News Alert: GOHSEP Tropical Weather SITREP August 31, 2017 As of 9:30 AM
Posted: 8/31/2017 11:44:30 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

GOHSEP Tropical Weather SITREP

August 31, 2017

As of 9:30 AM


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 Depression Harvey. Please monitor your local National Weather Service for the latest updates.


Tropical Depression Harvey – The center of Tropical Depression Harvey was located near latitude 32.5 North, longitude 91.4 West. Tropical Depression Harvey is moving toward the northeast and is expected to continue this motion over the next 48 hours. This forecast track takes Harvey into northern Mississippi by Thursday evening, middle Tennessee by Friday and into the Ohio valley States on Saturday as a post-tropical low. The minimum central pressure is 1002 mb. Tropical Depression Harvey is expected to produce3 to 5 inches of rain from eastern Arkansas and northern Mississippi northeastward across western to central Tennessee, western to central Kentucky, southern Ohio and into west Virginia.   


**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 Meetings scheduled

·        Received State Emergency Declaration 8/24

·        Supporting EMAC requests for Texas

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

·        Distributed 470,000 sandbags, 105 tarps 6,750 bottles of water and 3,456 MREs



·        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

·        The original request to FEMA re: EM-3382 regarding the previously approved five (5) parishes has been amended to add Category A

·        Additionally, Louisiana has requested the following seven (7) parishes be added for Public Assistance (Categories A and B including Direct Federal Assistance):
Allen, Acadia, Iberia, Natchitoches, Rapides, Sabine and Vernon.



·        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 has 993 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

o   Texas Evacuation Total – 516 People, 15 pets

·        Moved shelter supplies from McNeese to Lake Charles Civic Center

·        Repositioning to Terrebonne, New Iberia & St. John

·        JAOC, Air Coordination Group, ULE, ESF 16 activated

·        CBP Air & Marine 4 Air assets engaged in SAR

o   Rescued 108 persons from Texas as of 8/30



·        Marine

o   Total SAR 38 people (1 elderly female rendered medical aid)

o   2 Vessels & 6 agents deployed in Texas

·       Air

o   Approximately 70 people rescued


·        LWIN: Lafitte Tower in Jefferson Parish is currently out of Wide Area Operations along with Bellevue Tower Site in Calcasieu; Technicians are investigating Bellevue; Technicians dispatched to Lafitte

o   LWIN Deployable Tower Trailer is being sent to SE TX

§  INTEROP talk groups 6-10 assigned for SAR in TX; POC Bob Wolf, State Fire Marshall

·        Two (2) light plants were requested from LSP

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

·        Troop A STAFFING (12): 1 Lieutenant, 2 Sergeants, 9 Troopers for 9 parishes. 

·        Troop B STAFFING  (12): 1 Lt, 1 Sergeants, 10 Troopers/DPS CCC 2 Officers

·        Troop C STAFFING (9): 1 Lt, 2 Sergeants, 6 Troopers

·        Troop D STAFFING (18): 1 Lt, 3 Sergeants, 14 Troopers

       Texas DPS advised I-10 Westbound in Orange, TX is closed at Exit 878

       LSP personnel are in the Orange, TX area assisting with evacuations from Orange to Burton via escorts of busses into and out of TX

·        Troop E STAFFING (15): 1 Lt, 2 Sergeants, 12 Troopers

       Troop E currently providing 6 personnel assigned to escort busses of evacuees from the Lake Charles Mega shelter

       Lake Charles Mega shelter being secured with 1 Lt, 4 Sergeants & 6 Troopers

·        Troop F STAFFING (11): 1 Lt, 2 Sergeant, 8 Troopers

·        Troop G STAFFING (18): 5 Supervisors, 13 Troopers (Extra Duty included 6 Troopers/2 Supervisors)

·        Troop I STAFFING (21): 2 Lt, 2 Sergeants, 13 Troopers & 4 LACE, 2 Dispatchers

·        Troop L STAFFING (14): 1 Lt, 2 Sergeants, 11 Troopers assigned to current day shift

·        Troop N STAFFING (6): 1 Sergeant, 5 Troopers

·        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.

