News Alert: Situational Awareness Report 1 September 2016 As of 2:00 p.m.
Posted: 9/1/2016 2:25:45 PM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

Situational Awareness Report

1 September 2016

As of 2:00 p.m.


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




SituationA lingering surface low over the coastal plains will continued 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: Coastal Flood Advisory remains in effect for higher than normal tides at most coastal locations along southeast Louisiana. Tides will generally be around 2 feet above normal. There will be a risk of rip currents along the Mississippi Barrier Islands and some coastal areas of southeast Louisiana.


Southwest/Central LA: One or two isolated thunderstorms will be possible today with a lightning strike or two being the main hazards. Temperatures today will climb to the mid 90’s. This will produce apparent temperatures in the 100 to 107 degree range. Tides continue to run around 1 foot above normal. This may produce a very brief period of minor coastal flooding at high tide, however tides will begin to relax today and tomorrow as Hermine moves into Florida. Isolated to scattered thunderstorms are expected through the period. While no severe weather is anticipated, localized heavy rain may occur Monday as a warm front lifts north through the region.


North LA:  Isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms can be expected this afternoon and evening as a weak cold front moves south across the region. Locally heavy rainfall of 1 inch per hour and gusty winds to near 35 mph may occur in the stronger storms along with deadly lightning. Additionally, a few areas may see heat index values near or slightly above 100 degrees in the afternoon. Cloud cover increasing along and ahead of the front along with cooler temperatures. Anyone working outdoors in the afternoon should take precautions against heat related illnesses prior to the increase in cloud cover and cooler temperatures.




** 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 on 21 August.

·        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


ESF-14 Disaster Recovery (JFO)

·        IA Overview (as of COB 08/31/16): Total registrations: 133,684; Total assistance approved: $394,302,501.14; Total IHP disbursed: $368,151,732.34 Housing Assistance approved: $336,819,726.26; Other Needs Assistance approved: $57,482,774.88; Housing inspections issued: 114,088; Housing inspections percent complete: 60%;TSA Check ins: 2,036;

·        SBA Overview (as of 10 AM on 08/31/16): FEMA Referrals: 92,424; Total applications: 8,490; Total Approved Loans: 1,039; Total Dollars Approved: $77.3M

·        NFIP Overview (as of 10 AM on 08/31/16): Claims: Over 28k; Payments: $156M

·        DRC Overview (as of 9 AM on 08/31/16): 23 Disaster Recovery Centers are now open in the following parishes: Ascension (1); East Baton Rouge (7); East Feliciana (1); Iberia (1); Iberville (1), Lafayette (1); Livingston (3), Pointe Coupee (1); St. Helena (1); St. Landry (1); St. Martin (1); Tangipahoa (2); Vermilion (1) West Feliciana (1).  A total of 1,581 individuals have been served at a DRC, with a cumulative total of 11,411 individuals served to date. (As of COB 8.31.16)

·        PA Overview: Total obligated: $4,729,998; Total Obligated PWs: 2; Total Pending Obligation: 1

·        RPA Overview: (as of 5 PM on 8/31/16): Submitted: 9; Approved: 105; Pending: 3

·        KOM Overview: Scheduled: 25; Complete: 43

·        Public Assistance Cost Share: The state’s request for a 90-10 cost share is currently under review. A state may be eligible for a cost-share adjustment for the Public Assistance program when a disaster is so extraordinary that actual federal obligations under the Stafford Act, excluding FEMA administrative costs, meet or exceed a qualifying threshold of $137 per capita of the state population for the 2016 calendar year.

·        PDA Overview: All IA and PA PDAs have been completed as of 08/29/16.

·        IA/PDA Results: Assumption- 9 affected; 4 minor; 2 inaccessible; Cameron-     4 affected; 16 inaccessible; St. Charles- 11 affected; 1 minor; St. James-   8 minor; 172 inaccessible; West Baton Rouge- 1 affected; 21 minor; 18 major; 23 destroyed

·        PA/PDA Results: Assumption- $264,855.27; Cameron- $1,093,020.00; St. Charles- $388,878.00; St. James- $286,318.19; St. John the Baptist - $194,085.00; W.Baton Rouge- $259,528.00



ESF-10 Department of Environmental Quality

·        Financial Services – Total Cost for the Incident as of this morning is $184,528.72.

·        Incident Command at HQ: Command and General Staff Meeting – 9:00; Tactics Meeting – immediately following; Planning Meeting – 2:00   

·        Multiple Waste Water Treatment Plant Assessments

·        Total Federally Declared 614; State Declared 47; Total 661

·        Field Operations:  ARO: FDA’s – No FDA activities this date. All FDA sites are fully operational and are now “green” in RM.

