News Alert: Situational Awareness Report 22 August 2016 As of 2:00 pm
Posted: 8/22/2016 3:10:59 PM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

Situational Awareness Report

22 August 2016

As of 2:00 pm 

State EOC Activation Level: Level III

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: Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop this afternoon into the evening hours. Some of these storms could produce local heavy rainfall, frequent lightning strikes and gusty winds. 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, mostly late morning and afternoon showers and thunderstorms are expected through Thursday, then only isolated showers and thunderstorms are forecast Friday and Saturday. 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 105 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.

North LA: Scattered thunderstorms will remain possible today through this evening as a remnant frontal boundary begins to lift northward across the region. Stronger storms will be capable of producing gusty winds, heavy downpours and frequent cloud to ground lightning. However, no organized severe threat is expected.  Isolated to scattered thunderstorms will be possible during much of the week, increasing by late week as a weak frontal boundary approaches the region Thursday into Friday. Temperatures will also be climbing back into the lower to mid 90s through much of this week. When combined with the humidity, afternoon heat indices will peak near 100 to 105 degrees with the highest readings over North Louisiana. This may prompt heat advisories for at least parts of the region by mid-week. 


** 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. Return to Level III effective 1800 hrs on 21 August.

·         Provided approximately 994,197 sandbags; 548,328 bottles of water; 217,606 MREs; 2,200 each of cots and blankets; 467 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 110,000 individuals and households have registered with FEMA for assistance, and more than $74 million has been approved to help survivors with temporary rental assistance, essential home repairs, and other serious disaster-related needs.

          More than 25,000 NFIP claims have been submitted for flood loss. Additionally, FEMA has authorized and issued $15 million in advanced payments to NFIP policyholders.

          SBA Business Recovery Centers will open in the following parishes on 8/22/16: Ascension Parish, East Baton Rouge Parish (2 locations), Lafayette Parish, and Tangipahoa Parish.

          A total of 566 SBA loan applications have been received from individuals & businesses with more than $1.3M approved.

          PA PDAs scheduled for Tuesday, August 23rd for Assumption Parish and St. Charles Parish; and a PA PDA is scheduled on Thursday, August 25th for St James Parish.

          IA and PA PDAs’ have been requested by West Baton Rouge Parish and St. James Parish; and are being coordinated.

          Disaster Recovery Centers: 18 of the 20 declared parishes have requested DRCs. Three (3) DRC hard openings tomorrow (8/23/2016) in East Baton Rouge Parish, West Feliciana Parish, and Tangipahoa Parish. Three (3) soft openings tomorrow (8/23/2016) in East Baton Rouge Parish (2) and Ascension Parish. Two (2) Inspections scheduled for tomorrow (8/23/2016) in Iberville Parish and St. Landry Parish. Waiting on parish signed agreement for East Feliciana and Lafayette.

          Joint FEMA/State DRC Teams continue to conduct site inspections on potential DRC locations provided by Parishes.

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


Public Service Commission


·         Power outages as of 1700 on August 21: 430

·         Entergy updated on substation for Hunt/LCIW: We have someone going to assess this substation this morning. However, I am told that from looking at the picture the water level looks good in this substation. The breakers are on the left side and look to be approximately two feet clear of water. Water rising on the transformer is fine. The breakers and the electronics inside the control panels are what cause problems when flooded. Water appears to have dropped a little in last 24 hours.


ESF-02 Communications


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

·         The Parks Site in St. Martin Parish is inoperable due to flooding. A backup mobile LWIN repeater site (Site 94) has been installed. Mobile repeater site will remain until permanent repairs are complete.

·         The following statewide interoperability talk groups are in use: *STATE-1 *STATE-2 *INTEROP-1 *INTEROP-3 *INTEROP-5 *INTEROP-6 *INTEROP-10. Complete ICS-205 available under ESF-2 in the file library.*Interop-7 and *Interop-8 have been released.

·         ARES (amateur radio) ICS-205 and coverage map added to file library.


Louisiana National Guard


·         LANG Personnel Duty Status: 1974 STAD, 1732 Army, 242 Air

·         LANG Resources Status: 19 HWV on Mission, 11 boats for SAR, 0 Bridge Erection Boats, LNOs at 5 parishes (East Baton Rouge, Tangipahoa, Livingston, St. John, St. James).

