News Alert: Situational Awareness Report 20 August 2016 As of 5:00 pm
Posted: 8/20/2016 8:56:33 PM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

Situational Awareness Report

20 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 developed and lingered 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: Numerous showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop from mid-morning through the early afternoon hours. A few of these thunderstorms could turn strong and produce locally heavy rainfall of 1 to 2 inches per hour, along with frequent lightning strikes and gusty winds. Some localized street flooding could occur with the heaviest downpours. A few tropical funnels and waterspouts may form under developing thunderstorms early this afternoon. Lower portions of the Amite River Basin toward Lake Maurepas continue to be impacted by flooding. Tributaries in East Baton Rouge, Iberville, Ascension, Livingston, St. James and St. John the Baptist Parishes are experiencing backwater flooding. Please refer to flood warning and statements for the latest information on when rivers are expected to fall below flood stage. Numerous showers and thunderstorms will be possible Sunday and Monday as a stationary front washes out just north of the area. Scattered showers will be possible Tuesday through Friday. A few strong thunderstorms could develop each day and produce locally heavy rainfall, frequent lightning strikes and gusty winds. Heat index readings between 100 and 106 degrees are expected during the afternoon each day through the end of next week. This may produce heat related impacts to people outdoors, especially in flood affected areas.

Southwest/Central LA: Scattered showers and thunderstorms will develop this morning and become more scattered through the afternoon before diminishing this evening. The stronger storms will be capable of producing frequent cloud to ground lightning, heavy downpours and brief gusty winds but no organized severe weather is expected. Moderate to major flooding continues along the Mermentau and Vermilion Rivers and their tributaries. Water levels have crested in most locations but will be slow to recede. Scattered storms and thunderstorms can be expected each day Sunday through Friday with activity diminishing during the evening. Rain chances will be highest Sunday and Monday, trending closer to normal by mid-week. No severe weather is expected but the stronger storms will be capable of producing frequent cloud to ground lightning, heavy downpours and brief gusty winds. Floodwaters will continue to slowly recede through early next week. However, downpours from heavier showers and storms could slow drainage or possibly cause temporary rises in water levels. Please continue to monitor flood warnings and statements for the latest information on river stages and forecasts.  

North LA: Widespread showers and a few embedded thunderstorms will persist across Southeast Oklahoma, extreme Northeast Texas and portions of Southwest Arkansas through early to midafternoon ahead of a weak cold front that will drift southeast into Western Arkansas, Southeast Oklahoma and North Texas. Locally heavy rainfall and the threat for localized flash flooding will be possible over these areas before weakening with scattered showers and thunderstorms expected to develop this afternoon over the remainder of East Texas, North Louisiana and extreme southern Arkansas. While some weakening is expected this evening, additional shower and thunderstorm development will occur overnight across East Texas, North Louisiana, and extreme southern Arkansas near and just south of the weak front as it drifts south to near the Interstate 20 corridor by daybreak Sunday. Gusty winds, brief heavy rainfall and minor flooding of low lying poor drainage areas are possible over these areas this afternoon and tonight. Showers and thunderstorms will persist Sunday across East Texas, North Louisiana and extreme southern Arkansas near and just south of the weak cold front before weakening during the evening. Brief heavy rainfall and minor flooding of low lying poor drainage areas will be possible. The front is expected to begin lifting back north Monday, focusing additional scattered showers and thunderstorms over the area through Tuesday. Any showers and thunderstorms will become more isolated Wednesday through Friday with afternoon temperatures climbing back into the lower and mid 90s. When combined with the high humidity, heat indices will be near or possibly exceed 105 degrees by mid to late week, especially over East Texas and North Louisiana.


** 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 961,500 sandbags; 389,016 bottles of water; 78,948 MREs; 2,200 each of cots and blankets467 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


 ESF 14: Disaster Recovery

         More than 98,000 individuals and households have registered with FEMA for assistance, and more than $16.7 million has been approved to help survivors with temporary rental assistance, essential home repairs, and other serious disaster-related needs.

         More than 24,000 NFIP claims have been submitted for flood loss. Additionally, FEMA has authorized and issued $4 million in advanced payments to NFIP policyholders.

         Business Recovery Center opened in Livingston Parish on 08/18/16 in Walker. Hours of operation are Mondays – Fridays 8 AM to 4:30 PM. A total of 566 SBA loan applications have been received from individuals & businesses with more than $1.3M approved.

         PDAs: IA PDA has been completed in Assumption Parish – 9 affected/ 4 major/ 2 inaccessible.

         PA PDA scheduled for Tuesday, August 23rd for Assumption Parish; IA PDA scheduled on Monday, August 22nd for St. Charles Parish and a PA PDA is scheduled on Tuesday, August 23rd for St Charles Parish.

         Disaster Recovery Centers: 18 of the 20 declared parishes have requested DRCs. Two (2) DRC soft openings today in Tangipahoa and St. Helena Parish. Hard openings will begin tomorrow and the DRCs will operate 7 days a week from 8 AM to 6 PM.

         62 Requests for Public Assistance (RPAs) have been made to date under the PA program.


Public Service Commission

·         Power outages as of 0900 on August 20: 2,534


ESF-02 Communications

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

·         Parks Tower Site in St. Martin Parish is out of wide area operations: 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.

·         The Abbeville Tower Site is operating on satellite backhaul.

·         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*Interop-2 and *Interop-9 have been released.

·         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.

·         ARES (amateur radio) ICS-205 and coverage map added to file library. The Red Cross is using amateur radio volunteers to provide additional communications between shelter locations.


Louisiana National Guard


·         LANG Personnel Duty Status: 2626 STAD, 2211 Army, 415 Air

·         LANG Resources Status: 86 HWV deployed for SAR, 28 boats for SAR, 8 Bridge Erection Boats, 13 LNOs at 7 parishes.