·        WWTP –No  WWTP activities conducted this date. All ARO WWTP are now “green” in RM and are fully operational. Two teams conducting ground FDA in East Baton Rouge Parish.  Three of three facilities visited. One team conducting phone assessments. Three teams conducted Landfill Assessments in East Baton Rouge, Pointe Coupee and Ascension parishes. 

·        DEQ-HQ: Water Assessment Group – 3 teams conducted field monitoring of ambient WQ in impacted areas.       

·        Superfund – 1 team conducted inspections of PAB Oil, DL Mud, and Gulf Coast Vacuum superfund sites     

·        Waste Permits Group - Waste Permits Division- 1 team conducted debris site inspection at 1 facility in East Baton Rouge Parish

·        Activities to be conducted on September 1, 2016: DEQ-HQ Waste Permits – 2 team conducting Debris Site Assessments. Field Operations:  CRO-3 teams conducting Landfill Assessments. ARO-3 teams conducting Landfill Assessments. SWRO-Continue to be on standby serving as a backup for ARO


ESF-9 Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

·        LDWF Enforcement Agents are assisting LSP with a DSNAP Security Detail in East Baton Rouge Parish.  The detail is scheduled for Monday-August 29, 2016 thru Saturday-September 3, 2016.


ESF-11 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.

·        Supporting the LDAF Mobile Pet Shelter, staffers, and supplies. 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. Transitioning and relocating pets from the Celtic Studios Shelter to the River Center Mobile Pet Shelter.

·        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.  


ESF-13 Department of Corrections

·        Inmate crew continues to clean open shelter daily until the shelter closes


ESF-13 Department of Justice

·        LADOJ continue to provide LE support at Lamar Dixon in Ascension Parish.    


ESF-02 Communications (OTS)

·        LWIN status: 134/135 tower sites in normal operation (Anacoco and Bernice towers are out of wide area operations).


ESF-03 Department of Transportation and Development

·        Current Road closures as of 29 Aug (10:00 am) – 19 closures.

·        Bridge Inspections to date: 3700 inspected. (45 Bridge Inspectors deployed).

·        DSNAP:  Phase II: (7) DSNAP sites activated as of 29 August and will remain open until 03 September.  All DOTD DSNAP site leads continue to communicate with DSNAP site POC’s as these sites operate daily.  DOTD has provided multiple DSNAP signage and traffic control devices in support of these DSNAP sites.

·        Debris Operations along state and Federal aid routes.

·        DOTD District 62 (Hammond and surrounding parishes): Debris operations began 8/23; Cumulative debris collected to date:  7466 cy; Residential and Commercial debris is currently being collected. (1 pass only for Commercial); Trucks/crews will be operational and focus debris removal operations in Livingston and Tangipahoa parishes.; DOTD crews will be monitoring St. Helena, Washington & St. Tammany, and crews will be dispatched when required. Construction & Demolition (C&D) debris will be hauled directly to landfills.

·        DOTD District 61 (EBR and surrounding parishes: Debris operations began 8/23; Cumulative debris collected to date:  8555 cy; Residential and Commercial debris is currently being collected. (1 pass only for Commercial); Trucks/crews will be operational and focus debris removal operations in West Feliciana, East Baton Rouge, and Ascension Parishes. DOTD crews will be monitoring Assumption, Iberville, Pointe Coupee, St. James, and West Baton Rouge, and crews will be dispatched when required.

·        DOTD District 03 (Lafayette and surrounding parishes: Debris operations began 8/29; Residential and Commercial debris is currently being collected. (1 pass only for Commercial); Trucks/crews will be operational and focus debris removal operations in Vermillion, St. Martin and Iberia Parishes. DOTD crews will be monitoring Lafayette parish.  Crews will be dispatched when required. Construction & Demolition (C&D) debris will be hauled directly to landfills.


ESF-04 State Fire Marshal

·        Assisting in security detail at DSNAP sites in EBR and Ascension from August 28-September 3.

·        Four State Fire Marshal Deputies are Providing security support to LSP at Southern F.G. Clark Activity Center in distribution of DSNAP benefits. It began Monday August 29 and will finish on Saturday September 3, 2016. Details hours are form 0700 hrs. to 1900 hours.



·        Fielding questions and emails from businesses and posting up to date information on 

·        LA BEOC Staff met with Home Depot and FEMA Private Sector to discuss outreach efforts.  Provided tour of Joint Field Office, Denham Springs Home Depot and Home Depot on Airline Hwy where FEMA has ongoing outreach.  Discussed additional outreach through Home Depot.  

·        EMAC,  ** Update ** The Tennessee State Fire Marshal Office completed the first of two deployments with six deputy's completing 760 inspections for Livingston Parish recovery/reentry permit requests for residential electrical/flood inspections. Six new members from the Tennessee State Fire Marshal Office started 9-1-16 and will deploy for the next 14 days.


