News Alert: Situational Awareness Report 17 August 2016 As of 5:00 pm
Posted: 8/18/2016 8:25:35 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

Situational Awareness Report

17 August 2016

As of 5:00 pm


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 thunderstorms are expected to develop through the early evening hours. A few of these thunderstorms could turn strong, producing locally heavy downpours, frequent lightning and wind gusts over 40 mph. Lower portions of the Amite River Basin toward Lake Maurepas continue to be impacted by record flooding. Numerous tributaries in East Baton Rouge, Iberville, Ascension, Livingston, St. James, and St. John the Baptist Parishes 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 Thursday through Tuesday. A few storms could become strong, producing frequent lightning, gusty winds and brief heavy downpours.  


Southwest/Central LA: Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected today with some drier mid-level air working into the region, this activity is expected to be less than that of the last few days. Wind profiles are such that severe weather is not a threat but some locally heavy rainfall will be possible with stronger storms. Scattered mainly afternoon showers and thunderstorms will continue Thursday through Tuesday.


North LA:  Periods of showers and thunderstorms will be possible this afternoon 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 at all, will not be widespread. This stagnant pattern of scattered to numerous periods of showers and thunderstorms will remain in the forecast through the remainder of the work week and even into the upcoming weekend. Again, there will be periods of intense downpours, some of which could result in low area flooding through this weekend.





** Full details can be found in WebEOC**


State Actions:


·         Activated Crisis Action Team on 11 August, a Level III on 12 August, a Level II on 13 August and to a Level I on 13 August

·         Provided approximately 753,500 sandbags; 844,596 bottles of water; 260,448 MREs; 1,151 cots; 1,860 blankets; 70 tarps

·         A Federal Declaration has been received for 20 Parishes: Acadia, Ascension, Avoyelles, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Vermillion, Washington, and West Feliciana

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


Louisiana National Guard


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

·         LANG Personnel Duty Status: 2865 STAD

·         LANG Resources Status: 257 HWV deployed for SAR, 38 boats for SAR, 10 Bridge Erection Boats, 16 LNOs at 8 parishes.

·         Activity over last 24 hours: SAR Total 1363 PAX 68 pets (Rescued in total 19,744 PAX 1403 Pets)

·        Ongoing Missions: Alligator Bayou Levy, St. John Shelter, Tiger Dam (Hunt Correctional), Shelter Support, Security Missions, Logistics Operations


US Coast Guard

·         223 lives saved ; 3010 assists; 57 Pets

·         HC-144 CASA from ATC Mobile will be on STBY, B-0/B-1 H65 assets will be directed as needed. Western Rivers Flood Punt (WRFP) Teams (12 personnel, 6

·         Flood Punts),  STA/ANT/BASE/SEC NOLA (26 personnel, 1 ANT Flood Punt & 5 Rental Punts), and GST (6 personnel, 2 FP).

·         Planned patrol of Maurepas area in am to assist surface ops.

·         Note: ATC Mobile H60 will conduct over-flight with VCG, Congressman Graves and Sector Nola CO


Department of Wildlife and Fisheries


·         Tangipahoa: 305 people 108 pets

·         Livingston: 215 people 83 pets

·         Washington: 3 people

·         St. Helena: 25 people

·         EBR: 1443 people 231 pets

·         Iberia: 41 people 3 pets

·         Lafayette: 837 people 114 pets

·         East Feliciana: 49 people 5 pets

·         West Feliciana: 2 people

·         Vermillion: 99 people 28 pets

·         Acadia: 24 people 4 pets

·         St. Landry: 22 people 14 pets

·         Ascension: 99 people 22 pets

·         Totals: 3164 people 612 pets

·         A report of a barge slipping from its mooring in the Diversion Canal at Petite Amite (Bayou Pierre) was checked by LDWF agents. The owner indicated that the barge had been moved slightly from its original location, but had been inserted approximately 15 feet into the mud to better secure it from swift currents. The USCG was notified and felt the actions of the owner were sufficient. 


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.

·         2 EMAC requests created on 8/17: 1) Six (6) Experienced/Chief Officers trained in incident management, fire code, building code, code enforcement, to
assist in permitting of commercial and residential structures; from the State of Tennessee, Department of Commerce; 2) Six (6) trained Fire Investigators to perform, Origin & Cause investigations, Evidence Collection, Scene Documentation and Law Enforcement; from the State of Texas, Department of Insurance.


Louisiana State Police

·         Shelter Security Update:  Celtic Studios Shelter – 4 Troopers from Troop B were added. Totals: 12 troopers, 25 LANG, 6 Local. 920 evacuees are at the facility. Capacity of facility is 1500. The shelter is self-sufficient; Baton Rouge River Center Shelter – 6 Troopers. 77 LANG. BRPD Assisting w/traffic & road closure in front of shelter No of evacuees – 1492. Capacity is 1691; FG Clark Activity Center – 2 LSP personnel, 3 LANG personnel and 3 Southern University Police Officers. 195 evacuees. Capacity is 435; The Maddox Field House is a special needs shelter, has 79 special needs evacuees. Capacity is 500. 2 LSP personnel, 2 LANG personnel and 4 LSU PD officers; Crowley Shelter - 2 LSP personnel. No of evacuees - 38. Capacity is 437.