·         Commodity Distribution as of 8/20: 994,197 sandbags (545,500 on hand), 475,539 bottles of water (998,911 on hand), 169,176 MREs (418,596 on hand)

·         Activity over last 12 hours: SAR Total 0 PAX 0 pets (Rescued in total 19,039 PAX 2,663 Pets)

·         Activity over last 24 hours: (Ascension/Iberville) (225th) Super sack at Alligator Bayou. Status: Complete ; St. John (225th) Emplace 1200LF HESCOs IVO LaPlace Status: Complete ; (Allen) (256th – 23 PAX) Support with traffic control from LA HWY 165 and I-10 thru Oberlin exit until I-10 is now reopened. Status: Complete ; Iberville (225th) Repair tear in Tiger Dam (25 PAX) Status: Complete ; (St. John/St. James) (Air mission) Fly parish leaders in order to gain a better view of the damage to the parish. Status: Complete

·         Three PODS in Livingston Parish currently open, Four PODS to open in East Baton Rouge at 0900 on 8/20. 1 DSNAP location proposed in each of the following parishes: East Feliciana, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, Tangipahoa, Iberia, Vermilion, Acadia, Ascension, Avoyelles, East Baton Rouge, Evangeline, Iberville, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, St. Martin, Washington, West Feliciana. 2 DSNAP locations proposed in Livingston and St. Landry.

·         Future operations:  DOTD bus missions, IRT, route clearance, air mission in Jefferson Davis Parish to observe damage; casket recovery; move of FG Clark and Celtic Center evacuees to River Center; possibly filling spaces in Ascension at Longridge Levee.


US Coast Guard


·         223 lives saved ; 3006 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 (8/17) to assist surface ops.

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


Louisiana State Police

·         Shelter Security Update:  Celtic Studios Shelter - Totals: 13 troopers, 18 LANG, Local. No of evacuees - 768. Capacity of facility is 1500. The shelter is self-sufficient. **Celtic evacuees will be moved to the River Center beginning 8/20 at 0900 hours. An accurate count of evacuees at Celtic will take place on Sunday prior to the move to ensure capacity of River Center will not be exceeded. Troopers assigned to security at FG Clark and Celtic will supplement at the River Center as needed. BREC will be sitting up a Kids Zone between 9-11AM (8/20) in the Oak Tree Building Parking lot. It will include kid activities and bouncers. Press is expected to attend the event.; Baton Rouge River Center Shelter – 8 Troopers. 78 LANG. 0 Local. No of evacuees – 991. Capacity is 1726The River Center is projected to be 100 percent staffed by Red Cross personnel by Sunday August 21st and no DCFS personnel will be required at that point.; The Maddox Field House is a special needs shelter. No of evacuees – 65 patients + 22 caregivers + 3 children. Capacity is 500. 2 LSP personnel, 2 LANG personnel and 4 LSU PD officers; LSP personnel providing security at the Crowley shelter have been reallocated due to the low number of evacuees (5) at this location. Troop I will send units periodically to ensure the facility remains secure. Staff at the shelter has been advised to contact law enforcement if any issues develop.

·         FG Clark evacuees will be moved to the River Center beginning Saturday morning, August 20th, at 0900 hours.

·         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).

·         Abandoned Vehicle Operation Update: In order to open Interstate 12 between Baton Rouge and Hammond, LSP towed 183 abandoned vehicles from the roadway. Towing and Recovery Unit Troopers along with DPS hotline personnel were able to contact the registered owners and/or confirm with the wrecker companies that 166 vehicles have either been released to the owner or claimed by the insurance company. Only 17 vehicles remain on the list of the original 183 towed.

·         TROOP A: STAFFING: (50): Looter Patrol -  LSP and Livingston Parish personnel continue to patrol the areas south of I -12 and throughout neighborhoods in the Denham Springs area. Participating law enforcement personnel have stopped several individuals without incident. Participating L/E agency personnel have experienced an increase in suspicious vehicle/people calls in the area. More people appear to be disregarding the curfew.; TROOP D: STAFFING: (6): Lake Arthur NO CHANGE: Mandatory evacuation and curfew remains in place for Lake Arthur residents. As of 8/19/16 at 1000 hours, the water is at the top of the Levee at 5th Avenue in Lake Arthur. If the water Breaches the Levee, it is expected to affect approximately 100 homes. The LA National Guard is present, as well as the LA Wildlife and Fisheries. The point of contact for the LA National Guard is Lt. Cormier (337) 660-8299. It is unknown at this time how many residents are still present within the Lake Arthur area.; TROOP I: STAFFING: (14)Gueydan flooding update: The mandatory evacuation is still in place for the Simon District (north of the city and east of LA 91). Approximately 100 people (40 homes) were evacuated, and no one is allowed to return into the affected area. The National Guard is continuing to assist by putting up sand bags and trying to seal the breach in the Maree Michael Canal. Water continues to enter the city via the breach, and the water depth in that area of the city remains approximately 7”.; TROOP L: STAFFING (10)

·         52 HazMat facility inspections were performed with DEQ to determine each business’s ability to continue operations. Inspections will continue for the next few days

·         Emergency Operations Center - The Call Center will continue to be staffed with 2 people. Call volume has decreased to approximately 5-10 calls per hour. CIMS Gold Team staffing day shift EOC consists of 3 team members.

·         Two DEQ/ESU teams will continue industrial facility inspections in the western portion of the affected area to ensure operational readiness. Four Bomb Techs and two Explosives Canine Teams are deployed for pre-event explosives sweeps for Republican Nominee Trump.

·         Lt. Beau Comeaux advised the transfer of evacuees from the FG Clark shelter to the River Center is complete. The River Center is scheduled to receive approximately 75 residents from the Mt. Pilgrim shelter tomorrow (08/21) at 1500 hours.

·         LSP personnel will be providing continuous 24 hour security at four (4) POD locations: Miracle Place Church – Main Street in Baker ; Healing Place Church – Highland Road in Baton Rouge ; First Pentecostal Church – Jones Creek in Baton Rouge ; Greenwell Springs Library – Greenwell Springs Road in Greenwell Springs


Department of Wildlife and Fisheries


·         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: 101 people 28 pets

·         Acadia: 24 people 4 pets

·         St. Landry: 22 people 14 pets

·         Ascension: 99 people 22 pets

·         Totals: 3166 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. 

·         Agents continue to provide 24/7 support in Ascension, Livingston, EBR. Assistance is provided as needed in Vermillion, Acadia, and Jefferson Davis.