·        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-10W in Orange, TX is closed at Exit 878

·        LPS personnel are in the Orange, TX area assisting with evacuation

·        LSP providing escorts to LANG and Calcasieu Parish school buses in Orange, TX

·        LSP providing escorts of buses from Burton Coliseum and the shelter Alexandria

·        LSP providing security to the shelter in Alexandria



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

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

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

·        Placed District 4 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

·        Provided 5 coach buses to assist in the evacuation of Orange, TX

·        Providing an additional 16 coach buses to transport evacuees from Burton Coliseum to Alexandria



·        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.



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

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



·        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)

·        LDWF/LED has rescued a total of 27 people and 2 dogs

·        LDWF conducting SAR operations in Texas – 32 agents (15 day/17 night), 29 trucks, and 29 boats



·        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.

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



·        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

·        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.



·        Power outages as of 09:00 were 10,975. Parish outage report in WebEOC

·        Parishes with the highest percentages of outages:

o   DeSoto – 870-5%

o   Natchitoches – 1,791-14%

o   Red River – 915-18%

o   Sabine – 3,086-20%

·        All companies reporting that restoration should be completed within 24 hours to all homes able to take power

·        In Beauregard Parish, Sugartown has poles down and the water is too deep for access; off-road equipment will be needed to restore power; residents there should prepare for extended outages today

·        Longville had trees fall into wires and poles; will require extensive repairs once the swift water recedes



·        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.  



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

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

·        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 manned for 24 hour operations

·        7 Shelters Open – 1 State, 4 ARC, 2 Parish

·        Population Count as of 8/31/17 midnight is 1121 (876 evacuees from Texas)

·        3 ARC Shelter

·        1 Parish Shelter

·        Population is increasing at Lake Charles Civic Center due to evacuations of Port Arthur evacuees. 

·        Burton Coliseum is open in Calcasieu Parish (ARC Managed). It is being used as a reception center for the overflow from the Lake Charles Civic Center.

·        DCFS has registration teams located at the Lake Charles Civic Center and Burton Coliseum registering Texas evacuees.

·        The Alexandria Mega Shelter has been activated and began receiving Texas evacuees from Burton Coliseum at 10:30pm 8/30. As of 6am, 625 departed, 515 arrived & 110 are en route.

·        DCFS working with ARC for updated population counts for Burton.



·        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

·        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.   

·        8 Public Water Systems (PWS’s) on a Boil Water Advisory (BWA) related to Hurricane Harvey (Beauregard has 1 for 8 homes total), Calcasieu has 5, Natchitoches and Vernon each have 1. 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

·        2 Disaster Medical Assistance Teams and Rapid Deployment Force Team and pre-staged in Baton Rouge

·        Intermediate Care Facilities:

o   4 facilities have evacuated to sister facilities or hotels as a precautionary measure

·        Home/Community Based Services Waiver Participants:

o   OOAS is monitoring 2,063 recipients:

§  1831 have been contacted

§  21 have evacuated in-state with family & 1 evacuated out-of-state (Newton, TX)

o   OCDD is tracking/reporting on 1,681 participants:

§  123 have been evacuated with friends/family or staff

·        Methodist Children’s Home in Calcasieu Parish relocated clients to The Owl Center in Lincoln Parish

·        Rural Health Clinics:

o   Hackberry RHC, Johnson Bayou & Vinton Medical RHC’s closed during the day; no water intrusion but each have access concerns

·        End Stage Renal Disease – The FMCNA – Abbeville clients are being handled at alternate sites (access concerns but no water intrusion)



·        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 have all reopened as of 8/31



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



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

·        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

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

·        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”

·        With TS Harvey making landfall and unable to produce storm surge, ARC is now able to shelter & support in storm surge areas

·        Supported coordination sheltering with GOHSEP/DCFS regarding Texas Evacuees

·        Coordinated with ESF-8 to find resources for medical issues for respiratory needs at Burton Coliseum

·        Sent 1,700 shelf stable meals to support Burton Coliseum; prepositioned shelter supplies; arranged for food, blankets, and clothing

·        Coordinated with DCFS for shelter support at the Vernon Parish Fairground



·        Participating in Territorial Salvation Army Hurricane taskforce calls

·        Conducting daily ALM Divisional Hurricane Taskforce Calls

·        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)

·        The Salvation Army helped participated in the initial Louisiana Mass Feeding Task Force (LMFTF) this afternoon at 1500 hrs.  The purpose was to do a general assessment of each primary organization's readiness should mass feeding be needed in Louisiana for this event.  The LMFTF also discussed any challenges they believe would be faced in the event of a mass feeding operation and potential feeding operations that they might be tasked with.

