DR employees that are assisting multiple operations within the State EOC.

·         PA PDA: The following is a list of parishes that have submitted a PDA request via WebEOC as of 08/16/16: Assumption Tangipahoa

·         IA PDA: The following is a list of parishes that have submitted a PDA request via WebEOC as of 08/16/16: Assumption St. Tammany Tangipahoa

·         DR-4277 Major Disaster Declaration FEMA declared a major disaster declaration on August 14, 2016 authorizing federal funding to affected individuals in the following parishes: East Baton Rouge Livingston St. Helena Tangipahoa

·         DR 4277 Major Disaster Declaration FEMA declared a major disaster declaration on August 16, 2016 authorizing federal funding to affected individuals in the following parishes: Acadia Ascension East Feliciana Iberia Lafayette Pointe Coupee Vermillion St. Landry

·         Assistance can include Individual Assistance (IA) grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

·         Federal funding also is available to the state and eligible tribal and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work (Categories A & B) under the Public Assistance program.
Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.


Parish Actions:


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

·         Melvin Clay with Acadia Parish Sheriff office is requesting a couple of boats for in home rescues.

·         An oil tanker has overturned on 3155 Prudomme Hwy, in Eunice... due to the high a result the oil and fluids it was carrying leaked out. Owner of the tanker is in the process of obtaining buoys to soak up the fluids to clean up the spill..

·         Parish Report: As of now we have had over 200 residents call to report flooding in their homes...many have been forced to evacuate ....there are no current shelters available to accept them...



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

·         Preparing to set up temporary shelter at Kinder fire station



·         Ascension obtained 102,000 sandbags through state request and purchased 150k additional sandbags and 3,000 tons of sand. Sandbagging operations will continue on a 24 hour cycle. Inmate labor to continue to bag sand.

·         All pumps remain operational and will continue to operate at this time.

·         We have established emergency messages for residents on our community information line at :1-866-380-2303.

·       No cemetery concerns at this time. Waterways closed until further notice

·         We have released two inundation maps to our residents outlining the risk area we anticipate to flood. We are expecting major flooding in numerous areas.

·         Our shelter at Lamar Dixon is open and taking in residents. We anticipate more to arrive as the waters continue to rise. We have requested an ERV and meal resources to this shelter and will continue to assess its needs. Head count at Lamar Dixon was 758 as of 3:30 am on 8/16/16. A few of the occupants have functional medical needs: 2 on dialysis and 2-3 in need of oxygen. Additional need of ice, dog food, cat food, kennels, and tarps to support shelter operations.

·         Parish is working on a number of animal rescues but will need assistance for animal care.

·         Sorrento (Southeastern portion of the parish) is inundated with water as levels rose overnight. Water above levee height is expected for at least three (3) days. Parish is monitoring low lying areas around Bayou Narcisse, Bayou Francois, New River Canal and Black Bayou as waterways are not being able to drain into their normal channels.

·         More than 750 rescues have been completed and operations are ongoing.  Parish estimates more than 16,000 homes are affected and about 9,400 customers are without power.

·         Ascension Public Schools will be closed for students for the remainder of the week due to the impacts of flooding in the parish. Employees may be asked to report on Thursday, Aug. 18 or Friday, Aug 19. A decision on reopening schools and offices for employees only will be communicated on Wednesday.



·         There is 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.

·         There are several homes on Hwy. 998 that are taking in water. Tiger tubes have been installed on Oakley Street to prevent water from entering the homes. Bayou Crab Road around the bridge is flooded as well.

·         Two more Sand Sites have been opened, they are the gravel road off Hwy 403 going to Westfield Sugar Refinery, and the Arena at the Ag Center located on Robin Street, this site has trustees filling sandbags for individuals to pickup. OEP personnel and jurors are out and about assisting and assessing the situation.



·         Due to the heavy rain fall on August 13, 2016 there were approx. 73 homes or businesses that were affected by this the count are as follows: Bunkie -6 Marksville -25 Mansura-8 Moreauville -14 Simmesport-20. Most of the water has receded

·         Sand Bag operation has stopped 10,000 sandbag were distributed

·         Working On Maps of flooded areas



·         BOHSEP continues to monitor our local situation and keeping our Police Jury Administrator and Unified Command informed.

