News Alert: GOHSEP Tropical Weather SITREP August 30, 2017 As of 9:00am
Posted: 8/30/2017 12:16:08 PM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

GOHSEP Tropical Weather SITREP

August 30, 2017

As of 9:00am


State EOC Activation Level: Level I

State Declaration Proclamation Number 104 JBE 2017 State of Emergency – Tropical Storm Harvey

Federal Declaration of Emergency FEMA – 3382 – EM - LA


Tropical Weather Outlook: The National Hurricane Center is monitoring Tropical Storm Harvey in the Gulf of Mexico region. Please monitor your local National Weather Service for the latest updates.


Tropical Storm Harvey – The center of Tropical Storm Harvey was estimated near latitude 30.2 North, longitude 93.6 West. Harvey is moving towards the north at about 9 mph (14 km/h) for the past several hours. The storm is expected to move north-northeastward later this morning and then a northeastward motion at a faster forward speed is expected through Thursday Night. On the forecast track, the center of Harvey will move across the Lower Mississippi Valley and Tennessee Valley through Thursday.


Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph (75 km/h) with higher gusts. Gradual weakening is forecast as the center moves farther inland, and Harvey is expected to become a tropical depression by tonight.


Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130km) from the center. A National Ocean Service Station at Texas Point, Texas, recently reported a wind gust of 42 mph (68 km/h), while the Orange County Airport in Orange, Texas recently reported a wind gust of 41 mph (66 km/h).


Harvey is expected to produce additional rainfall accumulations of 3-6 inches from Southwestern Louisiana and the adjacent border of Eastern Texas northeastward into western Kentucky through Friday with isolated amounts up to 10 inches. While the threat of heavy rains has ended in the Houston/Galveston area, catastrophic and life-threatening flooding will continue in and around Houston eastward into Southwest Louisiana for the rest of the week. The expected heavy rains spreading northeastward from Louisiana into western Kentucky may also lead to flash flooding and increased river and small stream flooding. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TRAVEL IN THE AFFECTED AREA IF YOU ARE IN A SAFE SPACE. DO NOT DRIVE INTO FLOODED ROADWAYS.


Elsewhere, the outer bands of Harvey are expected to produce additional rainfall amounts of 3-6 inches over portions of the central and eastern Gulf States and 2-4 inches farther north into parts of the Tennessee Valley through Friday. These rains may lead to flooding concerns across these areas.


The estimated minimum central pressure based on surface observations is 992 mb (29.29 inches).






**Updates to this report will be in Red Text**





·         EOC manned 24 hour operations

·         A WebEOC Event has been created for this event (17-025 Tropical System Harvey – Statewide – August)

·         Conducting daily Southwest and North/Central Hurricane Task Force conference calls

·         Conducting daily Orleans Parish coordination calls

·         Participating in daily Texas Operations conference calls

·         Participating in 5 daily National Weather Service conference calls

·         Unified Command Group Meeting scheduled for 8/30 at 1100

·         Received State Emergency Declaration 8/24

·         Supporting EMAC requests for Texas (EMAC A-Team and four LDWF Alpha teams)

·         Received Federal Declaration of Emergency to initially include Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis, Beauregard, and Vermilion

·         Distributed 300,000 sandbags, 80 tarps 750 bottles of water and 1,152 MREs

·         Oak Grove Tower Site in West Carroll Parish – Back in wide area operation

·         Leesville Tower is out of wide area operations. Technicians are currently troubleshooting issues



·         GOHSEP's Public Assistance (PA) Division is aware of the Emergency Declaration (EM) that has been awarded to Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis and Vermillion Parishes

·         GOHSEP PA has sent out an email blast to all contacts in the declared parishes with information about the Emergency Declaration and how to submit a Request for Public Assistance (RPA)

·         PA received two (2) RPA for the declaration, validated and forwarded those requests to FEMA for approval

·         PA continues to monitor RPA submissions and coordinate Applicant Briefings with the affected parishes



·         JOC and TAC are maintaining Level 3 operations to meet response requirements

·         15 LANG soldiers on State Active Duty Orders to assist with monitoring and reporting on NOLA pumps

·         LANG LNOs in Cameron and Orleans parishes

·         St. Martin Parish picked up 3 pallets of sandbags from Camp Beauregard 1300 8/25

·         LANG has 857 personnel working Harvey Operations

·         139th relocated 6 FEMA trailers to JB.