·         Commodity Distribution as of 8/22: 994,197 sandbags (545,500 on hand), 632,122 bottles of water (888,764 on hand), 235,217 MREs (379,197 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: Livingston POD closures (Site #1: Bass Pro – Type III – Denham Springs Status: Complete ; Site #2: Albany High School – Type III – Albany Status: Complete), All DSNAP locations have been supplied with water

·         Ongoing Missions: Cameron (256th) 4 HWV, 4 boat and 11 PAX on stand-by for SAR, Cameron (256th) 5 HWV and 6 PAX for sandbagging operations

·         Shelter Support (As of 211530AUG2016) - Celtic Mega Center (433 survivors) ; River Center Shelter (865 survivors) ; Lamar Dixon (381 survivors) ; LSU Field House (92 survivors)

·         Security Missions (As of 220500AUG2016) - Livingston ((61st) security/support patrol w/LPSO (48 PAX)) ; Celtic Studios Shelter “Camp Sully” ((159th - 49 PAX) ; (225th - 20 PAX)) ; BR River Center “Kamp Kenny” ((61st - 100 PAX) (2) MP PLTs ;  (159th – 30 PAX) ; (JFHQ – 8 PAX) Shelter support ; LSU Field House ((61st) –(4 PAX)) ; Lamar-Dixon “Camp Marc” ((61st ) Security/support (6 PAX) ;  (256th) Security/support (49 PAX)) ; St. James ((256th) TCP multiple sites (28 PAX))

·         Engineer Operations – Iberville -  225th Monitoring the repair tear in Tiger Dam

·         TF-Bus Operations (As of 220730AUG16) Baton Rouge (Buses – 23; 6 mini buses (2 @ Field House. 2 @ Celtic. 2 @ River Center)) (73 PAX)

·         PODS: Livingston: 1 PODS (Hours of Operation: 0900-1800) (Site #3: Sydney Hutchinson Park – Type III – Walker (Open)) ; E. Baton Rouge: 4 PODS (Hours of Operation 0800-2000) (Site #1: Miracle Place – Type III – Baker (Open), Site #2: Greenwell Springs Library – Type III – Baton Rouge (Open), Site #3: Healing Place Church – Type III – Baton Rouge (Open), Site #4: First Pentecostal Church – Type III – Baton Rouge (Open))

·         DSNAP: 29 proposed sites, Proposed: Phase I: Begins 22 Aug - Phase II: Begins 29 Aug - Phase III: Begins 5 Sep. Sites - E. Feliciana 1 Early Learning Center ; Iberia 1 South LA. Community College ; Livingston 2 Amvets Post 68 and Judson Baptist Church ; Pointe Coupee 1 Pointe Coupee Multi-Use ; St. Helena 1 Greater Turner Chapel, AME ; St. Landry 2 Yambilee Building and Southeast Community Center ; Tangipahoa 1 Eagle Height's Community Church ; Tangipahoa 1 Eagle Height's Community Church ; Vermillion 1 First Baptist Church ; Acadia 1 ; Ascension 1 ; E. Baton Rouge 5 ; Lafayette 1 ; Avoyelles 2 ; Evangeline 1 ; Iberville 2 ;  Jeff Davis 1 ; St. Martin 1 ; St. Tammany 1 ; Washington 2 ; W. Feliciana 1

·         DSNAP Security Mission begins @ 1900 21 Aug: Commodities security ; 2 PAX @ each site for security ; Opelousas and Eunice have armed guards ; All other sites have armed law enforcement ; DSNAP Phase I begins 22 Aug

·         Future Operations: DOTD possible bus missions ; Celtic Center evacuees move to River Center possibly starting Weds 240900AUG16 (802 PAX) ; Inspect Celtic Center following closing and clean-up. ; DSNAP Phase II begins 29 Aug ; DSNAP Phase III begins 5 Sep ; Re-tasking security forces as shelters close ; BPT assist Cameron Parish if flood conditions worsen.