State Fire Marshal

·         USAR Status: Louisiana USAR Task Force deployed to Ascension Parish and parts of St. George. Search and recovery missions continued with no new victims located. The team is still deployed and will begin scaling down over the weekend. FEMA has an Incident Report Team (IST) on site at OSFM Headquarters. The IST continues operations. Texas USAR Task Force 1 is conducting search and recovery operations in Ascension Parish.

·         EOC Status: The OSFM has personnel in the Livingston Parish, Ascension Parish, St. James Parish OEC and GOSHEP. The Livingston and St. James Parish EOC stated that a Fire Marshal Presence was no longer needed and they thanked us for being with them in the operation. They will contact our office if further assistance is needed and expressed appreciation for the strong partnership we have. The state Fire Marshal’s Office OEC is operational and manned 24hrs.

·         The OSFM has taken requests in reference to flooded buildings. Deputies conducted 30 inspections with 17 finals to allow buildings to be occupied. The OSFM conducted 2 flooded building inspections to facilitate reentry into buildings. The OSFM continues to support the USAR mission and is providing logistical support, Law Enforcement Support, and Incident Management functions. The OSFM Forward Command is located at Headquarters available for service. The OSFM is making plans throughout the weekend to begin the inspections for the recovery phase of the operation to inspect buildings in a timely manner in the coming weeks.

·         The Following release priorities have been established by the 1ST Leader, Incident Commander and the Assistant: Louisiana Task Force #2 Has been demobilized; Louisiana RRT # 6 and 8 will be released 0800 8-20-16; Louisiana Task Force #3 will be released 0900 Sunday 8-21-16; Louisiana Task Force # 1 will be released between 1800 hrs. 8-20-16 and 0900 hrs. 8-21-16; Hazardous Materials Push Package (HEPP) will be released at 0600 hours 8-21-16; TX-TF1 , will be released 0600 hrs. 8-21-16; 1ST Members & 1ST Cache released by 0600 hrs. on 8-22-16; A PDF copy of the full demobilizing plan has been attached to this incident in WebEOC.

·         At 16:00 hrs. today (8/21) Chief Browning will have a command staff meeting at the Office of State Fire Marshal to discuss the state of current operations.


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. Resource and Shelter Management Teams assisting LSART at Lamar Dixon Shelter.

·         Providing emergency fuel support for first responders, generators and pumping stations. As of 1422 hrs 8/20, 5,863 gallons of gasoline and 7,248 gallons of diesel have been dispensed.Resources allocated: 790 cages, 281 bowls, 1680 lbs dry dog food, 24 cans wet dog food, 140 lbs cat food, 76 personnel.

·         Pet sheltering support 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. LASPCA assisting with EBR’s abandoned pets sheltering at Dixon Correction Institute. Southern Relocation Team assisting with relocating pets to the River Center Mobile Pet Shelter.

·         Future operations as of 8/17: 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.

·         Future operations as of 8/20: 1. Maintain operational status; 2. Deliver resources as requested; 3. Transition and relocate pets from the Celtic Studios Shelter to the River Center Mobile Pet Shelter Monday, August 22, 2016

·         Pet census as of 8/20: LDAF Mobile Shelter @ BR River Center - 19 dogs, cats, 1 turtle, 1 bird; Lamar Dixon Shelter - 372 dogs, 109 cats, 7 mules371 horses, 148 swine, 148 goats, 3 donkeys, 20 birds, 2 guinea pigs, 2 guinea hens, 9 chickens, 142 cattle; Celtic Studio Shelter - 71 dogs, 36 cats, 3 rabbits

·         Transporting and storing commodities for food banks and shelters. The Resource Management Team is assisting LSART at Lamar Dixon Shelter.

·         Standing by with commodities for food banks and shelters. Supporting animal care issues, as well as animal and public health issues in affected areas.   

·         LDAF foresters performing aerial surveillance to locate and identify stranded livestock in the Gonzales/ Sorrento area


Department of Environmental Quality

·         Financial Services – Total Cost for the Incident as of this morning (8/20) is $37,707.36

·         Incident Command at HQ: An Incident Action Plan (IAP) was prepared for activities from 8/20-8/21. Command and General Staff Meeting – 9:00.  Planning Meeting – 2:00. EPA personnel remain at HQ in Incident Command for assistance and modeling capabilities.

·         Parish Liaisons have made contact with the following parishes: Avoyelles – no serious issues; Ascension – no anticipated issues; Livingston – left message; St. Helena – left message; Iberia – Some flooding, extent not yet known; Lafayette – all debris sites activated, flooded areas without power, debris disposal and segregation problems, no spills; St. Landry – high water, extent of damage not yet known; St. Martin – high water, extent of damage not yet knownAcadia – flooding of homes, businesses, roads extent not yet known; Evangeline – no issues, some house flooding; Vermilion – some flooding, extent of damage not known; St. Tammany – 55 homes flooded, no issues, debris site decision not made; Tangipahoa – may activate Tangipahoa Parish Solid Waste Facility Emergency Debris site Monday, gas bubbling from UST’s; Washington, EBR and East Feliciana – left message; Iberville – flooding of homes, businesses, roads, extent of damage not yet known; Pointe Coupee - flooding of homes, businesses, roads, extent of damage not yet known; West Feliciana - flooding of homes, businesses, roads, extent of damage not yet known; Jefferson Davis – water rising, extent of damage not yet known

·         Personnel from the Permits Division (Phone Assessment Group) conducted phone assessments to 138 facilities. 47 facilities were reached.         