·         Moved commodities to MCC & Landry Walker HS

·         5 of 20 HWV and 4 of 6 boats for SAR staged in Lake Charles

·         Total Rescues: 116 people, 8 pets



·         LWIN: Jeanerette Site is bouncing in and out of wide area operations; Leesville Tower Site out of area wide operations

·         Two (2) light plants were requested from LSP

·         LSP EOC still at partial activation of CIMS Team Personnel.

·         One (1) LSP TESS Trooper assigned to security at the LDAF refuel site at the Lake Charles Civic Center for the Cajun Navy rescue boats.

·         Due to traffic backups on I-10 traveling west into Texas, LSP Troop D is now diverting I-10 W/B traffic at I-49 as they coordinate with Texas DPS.

·         TROOP A STAFFING: 1 Lieutenant; 2 Sergeants; 9 Troopers for 9 parishes ; Investigated three crashes none weather related  

·         TROOP B STAFFING: 1 Lieutenant, 1 Sergeant, 12 Troopers. CCC-DPS Personnel - 2 Officers

·         TROOP C STAFFING: 1 Lieutenant, 2 Sergeants, 5 Troopers assigned to Shift, 4 Troopers assigned to Motors, 1 Trooper on light duty assigned to Desk

·         TROOP D STAFFING: 1 Lt, 2 Sgt’s, and 7 Troopers assigned to the current shift; worked (1) fatal crash since 0000 hrs. Texas DPS advised that I-10 west of Beaumont, TX is closed.

·         TROOP E STAFFING: 1 Lieutenant, 3 Sergeants, 18 Troopers, 2 Communications Officers (E team supplementing) ; B team has worked two weather related crashes in Natchitoches due to a fallen tree in the roadway.

·         TROOP F STAFFING: 1 Lieutenant, 2 Sergeants, 9 Troopers and 1 LACE unit

·         TROOP G STAFFING: Regular Shift 8 Troopers / 3 Supervisors, Extra Duty 8 Troopers / 2 Supervisors

·         TROOP I STAFFING: 18 LSP Units (2 Lieutenants; 3 Sergeants; 13 Troopers) and 3 Dispatchers.  

·         TROOP L STAFFING: 1 Lieutenant, 2 Sergeants and 9 Troopers assigned to the current day shift. Criminal Patrols has 3 units currently working. As of 08/30/17 @ 0600 hours, there have been no weather related crashes

·         TROOP N STAFFING: Currently 1 Sergeant and 4 Troopers on duty. No fatalities reported to the Orleans EOC at this time.  NOPD conducted a crash with injury investigation on I-10 West near Orleans Ave.  Due to the number of vehicles involved and of those needing to be towed, NOPD had road closure on I-10 for approximately 45 minutes.  Troopers assisted with traffic control and provided flares.

·         LSP EOC is partially activated with CIMS Team personnel; coordinated with TX DPS to obtain current TX Sex Offender Registry to DCFS for entry into Phoenix Shelter Registration System

·         Texas DPS advised that I-10 west of Beaumont, TX is closed

·         LSP has received the Texas sex offender registry and forwarded it to Louisiana DCFS



·         Discussions on post-storm response have begun



·         Due to extreme weather possible as Tropical Storm Harvey impacts Louisiana, Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne is announcing that state offices will be closed Wednesday, Aug. 30, in the following parishes:  Acadia, Allen, Ascension, Assumption, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Evangeline, Grant, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Lafourche, Livingston, Natchitoches, Pointe Coupee, Sabine, St. James, St. John The Baptist, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, Terrebonne, Vermilion, Vernon, West Baton Rouge And West Feliciana.



