News Alert: Situational Awareness Report 2 September 2016 As of 2:00 p.m.
Posted: 9/6/2016 8:28:43 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

Situational Awareness Report

2 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: No hazardous weather is expected over the next 7 days.


Southwest/Central LA: Isolated to widely scattered thunderstorms will be possible today. Lightning strikes will be the main hazard. Tides continue to run around one foot above normal. This may produce a very brief period of minor coastal flooding at high tide, however tides will relax through the day. 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 LANo hazardous weather is expected over the next 7 days.



** 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.


ESF-14 Disaster Recovery (JFO)



ESF-10 Department of Environmental Quality

·        Activities Conducted on September 1, 2016; Financial Services – Total Cost for the Incident as of this morning is $190,589.89.

·        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. ASB Reno/Demo – 2 asbestos Reno/Demo inspections were conducted at schools that flooded as a result of the

·        DEQ-HQ Waste Permits Division – 2 teams conducted debris site inspection at 3 facility in Ascension Parish and 7 facilities in Lafayette Parish.

·        Activities to be conducted on September 2, 2016: Incident Command at HQ: An Incident Action Plan (IAP) will be prepared for activities from 9/3-9/7; Command and General Staff Meeting – 9:00; Tactics Meeting – Immediately following Staff Meeting; Planning Meeting – 2:00; WebEOC is being monitored.

·        DEQ-HQ: Waste Permits – 2 team conducting Debris Site Assessments. Superfund – 1 team conducting Superfund Site Assessments

·        Field Operations:  CRO 3 teams conducting Landfill Assessments. 1 team conducting phone assessments for facilities with no response. ARO 4 teams conducting Landfill Assessments. SWRO Continue to be on standby serving as a backup for ARO SERO Continue to be on standby serving as a backup for CRO.


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 1 Sep (10:00 am) – 15 closures.*Bridge Inspections to date: 4542 inspected. (45 Bridge Inspectors deployed).

·        D-SNAP Missions: 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.  DCFS has provided a Phase III DSNAP schedule which has been forwarded to the applicable districts with the understanding that the schedule is subject to change. These DSNAP sites will be active from 6 – 10 September and are currently scheduled to be activated in the following parishes: Iberville, West Feliciana, St Tammany, Washington, Evangeline, St Martin and Jefferson Davis.

·        Dist. 62:Debris operations began Tuesday, 8/23/16. Cumulative debris collected to date:  12,419 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.

·        Dist. 61:  Debris operations began Tuesday, 8/23/16 Cumulative debris collected to date:  19,198 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.

·        Construction & Demolition (C&D) debris will be hauled directly to landfills.

·        Dist. 03:Debris operations began Monday, 8/29/16. Cumulative debris collected to date:  1381 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 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

·        The following Shelters remain open at this time and are being monitored by OSFM: GOHSEP Area 9      1 shelter with 72 evacuees; GOHSEP Area 2      8 shelters with 1153 evacuees; GOHSEP Area 4: 3 shelters with 99 evacuees;

·        OSFM Deputies have completed 862 Home permit requests for electrical service inspections in Livingston Parish over the past 8 days.

·        9-1-16OSFM Deputy's completed 47 requests for permit inspections. Tennessee Fire Marshals completed 19 permit inspections along with issuing 2 permits.

·        Texas State Fire Marshal Deputies have investigated 19 requests for origin and cause from fire departments in the following GOHSEP area's: GOHSEP 1:  4;  GOHSEP 2:    2;GOHSEP 3: 0;GOHSEP 4:  4;GOHSEP 5: 4;GOHSEP 6: 0;GOHSEP 7: 2;GOHSEP 8: 1;GOHSEP 9: 2;TOTAL: 19.



·        The LA BEOC located boxes for the multi-agency warehouse. Home Depot will donate 18x18 boxes and deliver to warehouse.  Identified open laundry, dry cleaning and  washateria businesses in Denham Springs, Walker and Clinton. Met with FEMA Private Sector and Logistics staff to coordinate support from state businesses and associations. Updated news alerts and fielded emails and phone calls from businesses and contractors. Coordinated corporate contacts for local parishes of affected local businesses. Assisting in locating additional resources needed for recovery efforts.  