·         Traffic Update: Six (6) LSP personnel have been assigned to conduct escort missions. Four (4) LSP personnel are staged at the St. Gabriel Correctional Women’s Facility (LCIW). They are evacuating 20 DOC buses to Dequincy, LA. The buses are being loaded and they anticipate leaving within the hour (as of 15:59 8/16/2016).

·         TESS Towing and Recovery and BOI in conjunction with Public Affairs are notifying vehicle owners of vehicles abandoned. 280 Vehicles towed by LSP off of I-12 between BR and Hammond; Number of Phone Calls: 245; Owners Reunited with Vehicles: 77.

·         TROOP A: STAFFING: (64) The temporary water barrier erected at US 61 at LA 42 is in the process of being removed by DOTD and LANGTROOP D: STAFFING: (14): There is currently 1 Sgt and 4 Troopers manning the road closures in the Troop area. TROOP I: STAFFING: (25): A DOTD representative has been assigned to Troop I to coordinate barricade positioning. TROOP L: STAFFING (22): Several Troopers are currently manning road closures throughout the Troop area.


Public Service Commission

·         Power outages as of 0900 on August 17: 22,661

·         Angola restoration is now complete

·         Full list of subdivisions restored by DEMCO as of 8/17 can be found in WebEOC. DEMCO peak outage during this event was at 28,000. We are currently (8/17) down to 8,468 members without power. We are continuously working towards getting all of our members restored.

·         Entergy currently has five substations impacted by flood waters: Kentwood, Shenandoah, Bayside –serves DEMCO, Sorrento, and Burnside substations.

·         The Harelson substation located in Baton Rouge near the intersection of Sherwood Forest and Old Hammond Highway that was previously being monitored is no longer a concern, unless additional rain causes problems.

·         Other substations that are currently being monitored for high water issues include: Lutcher, Lake Arthur, and Laplace.

·         Flood waters knocked out two substations affecting approximately 6,000 customers. Field switching restored power at the Sorrento substation to over 5,000 customers by approximately 1:40pm (8/16/16). Waters were too high to restore power to approximately 465 customers served from the Burnside substation in Gonzales.

·         Crews are on site at the Gonzales Substation to actively monitor the water levels here and will not de-energize it until it is absolutely necessary (with the hopes that we do not have to de-energize it). Proactive calls were made to approximately 9500 residents in the area.

·         The following substations are being monitored for high water levels: Laplace Sub, Convent Sub, and Panama Sub (in Convent as well), Lutcher, Lake Arthur, Laplace 


ESF-02 Communications

·         LWIN status: 134/135 tower sites in normal operation

·         LWIN Sites out of wide area operation: Baldwin Tower Site in St. Mary Parish: Technicians have been dispatched. Parks Tower Site 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. A back-up temporary repeater system (Site 94) has been installed. LSP Radio Communications is preparing a LWIN mobile tower site for deployment to St. Martin Parish to replace coverage. Bossier City Tower Site in in Bossier Parish: Century Link and AT&T are working to resolve a T1 issue. Iberville Tower Site: AT&T techs have been dispatched. The Hagewood Tower Site Natchitoches Parish. Technicians have been notified.

·         The Abbeville Tower Site is operating on satellite backhaul.

·         Iberville Tower 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-*INTEROP-10 Complete ICS 205 located in File Library 

·         AT&T released a statement indicating that they have restored service to a vast majority of wireless callers and continue to work around the clock to complete further restoration. Equipment has been stationed around Baton Rouge to provide additional cell coverage where it's needed most and public Wi-Fi has been set-up at an evacuation center in Gonzales. AT&T requests that when possible customers text rather than call as texting uses fewer network resources.


Department of Transportation and Development

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

·         District 61 and 62 personnel are fully deployed 24 hrs. per day.

·         Making preparations for deploying Damage Assessment Teams when required.

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

·         Provided of Aquadam (water barrier) in support of flood mitigation operations at both Women’s Hospital and US-61 Airline Highway and Highland Rd.  

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

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

·         Prepared to support DCFS DSNAP operations if required.

·         Statewide Bridge Inspection Teams are deployed to District 03, 07, 61 & 62 inspecting scour critical bridges (400 on system and 700 off system). A total of 100 bridge inspections were performed on 8/16. 482 bridge inspections have been performed to date.

·         District 61 and HQ EOC is closely monitoring rising water levels on the I-10 at Blind River between US 61 and LA 641.If closed, the detour route will be LA 22 to LA 70 to LA 3125 to US 61 to US 51. 

·         DOTD is providing transportation for hesco baskets supplied by the USACE to be installed at water plants in Laplace along US 51. DOTD will also provide 500 cubic yards of sand in support of this mission. 

