News Alert: Situational Awareness Report 23 August 2016 As of 2:00 pm
Posted: 8/23/2016 3:08:50 PM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

Situational Awareness Report

23 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: Isolated showers and thunderstorms will develop this afternoon and into the early evening hours. Some of these storms could produce local heavy rainfall, frequent lightning strikes and gusty winds. 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 warnings and statements for the latest information. 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 this week. This may produce heat related impacts to people outdoors, especially in flood affected areas.

Southwest/Central LA: A few showers and thunderstorms can be expected with daytime heating and occur mainly in the late morning into the afternoon. Occasional cloud to ground lightning will be the main hazard with these storms. Showers and thunderstorms will be possible each day with the best chance on Thursday and Friday. Some brief heavy downpours will be possible with the storms on Thursday and Friday. Otherwise, occasional cloud to ground lightning will be possible with the storms each day.

North LA: Isolated thunderstorms will be possible through early this evening. The 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 thunderstorms will be possible on Wednesday but will become more widespread Thursday through Saturday as a weak frontal boundary approaches the four state region. 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.


** 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; 683,524 bottles of water; 250,223 MREs; 2,200 each of cots and blankets; 467 tarps; 2,099 bags of ice

·         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, Vermilion, Washington, and West Feliciana

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


 ESF 14: Disaster Recovery

·       More than 115,000 individuals and households have registered with FEMA for assistance, and more than $107 million has been approved to help survivors with temporary rental assistance, essential home repairs, and other serious disaster-related needs.

·       More than 26,000 NFIP claims have been submitted for flood loss.  Additionally, FEMA has authorized and issued $20 million in advanced payments to NFIP policyholders.

·       FEMA activated its Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program to make participating hotels or motels available for eligible disaster survivors who are currently residing in a personal vehicle, hotel or motel, shelter, or place of employment. There are more than 700 households in hotels and motels under the program.

·       Housing programs in place are:

·       FEMA expedited rental assistance- more than 21,000 approved.

·       Transitional Sheltering Assistance Program- more than 9,000 eligible, 712 checked in.

·       Survivors may be able to stay in hotel or motel if they’re unable to return home and are currently in one of the four categories:

o   Living in a car

o   Living in a hotel/motel

o   Living in a mass shelter

o   Living at place of employment

·       If you are eligible for TSA and need assistance locating a TSA participating hotel or motel, please call 800-621-3362. If you use TTY, call 800-462-7585. If you use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362.Hotels are listed online at

·       Hotel and motel owners / management are encouraged to enroll as a participating vendor in FEMA TSA program, to do so they must register with FEMA’s lodging contractor by registering via the website:, or calling 866-545-9865

·       Housing remains a top priority among federal and state officials. FEMA continues to support Louisiana’s Disaster Housing Task Force to help residents displaced by the flooding find access to housing.

·       Residents and business owners who sustained disaster-related losses can apply for assistance by registering online at, or call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY). If you use 711 relay or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362 directly. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Central Time) seven days a week until further notice.

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

·       A total of 1,191 SBA loan applications have been received from individuals & businesses with more than $6.3 million approved.

·       Number of Approved Requests for Public Assistance – 49 Total PA funding obligated/Federal Share -- $2,997,000.00

·       DRCs are now open in 8 locations in 5 parishes; with two more opening tomorrow.   Survivors are urged to register before going to a DRC, if possible.

·       St. Charles Parish IA/PDA is now complete.

·       PA/PDA is scheduled on Thursday, August 25th for St James Parish;   PA/PDA has been requested by St. John the Baptist Parish; and is being coordinated.


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

·         NEW: The Hagewood Tower Site in Natchitoches Parish is out of wide area operations. Technicians have been notified.

·         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: 1582 STAD, 1383 Army, 199 Air

·         LANG Resources Status: 13 HWV on Mission, 11 boats for SAR, 0 Bridge Erection Boats, LNOs at 2 parishes (East Baton Rouge, Livingston).

·         Commodity Distribution as of 8/23: 994,197 sandbags (545,500 on hand), 683,524 bottles of water (827,861 on hand), 250,223 MREs (364,247 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: St. James (256th) TCP multiple sites (28 PAX) Status: Complete ;  Iberville (225th) monitoring the repairs to the tiger dam Status: Complete ; (W. Feliciana) Engineer Assessment Team to evaluate bridge conditions Williams Creek on Island Road Status: Complete

·         Shelter Support (As of 230800AUG2016) - Celtic Mega Center (414 survivors) ; River Center Shelter (876 survivors) ; Lamar Dixon (315 survivors) ; LSU Field House (90 survivors)