·         SBFD / Bienville Parish Fire District task force completed task of evacuation of subdivision Sat. Pm in Baton Rouge and rescued patients at a nursing home with water rising rapidly. 83 patients accounted for (4-bed bound, 43 wheelchair, 36 ambulatory and 20 staff. On 13 August 2016 South Bossier Fire Dept deployed 2 boats and crew of 5 to Baton Rouge for assignment.

·         Bossier Sheriff’s Office has sent down assets also including a crew with their Hydra-trek amphibious vehicle, and four other deputies departed early Saturday morning with an Argo amphibious vehicle and two Zodiac boats.

·         Six deputies from the Bossier Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol deployed and will assist with water rescues and evacuations, inspect impassable roadways, and help in any way they can.




·         Local agencies will be deploying additional assets south: Reporting to the State Fire Marshal's Office: Shreveport Fire Department - 7 personnel, 2 boats Shreveport Police Department - 2 personnel, 1 truck, 1 boat Reporting to Louisiana Sheriff's Association: Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office - 6 personnel

·         A shelter is being set up at Broadmoor Baptist to house 35 non secure care juveniles from Lafayette Parish with care givers. The American Red Cross will be assisting.



·         Communities on Northern East of Parish, Klondike and Lowry will be prone to major flooding from Mermentau River Basin.

·         Currently minor flooding in these areas. Majority of roadway in these areas are covered with water.

·         As of Yesterday August 14, 2016 late afternoon. Residents living in projected major flood area have evacuated.

·         Areas have extra law enforcement patrol.

·         The Lowry Dump site is going to remain closed today. Also, Klondike area trash pickup that scheduled for tomorrow will be postponed until possibly Friday, maybe even until next week's regularly scheduled route.

·         Catahoula

·         No reports of flooded structures

·         4-6 inches of rain in most southern part of Parish, Larto Lake,Vick areas ; 2-3 inches in remaining parts of Parish

·         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.

·         EBR Inundation map attached


East Feliciana

·         Numerous homes reported flooded

·         Continuing to rescue people from flooded homes; 650 rescues recorded. 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.

·         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



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

·         Water is now crossing Bayou Manchac and may affect approximately 65 more homes. Also landside on Intracoastal waterway is rising which may flood homes in Bayou Sorrel and Bayou Pigeon.

·         Evacuation issued for Bayou Manchac Rd. residents.

·         Iberville Public Works advised Bayou Manchac is rushing over Manchac Rd. If road washes out Hunts Correctional and Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women will be at risk for flooding.



·         12Aug2016

·         Most of Iberia Parish roads flooded. Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office in progress of rescuing residents within New Iberia. Shelter open at Cyr Gates located at 300 Parkview Drive, New Iberia City Park, New Iberia.

·         Reports of damage to Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office Training Center, roof collapsed.

·         IPSO has called LWAF for assistance in rescuing residents. Requests for rescue from Angie St, Spencer Loop, Ambassador W Lemelle, Short Weeks, Mississippi St, Shot St, Rogers St, Coteau Rd, Robert S Dr, Oak Creek. Calls continue to come in for rescue. LA14 in Delcambre is flooded. Parish President is advising residents to stay off the roads if at all possible. Unknown number of residents with water in them.

·         Declaration attached

·         IPSO evacuating home at Ann St. and Oak Creek. The home belongs to the New Iberia Housing Authority and houses disabled and handicapped individuals. Attempting to find housing. Approximately 20 people, Unable to ascertain how many are staff and how many are residents.

o   UPDATE Red Cross contacted to find places for handicapped and disabled evacuees. Apt Complex belongs to New Iberia Housing Authority. Unable to make contact. Exploring other avenues to house these patients somewhere other than Public Shelter.