·         Actively supporting various transportation needs for open shelters.  DOTD ESF-1 provided the following transportation: Para-transit transportation to 4 patients from North Park Rec. Center Shelter to LSU Fieldhouse MSNS; Bus transportation to be on standby to transfer helicopter rescued evacuees from the Baton Rouge Police Department Air Hanger to bring them to the River Center Shelter. This is a 24-Hour ongoing mission. (Helicopters provided by Baton Rouge P.D., U.S. Coast Guard and Louisiana National Guard.); For LSU Field House Medical Special Needs Shelter (MSNS). This is special transportation for Dialysis patients and other medical transportation. 2 vehicles are dedicated to this mission and are staged at the LSU Field House Medical Special Needs Shelter (MSNS); Ordered Conex Office Trailer to replace the LANG Mobile Command Center that was moved for another mission. Conex will be placed at the Memorial Stadium Vehicle Staging Area (VSA) and is scheduled to arrive Wednesday, August 17, 2016; Capital Area Transit System (CATS) has a dedicated bus to make convenience runs from the Celtic Studio Shelter and the B.R. River Center Shelter to a local Walmart. 

·         Available resources: 46 school buses/45 Fully Mission Capable, 6 Para-Transit Mini Buses

·         Significant Road Closures: I-10 Westbound and Eastbound at Crowley, from I-49 to US 165; US 90 at mile post 61 near LA 1126; US 61 from LA 30 to LA 22; US 61 North from LA 3274 to Ascension Parish.

·         DOTD ESF-01 issued Secretary Waiver Orders for Motor Fuel Transport and Vehicle, Trucks and Loads. Full orders are uploaded in WebEOC.

·         For the reporting period of 8/16/16, 6 AM – 6 PM, a total of 149 administrative employees and 327 field employees were engaged in flood response

·         DOTD District road closure maps have been uploaded in WebEOC in support of situational awareness


Department of Corrections

·         As requested sandbags have been delivered to Woman's Hospital and Airline Hwy @ Highland Rd.

·         Requested 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 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. .

·         In communication with Red Cross and DFS to determine if assistance is needed for restroom maintenance.

·         Aqua dam and pumps have been requested from DOTD.

·         AMD P&P Agents have finished assisting the Livingston Parish SO in locating sex offenders in Livingston Parish Shelters.

·         P&P Officers continue to provide security along with State Police at the Celtic Studio Shelter. Probation & Parole has two officers working a rotating 12 hour shift.

·         Baton Rouge District Office and the WBR District Office of P&P continue to check the Celtic Studio Shelter as well as the Civic Center for sex offenders. This task is still on going for as long as the shelters remain open.

·         Rayburn CC will be assisting the military in St. John the Baptist Parish setting up HESCO baskets around the water plants along Hwy 51. They are sending 20 offenders to assist.

·         Approximately 200 offenders from EHCC were evacuated and are being housed at Louisiana State Penitentiary. 22 P&P officers provided escorts. LA State Pen is equipped to handle medical, mental health and skilled nursing offenders. 

·         LCIW was evacuated and 36 females are being housed at LA State Pen. P&P officers assisted with escorts and 2 P&P Officers were tasked with assisting with the supervision of those female offenders at LA State Pen. 2 female offenders were hospitalized (1 in New Orleans and 1 in West Feliciana) during evacuation & supervised by P&P officers, but have both returned to custody. 20 female P&P officers were dispatched to Southwest Regional TWP (Phelps) to assist with security of evacuated LCIW offenders.

·        Rayburn CC is housing 131 offenders from Livingston PP. They sent transport vehicles and 21 officers to assist EHCC with evacuation and 26 offenders & 3 officers to EHCC to assist with sandbagging. Rayburn CC also sent 22 offenders, 3 officers and 1 supervisor to assist the military with HESCO baskets in LaPlace. Only 7 offenders remain in LaPlace, the remainder are returning to Rayburn CC. Rayburn CC still has inmate cleaning crews at the area shelters 24 hrs/day

·        P&P officers in Livingston, Ascension, Iberville, Pointe Coupee and East Baton Rouge Parish visited local shelters to determine if any sex offenders were present. A total of 4 officers between BR District and Shreveport District transported a registered sex offender to the Alternative Shelter in Homer, LA from the Celtic Center. P&P officers conducted checks of sex offenders in the community to ensure they were at approved residences.  

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.

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

·         Report received of a stranded 18-wheeler containing hazmat on the westbound should of Highway 22 near Head of Island in Maurepas. The report was investigated and the truck was found to be upright, the containers strapped down and the water approximately 3” below the containers as of 0100 on 8/16/16. Removal is low priority due to inaccessibility and will be addressed when possible. 

·          Incident Command is not set up at HQ; however, EOC position at GOHSEP is  manned 24 hours a day and Parish EOP's have been contacted in the affected parishes and given contact information for the parish liaisons. An Incident Action Plan (IAP) was prepared for activities on 8/17. 