Louisiana State Police


·         Shelter Security Update:  Celtic Studios Shelter - Totals: 8 troopers, 80 LANG, 6 Local. No of evacuees - 848. Capacity of facility is 1500.; Baton Rouge River Center Shelter – 9 Troopers. 80 LANG. 0 Local. No of evacuees – 957. Capacity is 1694.; The Maddox Field House is a special needs shelter. No of evacuees – 62 patients + 22 caregivers + 2 children. Capacity is 500. 2 LSP personnel, 2 LANG personnel and 4 LSU PD officers;

·         Shelter Update: F. G. Clark – All evacuees that previously resided in the F. G. Clark shelter have transitioned to the Baton Rouge River Center. The F. G. Clark shelter is no longer accepting nor housing evacuees. Celtic – On Monday, August 22, 2016, at approximately 0900 hours, Celtic Studio residents will begin transitioning to the River Center shelter. Families with children and residents with available transportation will be given priority for Monday with an expected goal of 300 residents transitioned. No transitioning will take place on Tuesday due to the Presidential visit. Transitioning will resume on Wednesday at 0900 hours and is anticipated to be concluded by Thursday.

·         TROOP A: STAFFING: (44): Troop A Looter Patrol LSP SWAT (Sgt. Trey Bellue, Sgt. Mark Fontenot, M/T Paul Oulliber, and S/T Justin Chiasson), along with Livingston Parish personnel, continue to patrol various neighborhoods and commercial areas within Livingston Parish.;  TROOP I: STAFFING: (13): Gueydan flooding update: The Gueydan PD Chief advised operations in the city are running smoothly. The National Guard is still in the process of sealing the canal breach with sandbags. Once it is sealed, plans will be formulated to pump the remaining water out of the Simon District of the city. No LSP assistance is needed at this time.; TROOP L: STAFFING (10)

·         Emergency Operations Center - LSP currently has CIMS gold team members managing LSP EOC operations pertaining for this event today from 0600-1800 hours. The CIMS blue team members will manage LSP EOC operations from 1800-2200 hours tonight (8-21-16). The LSP EOC will return to normal operations at 2200 hours tonight (8/22).


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: 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

·           Agents are providing assistance in Cameron parish. Agents remain available throughout the impacted areas as needed.


State Fire Marshal


·         All rescue operations primary and secondary are standing down at this time.

·         The FEMA IST Team is headed to New Orleans for the night with early flights tomorrow (8/22) morning.

·         Texas USAR Task Force 1 and all of the Louisiana USAR Teams have departed Baton Rouge.

·         We completed our mission with 320 team members and 7 Search Dogs. Our search is 75% complete at this time we continue to wait on water levels to drop so the remaining areas can be check by Baton Rouge USAR Task Force 2

·         At this time OSFM employees are in the process of cleaning and returning the office back in order.

·         Update from OSFM on interoperability channels 5 and 6 - We will continue the need for them over the next 14 days for the following use with Texas & Tennessee Fire Marshal teams working in the state: Interoperability channel 5 will be for Fire investigations ; Interoperability channel 6 will be used for recovery and reentry. GOHSEP radios on loan to OSFM will be issued to the teams working within the state. OSFM has returned Interoperability channels 7 & 8 back to GOSHEP Interoperability Program Manager.


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 0841 hrs. 8/22, 6,113 gallons of gasoline and 7,798 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. LSART VMRC and ASPCA Search and Rescue assets have been deployed. LASPCA assisting with EBR’s abandoned pets sheltering at Dixon Correction Institute.

·         Future operations as of 8/22: 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 on Wednesday, August 24, 2016.

·         Pet census as of 8/22: LDAF Mobile Shelter @ BR River Center - 26 dogs, 7 cats ; Lamar Dixon Shelter - 342 dogs, 138 cats, 260 horses, 153 swine, 17 birds, 2 guinea pigs, 50 chickens, 121 cattle, 111 goats ; Cara at Lamar Dixon: 30 cats ; Celtic Studio Shelter - 78 dogs, 38 cats, 1 rabbit

·         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.   