·         District personnel in the southwest portion of the state are on 24-hour operations

·         Coordinating with New Orleans to discuss an accelerated phased limited evacuation due to pump capacity flooding issues

·         Coordinated vehicle staging area (VSA) with Babycakes Baseball; coordinated alternate VSA with Morial Convention Center

·         Alerted vendors of wraparound services at VSA sites

·         Issued a Waiver Order allowing oversized and overweight vehicles responding to Hurricane Harvey to travel state roadways without required permits

·         Contacted Calcasieu Parish and verified their plans to shelter in parish with organic transportation assets

·         Placed District 04 personnel on standby for VSA & shelter support operations

·         Placed TX  Host State LNO’s on standby

·         Maintaining contact with coach bus vendor and keeping them on standby if state provided transportation is required 

·         Please utilize for an updated list of road closures



·         Advisory issued to livestock owners to prepare

·         LDAF is available through our Emergency Hotline 1-885-452-5323

·         Coordinated LaSPCA, Orleans parish and surrounding parish animal control agencies for pet sheltering plans

·         Mobile pet shelter and livestock equipment is readied for deployment

·         LDAF fuel stations are prepared for activation in the event of a commercial fuel disruption

·         Measures in place to release USDA food commodities for mass feeding

·         Pet NGO’s are activated and coordinating with Parish Animal control and staging boat teams and resources for ASAR

·         Daily refueling operation ongoing at Lake Charles Civic Center for ‘Cajun Navy,’ SAR efforts including security detail.



·         Radiation licensees in the anticipated impacted area have been contacted to discuss storm preparations and contingencies of radiological sources 

·         Discussions with FEMA Region 6, Waterford 3, and Riverbend Station; both facilities enacted the preliminary stages of their Severe Weather plans

·         Declaration of Emergency and Administrative Order uploaded to WebEOC

·         LDEQ Fuel Waiver Request granted by EPA; uploaded to WebEOC 



·         Providing an LNO (Starting at 9am 8/26) until no longer needed in Cameron Parish EOC

·         LDWF attended a meeting in Orleans parish with city officials, LANG and LSFM to discuss SAR Plans

·         EMAC request received from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) for SAR assistance. LDWF/ENF is sending 4 Alpha Teams (10 agents, 10 trucks and 10 boats in each Alpha Team)

·         Providing LNO for Calcasieu Parish

·         LDWF/LED has rescued a total of 26 people and 2 dogs



·         Statewide web survey resulted in 55 boat teams and 8 high-water trucks for GOHSEP Regions 1, 2, 3, and 9; and 65 boat teams and 6 high-water trucks for GOHSEP Regions 4-8.

·         Fire Marshal currently has 4 teams deployed in preparation to assist with water rescues, stationed at the main fire station in Sulphur and the Central Fire Station in Lake Charles.

·         Fire Marshal Deputies conducted an inspection at a newly opened shelter in Lake Charles

·         Fire Marshal Deputies facilitated dispatching Swift Water Rescue Teams to 3 areas of Lake Charles that took on 3 feet of water in residential areas. Teams successfully rescued 84 people.

·         4 Swift Water Rescue boat teams from USAR RRT-6 Pineville assigned to Lake Charles FD have been released to return home



·         Coordinating with our field offices to gather updates on projects under construction and Local flood authorities’ and USACE’s preparation activities

·         Out of an abundance of caution the Lake Borgne Surge Barrier By-Pass (barge) Gate was closed 8/23

·         Water Control Projects currently closed: Davis Pond Freshwater Diversion, Caernarvon Freshwater Diversion, Naomi Siphon (freshwater diversion), West Point a la Hache Siphon (freshwater diversion) – was closed previously due to USACE levee work, Cameron Creole – all gates closed except Grand Bayou boat bay

·         Terrebonne Levee and Conservation District (TLCD) planned to begin closing some non-essential gates 8/25

·         All gates on the Cameron Creole Watershed Structure are closed -  

·         CPRA personnel completed an inspection of the Henderson levee areas of concern along the LA 352 area. No major immediate danger of levee slope stability failures was observed during this inspection. A shallow sloughing area near the LA 352 highway edge may warrant further attention.