·         LDEQ deployed 3 boats from the Capitol Regional Office on 8/16 with operators from the Emergency Response and Water Surveys Assessment Division. Boats were used for search and rescue in the Baton Rouge and Denham Springs area. 5 Rapid Needs Assessment (RNA) teams will be deployed on 8/18 for environmental assessments in East Baton Rouge and Livingston Parish. Each team will be joined by troopers from Louisiana State Police.


Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority

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

·         Coordinated with city of New Roads 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 are working. 

·         Worked with DOTD and LANG to identify sources of sand to support mission to place super sack 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 Ascension. Lamar Dixon Expo center open for horses, Amite Livestock Sales open for cattle and Dominque for abandoned or stranded livestock. .

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

·         Emergency fuel continued to be dispensed today to maritime search and rescue first responders, stranded motorists, and emergency shelter and telecommunication company generators. Fuel dispense for this event through this shift today (8/16/2016) includes 3,993 gallons of gasoline and 4,115 gallons of diesel.

·         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 in addition to 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. One pet rescue mission occurred 8/16 in Prairieville, LA. LSART VMRC and ASPCA Search and Rescue assets have been deployed. Planning initiated for EBR’s abandoned pets to be sheltered at Dixon Correction Institute with assistance from LASPCA.

·         Pet census as of 8/17: LDAF Mobile Shelter @ BR River Center - 25 dogs, 1 cat, 1 turtle, 1 bird; Lamar Dixon Shelter - 450 dogs, 109 cats, 333 horses, 44 swine, 123 goats, 27 exotics, 2-3 bite cases; Celtic Studio Shelter - 180 dogs, 20 cats

·         Future operations: Providing assistance to move 1800 dozen of eggs donated by Cal-Maine foods to Second Harvest Food Bank in Harahan. Resource management team reporting to Lamar Dixon Shelter to provide assistance.


Department of Health and Hospitals

·         59 Water Systems on Boil Water Advisory and 15 Water Systems cleared as of 1613 on 8/17

·         Hospitals: Women’s 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.  

·         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.

·         MSNS: 118 - sheltering at LSU Fieldhouse

·         Evacuations: Hospitals - (2): Promise Hospital, Ochsner Hospital; Nursing Homes - (9): Golden Age Nursing Home (145), Oakwood Village (77), Maison Du Monde (122), Flannery Oaks (124), Colonial Care (68), Capital House (92), Regency Place (85), Gonzales Health Care (99), Gueydan Memorial Guest (51); Assisted Living - (2): Colonial Care Retirement (30), La Plantation Retirement Community (66); ICF/DD - (12): Ponderosa Home, Azalea Home, Braewood Home, Central Woods Home, Florida Home, Graham Home, Landsbury Home, Northridge Home, Norwich Home, Pecos Home, Sheraton Home, Sherwood Home

·         Nursing Homes: Sheltering in place: (2): Harvest Manor (152), Ascension Oaks (94)

·         EMS: Region 2 - 34 Units Assigned; Region 9 - 11 Units Assigned; Staging - 10 Units


Department of Children and Family Services

·         Shelter update as of 2400 hrs. 8/17/16.: 1 State MSNS open with POP – 118; 15 Parish Shelters open with POP 1411; 18 American Red Cross Shelters open with POP 2884; 2 State DCFS POP 3402; Total State Shelter POP – 7415

·         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 7415.

·         Three shelters have been added: Twin Lakes Campground, First Ward Recreation Center and Impact Shelter.


American Red Cross

·         Geographic Districts are being stood up to better coordinate service delivery.

·         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.

·         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.

·         Red Cross is participating in Shelter Task Force and Feeding Task Force.

·         Red Cross is preparing to support the possibility of 2 shelters in St. John Parish that could open tomorrow due to southeast winds causing flooding.


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.

·         Served meals 1,080 (8/16/16) in four locations in Tangipahoa Parish. Provided food, hydration and emotional & spiritual care at  two locations in Livingston Parish, and one location in both East Baton Rouge and Ascension Parishes. Statistics not yet available. Meals will be served in all previously mentioned parishes on August 17.

·         Tuesday, 16 August, The Salvation Army served 128 snacks, 25 cases of water and 300 cleanup kits in Lafayette Parish. They also provided emotional & spiritual care to 9 people.

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

·         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

·         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.

·         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 en route. 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.

·        CAP mission base has transferred from L38 (Gonzales) to KBTR(Baton Rouge). The CAP agency liaison remains on duty at GOHSEP. Two flights scheduled on 8/17 to fill in image data for the Blood River area and Springfield area. Assets on hand include eight aircraft with photo capability on standby across the state.