·        The Lake Charles Corps, in coordination with other area NGOs, coordinating and supervising the food service at the Lake Charles Civic Center.



·        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 launched. Homeowners can call 800-451-1954. The hotline is currently scheduled to remain live through September 15th.

·        LAVOAD partners and community members are seeing a migration of survivors from TX arriving and requesting financial and housing assistance.  LAVOAD pushed out resources for Texas survivors to members for distribution to the community.

·        Participation in Louisiana Disaster Housing Task Force Conference Call

·        Vet need for clothing coordination for TX evacuees for shelter operations



·        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.



·        Provided 5 vehicles, 4 boats, and 10 officers from Angola to assist in rescue operation in Texas




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

o   4 homes on Riverside Drive reported structural damage to their homes with 1 completely demolished

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


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

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

·        Sand and Bags available at all Parish Barns

·        Fire Stations and Emergency Rescue Boat Crews will maintain operation status through tonight  8/30/17

·        LDWF boats have stood down



·        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 prepared for distribution at all fire stations and at the curve in HWY 431 at Lake Martin (Please bring shovels and man power to fill bags at these locations)

·        Portable pumps 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

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

·        Emergency refueling plan has been activated


 ASSUMPTION (Declaration Received)

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


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

·        Avoyelles Schools closed 8/31


BEAUREGARD (Declaration Received)

·        Sandbags are available at locations across the parish

·        Damage Assessments on 8/31

·        1st Baptist Church opened as a shelter

·        Schools closed 8/31

·        Met with DOTD about the dams located at Vernon and Anacoco Lakes

·        11 Gates at Toledo Bend are opened at 4’. Gates at Merryville & Deweyville continue to rise

·        Local residents along the Sabine River are strongly recommended to voluntarily evacuate in advance of expected high water



·        Sandbag distribution sites have not been set up within the parish as of yet, however Parish has 4 - Sandbag POD locations strategically placed around the Parish should there be a need; these PODS are sea shipping containers and contain approximately 3,000 pre filled sandbags each

·        Manpower and equipment for search and rescue on stand-by

·        No shelters are expected to be opened, but several sites have been identified


CADDO (Declaration Received)

·        Distributing sandbags at 1701 Monty Street and  3825 Mansfield Rd; CCC inmates providing fill support; Police Jury Maintenance Facility & Bossier City Public works initiating filling operations

·        Public works in the City and Parish are cleaning culverts and drainage canals

·        ARC opened General Population Shelter at Morning Star Baptist (Jewella Ave) 

·        State Fairgrounds Livestock Barn Pet Shelter on standby

·        PODS open in Bossier City Maintenance Facility, Haughton, Plain Dealing, East 80, and South Bossier Fire Departments.

·        PODS open at Bossier Parish Police Jury Maintenance Facility in Benton (all open 7am-8pm) 


CALCASIEU (Declaration Received)

·        SAR planning meeting conducted 8/24 & 8/25

·        Recreational water traffic stopped on 8/26 at 0800 on Ship Canal, Calcasieu River tributaries north of I-10

·        Sandbag points are open; additional sandbag operation at Burton Coliseum w/ sandbag machine to assist elderly and disabled citizens (is open to all).

·        West Cal Area and Burton Coliseum will be “Lilly Pads” for SAR; citizens will be triaged and shelters set up as needed; ARC assessing shelter locations in Dequincy

·        Flooded areas impacted approximately 5000 people and 2000 houses

·        Conducted 125 missions and rescued approximately 500 people from flooded areas; SAR ongoing

·        Governor Edwards was briefed by local leadership after traveling to Calcasieu area

·        Opened Mega shelter at the Lake Charles Civic Center; Transferred all citizens from smaller shelter to Mega shelter

·        Will conduct operational planning meeting 8/31 about Sabine River flooding

·        ARC opened Shelter at Burton Coliseum

·        Shelter Drop Off/Transportation ongoing

·        Approximately 700 people moved from Orange to LC Civic Center/Burton Coliseum as of 8pm 8/30

·        Started movement from Burton Coliseum to Alexandria; buses set to begin as of 10pm