·         Total of 28 persons currently in shelter at Cyr Gates. American Red Cross will send more volunteers to assist CERT Team. IPSO currently transporting the 19 handicapped persons and their 11 caretakers to Cyr Gates for shelter.

·         IPSO with the assistance of LWAF and Iberia Parish Fire Protection District personnel. Many areas are now impassable for even high water vehicles and boats are being utilized.

·         Iberia Parish and the City of New Iberia continue to give out sand bags.

·         Sewer systems are running but are inundated with water.

·         Bacmonila Apts within New Iberia is reporting high water in all bottom apartments. All bottom apts are uninhabitable and the vehicles in the parking lots are floating in the roadways. In addition, heavy flooding is being reported around Kramer Drive and Coteau areas.

·         Count at the shelter is at 52. (This does not include the evacuees from the handicapped apts who have not yet arrived.)

·         One person is being transferred from the evacuated handicapped apts to Maison Teche Nursing Home in Jeanerette by R4 Medical EOC.

o   UPDATE Shelter count is 56. Other arrangements were made to house approximately 20 handicapped people from the Parish at local motels with their caregivers.

o   UPDATE The shelter count is 67. IPSO still continuing to conduct rescue operations. Being assisted by LWAF, Iberia Parish Fire Protection District and National Guard.

o   Curfew proclamation attached.

·         Report of water going into nursing home, Maison Teche, 7307 E. Old Spanish Trail, Jeanerette. IPSO enroute to check extent.

o   UPDATE Administrator of Maison Teche spoke to Medical EOC. They have no water in nursing home. All clear. IPSO cancelled.

·         Reports now received that it is the Assisted Living Apts on Tarleton St in Jeanerette is in danger of flooding from Bayou Teche. Diocese of Lafayette, owners of the two apartment complexes, are trying to make arrangements to house the residents at other complexes. IPSO enroute to transport.

·         IPSO estimates they currently have performed approximately 250 rescues.

o   UPDATE The residents from the two assisted living apts are being transported to the public shelter in New Iberia. From there they will have family members picked them up.

·         Shelter count is 86.

o   UPDATE With the help of Acadian Ambulance, 11 of the residents from the Assisted Living Apts are being evacuated to the public shelter. 13 residents refused to evacuate. One resident manager remains onsite with them.

·         Shelter count is 88 as of 12Aug2016.

·         13Aug2016

·         Rescues still continue.

·         New Iberia and western Iberia Parish still flooded and water is still rising in some areas. Shelter count remains at 88.

·         Calls requesting rescue has ceased for now. IPSO and other agencies assisting in rescues remain at the IPSO Command Post at Center St and Admiral Doyle Dr (La 14 and LA 674) in New Iberia.

o   UPDATE IPSO is starting to receive request for rescue again. Shelter count remains the same.

·         IPSO has said that as a precautionary measure they may have to execute a house to house search in the hardest hit areas of the Parish, when waters recede, to ensure no one was left behind or couldn't get out.

·         Rescue is getting numerous calls for rescue in the Coteau area. We currently have 96 people in our shelter, capacity is 300. We expect that the number to rise shortly.

·         Curfew Proclamation 08 13 2016

o   UPDATE Shelter count is 152. As of 13Aug2016

·         14Aug2016

·         Shelter Count is 154.

·         As of noon 14Aug2016, IPSO has rescued 734.

o   UPDATE Rescue request have practically halted. Shelter count at 130.

o   EOC will be closed later tonight. Phones will be forwarded to employees phone.

o   UPDATE Shelter count is 118.

o   During the night, at the request of Mayor Hilda Curry with the City of New Iberia, President Larry Richard ordered a voluntary evacuation of Squirrel Run Subdivision and Wilree Drive. Waters from Spanish Lake are over topping the privately owned levee surrounding this subdivision, but there is no breach or imminent levee failure.

·         15Aug2016

·         Shelter count is 98 as of 15 Aug2016

·         Rescue requests have ceased. No calls have come in since yesterday afternoon.

·         Attempting to get information from IPSO to provide areas that are still inundated.