·         Security Missions (As of 230500AUG2016) - 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 – 29 PAX) ; (JFHQ – 8 PAX) Shelter support ; LSU Field House ((61st) –(4 PAX)) ; Lamar-Dixon “Camp Marc” ((61st ) Security/support (6 PAX) ;  (256th) Security/support (36 PAX))

·         TF-Bus Operations (As of 230800AUG16) Baton Rouge (Buses – 15; 6 mini buses (2 @ Field House. 2 @ Celtic. 2 @ River Center)) (45 PAX - 40 Air 5 Army)

·         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 - +6; 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 began @ 1900 21 Aug: Commodities security ; Opelousas and Eunice have armed guards ; All other sites have armed law enforcement ;

·         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 ; Vehicle and Equipment Rest and Maintenance ; (Cameron) Air support of recon of flood inundation for 10 packs at 1300 on 8/23/2016.


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


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


State Fire Marshal


·         Texas USAR Task Force 1 and all of the Louisiana USAR Teams have departed Baton Rouge. The following water levels were recorded in Livingston Louisiana during the search and recovery mission by the USAR Task Forces: 27330 Hwy 16 7 feet ;  26500 Hwy 16 6 Feet ; 8713 Shadow Springs Blvd. 7 Feet ; 23920 Terrace Ave 5 Feet ; 23840 Stonegate 4 Feet ; 23840 Stonegate 5 Feet ; 12249 Falcon Crest Drive 6 Feet ; 19984 Fieldstone Drive 7 Feet ; 23001 Hwy 16 7 Feet ; 16705 Country Lane 6 Feet ; Cypress Point 6 Feet ; 2334 S. Rang Road 8 Feet ; 214 Veterans 4 Feet ; 206 Veterans 4 Feet.

·         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 checked by Baton Rouge USAR Task Force 2

·         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.

·         EMAC request for assistance from Texas and Tennessee arrived 8-22-16. Both teams will start working with each OSFM Area effective 8-23-16.

·         OSFM meet with the Bureau of EMS staff to give them an outline for the upcoming security detail information. Deputies Babin and Rist will conduct security at their site (7173 Florida Blvd) for the next few days.

·         OSFM received a request from LSP Sgt Mark Jones for OSFM deputies to assist in a security detail at DSNAP sites in EBR and Ascension. Dates for such will be August 28-September 3. Chief Browning has instructed Area 2 Chiefs to detail 3-6 deputies to accommodate this request. OSFM will have two teams of 3, one team for 4 days and the second team for 3 days.

·         The following individuals are currently assigned to assist the Livingston Parish permit office with plan review and residential reentry inspections: David Jones OSFM Plan Review ; Ken Novak OSFM Plan Review ; Jason Wallace TN CODE OFFICIAL ; Jeff Gammon TN CODE OFFICIAL ; J. Snider. TN CODE OFFICIAL

·         Area 1: 2 Shelters remain open with 149 evacuees total ; 48 inspections conducted total that were flood related. Area 2: 14 Shelters remain open with 2,083 evacuee's total ;  21 Shelter inspections conducted 8/23


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 8/22 is $83,493.64

·         Incident Command at HQ: An Incident Action Plan (IAP) was prepared for activities from 8/23-8/24. 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: Lafayette – all debris sites activated, flooded areas without power, debris disposal and segregation problems, no spills, contract in place for debris, no assistance necessary, debris contact: Tom Carol (337) 291-8502 ; Vermilion – some flooding, extent of damage not yet known, meeting at 4:00 to discuss options, no contract in place ; East Baton Rouge – debris contracts in place, no assistance necessary – collection began over the weekend, south of WWTP overflow reported to DEQ ; Pointe Coupee - >250 homes flooded, reconnect power to 70 homes with another 20 pending permits, not debris sites activated, parish employees to collect debris ; West Feliciana – using parish employees for debris removal, anticipate <200 cubic yards, started collection, no burn sites activated ; Livingston – left message ; St. Helena – left message

·         ARO/KCRO: 18 Debris Sites have been activated. Activities conducted on 8/22: Conducted 10 landfill assessments. Two landfills were noted to have issues. ; 71 Facility Damage phone assessments were conducted. Activities to be conducted on 8/23: 2 teams conducting phone assessments, 2 teams will be conducting ground assessments at Priority I, II, and III facilities (follow-ups to phone assessments), 5 teams conducting WWTP site assessments

·         SERO: Activities conducted on 8/22: 46 WWTP’s were called. Contact was made with 25 of the 46. Several (Livingston Parish SD 1 & 2) were still being assessed by operators and the status was not known by the time of this summary; 25 Priority 1 & 2 sites were called. 20 of the 25 were reached. Two minor issues were reported but operational.; 5 Landfill assessment teams conducted 8 landfill assessments. Only one landfill (Gator Environmental Waste Solutions) was not in operation although personnel were onsite and hopeful to open this week. No issues reported. Activities to be conducted on 8/23: 5 teams conducting landfill assessments, 3 teams conducting ground assessments of WWTP’s.