·        The LA BEOC staff met with Livingston Parish EOC personnel to coordinate public/private recovery support efforts.  Met with Lowe's Home Improvement regional manager at the request of Livingston Parish.  Lowe's executive staff members are touring their local stores and affected areas.  Provided a brief introduction and scheduling a follow up meeting. Providing support to FEMA Private Sector with Request for Information in regard to ongoing housing solutions. Coordinated with GOHSEP to maintain burn rates of needed supplies to support the multi-agency warehouse.    


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 9/02/2016: (24 hours) / To Date: Shelters/Evacuation Centers 11/72;Shelter Overnight Stays: 1,498/   63,665;Meals Served    :21,377/ 421,680;Snacks Served: 24,254/ 391,886;Fixed Feeding Sites: 2/ 4;Mobile Feeding Units: 71/ 89;Kitchens: 4/4;ERVs: 106/106;Other Response Vehicles: 109/141;Total Cases Opened: 12/ 233;Clean Up Kits Distributed: 2,195/   43,122;Comfort Kits Distributed: 34/7,953;Mental Health Contacts: 698/ 12,031;Health Services Contacts: 859/15,706;Total Red Cross Workers: 2,131/ 3,587;Red Cross Volunteers: 1,954/3,308;866 Get-Info Calls: 518/   27,965;Safe and Well Registrations: 3/ 960;# of EOCs open: 4/ 23;# of EOCs with Red Cross: 4/ 22;Emergency Aid Stations : 0/ 2;Workers Given Training: 76/2,135;


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.

·        Two Multi-Agency Shelter Transition Strike Teams and Disaster Survivor Assistance Crews providing case work at the Lamar Dixon Shelter, assisting applicants find rental resources or TSA Hotels/Motels.


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

·        Supported Congressman Graves Facebook Live Town Hall Meeting.

·        The shelter in Baker briefed today that they will remain open for another 30 days.


East Feliciana (Federal Declaration)

·        DRC open. Phase I DSNAP complete.

·        Issue with housing assistance is proof of ownership.  Discussed criteria and options with EM.  One shelter remains open with a population of 27.   Red Cross met with EM today to discuss shelter closing date.  

·        Mayor submitted RPA.  Met with IGA and Mayor for Mayor’s call.  Mayor did not have any questions or concerns.


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

·       A relatively small number of homes are  still inaccessible due to flood waters. Plan is to move to west side of parish and hit these when finished there. 

·       Highway 74 is open into Ascension Parish.  Highway 3115 is now open. 

·       Cleaning contractors were noted at the women’s prison today with pumps.  DSA crew worked Spanish Lakes SD today.  Noted some debris on roads that had not been picked up.


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. 

·        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.



·        On Wednesday the contractor placed 2 barges of limestone and 1 barge of rip rap on the breach along with fabric to control any seepage.

·        On Thursday morning a small boil was discovered and the contractor began placing mud/clay on the boil area.  At approximately 1200 hours it appears that the boil has been stopped.

·        At 1600 hours, the contractor has placed one barge of mud/clay on the breach and working on placing the second barge of mud/clay on the breach now.  A third barge is getting loaded now and should arrive late this evening or early morning.  The contractor advised that he will also place lyme in the breach to help with seepage. Once the mud/clay is in place and compacted the contractor will assess the breach to see if more material is needed.  If there is any seepage it is a possibility that sheet piles might be necessary to close the breach as a last resort.  PPG survey crews estimated that between 260-300 feet of sheet pile would be needed if we have to go that route.

·        Also, current pictures of the breach will be uploaded to WebEOC.  


Pointe Coupee (Federal Declaration) 

·        DRC Open ; DSNAP Phase I complete

·        Participated with Parish elected officials on the conference call today.  The call generated much discussion on the housing program and why more survivors in the parish were not included on the THU list.  The group decided to hold a town hall meeting next Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016 at the Rosenwald Elementary School in New Roads.  SME’s will be invited.  The group wants a SME from the Governor’s office to discuss the shelter in home program.  The group wished to form a task force to look at long range mitigation to prevent flooding in the Pecan Acres SD.  AmeriCorps is making a big volunteer work effort this weekend.  The group wants to initiate mosquito spraying in the Pecan Acres SD.   Debris continues to be picked up as brought to the curb.


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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