·        Operational Planning Meeting for Sabine River Flooding scheduled for 8/31

·        SRA water release at 11 gates at 6ft (66,000cfs)



·        Schools closed 8/31


CAMERON (Declaration Received)

·        Parish equipment moved north to higher ground

·        OHSEP relocated operations to Cameron Parish National Wildlife Refuge located at 1428 LA-27 in Bell City, LA 70630

·        Parish Police Jury offices relocated to Calcasieu Parish

·        2 LWIN COWs on standby in Baton Rouge and Alexandria

·        60+ roads are closed within the parish (Full List can be found on WebEOC Parish SITREP)

·        Road Blocks erected at entry points of evacuated areas from 6pm-9am

·        Parish wide curfew has been lifted

·        Schools will remain closed in Cameron until 9/4 (next Monday)

·        Cameron Parish has released LANG LNO’s

·        Normal operations will resume at 12pm 8/30

·        Lifting Evacuation order in two stages:

o   8/30 on 10am residents can enter

o   8/30 on 12pm the parish is open completely



·        Sandbags are available to residents at Public Works Facility at Highway 124 in Jonesville, LA


CONCORDIA (Declaration Received)

·        Emergency planning meeting held 8/28 with officials and first responders

·        Sandbags are available for Parish residents


DESOTO (Declaration Received)

·        Drain off areas cleaned out in anticipation of heavy rain

·        Sand bag operations continuing

·        DeSoto Sheriff has placed the entire department on-call/standby status

·        Power outages are being reported in parts of Mansfield

·        PEMAC Meeting was held with NWS & School Board present

·        Schools closed 8/31

·        One road washed out; several more closed due to high water

·        Mansfield FD lost a fire truck overnight due to a fallen tree during operations; 1 firefighter injured/treated/released from DeSoto Regional



·        Currently sand and sandbags are available at the following locations:

o   BREC Airline Highway Fairgrounds – 16072 Airline Highway

o   BREC Alsen Park – 601 Old Rafe Meyer Road

o   BREC Doyles Bayou Park – 7801 Port Hudson-Pride Road

o   BREC Flannery Road Park – 801 South Flannery Road

o   BREC Hartley-Vey at Gardere Park – 1702 Gardere Lane

o   BREC Memorial Stadium – 1702 Foss Street

o   BREC Lovett Road Park – 13443 Lovett Road

o   St. George Fire Department Headquarters – 14100 Airline Highway

o   Chaneyville Volunteer Fire Department – Station 40 – 22790 Reames Road

o   Pride Fire Department - Station 10 - 20920 Carson Road    

·        Social media is being updated as necessary to keep our Community informed of the latest information

·        MOHSEP deactivated at 7am 8/31/17

·        EMAC: 10 EBR Firefighters who comprise the Urban SAR Team are preparing to deploy to TX on behalf of State Fire Marshall request


EAST FELICIANA (Declaration Received)

·        Approximately 3300 filled sandbags pre-positioned for public distribution; available at Slaughter Fire Department, Parish Prison & Jackson Maintenance Yard

·        Trees down on Turner Road; road crews working to remove

·        Police Jury Staff released at Noon 8/30; all maintenance crews will be on standby


EVANGELINE (Declaration Received)

·        City of Ville Platte handed out sandbags at the city barn; Parish handing out sandbags at Police Jury Works yards


FRANKLIN (Declaration Received)

·        Schools closed 8/31


GRANT (Declaration Received)

·        Preliminary sandbagging efforts underway at 8 locations; Sand stockpiles have been dropped and adequate quantities of empty bags have been staged.  Citizens will need to fill their own bags.

o   Colfax Civic Center

o   Bynum Fire Station

o   Nantachie Acres Subdivision

o   Montgomery Town Hall

o   Prospect area Ball Park

o   Walker Ferry Road Fire Station

o   Dist. 5 VFD Central Station

o   Selma Community Ball Park

o   Simms Community Center

·        Sandbags also have been delivered to the Georgetown High School.  They will use students to fill bags for the school

·        For a full list of sandbag locations please visit:  

·        Inmate crews and supervisors have been placed on standby to clear roadways if need be


IBERIA (Declaration Received)

·        Iberia Parish has sandbags at the following fire stations:

o   B.O.M Fire Station

o   Grand Marais Fire Station

o   Coteau Fire Station

o   Rynella Fire Station

o   Delcambre City Barn

o   Loreauville Park

o   Lydia Fire Station

o   Jeanerette Fire Department (on Bourgerois Dr.)