Louisiana Housing Corporation

·         The Louisiana Housing Corporation activated 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

·         AG Hotline is active. The number is 800-351-4889. DOJ is working with GoFundMe to monitor activity. As of 1600 hrs. 8/16, over 2,000 campaigns were active with donations totaling over $1.2M. 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. DOJ is standing up a Fraud Task Force, which will be reaching out to DCFS, DHH, Sheriff’s Offices, Parishes, and other law enforcement agencies to provide support as recovery advances. We are printing 5,000 condensed consumer tips brochures for avoiding contractor fraud that will be made available for distribution at shelters, DSNAP sites, stores and anywhere else they might be useful. The Attorney General has launched the Take a Selfie Campaign, encouraging those engaging with post-disaster contractors to take pictures of their contractors, the progress of the work, licenses of the contractor, the contractor's vehicle, license plate, contracts and checks issued as payment to the contractor. This will help to provide documentation in case of contractor fraud complaints.

·         As the result of a Facebook post on 8/16, 2 Investigators were sent to investigate potential price gouging at Sportman's Crossing Convenience Store in Walker, La. No evidence was found to support the claim.

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

·         As of 0600 8/17 LBI Special Agents deployed in Livingston Parish were relieved in place by 13 LBI Special Agents and will be relieved in place at 1800.

·         Civil Division is providing support to state agencies and parishes on procurement, contract and land related issues. Also providing support related to displaced remains.


Board of Regents

·         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.

·         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

·         The following parishes have submitted DRC requests via WebEOC as of 8//17/16: East Feliciana, Iberville

·         The following parish has submitted a PDA request via WebEOC as of 08/17/16: St. Charles

·         Categories A-G is available for eligible applicants within the declared parishes on a 75/25% cost sharing basis. If you have sustained costs due to this disaster and wish to seek PA funding, you must submit a Request for Public Assistance and be registered in SAM.GOV. RPA’s can be filed on our website. If assistance is needed with this process please email or call (225) 315-7227. REMINDER – The RPA deadline is 30 days from the declaration date.

·         4277-LOUISIANA Registration Deadline: 10/13/16 - Call Center Registrations: 10,892 ; + 631;  Web Registrations: 17,804 ; + 2,992 ; Mobile Registrations: 10,917 ; + 1,374; Total Registrations: 39,613 ; + 4,997; Referred to IHP: 26,751 ; + 3,399 ; Total Inspections Assigned: 4,331; + 4,331 

·         A Federal Declaration has been received for 20 Parishes: Acadia, Ascension, Avoyelles, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Vermillion, Washington, and West Feliciana

SEOC Business EOC


·         Request for needs have been coordinated with UPS, Walmart, Coleman and Igloo coolers, as well as other LA BEOC partners.  

·         Information is being posted on to assist with coordinated messaging

·         Assisting LAVOAD with donation management and the Mass Feeding Task Force with immediate needs.

·         Coordinating trucks of water and MRE's donated by Home Depot. Igloo coolers has donated 150 48-quart coolers to support the current response and recovery.

·         Working with LAVOAD to locate a warehouse for logistics storage.



Parish Actions:


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

·         As of now we have had over 200 residents call to report flooding in their homes, many have been forced to evacuate

·         Rice Festival building was opened as a shelter. The Red Cross has come in to help and provide food and supplies for evacuees.

·         Starting 8/17 National Guard will start to deliver water and food to those stranded in their homes and continue to offer evacuation

·         80 residents at the Crowley Shelter as of 1300 on 8/16. Over 500 homes impacted.

·        Parish EOC is at partial activation level



·         Parish is Declaring due to traffic issue on 165 north, due to I-10 being close for east bound traffic. Traffic congestion is over whelming Sheriff and LE assets from Kinder past Oberlin. Declaration is in process and is required for state to support a traffic control request.



·         Ascension obtained 102,000 sandbags through state request and purchased 150k additional sandbags and 3,000 tons of sand. Sandbagging operations ongoing

·         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. Amite levels have steadied and began to drop slowly as of 8/17.

·         LDWF monitoring overtopping of water of levee at Laurel Ridge Canal north of Louisiana 22 and west of Amite River Diversion Canal. Erosion appears to be increasing.

·         1 shelter open, population 783 fully staffed with nurses and medical supplies. Red Cross took over the shelter as of 8/17. Parish is working on a number of animal rescues but will need assistance for animal care. Additional need for dog food, cat food and kennels. LDAF coordinating 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 28,000 homes are affected

·         Gonzales Health care Nursing Home activating evacuation plan (90 personnel) 8/16/16

·         Petro Chemical sector halted or reduced production, essential crews only 8/17/16

·         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.

·        Entergy substation that serves a large portion of the parish avoided flooding. Crews began dewatering efforts of surrounding area around midnight. Power outages at about 5,500 about 4 pm on 8/17.

·         Sorrento Town Hall has relocated to Ascension Health Unit. Gonzales City Hall is closed due to flood water. Court system and Clerk of Court’s offices closed for the week. Ascension Counseling Center closed for the week with counselors stationed at shelter during normal business hours. Assessor’s Office in Donaldsonville is open but closed in Gonzales until further notice.

·         All main roads in the City of Gonzales are open and the dusk/dawn curfew has been rescinded as of 8/17/2016 at 9am. 