·         Sent advisory (email blast) to all oil and gas operators to take necessary measures and precautions to minimize environmental impacts due to releases resulting from damage to infrastructure



·         Power outages as of 09:00 were 14,383. Parish outage report in WebEOC

·         Parishes with the highest percentages of outages:

o   Allen 1,800--15%

o   Beauregard 1,200--6%

o   Calcasieu 5,344--5%

o   Cameron 592--10%

o   Rapides 1,352--3%

·         Entergy reports that the outages in Calcasieu Parish are concentrated in the Vinton, Carless near West Calcasieu Airport, & Sulphur near Frasch Park areas. They will begin restoration as soon as TS force winds die down.



·         The Agents of LBI are on standby and available to assist with any law enforcement issues upon request

·         The LA DOJ Consumer Protection Hotline is manned

·         Consumer Protection educational and storm related materials have been delivered to the following Parishes: Ascension, Assumption, Cameron, East Baton Rouge, Iberville, Lafourche, Plaquemines, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Mary, Terrebonne, Vermilion & West Baton Rouge. Materials were also delivered to shelters at North Vermilion High School.  



·         Response Teams on standby



·         DCFS Regional Coordinators continue to communicate with local partners for ESF-6 assistance in projected affected areas

·         Received Sex Offender data base from LSP and loaded it in the Phoenix system in preparation for registration if needed

·         Working with GOHSEP and City of New Orleans on modified City Assisted Evacuation Plan

·         Working to ensure our CTN Shelters are set up and ready

·         Monitoring the volunteer evacuation of Cameron Parish, volunteer evacuation in Vermillion Parish and any sheltering requirements

·         DCFS has placed registration teams and shelter teams at a Standby response level in support of Tropical System Harvey (8-27-17)

·         DCFS Parish LNOs have reported to Calcasieu Parish and Vermillion Parish 8/28/17.

·         DCFS EOC will be active 24 hours beginning at 6:00 am 8/29/17.

·         4 Shelters Open

·         Population Count as of 8/29/17 2400 hrs. is 165

·         2 ARC Shelter

·         2 Parish Shelters

·         Shelter Report has been uploaded in File Library ESF-6 (DCFS).   



·         Medical facilities have been placed on alert to conduct readiness for both SIP and evacuation plans

·         Gap analysis has been conducted, and LDH staff and surge contracts and federal ESF-08 are on standby

·         Nursing homes in evacuating parishes of Cameron and Vermillion are being closely monitored to ensure readiness for shelter in place or evacuation

·         Mobile Ambulance Processing Site (Mobile APS) teams have been identified and trained

·         Two (2) Federal Medical Stations (FMS) are being pre-staged in Baton Rouge

·         Facilities in Cameron and Calcasieu have been notified of the anticipated rain over the next 24 hours

·         A Coordination Call with ESF8 Region 5 was conducted to ascertain local threat assessment regarding impact of rainfall and potential facilities at risk.  At this time, Holly Hill NH in Calcasieu is being closely monitored. 

·         ESF8 requested a statewide mandatory bed poll of Hospitals and Nursing Homes.  The information will establish hospital bed availability for both in-state movement and beds available for Texas.  The information from NHs will provide assessment of current status.   

·         3 Public Water Systems (PWS’s) on a Boil Water Advisory (BWA) related to Hurricane Harvey (Beauregard has 1, Calcasieu has 2). Full list available in WebEOC SITREP.

·         1 Water System currently out of service in Calcasieu Parish (Lake Charles Carbon-Non Community Water System- Part of this facility served by water wells is offline due to power loss. This section will be on a BA System once the system is back online. The admin building is served by Lake Charles Water System. Lake Charles Carbon will not be requesting water from OEP.