·        The City of New Iberia distributing filled at 907 Fulton St in New Iberia.  There will also be sand and bags at 401 N. Landry Dr. in New Iberia (Acadian Ballpark.)  Residents need to bring a shovel and be prepared to fill their own bags at that location.

·        Tornado spotted in Lydia area just prior to 3:00 PM 8/27; no injuries or damages reported; info sent to NWS

·        The VOLUNTARY evacuation for Iberia Parish terminated effective 5 PM 8/30


IBERVILLE (Declaration Received)

·        Sandbags are being filled and available at the following locations:

o   Iberville Parish Barn - 59705 Bayou Rd. Plaquemine

o   Seymourville Subdivision (Ware Dr. and Harris St.)

o   Bayou Sorrel Fire Station - 33275 Hwy 75

o   Bayou Pigeon Fire Station - 38305 Hwy 75

o   White Castle Town Hall - 32535 Bowie St.

o   White Castle Fire Station - 57660 Hwy 404

o   Bayou Goula playground on Cpl. Herman Brown, Jr. St.

o   Grosse Tete Town Hall - 18125 Willow St.

o   Rosedale across from Town Hall 76535 Rosedale Rd

o   Maringouin Town Hall - 77510 Landry Dr.

o   East Iberville Fire Station - 2075 Hwy 30

·        Flood Structure at Alligator Bayou closed 8/28 at 9:30am



·        Schools closed 8/31


JEFFERSON (Declaration Received)

·        All 69 pump stations are fully manned, 181 pumps are ready to remove standing water, 340 miles of canals have been pumped to their lowest levels

·        The Jefferson Parish Sewerage Department is completely staffed and ready to operate and/or maintain 505 sewer lift stations and wet wells, as well as monitoring 18,000 manholes.

·        The East Bank Consolidated Fire Department is 100% ready and has checked barricade locations to assist the Streets Department with distribution if there is a need.

·        Parish administrators urged citizens to clear debris from streets and drains around their property as long as it is safe to do so.  Or, citizens may contact operators who remain on standby at 504-349-5360 to ask for assistance or provide information.  Administrators also remind motorists that they are prohibited by law (JP Ordinance Section 36-188) from traveling on flooded streets.  

·        To stay informed and receive emergency alerts or weather bulletins, citizens may sign up for JPAlert by registering at


JEFFERSON DAVIS (Declaration Received)

·        Parish Police Jury have made sandbags and sand available to residents; self-service sandbags and sand are available in the following locations:

o   Jennings Police Jury Road Yard on Airport Road

o   Lake Arthur Community Center (Pick up bag first at Lake Arthur Police Department)

o   Woodlawn Fire Station

o   Welsh Police Jury Yard across from Welsh Community Center

o   Hathaway Fire Station on Hwy 102

o   Fenton Police Jury Yard on Estes Road

o   Lacassine Fire Station 17155 Hwy 90 -Elton City Hall


LAFAYETTE (Declaration Received)

·        Sandbags are available throughout the Parish

·        Several roads within the Parish reported to have water or flooded and impassable; full list can be found in WebEOC


LAFOURCHE (Declaration Received)

·        Sand and bags will be available for self-fill by residents at all field offices and the following satellite locations:  **Residents should bring shovels for self-fill**

o   Lafourche Fire District #3 Central Station: 17462 West Main, Galliano

o   Oak Ridge Community Park: Golden Meadow

o   Lockport Field Office: 6236 Hwy 308, Lockport

o   Raceland AG Grounds parking lot: Texas Street

o   Thibodaux Field Office: 2565 Veterans Blvd.

o   Bayou Blue Recreation Grounds: Hwy 316 South of Hwy 182

o   Choctaw Field Office: 122 Choctaw Barn Road

o   Bayou Bouef Bridge: Hwy 307

o   Chackbay Fair Grounds: Hwy 304

o   The Parish will provide filled sandbags for the elderly and disabled at all Field Offices beginning 8/25 from 8am-11am. Demand will be assessed should hours need to be extended.

o   Thibodaux Field Office: 2565 Veterans Blvd.