·         Reports that Alligator Bayou Levee had breached are false. Crews verified that water is still overtopping the levee but at a slower pace. There have been no levee breaches.

·         Boil water order in place for all Diversion Water Company water systems until further notice, affecting four subdivisions in the parish. 

·         Areas of significant impact include Port Vincent, Summerfield, St. Amant, Acy, Galvez, City of Gonzales and areas near inland water ways of Ascension Parish.

·        Most petro chemical facilities in Ascension Parish have either halted or reduced production and are operating with essential crews only. All feed stock and finished products are stable and secure. 


·         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.



·         Due to the heavy rain fall on August 13, 2016 there were approx. 90 homes or businesses that were affected by heavy rains or flooding. Maps uploaded with the number of damaged structures. Most of the water has receded and parish is still doing assessments of flooded homes. Working On Maps of flooded areas



·         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

·         Shreveport Fire Department is deploying 16 personnel with Louisiana Task Force 3 USAR. Fire Marshall Browning is requesting approximately 125 US&R trained personnel to conduct wide area, structure, and vehicle searches for victims.

·         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.



·         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 8/19 will be postponed until possibly Friday, maybe even until next week's regularly scheduled route.

·        40 residents from Kondike have self evacuated.

·         Impacted and is projected to qualify for a federal declaration. Parish currently has over $100,000.00 in road damage. It is expected that flood waters will impact other parts of the Parish prior to it receding.



·         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

·         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.

·         EBR Inundation map attached

·         Approximately 1,000 homes affected


East Feliciana

·         Approximately 400 homes affected

·         650 rescues recorded. Sheltered roughly 13citizens

·         Heavy rains have caused stress cracks and roof is leaking at the jail. Tarps have been ordered.

·         DSNAP has been ordered to set up.

·         Town of Clinton has set up 4-5 computer stations at RKM Medical Center to assist with FEMA registration.

·         Roads and bridges are being checked with assistance of DOTD.

·         Parish water system has a boil advisory in place, towns have not had a problem with their water systems.

·         Transition from MREs to hot food.  Red Cross to deliver 350 hot lunches on 8/17. 278 MREs distributed on 8/16. We will still use MREs to fill gaps and evening time.



·         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

·         Ville Platte Civic Center is being opened as a shelter/reception station. Parish has requested DSNAP assistance, cots, MREs and bottled water to support the shelter. The same facility will be set up to provide DSNAP and DRC at a later date.



·         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.

·         Iberville Public Works advised Bayou Manchac is rushing over Manchac Rd. into Alligator Bayou, causing another 6 inch rise for residents in the Bayou Paul Area in East Iberville. Army helicopters continue to place super sacks along flood control structure to reduce water flow into Alligator Bayou. This rise is expected to continue overnight and into tomorrow. Evacuation issued for Bayou Manchac Rd. residents.

·         Bayou Sorrel bridge was opened to relieve pressure, causing approximately 200 residents to be isolated from the Parish.

·         Water levels continue to rise on the Intercoastal Waterway. All marine traffic has been shut down and the Bayou Sorrel Locks remain open at this time draining water into the Atchafalaya Spillway to minimize flooding on landslide in Bayou Sorrel / Bayou Pigeon areas.

·         Flood waters in Random Oaks in Plaquemine are receding, as well as Grand Rd. area in White Castle.



·         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.

·         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.

·         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.

·         Shelter count is 89 as of 8/17/2016.

·         Parish has opened a phone bank for home owners to report flood damage. The current (8/17) estimated number of flooded homes is at 3500 and flooded mobile homes is 100. 100 homes with over 14 inches of water have already been fixed.



·         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. State Fire Marshall’s Office requested 24 boats with 2 men per boat to Baton Rouge on 8/15/2016. JP water resources returned home on 8/16/2016.

·         JP provided a list of 41 available firefighters to assist with an IMAC request from OSFM dated 8/16.

·         EBCFD provided manpower to offload 17 patients transferred from a nursing home to Ochsner Main Campus on Sunday. Marrero-Ragusa VFC provided manpower to offload 30 patients transferred from a nursing home to 5301 August Ave - Marrero Healthcare Center, Tuesday night 8/16.


Jefferson Davis

·         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 started 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.

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

·         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.

·         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 finish their evaluation and turn off electricity by Tuesday or Wednesday and will remain off until the water recedes.    
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.

·         Impacted and projected to qualify for a federal declaration. 

·         Sandbagging operation at Lake Arthur was suspended at 1400 due to water topping areas of the berm. Flood is expected to begin over the next few days.

·         A 4 day well published mandatory evacuation order was activated today (8/17) at 1600.  For areas in Lake Arthur that have not received flood water, residents with proper ID and address will be allowed in.  There is a 6pm dusk to dawn curfew in effect for Lake Arthur until further notice. Any person in Lake Arthur after dark will be arrested.

·         Parish has decided against opening a shelter at this time but contingency plans are in place should the need arise.