Department of Environmental Quality


·         Financial Services – Total Cost for the Incident as of this morning (8/21) is $78,687.01

·         Incident Command at HQ: An Incident Action Plan (IAP) was prepared for activities from 8/22-8/23. 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 known; Acadia – 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 - WWTP damaged, some electric customers without power, debris sites activated, East Feliciana – left message; Iberville – flooding of homes, businesses, roads mostly on the east bank, will need new debris site; Pointe Coupee - no major issues; West Feliciana - flooding of homes, businesses, roads, extent of damage not yet known, left message; Jefferson Davis – water rising, extent of damage not yet known

·         ARO/KCRO: 18 Debris Sites have been activated. Activities to be conducted on 8/22: 5 teams will be conducting Landfill Assessments and 5 teams will be conducting first round Facility Damage Assessments in E. Feliciana, W. Feliciana, Avoyelles, and Pointe Coupee parishes.

·         SERO: Activities to be conducted on 8/22: 7 teams will be conducting Landfill Assessments and 3 teams will be conducting first round Facility Assessments in St. Helena and Tangipahoa parishes.

·         SWRO: Activities to be conducted on 8/22: 1 team will be conducting Facility Damage Assessments to Priority I, II, and III Sites in W. Iberville Parish and 1 team will be conducting Landfill Assessments.

·         Regional offices and emergency response personnel remain on standby

·         Continuing to plan activities for tomorrow (8/22) including phone assessments to landfills and facilities.

·         DEQ-HQ activities to be conducted on 8/22: Phone Assessment Group will continue to conduct WWTP Assessments ; Waste Permits Group will begin planning for Debris Site Assessments.


Department of Transportation and Development


·         Missions as of 8/21: Completed - Transport 1 evacuee Parkview Shelter to LSU MSNS ; Transportation of population (80) from F. G. Clark Shelter to River Center utilizing CATS. Transit Van from F. G. Clark has moved to River Center. DOTD LNO from F. G. Clark has moved to the River Center. River Center now has 2 transit vans and 2 DOTD LNOs. New Missions -  Relocation of 76 evacuees (1 require para-transit) from Mt Pilgrim Baptist Church to River Center for Sunday, 21 Aug 2016 at 1500 (underway as of 1422 hrs. 8/21); Transportation for evacuees at the MSNS to return home ; Transportation for evacuees at Celtic and River Center to return home. Ongoing Missions/Standby Missions - Transportation of population ( ~ 800) from Celtic Shelter to River Center (0900 Monday, 22 Aug 2016) (On Standby) ; Providing resources for special medical transportation for 4 location providing 24 Hour Medical Convenience Transporting: LSU Field House-MSNS (2 x Transit Vans), Celtic-General Population Shelter (2 x Transit Vans), River Center – General Population Shelter (2 x Transit Vans). Other Coordination - Potential transportation for DSNAP operations ;  Regional transit system for flood victims without transportation ; Transportation from shelters for shelterees to visit their damaged homes ; set-up conference call for Secretary Wilson and TMS executive staff, Mr. Frank Sherman and Mr. Steve Carney

·         Shelter Runs: 55 Total Runs - Celtic – 2 para-transits mini bus ; River Center – 1 para-transits mini bus ; LSU – MSNS - 1 para-transit mini bus, 1 school bus

·         Resources - 48 school buses/47 Fully Mission Capable (FMC) ; 1 currently on on-going missions ; 6 Para-Transit Mini Buses (DOTD Counsel on Aging buses) ; 6 currently on on-going missions ; 96 LANG bus drivers available. Incoming Resources - 3 TMS Coach Buses. (5 days of use). Outgoing Resources - East Baton Rouge – 11 Buses – Depart Monday, August 22, 2016 ; Acadia – 6 Buses – Depart Monday, August 22, 2016 ; Tangipahoa – 2 Buses – Depart Tuesday, August 23, 2016 ; Ascension – 14 Buses – Day by Day ; St. Bernard – 4 Buses - Indefinite ; St. Tammany - 4 Buses - Indefinite ; Avoyelles – 5 Buses – Indefinite ; Jefferson Davis – 2 Buses – Indefinite

·         Issues – Possible lack of transportation to fulfill possible missions: Currently there is no DCFS transportation plan/request for DSNAP operations ; Regional transit system for flood victims without transportation ; transportation from shelters to shelterees to visit their damaged homes.