ESF-06 American Red Cross 

·        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.

·        Statistics as of 9/01/2016:  (24 hours)/To Date: Shelter/Evacuation Centers 12/72; Shelter Overnight Stays 1607/62167; Meals Served         23574/400303; Snacks Served 18220/367632; Fixed Feeding Sites 3/ 4; Mobile Feeding Units 69/ 89; Kitchens 4/4; ERVs 107/100; Other Response Vehicles 117/141; Total Cases Opened 27/ 221;

·        Clean Up Kits Distributed 2099/ 40927; Comfort Kits Distributed 2/ 7919; Mental Health Contacts 585/ 11333; Health Services Contacts 879/ 14847; Total Red Cross Workers 2102/ 3453; Red Cross Volunteers 1928/ 3191  (Includes virtual workers); 866 Get-Info Calls 532/27447; Safe and Well Registrations 1/ 957; # of EOCs open 4/ 23; # of EOCs with Red Cross 4/22; Emergency Aid Stations 0/ 2; Workers Given Training 56/ 2059;


ESF-06 The Salvation Army 

·        10 AmeriCorps volunteers arrived on 8/27 for a 10 to 14 day deployment to help relieve the volunteer shortage at the Distribution Center.


ESF-08 Department of Health and Hospitals

·        MSNS (LSU Fieldhouse): The Medical Special Needs Shelter located at the LSU Fieldhouse was closed on the evening of 8/30/2016. The remaining patients and a caregiver have been absorbed into a nursing home in Alexandria. Medical records from DHHS are being transferred to the Region 2 Medical Director.

·        EMS Surge Ambulances: 0800 9/1/16: 5 Ambulances; 4 Running 911; 1 at Shelters

·        Hospitals: 1 is currently providing sheltering for some evacuated nursing home residents. Nursing Homes: 4 remain evacuated. Assisted Living: 2 remain evacuated. ICF/DD: 19 remain evacuated

·        Water Issues: as of 8/31/16 @ 2PM: 16 Water Systems on Boil Water Advisory, 62 Water Systems Cleared

·        Deaths: No Change - 13 confirmed storm related deaths

·        Pharmacy Status: Information can be accessed at the link below

·        Prescriptions Total Filled in Shelter – 7805. Sanitarians in affected areas, augmented by strike teams conducted a total of 30 inspections on 8/31 across regions 2, 4, 9


Parish Actions:


Acadia (Federal Declaration)

·        DSNAP Phase II; Continuing to search for a DRC location, FEMA is working with the parish, inspection planned for 9/1

Ascension (Federal Declaration)

·        DRC:  Lamar Dixon Expo Center (opened 8/23); DSNAP Phase II

·        The following (5) schools remain closed due to damages: St. Amant High School, St. Amant Primary School, Gonzales Middle School, Gonzales Primary School, and Lake Elementary. Students are being transported to other schools in cases where their school cannot be opened yet.

·        Visited DRC#7 at the Lamar Dixon Expo, talked with MCOV operator, Multi-Agency Shelter Transition Strike Team, and ARC Shelter Manager. Discussed procedures for counting/estimating shelter population (head in bed) and National Sheltering System reporting.

·        Will provide verification on number of cemeteries damaged and roadways/bridges closed.


Avoyelles (Federal Declaration)

·        Parish will handle any debris removal



·        Water levels has fallen down another inch across flooded areas.

·        Roadblock lifted from intersection Little Chenier Rd and Muria rd.

·        All missions are completed by CPSO and LAARNG.


East Baton Rouge (Federal Declaration)

·        EBR Schools – Intends to open on September 6

·        Thirteen (13) Community Meetings scheduled for next three (3) days. Six (6) Kickoff Meetings are scheduled/pending scheduled.

·        6 DRCs or MDRCs open in the Parish ; DSNAP Phase II

·        Will scheduled DSA update brief to the Emergency Management Director.


East Feliciana (Federal Declaration)

·        DRC open. Phase I DSNAP complete.

·        Group sites were discussed at Police Jury meeting 8/30 but the numbers do not support need at this time.  EM believes there will be 40+ who will need housing. 


Evangeline (Federal Declaration)

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

·        Phase III DSNAP; PA KOM for Evangeline Parish Solid Waste Commission 9/1

·        Continuing to search for a DRC location, visit scheduled for 9/1  by FEMA

·        Evangeline Parish Solid Waste Commission PA KOM scheduled for 9/1

Iberia (Federal Declaration)

·        DSNAP Phase I complete, DRC open

·        Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office PA KOM scheduled for 9/1

Iberville (Federal Declaration)

·        DRC open; Phase III DSNAP

·        More residents are mucking out and bringing debris to the curb in the Bayou Paul Road area and Pecan road area and contractors are picking up this debris. 