·         DHHS has declared a Public Health Emergency in LA



·         Jennings (144 veteran residents, 118 employees) No issue with flooding.  No Staffing issues.  The facility and grounds are in good condition  

·         Jackson: No problems at this time.  Prepared to receive veterans from any other LDVA long-term care homes that may need to evacuate

·         Bossier: No problems at this time. Our emergency generator was serviced last week so it’s ready to go in case we need it

·         Reserve: All well with the facility grounds, veterans, and operation. Transportation from the facility to appointments has been rescheduled.  No staffing issues

·         Monroe: Per administrator:  All is well.  No problems reported. In phone contact with Ouachita Parish OEP

·         Veterans Cemeteries (4) – Slidell, Leesville, Keithville, Rayville Leesville Cemetery closed, due to state office closures in Vernon Parish

·         Veterans Assistance Counseling (VAC) Offices (71) VAC Offices are CLOSED in 28 parishes where state offices are closed: Acadia, Allen, Ascension, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Evangeline, Grant, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Lafourche, Livingston, Natchitoches, Orleans, Pointe Coupee, Sabine, St. James, St. John the Baptist, Orleans, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, Terrebonne, Vermilion, Vernon, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana.



·         Mass feeding contractors have been placed on standby and are prepared for deployment



·         Communicating with local facilities to provide support as needed

·         Department resources inventoried for possible utilization; personnel and equipment on standby



·         DR 400-18 has been issued for Red Cross response

·         Distribution of information for flood safety to ARC workforce and the general public

·         Complete call-down of ARC volunteers

·         Recruit and train 300 EBV for sheltering activities

·         Continue EOL (Elected Official Liaison) network communication

·         Maintain active communication with local Offices of Emergency Management to determine timing and requirements related to sheltering and evacuation needs

·         Determine Parish plans for evacuations and sheltering

·         Monitor evacuations from Texas to Louisiana

·         Determine operational strategies and requirements

·         Provide coverage to active EOCs

·         Continue to participate in ARC Regional and National Readiness Leadership Calls

·         Continue to participate in meetings with GOHSEP/DCFS/City of New Orleans on the modified City Assisted Evacuation Plan

·         Continue to provide safety and preparedness messages through news media outlets and social media

·         Provided Population Count for Grace Christian Center Shelter to DCFS and potential Stand-by shelters

·         Briefed and provided State shelter reporting process to DRO/NHQ FROST Leadership Team

·         Working with Calcasieu and Washington Parish to identify a shelter outside the category 4 storm surge area and placing it on “stand by”



·         Participating in Territorial Salvation Army Hurricane taskforce calls

·         Conducting daily ALM Divisional Hurricane Taskforce Calls

·         Personnel, equipment and liaison are on standby

·         Monitor Salvation Army National / International amateur radio frequency for situation reports and emergency, priority or health & welfare messages out of the affected areas of Louisiana and Texas while monitoring SA’s other states in the Division (AL & MS)

·         Assisted in organizing and participated in the initial Louisiana Mass Feeding Task Force (LMFTF) at 3pm on 8/29. The purpose is to perform a general assessment for each primary organization’s readiness should Mass Feeding becomes a necessity.  



·         Mercy Chefs and Operation BBQ Relief are on standby and are ready to deploy for emergency feeding operations

·         Crisis Cleanup is likely activating Thursday for TX/LA response

·         Crisis Cleanup Multi-Agency Homeowner Assistance toll-free number will be launched today. Homeowners can call 800-451-1954. The hotline is currently scheduled to remain live through September 15th.



·         Activated business continuity plans

·         Communicating with 6th District and local management teams

·         Evacuation sites have been placed on stand-by should they be needed for our Tier-1 teams



·         LED’s Business Expansion and Retention Group (BERG) has conducted targeted outreach with major industrial trade associations, key economic driver companies, port assets and rail assets to ascertain any impacts. LED team members remain in contact with those key economic development partners and are prepared to provide support as needed if conditions worsen.