·         Damage Assessment Teams continue to conduct inspections of roadways and bridges in impacted areas that are accessible. Debris and Monitoring contractors have been activated for the District 61 & 62 (EBR/Hammond) surrounding parishes.

·         DOTD Bridge Inspection Teams have inspected 1364 bridges to date. Parishes are encouraged to submit a WebEOC request if they seek assistance with bridge inspection assistance.

·         Have supported DCFS with activated Phase I DCFS DSNAP operations 22 - 27 Aug, (10 DSNAP Sites).

·         Current road closures being reported by our Traffic Management Center (TMC) is 37 routes. Please go to to see current road closures.


Department of Justice


·           AG Hotline is active. The number is 800-351-4889. DOJ is working with GoFundMe to monitor activity. 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.

·           LADOJ is providing 1 Investigator at Lamar Dixon Expo Center at 0600 to relieve night shift investigator. 12 LBI Special Agents relieved in Livingston Parish at 0600hrs by 15 LBI Special Agents. Agents will be relieved in place at 1800hrs.

·           Red Cross mobile units will distribute our fraud pamphlets starting 8/21.


Department of Corrections


·         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. Inmate crew also providing assistance with cleanup efforts at EF Drug Awareness Council.

·         Inmate crews continue to monitor the tiger dam & water levels at LCIW & EHCC.

·         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.

·         DCI is Housing 152 Offenders from Livingston Parish (1 bonded out 8/21) ; HSUS sheltering 61 dogs and 9 cats


Office of Juvenile Justice


·         On 08/20/2016 met with DOC officials at JCY to look at housing females evacuated from LCIW. Work will begin shortly to allow for housing these females.


Department of Health and Hospitals


·           52 Water Systems on Boil Water Advisory and 29 Water Systems cleared

·           25 disrupted cemeteries across 7 parishes

·           MSNS: 73 Patients, 20 Caregivers, 0 Children - sheltering at LSU Fieldhouse

·           Evacuations: Hospitals – 2 are currently providing sheltering for some evacuated nursing home residents  ; Nursing Homes – 5 remain evacuated ; Assisted Living – 2 remain evacuated ; ICF/DD – 35 remain evacuated

·           EMS Surge Ambulances: (35): 5 Staging, 22 Running 911, 8 at Shelters, 0 in Ops, 0 Other

·           Pharmacy Status: Information can be accessed ; 6634 total prescriptions filled in shelters

·           13 confirmed flood related deaths


Department of Children and Family Services


·         Shelter update as of 1200 hrs. 8/21/16.: 1 State MSNS open with POP – 91; 17 American Red Cross Shelters open with POP 1399; 2 State DCFS POP 1473; 2 Faith Based Shelter open with POP 112; 22 Total State Shelters with POP – 3075

·         There has been an overall reduction in the shelter population from 11054 to 3075.

·         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.

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


American Red Cross


·         Red Cross continues to support State EOC with Daytime 12 hour coverage, respond to requests for services and information via WebEOC, and 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.

·         Red Cross Statistics as of 8/22 (last 24 hour operational period/total): Meals Served 29,455 / 113,866 ; Snacks Served 24,775 / 147,771 ;  Fixed Feeding Sites 3 / 3 ; Mobile Feeding Units 68 / 85 ; Kitchens 4 / 4 ; ERVs 90 / 90 ; Service Delivery Sites 5 / 5 ; Total Cases Opened 7 / 20 ; Recovery Kits Distributed 0 / 0 ; Clean Up Kits Distributed 1,629 / 8,812 ; Comfort Kits Distributed 586 / 10,161 ; Mental Health Contacts 290 / 979 ; Health Services Contacts 121 / 3,433 ; Total Red Cross Workers 1,706 / 2,257 ; Red Cross Volunteers 1,506 / 2,047 ; Safe and Well Registrations 12 / 869 ; # of EOCs open 15 / 23 ; # of EOCs with Red Cross 12 / 21 ; Emergency Aid Stations 0 / 2 ; Workers Given Training 0 / 590

·         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.