·         Damage Reports: 1. Brown Road Regional; AI# 155375 – Tangipahoa parish • 1 lift station pump with burnt wire; already fixed. 2. Arrowwood Regional; AI# 19041 – St. Tammany parish • some discharging of lagoon water over levee wall had occurred but has now stopped, no levee breeches – just high water. 3. Autumn View Subdivision; AI# 18595 – Ascension parish • 8/14/16 - lift station #1 overflowing; 8/16/16 - can’t get to plant, remains underwater; 8/17/16 - #1 lift station in subdivision works; #2 lift station control panel down. Repairs set for tomorrow; 8/18/16 - both control panels now working; changed out one and turned on the other; the lagoon is still overflowing. 4. Broadmoor Subdivision; AI# 33917 – St. Landry parish • 8/13-14/16 - Lift station under an inch of water; 8/15/16 - confirmed lift station is not underwater. 5. Bye the Way Subdivision; AI# 19029 – Evangeline parish • 8/14/16 - tablet feeding overflowing in the morning. 8/15/16 - 11:10 am – confirmed release stopped, flow normal, no overflow from tab feeder. 6. AI 41031 Church Point Town of – Wastewater Treatment Plant – Acadia Parish • shutdown, complete under water, working on it, trying to get partial work at least this afternoon, need new breaker, transmission, etc., using portable generator. 7. The Town of Independence WWTP has damage (AI 33911) and is located in Tangipahoa Parish. 8. The Town of Springfield did experience some minor damage to their facility. The treatment plant lost 2 blowers but was repaired and the treatment plant is operational. Collection System did suffer damage to the lift station, 2 panels and transformer and parts should be installed today which the collection system is partial operating which has 1 pump on each of the lift station running. Station did experience bypass and overflow. 9. City of Jeanerette WWTP 800 Landry Dr. Ext. Road Iberia Parish • Treatment Plant – Out; Damage – Major; Bypasses – Yes; Overflows – Yes; Comments – Building flooded trying to get assistance

·         Personnel from the Water Surveys section are developing an ambient water monitoring plan for the water bodies affected in the impacted parishes.

·         ARO/KCRO: In addition to the Facility Damage Assessments completed at the ARO yesterday the following activities were conducted: 
2 Landfill Oversight inspections were conducted at Greenpoint, Inc. C/D Landfill and Gordon’s Disposal C/D Landfill. Both are C/D Landfills and issues noted with waste streams entering the facility and being disposed of at the facilities. 2 Debris Site Pre-Approval inspections were conducted in Sunset and Arnaudville, LA. 18 Debris Sites have been activated

·         6 Flood Related incidents were investigated

·         1 Landfill Oversight inspection was conducted at Pellerin and Wallace C/D landfill. Carpet was the only unacceptable waste noted in the active working face of the landfill. An attempt to conduct a landfill oversight inspection was attempted at Angco, Inc. C/D Landfill; however, it was closed.

·         Numerous calls were placed for Priority I, II, & III facilities. Some facilities did not answer/return messages yet. 54 Facility Damage Assessment Forms were completed via telephone on 8/19/2016. All 54 facilities that were contacted were fully functional at this time.

·         SERO: Personnel conducted a total of 14 RNAs today (Iberville Parish). Of the 14 RNAs done today only one of the sites was impacted. Brenntag Southwest Inc (AI: 4339) was the facility that will need a follow-up. The facility has self-reported this incident to SPOC. The one facility that reported flooding yesterday during the phone assessments called back today and indicated that were able to access the facility today and there was no damage/no releases.

·         SWRO: Personnel conducted 7 site assessments and 8 phone assessments at priority 1, 2, and 3 sites in Jefferson Davis Parish, as of 4:00 p.m. 8/19. Only one site (BP Biofuels Louisiana – Jennings, LA...AI # 3245) needs additional information before granting a NFA; none of the others had or reported any damage and were able to be cleared.


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. 619 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

·         Compiled a list of damaged/flooded movable bridges at navigational channels and communicated the information to USCG and other maritime contacts

·         I-10 @ Crowley eastbound and westbound has been reopened

·         District 61 and HQ EOC is continuing to monitoring water levels on the I-10 at Blind River between US 61 and LA 641

·         Damage Assessment Teams began conducting inspections on 8/17/16 in areas that are accessible

·         Preparing to issue notice to proceed for debris collection and monitoring contracts


Department of Justice

·         AG Hotline is active. The number is 800-351-4889. DOJ is working with GoFundMe to monitor activity. As of 0800 hrs. 8/20, over 4,700 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. They are currently or have already vetted 1532 campaigns comprising 94% of the donations raised, or roughly $4.5 million. 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 AG 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.

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

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

·         LADOJ is providing 1 Investigator at Lamar Dixon Expo Center from 1800-0600. 14 LBI Special Agents on special duty in Livingston Parish assisting in patrol today (8/20) from 0600 hrs. to 1800 hrs.

·         LADOJ is coordinating efforts in Livingston Parish to collect displaced caskets for re-internment.


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 Hwy 431 is heavily inundated and water appears to be rising as of early afternoon. A/C reporting is en route.

·         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.


Department of Corrections

·         Alligator Bayou mission complete -  all inmates assigned to this operation have been returned to their facility as of 8/20.

·         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. Inmate crews continue to provide cleaning services at the shelters, as well as monitor the tiger dams and water levels at LCIW and EHCC (8/20).

·         Inmates are currently participating in the following flood fighting activities: Assisting with tiger dams at EHCC, sandbagging effort at EHCC, LCIW, removal of aqua dams, filling of sand bags in St. John the Baptist Parish. Laplace/ St. John the Baptist sandbagging mission has been completed and inmates returned to DCI as of 8/20.

·         Two 4" pumps have been rented from Rain for Rent and are currently being used at LCIW.

·         Per EHCC Warden Hooper, tiger dam at LCIW wasn’t properly secured and failed. Crews currently trying to repair the damaged section on site.

·         Requests have been submitted for ice, water and MREs for 750 inmates who were relocated from LCIW to an empty building at Phelps Correctional Center. Request was also submitted for ice, water and MRE’s for 200 inmates performing sandbagging operations in the local area. The first request is still open, second request has been addressed.

·         Celtic Studios Shelter: this task in ongoing, 2 probation and parole officers continue to work 12 hour shifts and will remain on this schedule until the shelter is closed.


Office of Juvenile Justice


·        On 8/14/16, residential facility, AMI Kids Acadiana located in Branch, LA, evacuated as a precautionary measure. This facility is a contracted OJJ facility that provide care to adjudicated youth in state's custody. The facility was not taking on water but due to reports of rising water in the area, administrators advised OJJ that they felt it was best to evacuate for the safety of the youth. At approximately 12:00 pm, 8 facility staff and 35 youth in OJJ (state) custody evacuated the facility by bus to the evacuation site in Shreveport, LA. The site was: Broadmoor Baptist church in Shreveport. Physical address is 4110 Youree drive Shreveport, La. 71105.They arrived safely at the facility that evening. Mr. Isaac Williams is a contact person for AMI-337-384-2123. Shreveport OJJ P&P officers will be providing assistance while the youth are at the evacuation site.