·         SWRO: Activities conducted on 8/22: Attempted to conduct 26 telephone assessments at Priority I, II, and III sites in Iberville Parish, as assigned. Made contact with 18 sites; 16 of those can be NFA’d and the other 2 will need a follow-up. Left messages at 4 of the sites and had no contact whatsoever at the remaining 4 sites. Calls will continue on 8/23 ; Conducted 2 landfill assessments (IESI in Oakdale, and Jefferson Davis Parish Sanitary Landfill) and no problems were noted. Attempted an assessment at a Type III facility in Jefferson Davis Parish (Western Real Estate, LLC); however, it was closed and not operating. ; Sites from the Jefferson Davis Parish assessments are finished. 18 sites that were on the assessment list having been NFA’d (Priority I, II, and III). Activities to be conducted on 8/23: 1 team conducting landfill assessments, 5 teams conducting phone facility damage assessments to Priority I, II, and III facilities.

·         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: Phone Assessment Group – 189 calls made, 115 reached. Facilities reporting damage: AI 100324 / Cloverhill / EBR / control panel damage ; AI 93791 / Cypress Gold / Ascension / no power ; AI 25962 / Hobby Lobby / EBR / control panel damage ; AI 43875 / Villa Galvez / Ascension / levee breach ; AI 90559 / Henderson Bayou Estates / Ascension / could not be accessed  


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 continues to provide LE assets for patrol and security in Livingston and Ascension Parishes.

·           LADOJ is deploying staff to affected areas to deliver consumer protection information. Red Cross mobile units are also distributing fraud pamphlets.


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.

·         DOC continues to monitor the tiger dam & water levels at LCIW & EHCC.

·         P&P Officers continue to provide security at Celtic Studio 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 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


·           46 Water Systems on Boil Water Advisory and 35 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. 8/23/16.: 1 State MSNS open with POP – 8915 American Red Cross Shelters open with POP 1135; 2 State DCFS POP 1311; 1 Faith Based Shelter open with POP 30; 19 Total State Shelters with POP – 2565

·         There has been an overall reduction in the shelter population from 11054 to 2565.

·         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.


The Salvation Army


·         BATON ROUGE COMMAND: The Baton Rouge Command has 10 Canteens with 8 in service providing almost 20,000 meals per day in Ascension, East Baton Rouge and Livingston Parishes. The Distribution Center is providing water, cleanup kits, food boxes and other items. The Distribution Center is having difficulty recruiting sufficient volunteers to do all of the work necessary and is currently seeking assistance from AmeriCorps and Volunteer Louisiana.

·         LAFAYETTE COMMAND: The Lafayette Command has four (4) Canteens with 3 in service providing about 300 meals per day in St. Martin and Vermilion Parishes. Services will include food, hydration and distribution of cleanup kits and food boxes. The Lafayette Command is currently working on acquiring and opening a warehouse and Distribution Center.

·         TANGIPAHOA PARISH: Contrary to earlier reports, The Salvation Army is still active in Tangipahoa providing cleanup kits and occasional food service as needed.

·         LOUISIANA BAPTIST / SALVATION ARMY COLLABORATION: The Salvation Army is working collaboratively with the Louisiana Baptist Convention and the Texas Baptist Men in Jefferson Davis Parish by providing two (2) Canteens (mobile kitchens) to do mobile delivery of food prepared by the Texas Baptist Men on behalf of the Louisiana Baptist Convention. That service began on Monday, 22 August 2016.

·         LOUISIANA MASS FEEDING TASK FORCE: The Salvation Army continues to work closely with its other partners on the Louisiana Mass Feeding Task Force. Other partners include the American Red Cross, Louisiana Work Force Commission, Second Harvest, the Louisiana Food Bank Association, FEMA, Volunteer Louisiana, Samaritan's Purse, Operation BBQ Relief, Mercy Chefs and Louisiana VOAD.


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)


·         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)


·         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

·         There will be no DSAP in Avoyelles. FEMA DSA is in Avoyelles traveling throughout the parish to assure all affected personal are registered.

·         A debris contract will not be needed due to very little debris on the roads. The Parish will pick up any debris if necessary.

·         The Town of Mansura and City of Marksville will apply for Public Assistance.




·         Not out of concern at this point.   Parish held an emergency leadership meeting Monday in Creole.  LANG, GOHSEP, NWS were 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.