·         The following roads are closed in the Parish:

·         Louisiana 675 and Norris Rd

·         N Freetown Rd & N Estis Rd

·         Louisiana 675 & Lake Peigneur Rd

·         Louisiana 14 & Rip Van Winkle Rd

·         US 90 Frontage Rd & S Estis Rd



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

·         LA State Fire Marshal contacted JPEM and requested boats and rescue personnel in Baton Rouge for Sunday Morning 8/14/2016 at 700AM Jefferson Parish Deployed: 9 boats and 28 personnel

·         Requested 50 cots to the Lamar Dixon Center


Jefferson Davis

·         Parish has issued a mandatory evacuation for all household in Lake Arthur. All civilians are expected to evacuate Lake Arthur NLT 4 PM on Monday Aug 15th..Sheriff will conduct house to house stops to ensure public understand the threat. Sheriff will conduct 3 house to house notification prior to 4 PM on Monday.

·         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 projects for the holding states is 150. Plans are being drafted to accommodate more if required. Temporary holding stations will start up Monday Morning.

·         Parish and city are supply up to 40 volunteer to work at the two temporary holding stations. Red Cross is assisting management but is not running the holding stations. They are currently planning on food from McDonald's and supplying blankets and towels.

·         Lake Arthur sewage system and water system are projected to flood. Once flooding receding s both system will require evaluation prior to being turned back on.

·         Next Planning meeting is scheduled for noon 8/13 at the Lake Arthur Civic.

·         At this time the Director does see the need for SAR, high water vehicles. Will need at least one ambulance stationed at the the Lake Arthur civic center starting at noon on Monday thru Thursday. Will submit a resource request.

·         GOHSEP RC is embedded with our EOC Management Staff.

·         According to Fire Chief John Hall Welsh residents living in low-lying areas along Lacassine Bayou should evacuate, at this time all resident along the bayou have evaluated.

·         OEP Director Ivy Woods stated there will be mandatory evacuation based on the breach of the Levee for the town of Lake Arthur and everyone needed to be out of town by tomorrow August 15 at 4pm. At 4pm tomorrow no one will be able to re-enter Lake Arthur until further notice. We will have sheriff office units at all entrances to lake Arthur for

·         They are expecting the sewage system to go down with the flooding

·         The Lake Arthur Police are Rerouting all call to the parish 911 dispatch until further notice

·         It is expected the Entergy electric company will finished there evaluation and is expected to turn off electricity by Tuesday or Wednesday and will remain off until the water recedes.

·         The mandatory evacuation for Lake Arthur was put off until tomorrow August 16 2016 4pm
Tomorrow there will be a meeting at the Lake Arthur Community Center at 10am meeting will have DCFS, Southern Baptist, United way, Health Dept and Red Cross.
OEP went out to 30 Special Needs homes in Lake Arthur to check to see if arrangement was made for them to evacuate. All but 2 have left and they plan on leaving tomorrow.



·         Many homes and businesses are flooded

·         Rescue Operations are ongoing

·         Shelter open at Heymann Center in Lafayette. Count at 200



·         NEWS RELEASE August 15, 2016 Contact: Doug Cheramie, II ADVISORY: POSSIBLE HIGH WATER BAYOU LITTLE CHOUPIC / SAWMILL ROAD:Mathews, LA – Please be advised of a possible high water event in the Bayou Little Choupic area near Sawmill Road. Residents in the area are advised to prepare for a possible high water event in the coming hours and days.

·         Sandbags are available at the Chackbay fair grounds and the Thibodaux field office located at 2565 Veterans Blvd. Residents must bag their own sand at the fairgrounds, however bags are filled at the Thibodaux field office. There is a limit of 25 bags per trip.

·         Lafourche Parish will be deploying the airboat on 8-16-16 with 1 operator and 1 Volunteer Fireman to the State Fire Marshall



·         Lincoln Parish fire departments on standby for additional manpower and boat rescue operations.

·         Ruston Fire Dept. deployed on Saturday, August 13 at request of OSFM to assist in evacuations and swift water rescue.