·        On 8/17/16, youth from AMI Kids Acadiana left the evacuation site in Shreveport, LA, and returned to the facility in Branch, LA. No incidents or problems occurred at the facility and no flooding damage was noted.


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.

·         Tiger Dam installation at the Hunt and Women’s correctional facilities is nearly complete. In the process of assessing additional pumps for LCIW. Pumps will be assessed and provided if needed.

·         Coordinated pump vendors and Ascension Parish government to support flood water pump down at Alligator Bayou and Henderson Bayou. Ascension is going to contract with KBR using FEMA pump rates and Lemoine Industries using the State Emergency Contract. CPRA provided technical support to Ascension Parish for the Henderson Bayou and Alligator Bayou pumping operations on 8/20.

·         Hunt prison and LCIW are now stable. CPRA continues to monitor the situation.


Department of Health and Hospitals

·         54 Water Systems on Boil Water Advisory and 27 Water Systems cleared

·         15 disrupted cemeteries across 7 parishes

·         MSNS: 65 Patients, 27 Caregivers, 3 Children - sheltering at LSU Fieldhouse

·         EvacuationsHospitals – 2 remain evacuated, 1 returned to normal, 3 currently monitoring ; Nursing Homes – 5 remain evacuated, 3 returned to normal ; Assisted Living – 2 remain evacuated ; 3 returned to normal ; ICF/DD – 37 remain evacuated

·         EMS Surge Ambulances: (45): 8 Staging (4 ALS + 4 BLS), 26 Running 911, 4 at Shelters, 6 in Ops, 1 Other

·         Pharmacy Status: Information can be accessed ; 6300 total prescriptions filled in shelters

·         13 confirmed flood related deaths


Department of Children and Family Services

·         Shelter update as of 0200 hrs. 8/20/16.: 1 State MSNS open with POP – 99; 2 Parish Shelters open with POP 79; 19 American Red Cross Shelters open with POP 1622; 2 State DCFS POP 1584; 1 Faith Based Shelter open with POP 63; 25 Total State Shelters with POP – 3447

·         There has been an overall reduction in the shelter population from 11054 to 3447.

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

·         DCFS continues to work with state and local partners in planning and securing federal approval for DSNAP operations. The first of three phases of the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for residents to finalize applications for DSNAP benefits will begin 08/22/2016. All DSNAP information and updates will be posted online at and on the DCFS Facebook page.

·         Per notification from ARC, several ARC shelters will be consolidated today reducing the total shelter numbers by evening count.

·         Efforts continue to consolidate shelters including FG Clark and Celtic Studios into Baton Rouge River Center.


American Red Cross

·         Red Cross Statistics as of 8/19 (last 24 hour operational period/total): Meals Served 9,812 / 69,248 ; Snacks Served 3,955 / 102,613 ;  Fixed Feeding Sites 0 / 0 ; Mobile Feeding Units 14 / 34 ; Kitchens 2 / 2 ; ERVs 66 / 66 ; Other Response Vehicles 28 / 56 ; Service Delivery Sites 2 / 2 ; Total Cases Opened 4 / 14 ; Recovery Kits Distributed 0 / 0 ; Clean Up Kits Distributed 2,337 / 2,457 ; Comfort Kits Distributed 852 / 8,841 ; Mental Health Contacts 237 / 315 ; Health Services Contacts 780 / 1,285 ; Total Red Cross Workers 1,507 / 1,774 ; Red Cross Volunteers 1,351 / 1,613 ; 866 Get-Info Calls 3,300 / 15,205 ; Safe and Well Registrations 36 / 836 ; # of EOCs open 19 / 20 ; # of EOCs with Red Cross 15 / 17 ; Emergency Aid Stations 0 / 2 ; Workers Given Training 0 / 58

·         Continue to provide shelter services and are working with DCFS to ensure accurate numbers and provision of information to state agencies, as well as assessment of future sheltering needs.


Salvation Army

·         Statistics Report for Thursday, 18 August 2016: Meals: Baton Rouge - 2,829; Tangipahoa – 469; Lafayette – 1,000; Total Meals – 4,298

·         Statistics Report for Friday, 19 August 2016: Ascension – 450; East Baton Rouge – 3,537; Lafayette – 1,000; Livingston – 2,142; Tangipahoa Command – CLOSED; Totals for 8/19 – 7,129; Cumulative Total – 19,160

·         BATON ROUGE IMAT: The Baton Rouge Command has 10 Canteens in operation in Ascension, East Baton Rouge, Livingston Parishes. The Distribution Center is open from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Monday through Saturday. It is open from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Sunday. The distribution center has clothing, cleanup supplies, water, baby items and many other supplies. A large command post unit arrived last night and is being placed in operation over the weekend. The Salvation Army is working with Volunteer Louisiana and Louisiana VOAD to acquire volunteers. Food is being provided by Operation BBQ Relief (OBR).  

·         A Distribution Center has been opened at the old Mervin's in the Cortana Plaza Mall.  It began operations (8/18).

·         TANGIPAHOA IMAT: There were three (3) Canteens (mobile kitchens) in operation today.  Two (2) of them will be released at the end of the day and one (1) will continue tomorrow which will likely be the last day of service in Tangipahoa Parish.   In addition to food and hydration, the Canteens are also distributing cleanup kits. Feeding operations ended on 8/18; clean-up kit distribution continued through 8/19.

·         LAFAYETTE IMAT: An Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) is being deployed to Lafayette.  Four (4) Canteens (mobile kitchen) are serving in Lafayette.   In addition to food and hydration, the Canteens are also distributing cleanup kits.

·         JEFFERSON DAVIS PARISH: There will be two canteens operating in collaboration with the Texas Baptist Men on Monday 8/22.    