Workforce Commission Mass Feeding


·         LWC feeding at three (3) shelters (River Center, Celtic Studios, and the LSU Field House MSNS Shelter). No logistical problems to support


SEOC Business EOC


·         The LA BEOC continues to assist in logistics (ESF 7) needs and the transition into Recovery (ESF 14).

·         The LA BEOC updated to provide informational links to the most frequently asked questions and continues to post the most up to date information to assist businesses and industry partners. Fielding calls and providing recovery information. Working with EDO's of affected areas to assist in economic impacts.

·         Using business call out system to obtain business status near POD sites.

·         Located pallets to assist LANG.


Parish Actions:


Acadia (Federal Declaration)


·         Shelter closed 8/21/16. Parish plans are to consolidate resources at the relief center in Crowley with the relief center in Estherwood based on need

·         Fire Chief Robert Touchet from FD #5 (Morse)  reported Calcasieu FD #6 sent 8 firemen to relieve Acadia FD #5 firemen on Sat.. 19 August 12pm. Reported by Chief Robert Touchet from Acadia FD #5. This support was coordinated direct between the Fire Departments.

·         Requesting DSNAP & DRC for next week.  

·         Fire Chief Robert Touchet released the National Guard trucks and personnel from the relief mission being conducted in Morse community.


Ascension (Federal Declaration)


·         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. Conducted an aerial overflight of Ascension Parish.  The Parish is still significantly affected by water.

·         The Parish is very proactive in putting steps in place to support survivors.  Lamar Dixon Expo Center will be a center of gravity in the near term with the major shelter population, animal sheltering, establishing DRC, establishing DSNAP site and potential debris drop off point.

·         The Parish does have a contract in place with DRC to remove debris.  Will begin C&D debris removal starting Monday.

·         DSA registering Parish & Sheriff’s Office employees.


Avoyelles (Federal Declaration)


·         Conducting damage assessments Multiple roads damaged.  Residents beginning cleanup efforts 8/16/16




·         Not out of concern at this point.   Parish is holding an emergency leadership meeting Monday  in creaol.  LaARNG, GOHSEP, NWS will be in attendance.

·         Water levels in Klondike area leveled off. Water still too high to do damage assessment in Klondike area along Lakeside. 40 structures in that area. Roadways are still underwater from 6-18 inches around low lying areas.

·         LANG- Patrolling and monitoring water levels in Little Chenier, Chenier, and East Creole area. Projections of water levels to rise even higher in communities farther west of parish ( Little Chenier, Chenier, and East Creole) in the coming days. LANG has set up post at Creole Community Center. Mission will be to learn area roads, monitor water levels, and assist in the setup of the sandbag location at Creole Community Center.


East Baton Rouge (Federal Declaration)


·         Town Hall Meeting 22 Aug, 17:30-19:15 at Bellaire High School.

·         First Responder fatigue: City of Baton Rouge alone has over 400 responders, about one third are survivors of this event.

·         5 Shelters open, Population: 1,706. East BTR wants sheltering to be consolidated to Celtic Media Center. East BTR also wants to reopen the River Center for normal operations as an economic driver for the community. Meeting with DSA TFLs on 21 Aug, to discuss strategies and efficiencies for the Parish and Parish shelters.

·         DRC has been requested.


East Feliciana (Federal Declaration)


·         POD open with volunteers, still receiving hot meals from Red Cross. ELC is still up and running.  Giving out water and supplies.  Parts of parish remains under a boil water advisory.

·         Meeting with FEMA PDA-PA Team to discuss infrastructure needs and priorities.

·         Coordinating contract between FEMA and EF School Board, still some issues need to be resolved.

·         Director Moreau is meeting with school officials at the different schools this today.  He is letting them know where we stand at this time and what to look for in students that may need some assistance.

·         FEMA DSA Teams on the ground 8/20/16

·         Shelter open at Plank Road in Clinton – Population 24 (more coming in)- manned and run by Red Cross. Met with Red Cross Disaster Assessment Team to discuss further sheltering needs.

·         DRC being coordinated, DSNAP operations begin 8/22/16 – will add additional Zip Codes.