·         Consulted FEMA, Region 6 to determine the status of any Disaster Recovery Center openings. It is too soon in the process for openings at this time.

·         The U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) in Louisiana reports it is too early to make any determinations on the need for Business Recovery Centers. If any were to open, an attempt would be made to co-locate with a FEMA Disaster Recovery Center.

·         There are no plans to activate the Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center (LA BEOC) at this time. Opening would be triggered by GOHSEP.

·         In the Southwest Region, most major industries are proceeding with normal operations.




ACADIA (Declaration Received)

·         Parish sandbag locations (by appointment, limit 12 bags per household, ID required). Distribution continues. Parish Barns will close 8/30

o   Branch Barn: 144 Bias Road, Branch, LA

o   Crowley Barn: 247 Roller Road, Crowley, LA

o   Iota Barn: 540 Kennedy Ave., Iota, LA

o   Municipal sandbag locations (ID required)

o   Morse: (4 bag limit): 215 South Jules Ave., Morse, LA (1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

·         A tornado spotted in Egan heading toward Iota; slight damage to a roof/awning on a home in Egan was reported

·         Voluntary Evacuation will be issued for western Acadiana (Mermentau Cove, Basile etc)

·         Parish offices will be closed 8/30

·         Schools closed 8/30


ALLEN (Declaration Received)

·         The Parish Mobile Command Post has been moved to the Oakdale Fire station

·         Check of all lower lying areas and roadways has commenced and will continue until conditions are deemed safe for our residents

·         Emergency Services on standby; awaiting high water vehicles and Wildlife and Fisheries

·         Calcasieu River in Oakdale at 9’; expected flooding of low lying homes in areas near the River

·         Parish rescue teams on standby

·         Sand and Bags available at all Parish Barns

·         Schools closed 8/30



·         Ascension Parish crews are filling sandbags and transporting them to the following designated fire stations throughout the jurisdiction:

o   7th District VFD on Roddy Road

o   St. Amant VFD Station 60 on Stringer Bridge Road

o   Geismar VFD on HWY 73

o   5th Ward VFD on HWY 22

o   Prairieville Fire Department on HWY 73

o   Church Street in Donaldsonville near LaLa Field

·         Loose sand and empty sandbags are being prepared for distribution at all fire stations and at the durve in HWY 431 at Lake Martin (Please bring shovels and man power to fill bags at these locations)

·         Portable pumps are being delivered to problem areas where past localized flash flooding has occurred (Bullock Subdivision, Southwood Subdivision, Astroland Subdivision)

·         DPW reported all three pumping stations are operational and fuel storage is optimal; pumps are projected to begin pumping 24 to 48 hours pre-incident to create a reservoir for flood waters

·         Crews are monitoring problem areas of parish for debris that may hinder drainage

·         River elevations and storm predictions are being monitored to determine the need to begin pumping operations All inland waterways and low-lying areas are being monitored

·         Preparations are being made in the event that a shelter is needed

·         Emergency refueling plan has been activated

·         Ascension Public Schools will be closed on 8/30


 ASSUMPTION (Declaration Received)

·         Sand and Sandbags have been distributed to the normal sand sites throughout the parish

·         All generators and pumps have been check and are ready to be used should the need arise

·         Assumption Parish Schools will be closed on 8/30


AVOYELLES (Declaration Received)

·         Public Works Director has crews out cleaning ditches & culverts in flood prone areas, all municipality asked to do the same

·         Sand and sand bags available at the following locations:

o   Bunkie Fire Department

o   Hessmer Town Hall

o   Parish Barn (Mansura)

o   Moreauville Fire Dept.

o   Simmesport Fire Dept.

§  Over 15K sand bags have been distributed

·         Schools closed 8/30


BEAUREGARD (Declaration Received)

·         Sandbags are available at locations across the parish

·         Schools closed 8/30

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