·         The Salvation Army will be monitoring remotely through the weekend and beyond. POC is Bill Feist at (601) 421-1496 or



Workforce Commission Mass Feeding

·         LWC feeding at three (3) shelters. No logistical problems to support




·         Participate in Parish calls, Mass Feeding Task Force Meetings, Louisiana Disaster Task Force calls, and Shelter Task Force Call

·         EBR: 1443 people 231 pets

·         Respond to and route donation requests and volunteer inquiries

·         Respond to and route donation requests and volunteer inquiries

·         Support requests for clothing needs at special needs shelter

·         Work with GOHSEP to identify warehouse location for donations

·         Coordinate with partners for cleanup and gutting work

·         Crisis Clean up currently has approximately 1900 job orders for cleanup work in queue


Louisiana Housing Corporation

·         LHC has temporary rental assistance made available for displaced low income renters.

·         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.


Board of Regents

·         8/19 Commissioner Rallo reminded the 4 system presidents about the Board of Regents' Academic Affairs Policy 2.21 concerning Uniformed Service Mobilization. He requested assurance that students not be penalized and to have the information concerning this topic be clearly communicated on each respective website.


SEOC Business EOC

·         Requests 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.

·         Assisting GOHSEP and LAVOAD by contacting numerous real estate and warehouse owners to obtain rental information.

·         Contacted numerous businesses to obtain status. Working with NBEOC and FEMA Private Sector to obtain additional corporate data that will assist in determining economic status of local businesses. Working with GOHSEP and ESRI on a self-reporting and mapping system to capture data as well.

·         The LA BEOC in collaboration with GOHSEP and ESRI launched an Open for Business mapping system on This Business Status Map is intended for businesses to report the current condition of their business as either OPEN or CLOSED, and to enter comments that might assist customers. At this time, the map reports businesses in communities most seriously impacted by the current State of Emergency and that are within 20 miles of a Supply Point of Distribution (POD). As additional data becomes available, the map and its registration of businesses will be expanded.

·         The LA BEOC used the call system to contact businesses in a five mile radius of POD sites to determine local operational status. The results are being mapped to help identify local needs.

·         LA BEOC staff participated on the NBEOC conference call to provide situational awareness for national industry partners. Provided guidance to state associations and businesses and assisted LAVOAD with donations. Participated in a donation conference call with Walmart Foundation with the Governor's Office and GOHSEP.

·         The LA BEOC is conducting an analysis of projected flooding near Entergy substations in Ascension Parish to assist Entergy with mitigation efforts.

·         The LA BEOC continues to assist in logistics (ESF 7) needs and the transition into Recovery (ESF 14). Working with LA VOAD to assist donations and coordinate with industry partners. Outreach continues through and Open for Business is being monitored. The LA BEOC staff is working with FEMA NBEOC and Private Sector Office to obtain information for business sales in affected areas.


Parish Actions:


·         I-10 east and west bound were reopened today with the west-bound off ramp and east-bound on ramp at Exit 80 in Crowley still closed due to flooding.

·         Parish officials conducted an aerial assessment on a National Guard helicopter of the affected areas of the parish.

·         A relief center was set up in Crowley to provide donated supplies along with bottled water and MREs to impacted residents. Served 800 people Friday.

·         A meeting has been scheduled in Crowley at the Grand Opera House on south Parkerson Ave to provide information to local officials concerning recovery

·         Representative Jack Montoucet requested high water vehicle to do wellness check, and bring supplies to Mermentau Cove area

·         Conducted a business and farming meeting 19 August in Crowley attended by Parish officials, community officials, Representatives  state elected officials, FEMA,  GOHSEP, Director of LDAF Mike Strain and SBA to present information to local businesses, farmers and citizens on the current situation with the flood and provide information on various assistance programs and processes available to them.

·         Assessor Office will fund Fenstermaker engineering firm to come into the parish and make a study of the flooding. 

·         2 trucks and 4 additional bodies were sent to help with traffic control at the distribution center in Crowley.

·         Requesting DRC and DSNAP for next week.



·         I-10 was partially reopened on 8/18.

·         Due to the reopening of I-10 at 165. Traffic congestion is back to a normal flow. LARNG troops released back to their assigned CMD at 1400 today (8/18)



·         More than 750 rescues have been completed.  Parish estimates more than 16,000 homes are affected

·         Currently Lamar-Dixon Expo Center is housing companion animals and livestock. This operation is being managed by CARA’s House, Ascension Parish Animal Control, LSART, and LSU School of Veterinarian Medicine. Working to sign lease with FEMA for space at Lamar Dixon for DRC and DSNAP.

·         Seven schools and the district’s maintenance facility sustained major damage but are not believed to be destroyed based on early assessments, Ascension Parish Director of Planning and Construction reported to GOHSEP. It appears most took 16 to 20 inches of water though. District expects significant damage to contents, District intends to hire assessment contractor to evaluate schools and expects additional information in the coming days. Mold remediation at the facilities is to start Friday 8/19.

·         District is also assessing its capacity to open schools not affected by floodwater and exploring options to relocate to temporary facilities or to integrate into other schools.

·         Chief concerns for schools district are staffing for classrooms and support as well bus drivers. District does not have any indication of school buses damaged by floodwater but has not completed the assessment.

·         Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office has established a substation in St. Amant on La. 431 to help with rapid response in that area. Ascension Parish Government signed notice to proceed for debris pickup contractors on 8/18.

·         A joint decision by Ascension and Iberville parishes was made to establish a controlled surface cut of 40 feet along the top of Alligator Bayou Road within Ascension Parish to lower the elevation in the Spanish Lake Basin including Bluff Swamp. The depth of this controlled cut will follow the elevation in Bayou Manchac. At the site are hundreds of “Super bags” of sand which will remain and be used to fill this cut in case of a major rise in Bayou Manchac that may have the potential to flow back into the Spanish Lake Basin. In addition, the placement of pumps will be established downstream of this cut for additional removal of the water from Spanish Lake.

·         Ascension BR Water Company boil water order in place for the following subdivisions: Summerfield ; Lake Martin Camp Site ; Marantha

·         Gonzales Mayor Arceneaux advised all city employees will resume normal work hours as of Thursday 8/18/2016. He also said city hall's main office will be shut down for remodeling. A temporary office has been set up behind city hall, near the swimming pool, for any residents to pay utilities.

·         Gonzales Police advised its business office will be open from 7:00 am to 11:00 am starting Friday 8/19/16.



·         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.



·         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.

·         Multiple roads are damaged due to flood waters.



·         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.