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

·         Per Regional Coordinator: Preliminary report on Rolesville, requires verification)

·         Priority remains identifying displaced survivors and their locations.

·         Red Cross toured of a community of Rolesville today.

·         Red Cross is escalating Rolesville’s issues up the chain. This is a low income community who, prior to flooding, could have up to four (4) families per house.

·         Red Cross is going to bring in medical, psychological and child service assistance and believes the shelter may grow to upward of 1,000 people.

·         The Parish is working to get media coverage.


Evangeline (Federal Declaration)


·         Ville Platte Civic Center: reception center/shelter with computers to assist citizens with FEMA registration, unemployment and food stamp assistance.

·         Coordinating mobile DRC.

·         DSNAP requested  for 70586 Ville Platte, 70554 Mamou, 70524 Chataignier.


Iberia (Federal Declaration)


·         A town hall meeting organized by Senator Bill Cassidy is scheduled for 10:30AM 22 August to provide information to local residents, businesses and government officials.

·         DSNAP began 22 August at 8 am in Eunice and Opelousas. DRC assessed 8/20 by FEMA and determined acceptable, unknown when will open, location is Iberia Parish Fire Protection District Training Center.

·         Shelter count at 49 on 21 August. Red Cross took over the shelter as of 8/18 and CERT volunteers are now working at the Donation Distribution Center.  FEMA registration in the area 8/20/16.


Iberville (Federal Declaration)


·         No Major Issues.  Debris removal not yet begun, but Parish has a contractor. 

·         Monitoring water level on east side of River.  Most damage is on the east side.

·         The one (1) open shelter at the East Iberville School is closing tonight.  Red Cross and Parrish working the transport of the three (3) occupants. All Registered with FEMA.

·         DRC has been requested.


Jefferson Davis (Federal Declaration)


·         Mandatory evacuation for Lake Arthur is lifted, but sun down to sun set curfew will remain in affect. 8/21/16

·         Recovery efforts whole parish will start 8/22. Currently only section of parish were turned on. 8/21/16

·         At States direction,  Parish is ready for IA/PA PDA, kickoff meeting and the start of writing PW's.  8/21/16

·         Lake Arthur schools may open on Tuesday and NLT Wed. 8/21/16

·         LA ARNG has a few task to complete and should be released on Tuesday if not earlier.

·         Coordination with FEMA DSAT already ongoing and currently in place.  They now are authorized to work the whole parish moving from Welsh to Jennings with a presence in LakeArthur.  8/21/16

·         Recovery operations and SNAP requests begin 8/18/16. FEMA DSAT Teams start in Welsh Friday working east towards Lake Arthur over the weekend. 8/18/16

·         United way and First Baptist associations is still in Welsh on recovery missions.   


Lafayette (Federal Declaration)


·         Approximately 5,000 plus homes affected; Heymann Center Shelter in Lafayette still open, 112 occupants as of 21 August.

·         DSNAP has been requested, DRC site inspection completed 20 August, waiting to complete the agreement.




·         Truckloads of donations have been sent to Ascension, Livingston and Iberia.  We do have additional donations to distribute just need to find somewhere to send it.  


Livingston (Federal Declaration)


·         Midnight to 6 am curfew in effect until further notice. Local and parish law enforcement continue to provide increased security to keep looting and curfew-breaking to a minimum.

·         Immunizations requested to sustain law enforcement manpower.

·         Division Supervisor (DIVS) met with Mayor of Denham Springs and provided technical assistance and provided MRIC collocated with voluntary agencies to support registration intake.

·         New DSAT operation set up in southern Livingston Parish at French Settlement. 

·         Potential DRC location identified in French Settlement.

·         DIVS met with Livingston EM to identify potential DRC location in eastern and western part parish.  Facility availability being verified by Parish.

·         Parish President has agreed to utilize MHU solutions within Livingston Parish. 

·         SBA representative met with Parish President 21 Aug, at 0800.

·         Five (5) shelters remain open with 342 clients.

·         Three PODs remain open in Albany, Walker and Denham Springs.


Pointe Coupee (Federal Declaration)


·         Approximately 250 - 300 homes affected, 175 people rescued

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

·         1 Shelter open with a population of 26. DRC has been requested.