·         An estimated 9,000-10,000 individuals have been rescued in Livingston Parish (~6000 LPSO / ~1225 225th EN BGE / ~2000 DSPD. Still in desperate need of water, MREs, toiletries and an animal drop-off point (animal shelter).

·         Operating in the West, North, and East parts of the Parish. Many parts in the South of the parish are too difficult to get into, and flooding prevents setting up any sites. Overload of phone calls, and anticipating a spike in medical emergency calls. Looking to set up a special needs shelter specifically for those individuals. 5 Surge units were requested and are in route to Stine's.

·         Still responding to calls with local and parish law enforcement as well as the National Guard, but the further south in the parish you go the more difficult it becomes to search and rescue.

·         Currently there are 28 open shelters with ~8,000 filling those shelters. Shelters in French Settlement, Colyell, and Faith have been evacuated and have moved to Frost. All schools that haven't flooded are being opened, however most are already at capacity. Currently assessing long-term shelter needs.

·         There is a need for additional law enforcement in the area, as a majority of the law enforcement officials from this area have been flooded out and need to supply aid to their families.

·         AT&T has been contacted and are providing 20 portable towers. Officials will be using radios at LOHSEP and shelters to communicate. LPSO/AT&T anticipates being operational again with the next 48-72 hours.

·         Currently have two caterers from Mandeville (can't make it from Baton Rouge). Working with American Red Cross and North American Mission Board to supply cooks and manpower to provide food.

·         Coast Guard offering tents, two helicopters, and 11 boats.

·         Looking into getting local business in areas that water hasn't affected quality to reopen and provide services to those who are able to move around parts of the parish internally.

·         7 POD sites have been requested through WebEOC. Security concerns at those shelters have led to requesting additional security assets through WebEOC. MREs and water are being centralized at LOHSEP/Livingston Parish Courthouse to be distributed out from there.

·         Cots, blankets and cages for animals are en-route from Minden/Shreveport.

·         Flooding is anticipated to continue in the southern part of the parish. Efforts will continue across parish but will be limited in the French Setttlement / Port Vincent area until the water recedes.


·         Orleans

·         Resources currently deployed in support of statewide operations include: NOFD / LA TF-1 assets including 9 boats, 18 water rescue personnel, additional AHIMT personnel, and vehicles & Approximately 150 cots from Region 1 parishes were delivered by NOHSEP to the Lamar Dixon Center shelter on 14 August 2016

·         In support for sheltering support commodities at local church, New Orleans ESF 7 delivered supply of water and hygiene kits. NOHSEP will continue to monitor situation and provide support as necessary to assist SEOC/VOAD.


Pointe Coupee

·         Reports of high water in the vicinity of 9669-9698 Island Road, Ventress. Road is still passable, though water is over the road. DOTD being notified.

·         Significant water backing up throughout the parish. A few homes are getting water backing up to the foundation. Sand bagging operations are ongoing throughout the Parish. Residents are blocking low lying areas with sandbags.

·         Areas of Pecan Drive East and Pecan Drive West are flooding due to flooding back water. At this time FD and SO are attempting to evacuate those that need to the Scott Civic Center in New Roads. A larger pump went off line around 230am, which caused some of the back up. The pump has been restored. It should relieve some of the water.

·         Search And Rescue operations are ongoing. Approx 175 personnel rescued from 60 homes. Current pumps are working, however are have difficulty keeping up.

·         Sandbag operations are currently ongoing. False river has risen significantly. Starting PDA. Currently pumping low lying areas with pumps in Pecan Drive and Pleasant view subdivision.

·         Currently False River is still rising. It is possible that it will rise another 6". As it rises we will have localized flooding of some homes and camps. Currently having flooding issues in Pecan Island in Jarreau.

·         Pointe Coupee Parish Public Schools are closed today and Wednesday.