·        Spanish Lakes SD water has receded and cars are driving into the SD.  DSA will ascertain damages to homes.  It is estimated by DSA that around 75 households are still inaccessible due to flood waters. 

·        Louisiana State Correctional Institute for Women is still under water and prisoners have not been returned to the facility.  Expect a large PA project for this.  Elaine Hunt Correctional Institute for Men (state prison), had damages but inmates were not evacuated. 


Jefferson Davis (Federal Declaration)

·        Coordination with FEMA DSAT already ongoing and currently in place. 

·        Phase III DSNAP


Lafayette (Federal Declaration)

·        DRC open ; Phase II DSNAP.

·        PA KOM for Scott Volunteer Fire Department 9/1. City of Duson PA KOM scheduled for 9/1

·        Governor Edwards scheduled to tour Lafayette neighborhood 9/1

Livingston (Federal Declaration)

·        Division is coordinating three fixed DRC facility locations with the Livingston Parish EM Director. DRC/MDRC: French Settlement and American Legion.

·        Parish planning to open schools capable of operating after Labor Day (9/12).

·        DIVS continue to support DRC team in locating additional locations in heavily impacted areas.  Livingston schools are scheduled to open on Sept. 12. 

·        Standing debris is beginning to decay and causing foul odors within heavily impacted communities.

·        Bridge closure on Hwy 190 (Florida Blvd) between Juban Road and Pendarvis Rd is impacting east/west traffic flow within parish.  DOTD is actively making repairs and estimates closure to continue for several weeks. 

·        Willie Nunn, Scott Chamberlain and DIVS’s meet with SCO, Parish President and Parish EM. The discussion was housing mission for Livingston Parish, several options were explored as possible housing solutions. Scott Chamberlain explained the PPI process and that 294 applicants are in P4 que, explained that this number could rise or fall depending on the needs of the Applicants. Group sites were discussed, Scott explained the criteria for establishment of a group site, the Parish EM offered the name of Gary Lewis, a local individual who owns a large parcel of land. Following the meeting our group meet with Mr. Lewis and was provided a tour of property, the property is not in a flood zone additionally water, sewer and electricity system in place.

·        MHU, licensed 8/31 in Springfield

·        MDRC, Bass Pro Shop build out 8/31, soft opening 9/1

·        Independent shelter Denham Springs “Impact Church” 25 clients. This is not an ARC shelter, DSA sent a team this afternoon to check on registration of clients.

·        Spoke with Mayor of Village of French Settlement, inquired about upcoming Town Hall meeting scheduled tentatively for Sept. 13/14. Basically want to know what requirements for FEMA are.


Pointe Coupee (Federal Declaration) 

·        DRC Open ; DSNAP Phase I complete

·        An operation was launched 8/31 by IA and DSA to encourage residents of the Pecan Acres Sub Division to register for the Governor’s Shelter in Home program and to facilitate the handling of any issue associated with applying for aid due to storm damages.  A briefing was conducted for General Honore and the Parish President at the MCOV to explain how the operation was being conducted.  Debris continues to be picked up as brought to the curb.  A number of survivors were interviewed and advised that they were very satisfied with FEMA service.  

St. Helena (Federal Declaration)

·        DSNAP Phase I complete. DRC, DSA


St. Landry (Federal Declaration)

·        DRC Open ; DSNAP Phase 1 complete.


St. Martin (Federal Declaration)

·        PA KOM for St Martin Parish & St Martin Sheriff’s Office scheduled for 9/1.

·        DRC Open ; Phase III DSNAP


St. Tammany (Federal Declaration) 

·        Phase III DSNAP


Tangipahoa (Federal Declaration) 

·        DSNAP Phase I complete. 2 DRCs are active. 1 SBA opened 8/22/16.


Vermilion (Federal Declaration)

·        DSNAP Phase I complete ;  DRC open. PA KOM for Village of Maurice scheduled for 09/02.

·        FEMA IGA Team met with Erath Mayor John Earl Leblanc

·        The parish will being picking up debris with parish assets until debris contract can be done due to the potential tropical weather impact.


West Feliciana (Federal Declaration)

·        Phase III DSNAP ;  DRC open. Parish is preparing for opening of DSNAP registration site Sept. 5.  Will be located in parking lot of DRC.

·        Applicant briefing and Fire District kick-off meeting 8/31.  Biggest concern is roads and bridges.  One of the bridges out is only access for one family and a gravel company.  EM has researched options for temporary bridge (including LANG) but does not have a solution yet. LANG does not have the capability.




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Emily Granier

Operations Officer

State Emergency Operations Center

Governor's Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness

7667 Independence Blvd. Baton Rouge, La 70806

OFFICE | 225-925-7704

FAX | 225-925-7512




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