·         We are expanding the area of impact from the eastern portion of the parish due to unforeseen water levels also rising in the central part of the Parish.

·         Resources requested: LANG: High water vehicles are being used to access roadways, traffic control in Little Chenier and for search and rescue if needed. Watercraft assets with personnel are also on standby for search and rescue operations. LDWF: Airboats and agents on standby for medical transport and search and rescue.

·         Scheduled flight with LANG on 8/23 to recon the currently affected areas and the potential spread of the impacted area.

·         EOC has setup an incident command post at Creole Community Center. Voluntary evacuation issued for Chenier, Chenier Perdue, and parts of East Grand Chenier due to impassable roads. 350 homes projected to be affected by flood waters. Most residents not evacuating. Cameron Parish Sheriff Dept and LANG will do welfare checks for those residents. OEP has water and MREs on hand.


East Baton Rouge (Federal Declaration)


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

·       Staggered school opening starting on August 24

·       Supporting technical assistance for Central/Zachary/Baker Mayor’s in the East Baton Rouge Parish EOC.  Tentatively scheduled for 24 Aug at 0930.

·        Sheltering continues at the BR River Center, Celtic Center, and LSU Field House. DRC 3 New Hope Outreach Center opened today

·        State is requesting a mobile DRC to be located at 13421 Hooper Rd, Central, LA. DRCs scheduled to open tomorrow at the Zachary Men’s Club and 2nd Baptist Church.  8/23/16

·        Parish priority is to get first responders into transitional housing. First Responder fatigue: City of Baton Rouge alone has over 400 responders, about one third are survivors of this event. 8/23/16

·        Estimated number of homes flooded that were not in an official flood zone: Public Facilities: 1,009; Commercial Buildings: 1,888; Residential Structures: 25,149; Total: 28,046


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.

·         Contract signed by school board and FEMA on 8/22 to allow DRS to set up in the Early Learning Center.

·         Met with new DSA IA Team Lead, Ms Eve Salstrom. The IA team has been through one neighborhood and registered 120. All others were preregistered

·         Shelter open at Plank Road in Clinton – Population 24 (more coming in)- manned and run by Red Cross. Shelter can only hold 64 people and there are no available hotels in the Parish, thus many people are returning to their damaged or destroyed homes. There is a need for site survey in Parish to place FEMA mobile homes. Mobile laundry has been delivered.

·         DSNAP operations began 8/22/16 – DSNAP map was completed with the upgrade adding zip code 70789.

·         Move of our 86 nursing home residents to the old LaTec Assisted Living Facility will take place on 8/23 with the assistance of the Council on Aging. We need to have nursing home inspection ready.

·         Red Cross plans on bringing in medical, psychological and child service assistance and believes the shelter may grow to upward of 1,000 people.

·         Met with FEMA PA team, debris removal was a big topic. LDEQ info and requirements were given to team leader.


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 Parish 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 effect. 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 Lake Arthur.  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)


·        PA, IA met with Denham Springs Mayor Landry to address program implementation.

·        MRIC at Healing Place Church in Denham Springs collocated with voluntary agencies to support registration intake.

·        Established MRIC and DSAT operations at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in French Settlement. 

·        DSAT is operating at eight separate locations within the Livingston Parish. 

·        Division is coordinating three fixed DRC facility locations with the Livingston Parish EM Director.

·        Five shelters remain open with 309 clients, down from 342 clients yesterday. One Parish POD remains open in Walker. Two DSNAP locations have been opened in Livingston Parish.

·        Livingston School Board has scheduled meeting with PA on Friday, 08/26/16 to discuss emergency school funding and program implementation.  8/23/16

·         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.

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

·         Potential DRC location identified in French Settlement.


Pointe Coupee (Federal Declaration)


·         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 28. DRC has been requestedSite survey will be conducted at 1:00 pm on 8/23. DSNAP operations have started at the PC Multi-Use center.

·         Many affected homes still have water in them.  Level is at 21.7 ft (as of 8/22) and dropping.  Most areas should see some relief at 20’.

·         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.

·         Debris removal will begin again once contract details are finalized.


St. Charles


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

·         PDA IA Team visited all reported affected properties in SCP on 8/22. ; PDA PA Team met with SCP reps today 8/23. Parish submitted damages beyond threshold and anticipates being included in Federal Declaration.


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

·         1 DSNAP and 2 DRCs are active. 1 SBA opened 8/22/16.

·         DSNAP reports- Denials 43/EBT Issued 431/People Waiting 140

·         121 citizens in the Michael J. Kenney Center Shelter ; Animal shelter housing 50 animals

·         OPH is offering tetanus shots to all first responders

·         Total Citizens SAR for event was 2500 ; Total Pets SAR for event was 350


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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