·         UPDATE PPG Two Airboat Teams worked Baton Rouge until 1am Sunday morning rescuing 100+ people & pets. As of 5am they are working the NE QUAD of Airline Hwy at Florida Blvd in Baton Rouge. Plaquemines Parish Sheriff'S Office currently has 3 Airboat Teams with 6 operators working Livingston Parish. PPSO will be deploying from Belle Chasse. 1 Helicopter with Pilot & Co-pilot, 1 Highgate Rescue Vehicle and Mobile Cooking Team along with unknown amount of personnel at this time to assist Livingston Parish.

·         UPDATE PPSO is being redirected to the Hammond Civic Center in Tangipahoa with the High Water Rescue Vehicle, Mobile Cooking Team and Helicopter.

·         UPDATE The two Airboat Teams from Plaquemines Parish Government are headed back to Plaquemines Parish due to mechanical issues and a large contingent of support from LDWF support showing at the staging area they were working. The 159th requested 2 school buses from the Plaquemines Parish School Board to transport personnel to Ascension Parish. The POC is Major Chisholm 225-955-6325. They will supply driver and depart Belle Chasse shortly.

·         TOTAL MISSION PPG Airboats teams rescued 50 individuals and 16 pets on 10 missions today in Baton Rouge.

·         PPSO assets are currently staged in Ponchatoula on North 6th Street at West Pine serving meals.

·         PPSO Airboats teams departed Livingston Parish the afternoon of 14Aug2016.

·         159TH took possession of the 2 school buses from PPSB late this afternoon.

·         10am this morning, Director Harvey received a request via phone from Joshua Hollins of DOTD of Baton Rouge (225-394-2699) for Plaquemines Parish Government's Tiger Dams. Director Harvey advised that the Dams were available and ready for deployment.

·      Plaquemines Parish Government is currently transporting two enclosed trailers containing a total of 6000' of tiger dams along with accessories to the DOTD shop located on Tom Drive & Airline Hwy in Baton Rouge.

·              Plaquemines Parish Government currently has 3 Airboat Team ready for deployment in Belle Chasse to assist agency. Please contact Director Harvey via phone 504-912-1007 or email

·         Plaquemines Parish Government is deploying 3 Airboat Teams consisting of 3 operators and 2 assistants at the request of LSFM. They are to report to LSFM 8181 Independence Blvd Baton Rouge, LA. POC Chief Brian Adams 504-884-0555.


St. Charles

·         Attached is St Charles Emergency Declaration. Parish reporting approx. 15 homes (unconfirmed) with water in them. Numerous street closures due to flooding.

·         St Charles SO sending high water vehicle and crew to Livingston Parish to assist with response activities. For documentation purposes only.

·         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

·         Delivered 5,000 unfilled sandbags to St. James Parish on Sunday 8/14; delivered 2,600 filled sandbags to St. James Parish on Monday 8/15.


St. James

·         St James SO is assisting Livingston SO by providing 1 low surface drive boat; 2 Hummers and 4 deputies per Lt Brignac.

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

·         5000 sandbags delivered from St. Charles Parish

·         Sandbagging operations to continue today (8/16/2016). St. James Public Works en route to pick-up empty bags in Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes. Waiting on empty bags requested from WebEOC request.


St. Helena

·         High School Gym was opened as a Shelter with Council members manning site

·         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.

·         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.

·         Rescue operations have ceased. Air boats and operators returned to their agencies. Additional Culvert and bridge closures are being found as the water recedes. No updates on the water system.

·         Communications has been by Radio as Cellular and land line telephones have been down in the area. Shelter count 70.


St. Landry

·         Two shelter locations were opened, one in the City of Opelousas and the other in the City of Eunice to take in those rescued from flooding within their homes.

·         The St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office, City of Opelousas and Eunice First Responders with assistance from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries performed more than 300 rescues of people trapped in their homes or vehicles due to rising flood waters.

·         All St. Landry Parish Public Schools will be closed Tuesday, August 16, 2016.

·         The St. Landry Parish Government Office is collecting flood damage reports for the next three days for those that have sustained flooding to their residential dwelling and business.