·         Many affected homes still have water in them.  Level is at 21ft and dropping.  When it goes to 19ft the EM states that the water should be out of all buildings.

·         Many homes are Camps and are thus, second homes.  Once the homes are mucked out, the Parish plans to use Parish Assets for Debris removal although they have a Contractor.

·         This is primarily an Agricultural Parish. Expect 100% loss of soybeans, 20% corn.  If water does not go down soon they may not be able to plant the sugarcane crop in time this year.


St. Charles


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


St. Helena (Federal Declaration)


·         Water system- First Ward remains under Boil Advisory until lifted by Water Works District # 2.

·         79 Livestock missing. 36 recovered from Darlington Cemetery

·         Shelter population: 28, numerous ARC issues.

·         DRC is active, DSNAP begins 8/22/16. Requests for Public Assistance submitted in LAPA on 8/21/16.


St. James


·         Requesting PDA for 23 August.

·         Blind River at 4.53” and falling.  Both St James and St John Parishes continue to monitor but are moving towards recovery phase with the cancellation of flood warning.

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

·         Moving towards recovery phase. Working on inundation map. 


St. John the Baptist


·         Sandbagging operations continue. At this time the Parish has not received any reports of flooded homes.

·         Parish officials remain concerned over controlled levee breach at Alligator Bayou in Ascension Parish.  CPRA has briefed the Parish Presidents in St John and St James on the plan.

·         Will request PDAs soon. Moving towards recovery phase. Working on inundation map.


St. Landry (Federal Declaration)


·         DSNAP in Opelousas and Eunice are in progress.

·         1 Shelter open with population of 36.

·         Meet with FEMA DRC assessment team in Eunice this morning, location found waiting on approval from FEMA. 

·         Met with FEMA disaster survivor assistance team this morning and we will be meeting again this afternoon to discuss areas of coverage. 

·         St. Landry Evangeline United Way have been operating a donation and distribution center in Opelousas assisting residents of St. Landry and Evangeline parishes with supplies. 

·         SLEUW has arranged for ARC of Acadiana is handling clothing donations and residents in need are given vouchers by SLEUW to go get clothing items.  Other volunteer agencies operation in the parish with residential cleanup: Samaritan's Purse, Southern Baptist Association, and various local church organizations volunteers. 

·         Parish leadership has no objection to DHU's.  Continue to ask all PA applicants to go onto to request for assistance.  


St. Martin (Federal Declaration)


·         500 homes flooded, 5 schools with minor/moderate damage,  101 people rescued, 30,000 sandbags issued.

·         DSNAP has been requested. Began coordination for DRC services. DRC site inspection completed 20 August.


St. Tammany (Federal Declaration)


·         Approximately 100 homes affected


Tangipahoa (Federal Declaration)


·         Approximately 11,000  homes damaged

·         DSNAP and DRC is active on 8/22/16. 1 SBA opened 8/22/16.

·         141 citizens in the Michael J. Kenney Center Shelter

·         OPH is offering tetanus shots to all first responders


Vermilion (Federal Declaration)


·         DSNAP scheduled 22-27 August. DRC inspection complete.

·         Protection efforts on berm on north side of Gueydan continue, 240+ super sand bags emplaced so far. Mandatory evacuation for Gueydan lifted 8/21/16.

·         67 Evacuated Gueydan Memorial Guest Homes 8/17/16. 1 shelter open, population 40 on 21 august.


Washington (Federal Declaration)


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

·         DSNAP 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.

·         Requesting IA and PA teams for PDA preparation.


West Feliciana (Federal Declaration)


·         No shelters set up at this time.  Working with FEMA TSA program to provide assistance to affected residents. 

·         Collecting damage assessments. No PODs needed, local volunteers and churches assist the impacted.

·         FEMA PA meeting August 22.

·         DSNAP announced to begin Sept. 5 and run through Sept. 9. DRC build-out complete, soft opening 22 August.

·         We will be making contact with those who had losses today to inform them of DRC/DSNAP availability and make sure TSA has contacted them.

·         Largest concern is that the two hotels in Saint Francisville are not on the TSA website.

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