·         Approximately 2,000 homes affected

·         175 people Heymann Center Shelter in Lafayette as of 1300 on 8/17.

·         Parish EOC at partial activation



·         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

·         A Truck left out this morning filled with donations heading to Livingston Parish.



·         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

·         AT&T has been contacted and are providing 20 portable towers. Officials will be using radios at LOHSEP and shelters to communicate.

·         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. Distribution sites are being set up and used to provide resources to individuals who cannot make it to shelters who are without power and trapped in their neighborhood. LANG and local law enforcement are aiding those people who are trapped but not affected by supplying water and MREs in high water vehicles. Waters are expected to continue to rise and affect those in the southern part of the parish

·         Cots, blankets and cages for animals from Minden/Shreveport.

·         While aid missions are being conducted in the north, west, and east part of the parish, rescue still continues in the southern part of the parish.

·         As of 8/17 Currently there are 26 open shelters with ~8,000 filling those shelters. LP is estimating there are at least 5,000 homes affected based on this number. It is estimated that 60% of homes and 80% of the population were affected by flooding. Photos of the devastation by the Civil Air Patrol have been documented and can be found at Currently, ten 18-wheelers are arriving in intervals with cots and blankets, and are being transported to shelter sites around the parish to provide those shelters with resources. Law enforcement and medical personnel have increased at these shelter sites through outside agencies.

·         LPSO conducted another sweep of all 19 shelter sites for sex offenders, and yielded no identifications. Medical and security operations at the shelter sites are running well, and sites are having minimal issues.

·         Distribution of supplies at designated sites having ceased is separate from the ongoing supply effort underway at shelters across the parish. Shelter efforts are ongoing and supplies distributed by the LAARNG and the American Red Cross will resume at 0900 8/17 at specific locations separate from the shelters and will cease at 1800.

·         Immunizations have been requested through WebEOC to help sustain the local and parish law enforcement's manpower. Pallets of ice, diapers, blankets, cots, MREs, and empty sandbags arrived late last night.

·         Livingston Parish has ordered a dusk to dawn curfew for 8/17/16 per the Sheriff's Office.




·         Resources currently deployed in support of statewide operations include: NOFD / LA TF-1 assets include 30 personnel, 4 incident management team personnel to support LA OSFM; NOHSEP assets including 2 incident management team personnel, 50 cots (125 total from Region 1 parishes) delivered to the Lamar Dixon Center shelter on 14 August 2016; NOEMS assets include 5 personnel deployed to support LA DH BEMS and LA OSFM.

·         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.

·         Full deployment of LA-TF-1 US&R personnel and assets may be requested by OFSM via State EOC. Other public resources are on standby.


Pointe Coupee

·         Approximately 250 - 300 homes affected, 175 people rescued

·         Areas of Pecan Drive East and Pecan Drive West are flooding due to flooding back water. FD and SO evacuate those that need.

·         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.

·         Flooding issues are present in Pecan Island in Jarreau and homes along False River in low areas have taken some water.

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

·         False River is holding at 22 ft. This is a record level, but we’re still waiting to see if this is the crest. Currently working with Tax Assessor's office on a map to show major damage. Should have it ready for distro. Shelter is still open, currently 48 personnel.



·         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 assist Livingston Parish.

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

·         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. 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 8/14. Plaquemines Parish Government deployed 3 Airboat Teams consisting of 3 operators and 2 assistants at the request of LSFM, to Baton Rouge on 8/15. Teams were reassigned to Gonzales in Ascension Parish by the OSFM as of 1800 hrs on 8/16.

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

·         At the request of DOTD (Joshua Collins), Plaquemines Parish Government transported two enclosed trailers containing a total of 6000' of tiger dams along with accessories to the DOTD shop in Baton Rouge. At the request of OSFM - Brian Adams, Plaquemines Parish Government will be sending the Airboat Rita along with Operator Rousselle to assist in residential searches in effected Parishes. Operation can last up to 2 wks.

·         Plaquemines Parish Government has supplied various parishes 2,050 filled small sandbags & 35,000 empty small sandbags.


St. Bernard


·         Resource available: 1 animal truck with built in kennels: 13 for Medium/Large animals; 10 for Small animals. Can stack 10 air crates in the middle. 2 staff members come with truck.

·         Sheriff's Office: 8/12 thru 8/15; 11 personnel per day, 2-18ft flatboats, 1-F650 high-water vehicle, 4-F250 4X4s, 1-support vehicle: East Baton Rouge.
Fire Department: 8/14 thru 8/17; 2-19ft flatboats, 7 personnel per day: East Baton Rouge and Denham Springs.
St. Bernard Parish Govt: 8/14 thru 8/15; 2-16ft airboats to St. Helena, 8/16; 5000 sandbags to St. John, 8/17; 5000 sandbags to St. John 


St. Charles

·         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.