·         Many road throughout the parish are still under water making them impassable or closed. A map of the area damaged in the parish from this flood event is in WebEOC


St. Martin

·         Parish sent out plea to the parish: In order to determine if St. Martin Parish will qualify for Federal Assistance with FEMA, we are asking that any resident or business owner that sustained flood damage, to please contact the St. Martin Parish OHSEP Office at (337) 394-2810 or via email at

·         Mayor Sherbin Collette contacted OHSEP and advised of levee backslides in Henderson near Tuckers and the boat landing. Contacting DOTD and Atchafalaya Basin Levee Board to let them know.UPDATE: Atchafalaya Basin Levee Board and Corps of Engineers are both aware of the slides and will be going out this week.

·         All St. Martin Parish Schools will be closed on Tuesday, August 16, 2016.

·         At this time the St. Martin Parish Sheriff's is still receiving call for rescue efforts from individuals receiving backwater flooding. Rescue efforts currently under way.

·         St. Martin Parish Flood Damage Map is in WebEOC.

·         244 homes flooded and 13 business flooded

·         Effective immediately, there will be a No Wake Zone for Bayou Teche in St. Martin Parish. The water level is high and boaters traveling at a high rate of speed have the potential to throw additional water into yards and homes along the Bayou.

·         The EOC Call Center will be open from 6:00am – 10:00pm to accept calls reporting damage.


St Tammany

·         OHSEP is deactivating its EOC at 1200. OHSEP personnel are on standby.

·         LNO's have been released.

·         Schools are set to be reopened on Monday.

·         Shelter is closed.

·         Tangipahoa

·         All people rescued from Pumpkin Center to Holden off I-12 have been safely returned to their vehicles and have been diverted off interstate safely.

·         From Holden to Baton Rouge the Interstate is still flooded. Cars are completely under water. All rescues are at the Hammond Shelter (Mike Kenny Center) 601 W Coleman Hammond.

·         Both Shelters (Mike Kenny and Amite Community Center) in Tangipahoa Parish will be combined today. Waterbury Plant, 209 Calhoun Independence, La. It will be a parish ran shelter. No resources are needed at this time.

·         Tangipahoa Parish Government office remains closed and continue under Emergency Operations.

·         Entergy reports 1579 outages

·         Tangipahoa Parish public works continues sandbagging and distribution on W. Pleasant Ridge.

·         911- 25 Calls 1900 to 0700 All SAR Calls. Sheriff Office- 1900 to 0700 SAR 64 citizen and 6 Dogs. Fire- SAR 50 Citizens. Acadian Ambulance -1 transport to Lallie Kemp Medical. Red Cross-Shelters Total 279. LDWF- SAR 6 Citizens, 10 Animals, All assets are deploying to Ascension Parish.

·         Ham Operator remains under 24 hours operations until cease of operations.

·         SAR continues on the south end of Parish

·         Animal Control reports housing a total of 189 evacuated animals.

·         Transportation- Stage to resume operation as needed and to transfer/consolidate shelters.

·         Housing- Evaluation/Inspection of Waterbury facility Independence for a possible relocation and combing shelters.

·         VOAD is agencies are on standby for future missions.



·         Due to the significant rainfall, the following parish roadways are currently flooded: Ebenezer Church Road and Comrade Rd @La 8



·         A Red Cross shelter has been open as of 7:00 pm at Abbeville Boys and Girls Club. 300 A.A. Comeaux Drive Abbeville, LA. 70510

·         Request (1) one high water vehicle to rescue 3 kid and 3 adults at 8134 Michelle Drive Abbeville La.



·         ARC shelter closed as of this morning.

·         4 parish roads remain closed

·         1 state road remains closed

·         Preliminary assessment by our office estimates approximately 40 homes received damage due to flood waters.


West Feliciana

·         Sandbags still available at 2 locations

·         Currently collecting damage assessments
S/O helicopter assisting EBR with transport of food and water
No shelter open at this time

·         Approx. 100 homes received flood damage

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

·         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)

·         Boil advisory in effect for Water District #13

·         AT&T Wireless service is intermittent

·         20 roads and bridges damaged, some major

·         S/O assisting Livingston and EBR Parishes with manpower and equipment

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