o   Raceland Field Office: 129 Texas St

o   Choctaw Field Office: 122 Choctaw Road

o   Bayou Blue Field Office: 104 Myrtle Place

o   Lockport Field Office: 6236 Hwy 308

o   Galliano Field Office: 128 W-97th Street

§  Standard field office hours: 6:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Thursday

§   Please contact the main switchboard for assistance 24/7 at 985-446-8427 or 985-537-7603

·        DPW is monitoring our drainage systems and continues to run pumps in preparation for additional rainfall

·        Parish Field Offices will be open 6:30am-5pm for sandbag distribution

·        Barricades have been placed on Central Lafourche Drive in Mathews & Rene Drive in Thibodaux due to high water

·        Harbor Police will have patrol units stationed with lights at problem areas on LA 1 to Port Fourchon where water is covering the road


LASALLE (Declaration Received)

·        Sandbagging Efforts are ongoing since Friday 8/25

·        Schools closed 8/31



·        Parish has sand bag locations predetermined and staged should they be needed


NATCHITOCHES (Declaration Received)

·        Sandbags can be picked up at City of Natchitoches Public Works on Mill Street

·        Parish schools & Northwestern State will be closed through the end of the week (9/1)


ORLEANS (Declaration Received)

·        Sandbags are available at the following Fire Stations until 1900:

o   Engine 13 (987 Robert E. Lee Blvd) 

o   Squirt 16/Ladder 8 (2000 Martin Luther King Blvd) 

o   Engine 17 (4115 Woodland Ave) 

o   Squirt 27/Ladder 11 (2118 Elysian Fields Ave) 

o   Engine 36/Ladder 13 (5403 Read Rd)

·        Setting up Medical Special Needs Shelter site set up at Convention Center and on stand by

·        3,521 people are receiving Harvey updates via text

·        NOHSEP & ITI launched new NOLA Ready website

·        Special Needs Registry: 137 people have registered during Harvey

·        Coordinated barricade staging on I-610 at Franklin AVE with LA DOTD.

·        Overall pumping capacity availability is 93 %; more detailed updates on pumps can be found in WebEOC

·        Humane Society of the US (HSUS) is on track to fly out 100 dogs on Thursday. That will include 30 dogs form Louisiana SPCA, as well as animals from East Baton Rouge Parish Animal Control & Rescue Center, Plaquemines Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), and St. Bernard Parish Animal Shelter. This will ensure these shelters have space to take in pets affected by the event if necessary. Assisting St. Landry Parish Animal Control & Rescue in coordinating transport of their animals after they experienced flooding of their outdoor kennels. Zeus’ Place, ARNO, and Greater Birmingham Humane Society have already taken in dogs from St. Landry parish. Currently in the process of pre-staging crates to designated Fire Stations for use in rescues involving pets.

·        NASA – Michoud Assembly Facility assisting with storage and loading of disaster preparedness supplies

·        New Orleans CEOC will deactivate from Level II at 7pm 8/30 at the conclusion of “A” shift.



·        We have 22 pumping stations within Plaquemines Parish of which 16 have to be manned permanently

·        We have 14 pump operators and will backfill the remaining positions with other parish employees and assistance from the Plaquemines Parish Fire Department

·        One of the Pumping Stations in Belle Chasse is operating at 75% and the other at 100%

·        The Ollie (Jesuit Bend) Pumping Station is operating at 75%

·        The Scarsdale (Braithwaite) pumping station is 75% due to damage from Hurricane Isaac. All other Parish pumps are operating at 100%

·        Sandbags are available – Public Right of Way Maintenance Shop – 333 F Edward Hebert Blvd, Building 1101, Belle Chase, LA from 10am-3:30pm (Limit of 10 sandbags per resident & must present valid Louisiana ID

·        Parish crews are monitoring the levee in Myrtle Grove due to a threat of overtopping the levee protection system

·        U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contractor raised the height of the Woodpark Project to 5 feet to prevent overtopping


POINTE COUPEE (Declaration Received)

·        Sandbags are being distributed at the following locations: Fire District No. 1 , Innis Fire Station near the library Fire District No. 2, Morganza Station on Sansone Street Fire District No. 3, Oscar, Lakeland and Ventress stations Fire District No. 4, Fordoche Ball Park and Livonia Public Works Department Fire District No. 5, Training Center and Waterloo station Lottie Fire Station Pecan Acres