·         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

·         102,000 sandbags received from Terrebonne, Lafourche, Plaquemines and Pontchartrain levee District

·         Hwy 61 closed around 0200 8/17. Water is rising from the Blind River.

·         Readying parish run shelter if needed.

·         Sand bagging operations are ongoing.  Latest Blind River gauge was at 4.56’ and flowing fast.   Sheriff’s office has staged high water assets and the mobile command post at the Winn Dixie on Hwy 3125. LANG will also be staging some assets within the Parish – possibly at Golden Grove truck stop.

·        St. James Parish Schools will be closed on 8/18/2016.

·         Highway 641 has been closed in both directions between Interstate 10 and Highway 61 in Gramercy due to high water.  

·         Not much change was noticed in Garyville or Reserve, but a 2 inch rise was noted in canals near Highway 51 and Interstate 55 but water is still in the canals. 

·         Parish is working with representatives of the Corps, Levee Board and State on modeling and better predictions of water levels. 


St. John the Baptist


·         Received 5,000 sandbags from St. Bernard Parish. Sand being placed at fire stations.

·         Highway 641 has been closed in both directions between Interstate 10 and Highway 61 in Gramercy. Interchange at I-51 and I-55 has some water on roadway, but is passable.

·         2 inch rise was noted in canals near Highway 51 and Interstate 55 but water is still in the canals. LANG has arrived in St John Parish to stage and assist in the event any SARs should be needed and also for shelter support.  Two shelters have been identified and are being prepared out of an abundance of caution.  NO SHELTERS ARE OPEN AT THIS TIME. American Red Cross has representative at the EOC and working with staff to prepare shelters IF NEEDED.USACE is in the St John EOC assisting with LIDAR maps on ground elevations. Officials with the Southeast War Veteran’s home have made evacuation plans to move to Jackson SHOULD THE NEED ARISE. Easterly wind affecting Lake Pontchartrain causing higher than normal water levels in drainage ditches in the LaPlace area of the Parish 

·         Blind River is reported at 4.16 on 8/17 and still rising.

·         Parish is working with representatives of the Corps, Levee Board and State on modeling and better predictions of water level

St. Helena

·         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.

·         Parish water systems still experiencing problems. Currently approximately 150 households without water. Should be down to 50 households or less by COB 17 August Will use 100kw portable generator. As system is generated, new water line breakages are identified. Parish water works will isolate blown lines in order to restore water to the bulk of customers.

·         9000 bottles of water requested through WebEOC. The Red Cross is delivering 1250 six-packs of water which should get the parish through the next three to four days at which time the water system issues should be resolved.

·         Court House is still experiencing water damage from rainfall through the roof and ceiling. Discussing immediate measures to protect files and electronic equipment.

·         Shelter has been relocated to the Fifth Ward Recreation Center, 31676 Hwy 16 W near Amite. Currently housing 17 citizens.

·         Schools are tentatively scheduled to open on Monday morning.

·         Two cemetery disruptions. Darlington Cemetery has approximately 35 to 50 caskets disrupted. Kellian Cemetery as 5 or 6 disruptions. Meeting was held on 16AUG2016 with the local funeral home director to discuss recovery. He is currently walking the grounds to assess the full impact.


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.

·         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 roads 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

·         Levee backslides in Henderson near Tuckers and the boat landing. Atchafalaya Basin Levee Board and Corps of Engineers are both aware of the slides and will be going out this week.

·         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.

·         482 homes and 20 businesses impacted as of 1300 on 8/17. 24 animals rescued and 28,000 sandbags issued.

·         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. Parish EOC is at full activation.

·         All schools closed until Monday, 22 August 2016


St Tammany

·         LNO's have been released.

·         Shelter is closed.



·         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.

·         Waterbury Plant, 209 Calhoun Independence, La. It will be a parish ran shelter.

·         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.



·         A Red Cross shelter has been open 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.

·         Evacuation of Gueydan Memorial Guest Home due to rising water on 8/16. 67 personnel were move by Acadian Ambulance and equipment was moved by LANG.

·         206 homes have been affected as of 8/17. This number is expected to rise.

·         Current shelter headcount (8/17) is 102 for the Abbeville Shelter. An additional shelter is being set up with ARC assistance at Heney School, 1300 Highway 330, Erath, La. 



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

·         EOC is deactivated as of 8/17.

·         DSNAP request submitted through WebEOC




·       Deployed manpower and assets to Livingston Parish: 5 LE, SAR, 5 FD, Swift-water, 4 boats, ATVs. All assets have now returned to Webster but are on standby for additional support if requested.


West Feliciana

·         Sandbags still available at 2 locations

·         Currently collecting damage assessments

·         S/O helicopter assisting EBR with transport of food and water

·         Approx. 130 homes received flood damage, 20 roads and bridges damaged, some major

·         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)

·         AT&T Wireless service is intermittent

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

·         Schools will resume on Friday

·         EOC returning to operating hours 8 am - 4:30 pm starting 08/18/16

·         Boil advisory has been lifted.

·         No shelters open at this time. 




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