·         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. August 19, 2016 Projection of potentially flood waters heading southwestward of Cameron Parish, Anticipate effects of Flood waters in Grand Chenier, Little Chenier, Chenier Perdue, and East Creole is the coming days. With this projection of future flood areas, tonight August 19, 2016 at 6:00 pm a meeting will be held between, OEP Director, NWS Lake Charles, Parish Administrator, Drainage Boards members, and local officials. This meeting will be conducted at the KC Hall in Creole.  

·         40 residents from Klondike have self-evacuatedKlondike is still flooding, 30 houses with some water. Several more homes are reported to have taken on water on 8/19 and residents are still requesting sand bags. Water has risen from one to 6 inches in different areas. Concerns are South winds and Lake water spreading out to new areas of the Parish.  Little Chenier, Creole, are the new main concerns.  LA ARNG are now imbedded with Cameron and are monitoring the situation.  Cameron Parish may not realize full impact for 5-10 day.   Meeting was held 8/19 at the KC hall in Creole.  Drainage boards, OHSPE, WLF (Rockefeller Refuge) and LC NWS attended to discuss water situation.  

·         Next week it is expected that Little Chennier water will rise to cover the one road leading in or out.  30 houses in the area will be cut off until the water recedes.  Families have boats and houses should not flood.  Residents will wait it out at home.

·         Residents continuing to request for sand bags and LANG filling orders. Added 3 more high water vehicles and 9 personnel, making a total of five high water vehicles and thirteen LANG personnel.


East Baton Rouge

·         8/14 - 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

·         422 homes affected;  1,899 residents affected;  650 rescues recorded. Sheltered roughly 13citizens

·         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.

·         Transitioned into recovery mode. Early Learning Center Gymnasium has been approved for DSNAP operations which should be up and running by Monday, 8/22/2016 @ 7:30 AM with people with last names beginning with A through D.

·         Move of our 86 nursing home residents will not take place until Monday. We need to have nursing home inspection ready.

·         We are working on PA assistance. Word is going out to our infrastructure, etc on what to do. FEMA IA, PA, and DSA met with Homeland security Director and Deputy on 8/18 to discuss needs in the parish. DSA was here this morning (8/19) getting maps and going over affected areas and the priority to start assisting with signing up affected residents for FEMA assistance.The parish informed on 8/19 FEMA PA of damages to roads, equipment, and buildings. Also spoke about debris pick up in the parish. Some concerns regarding whether or not vegetative and white goods debris should be separated.

·         We have a great group in Fox Enterprises assisting at the ELC. That operation has been turned over to them.

·         Early Learning Center is being used as a distribution point for water, food, and cleaning supplies. On 8/17, 186 vehicles with affected residents moved through the distribution point within two hours to pick up supplies and today (8/18) 67 vehicles picked up supplies within 20 minutes. Due to power outages, a boil water advisory, and limited supplies in stores, supplies are now critically low at the distribution point. As of 1933 hours 8/19 basic needs are being met. Water and MREs were ordered and should be delivered to the distribution point soon. Still have a boil advisory in effect. Would like to get in cleaning supplies, school supplies for kids, and first aid kits.

·         Some homes in the Parish experienced additional flooding again due to the flash flood that occurred on 8/18. Although sheltering operations had previously ceased, the Red Cross is assisting with re-opening a shelter at 9742 Plank Road in Clinton due to the additional flooding.

·         All Parish Public school employees (Teachers and Administrators) will report to their respective schools Monday, August 22, 2016 and all school children will report on Tuesday, August 23, 2016.



·         Ville Platte and Mamou are flooded, some residents evacuated

·         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.

·         DSNAP has been requested and is focused in the following zip codes: 70586 (Ville Platte), 70554 (Mamou), 70524 (Chataignier)

·         Began coordination for mobile DRC

·         At least 300 homes impacted



·         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.

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

·         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. Phone bank received only 9 calls 8/17/16. 5 of those callers reported more than one foot of water in their residence with the highest value being 4 feet. Only two had insurance.

·         Water is still rising in the Lake Dauterive Rd/Fausse Point area. Water is in some of the homes and threatening others. IPSO Marine Division is also watching the water in the wooded area north of Jeanerette. Water is starting to enter the area and could soon be threatening the homes on Bayou Teche in the area north of Jeanerette. Water is also up to the roadway adjacent to the levee near Lake Fausse Point State Park.

·         Shelter count at 103 on 19 August. Red Cross took over the shelter as of 8/18 and CERT volunteers are now working at the Donation Distribution Center.

·         3500 plus homes impacted, 1 school with minor damage

·         DRC site assessed this morning (8/20) by FEMA. Site at 2417 Darnall Rd, New Iberia (Iberia Parish Fire Protection District Training Center) is an acceptable site per FEMA representatives. Unknown when the DRC will open.

·         DSNAP site scheduled to open Monday morning at 0800 hrs



·         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.


Jefferson Davis

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

·         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.

·         River forecasts as of 8/18 indicate that Lake Arthur will not flood. Lake Arthur Schools are closed and will remain closed until the Director gives the all clear.

·         Recovery operations and DSAP began 8/18.

·         FEMA DSAT teams will start in Welsh Friday Morning.  Then start working east towards Lake Arthur over the weekend. Southern Baptist who are working Region 4 & 5 will base operations at 1st Baptist Church in Jennings.  They are currently engaged in Welch. United Way is also engaged in Welsh, and will follow Southern Baptist towards Lake Arthur.

·         Estimated that 50-75 homes incurred damaged and affected 2,700+ individuals

·         Lake Arthur Area:  Curfew and Evacuation orders remain in effect.  Water at Lake Arthur is around 6" above berm.   Lake is spreading and beginning to case issues for both Vermilion and Cameron Parishes. Emergency protective measures (sand bagging, Piping, other means) at this time are holding.  No one know how long these measure can hold.  Berm is saturated, water is seeping through sandbags.  It is expected to last another 4-5 days, if it holds.   State and Local 1st responders  remain in place helping with shoring up protective measures, LE activities and on standby if the system fails.  



·         Approximately 5,000 plus homes affectedHeymann Center Shelter in Lafayette.

·         DSNAP has been requested



·         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.

·         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 filled with donations deployed to Livingston Parish.