·        Installing 1,000ft of 30” Aqua Dam for Pecan Acres Subdivision


RAPIDES (Declaration Received)

·        Sand & sandbags distribution points activated and communicated via local media

·        City of Alexandria has made declaration, submitted request for pumps and continues to work with Vendor & GOHSEP on mission

·        Shelter at Grace Christian Avenue in Glenmora is full; 2nd shelter at Christian Love Baptist Church at 3575 Hudson St in Alexandria is now open per ARC

·        Provided 6 school buses to transport evacuees from Burton Coliseum to Alexandria

·        DCFS LNO currently at Parish EOC

·        Parish EOC continuing to operate at partial staffing Level 2

·        Schools closed 8/31


RED RIVER (Declaration Received)

·        Sandbag distribution locations remain open

·        Schools closed 8/31

·        Experiencing flash flooding throughout the parish

·        Evacuated one family – no shelter required


SABINE (Declaration Received)

·        Placed Code Red Emergency Call to 27,000 residents advising of potential risks and sand bag locations

·        Sabine schools will be closed the rest of the week (until 9/4)

·        2 Reports of businesses with water intrusion; no homes reported

·        POD closes at 3:30pm 8/30/17

·        Courthouse Basement has flooded; 2 pumps working

·        Preparing transport for dialysis patients



·        Drainage canals have been pumped down in anticipation of heavy rainfall

·        Pumping stations operating at maximum capacity

·        Road crews and sheriff’s office have pre-positioned barricades and resources


ST. CHARLES (Declaration Received)

·        The St. Charles Parish Public Works Dept. is inspecting and cleaning ditches, catch basins, and drainage infrastructure and is on standby to remove debris if necessary (HESCO baskets have been set up along Bayou Des Allemands since June)

·        Sandbags have been made available at the east and west bank bridge parks and at Hwy. 306 and Badeaux Ln.

·        Damage Assessments have been completed; 7 homes with Minor damage; 4 Affected (not counted as Damaged)



·        3 Sand Bag Sites are now open: Montpelier next to Bear Creek Western Store on Highway 16, Greensburg Police Jury Hwy 43, North Helena Fire Department Hwy 1043


ST. JAMES (Declaration Received)

·        2 Sandbags are available at the following locations: Approximately 4500 distributed so far

o   First Baptist Church in Vacherie

o   Kingsview Street Fire Department

o   Grand Point Fire Station in Paulina

o   South Vacherie Fire & Rescue Training Center in Vacherie

·        One family has requested shelter assistance as their home is surrounded by water. Parish Staff have accommodated them.

·        Returned to Normal Ops at 5pm 8/30

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST (Declaration Received)

·        Public Works crews are testing pumps and cleaning catch basins

·        We also have sandbags available for residents at the following locations:

o   St. John Community Center, LaPlace

o   Railroad Avenue Fire Station , Reserve

o   Ezekiel Jackson Park - Garyville

o   Wallace Fire Station

o   Lucy Fire Station

o   Westbank Complex

o   Pleasure Bend Fire Station


ST. LANDRY (Declaration Received)

·        Sandbag operations continue with municipal locations in Eunice, Grand Coteau, and Arnaudville


ST. MARTIN (Declaration Received)

·        Sand bags available for residents of upper St. Martin Parish at the following locations: (Residents are encouraged to bring a shovel and be prepared to fill your own sandbags) 12,000 bags issues so far

o   South Barn-Off of Capritto Forty Arpent Road

o   Ruth Bridge Barn-Ruth Bridge

o   City Of Breaux Bridge-Old DOTD site located at the corner of Refinery and Berard Street

·        The St. Martin Parish OHSEP office has opened its information hotline - Residents with questions concerning the weather can contact 337-394-2808


ST. MARY (Declaration Received)

·        Two locations have been established for sandbags if needed:

o   Parish barn at the Hanson canal and Highway 182

o   Parish Barn on Hwy 182 at the Water Tower



·        Sandbagging operations are complete


TERREBONNE (Declaration Received)

·        The Terrebonne Parish Public Works Division has placed sand and sandbags at the following locations: 

o   Adult Softball Complex on Airbase

o   Cannata’s West

o   Knights of Columbus Hall in Pointe-aux-Chenes

o   Upper Dularge Fire Station

o   Bayou Black Fire Station

o   Ward 7 in Chauvin

o   West Terrebonne East Fire Station

o   West Terrebonne Central Fire Station

o   Bobtown Volunteer Fire Station

o   Mechanicville Gym

o   Montegut Fire Station

o   St. Ann Church in Bourg

o   Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center

o   Devon Keller Memorial Center

o   Village East Fire Department     

o   Public Works North Campus (206 Government St.)