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



·         An estimated 9,000-10,000 individuals have been rescued in Livingston Parish

·         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 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.

·         Shelter efforts are ongoing and supplies are being distributed by the LAARNG and the American Red Cross.

·         Immunizations have been requested through WebEOC to help sustain the local and parish law enforcement's manpower.

·         Businesses in the area have begun reopening, providing much needed resources to the people living in the affected areas. Continued road closures and standing water keeps much of the parish from moving around freely.

·         Two press releases were published between 8/18 0855 hrs sit rep and 8/19 0703 hrs sit rep. The first referred to the consolidation and closing of multiple shelters throughout the parish, as well as the Parish Sustainment Shelters. The second referred to the opening of POD sites in Denham Springs, Walker, and Albany. PODs became operational at 0900 on 8/19.

·         Calls to the Emergency Operations Center have slowed, but search and rescue continues to take place in the southern part of the parish where the water levels are holding steady and have not gone down.

·         DRC sites are anticipated to become operational Monday 22 AUG 2016, where the recovery effort can formally begin taking place. FEMA representatives as well as the Red Cross are prepped in anticipation of this event.

·         Local and parish law enforcement continue to provide increased security to the parish, and have kept looting and curfew-breaking to a minimum.

·         A request was put in for Killian, a town of roughly 600 people, for a replacement to their water supply. The well that the town utilizes for drinking water is depleted, causing the request as well as a request for 6 pallets of water to be delivered.

·         The water level in the southern part of the parish continues to hold steady. Local and parish law enforcement are stretched thin, but are completing the missions tasked. LAARNG is currently looking at tasks to troops, and will make the decision soon on whether or not to scale back troop numbers as the missions become smaller and less intensive.




·         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.

·         The City of New Orleans continues to support DR-4277 response and recovery efforts with personnel and other resources. To date, over 70 personnel, 25 vehicles, cots, water and other assets across US&R, sheltering, swift water rescue, EMS support and EOC / incident management assignments have been deployed. New Orleans MRC sheltering team remains on standby.


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

·         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.


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.

·         False River is holding at 22 ft. This is a record level, but we’re still waiting to see if this is the crest. False level at 21.5 ft as of 0800 8/19. 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.


St. Bernard

·         Resources 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.



St. Charles

·         Parish reporting approx. 15 homes (unconfirmed) with water in them. Numerous street closures due to flooding.

·         Residents being asked to minimize sewer use until further notice

·         Provided 25 barricades and 2000 filled sandbags to Tangipahoa Parish


St. Helena

·         Schools are tentatively scheduled to open on Monday morning. Courthouse scheduled to operate next week necessitating the emergency removal of carpet.

·         Two cemetery disruptions. Darlington Cemetery has approximately 35 to 50 caskets disrupted. Kellian Cemetery as 5 or 6 disruptions. Meeting held 8/18 to discuss disruptions, immediately following, SHP Fire Department began recovering vaults and caskets. Soft ground is limiting efforts and additional equipment may be needed. 36 recovered from Darlington Cemetery on 8/20.

·         Three day supply of water has been delivered.

·         Shelter at the Fifth Ward Recreation Center. Residents of Tangipahoa Parish are arriving at the shelter.  Not an issue now as the shelter is not at max capacity, but it could become an issue later.

·         DRS Site Inspection Team will arrive 8/18. FEMA inspected DRC site – good to go.

·         5-6 households without water. Approximately 550 households affected remain on a boil water advisory.

·         One fire truck (type unknown) and three personal vehicles used by volunteer firefighters were lost in flood waters on the morning of Friday, August 12th.  All four vehicles were being used in search and rescue efforts.  Parish is asking about possible reimbursement procedures.

·         Shelter capacity at 28 (11 families) ; 79 livestock missing. State road closures: Highways 10 West, 1046, 1042, 43 ; 9 Parish roads closed


St. James

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

·         Readying parish run shelter if needed.

·         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. Blind River levels began to fall on 8/18 and are at 4.81” as of 8/19. Sand and bags are still available should the need arise.

·         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. 

·         7 homes have reported minor water (1-3”) in them. 


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 was  reported at 4.16” on 8/17 and began to fall on 8/18; water level reported as 4.81” as of 8/19. Sandbagging operations continue and additional bags have been requested in WebEOC. At this time the Parish has not received any reports of flooded homes.

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

·         Schools in the Parish plan to open on 8/22.

·         We requested and received an 12 inch pump from St. Charles Parish.


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.

·         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

·         DSNAP has been requested. Began coordination for DRC services

·         339 homes impacted, expected to increase, 1 school in Plaissance impacted


St. Martin

·         500 homes and 20 businesses impacted as of 1100 hrs on 8/20101 people, 24 animals rescued and 30,000 sandbags issued as of 8/20.

·         Effective immediately a NO WAKE ZONE for all of Lower St. Martin Parish.

·         La 94 is main concern from flood impact at this time

·         DSNAP has been requested. Began coordination for DRC services

·         5 schools impacted with minor to moderate damage



·         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.

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

·         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.



·         DSNAP has been requested. Began coordination for DRC services

·         Requested a meeting with FEMA representative with parish officials concerning recovery set for 19 August 9AM

·         Coordinated for placement of 60 super sandbags and helicopter by Louisiana National Guard along the levee in Gueydan to protect the levee from flood waters. Also requested limestone and sand to reinforce the levee. A mandatory evacuation for an area of Gueydan was ordered on 8/17.

·         1 shelter open (Abbeville)

·         2 schools impacted: 1 major damage, 1 minor damage




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

·         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 Baton Rouge

·         40+ residents have reported damage as of 8/19/16 and numerous citizens of our parish are out of work due to their employer being located in parishes more affected by flooding.

·         For PA the numbers for preventive measures, response and recovery are at or over the parish threshold. There has also been damage to the infrastructure of roads, canals and ditches in our parish.

·         At this time we are going to request IA and PA teams for PDA preparation


West Feliciana

·         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.

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

·         No shelters are currently open, no PODS needed and volunteers/churches continue to assist the impacted.

·         DRC inspection complete and approved for Independence Community Center- soft opening Sunday, August 21.

·         FEMA PA planning to come on Monday 8/22 for meeting.








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