·        Terrebonne Levee and Conservation District has closed the following floodgates: Upper Little Caillou Auxiliary Structure, Bayou Point Aux Chenes, Bayou Petit Caillou, Placid Canal floodgate, Humble Canal, HNC Bubba Dove, Bayou Grand Caillou, Bayou Dularge, Gibson, and Bush Canal Floodgate. All other floodgates are being monitored by the Terrebonne Levee and Conservation District.

·        Residents are being informed through local news media, the Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government website (, and the Terrebonne Parish Office of Homeland Security website (, Facebook page and Twitter page to obtain the latest information available.



·        Sandbags available at Union Parish Police Jury Maintenance Yard – 605 Betty Street, Farmerville LA 71241.

·        Schools closed 8/31

·        1 of the 2 Lake D’Arbonne Tainter Gates is opened 2’


VERMILION (Declaration Received)

·        Called for a voluntary evacuation 8/25 of low lying areas below Highway 14

·        Humble Canal Bridge is closed to vehicular traffic due to high water

·        A Tornado briefly touched down north of Erath; damage was to a large shed which housed equipment and a sugar cane field; no injuries or deaths

·        Opened shelter at North Vermilion High School; 11609 Highway 699 in Maurice, LA;

·        Multiple Road Closures are being reported at this time; for a full listing please refer to WebEOC

·        Schools closed 8/31


VERNON (Declaration Received)

·        Police Jury, New Llano, and Leesville Public Works are continuing to provide substantial numbers of sandbags to residents. (Limit 25 bags per household) Sandbags were available through weekend for residents; distribution has diminished significantly

·        Vernon Lake and Anacoco Lake draw-down gates have been opened

·        Maintaining content with Sabine River Authority at Toledo Bend; operating 2 generators 24/7

·        2 state and 38 parish roads closed due to high water

·        Vernon Parish EOC opened at 7am 8/30 in Leesville

·        Sabine River Authority (Toledo Bend) has begun releasing water. Currently 5 gates are open at 1 foot

·        Schools closed 8/31

·        OEP notified by DOTD District 8 Engineer at 1655 hours that Vernon Parish needed to activate the Emergency Action Plan for Vernon and Anacoco Lakes. DOTD had concerns regarding the dam stability on Vernon Lake given the amount of water in the lake and amount projected to come into the lake. DOTD advised this was a Level 3 activation

·        Temporary shelter established at the Vernon Parish fairgrounds

·        1 Horse has been housed at the Vernon Parish Fairgrounds Livestock Barn; county agent informed

·        Maintaining contact with SRA regarding the status of the Toledo Bend Dam

·        Door-to-Door/Social Media/TV/Radio notification underway regarding potential threat to Vernon Lake Dam



·        3 self-serve sand bag locations opened

o   17380 Bill Booty Road, Bogalusa

o   WP Public Works location #2 Corner of Yacc Rd/Hwy 10 (west of Seven Mile Rd) Franklinton

o   WP Public Works Location #3 801 Pearl St, Franklinton  



·        Available to establish manual sandbagging assistance at Camp Minden/WPSO if needed

·        Available for short term emergency sheltering (small gen pop) if critically needed

·        Sandbagging locations have been activated for flash-flood prone residents



·        Providing self-service bags and sand for residents at the following locations:

o   Erwinville Ball Park off Rougon Road

o   Rivault Park in Port Allen near Pete Riviere Drive

o   William and Lee Park on Louisiana Avenue 

o   Alexander Park near Elaine Street by the Water Tower 

o   Myhand Park in Addis Southeast corner off Laws Road

o   Addis Fire Station on LA1   


WEST FELICIANA (Declaration Received)

·        Sandbagging operations were available through the weekend at the Parish Detention Center on Feliciana St. in St. Francisville


WINN (Declaration Received)

·        OEP has sandbags available to residents

·        Schools closed 8/31


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