News Alert: GOHSEP Tropical Weather SITREP September 8, 2017 As of 3:45 PM
Posted: 9/11/2017 10:31:08 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

GOHSEP Tropical Weather SITREP

September 8, 2017

As of 3:45 PM


State EOC Activation Level: Level IV

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 issuing advisories on Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Jose and Hurricane Katia. The National Hurricane Center is no longer monitoring Harvey. Please stay tuned to your local National Weather Service for the latest updates.  

Hurricane Irma: The distinct eye center of Hurricane Irma is located by a reconnaissance plane and Cuban radars near latitude 22.0 North, longitude 76.0 West. Irma has been moving toward the west near 14 miles per hour, but the hurricane should resume a west-northwest motion later today. A turn toward the northwest is expected by late Saturday.  On the forecast track, the eye of Irma should continue to move near the north coast of Cuba and central Bahamas for the rest of today and Saturday, and be near the Florida Keys and the southern Florida Peninsula Sunday morning.

Maximum sustained winds are near 155 mph with higher gusts. Irma is a category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or two, and Irma is forecast to remain a powerful category 4 hurricane as it approached Florida. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185 miles. The latest minimum central pressure reported by an Air Force reconnaissance plane was 925 mb.  

Hurricane Jose: The eye of Hurricane Jose was located near latitude 16.4North, longitude 57.7 West. Jose is moving toward the west-northwest  near 18 mph. A gradual turn toward the northwest with a decrease in forward speed is expected during the next 48 hours. On the forecast track, the center of Jose will pass near or east of the northeastern Leeward Islands on Saturday.

Maximum sustained winds remain near 150 mph with higher gusts. Jose is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Winds Scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are possible for the next day or so, and gradual weakening is expected after that.  Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles. The most recent minimum central pressure reported by an Air Force Hurricane Hunter plane was 940 mb.  

Hurricane Katia: The center of Hurricane Katia was located near latitude 21.1 North, longitude 96.2 West. Katia is moving toward the west near 5 mph and a west-southwestward motion is expected until the system makes landfall within the hurricane warning area by early Saturday.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 105 mph with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next day or so  and Katia could be near major hurricane strength at landfall. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles.  The estimated minimum central pressure is 974 mb.  

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





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

·        Participating in and conducting daily weather calls

·        Received State Emergency Declaration 8/24

·        Supporting EMAC requests for Texas

·        Distributed 470,000 sandbags, 185 tarps, 11,250 bottles of water, and 8,064 MREs



·        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 B

·        As of 5am on 9/1, twelve (12) parishes are now included in the Federal Declaration of Emergency: Allen, Acadia, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Iberia, Jefferson Davis, Natchitoches, Rapides, Sabine, Vermillion and Vernon

·        Parish PDA’s have been requested as follows:

o   PA PDAs: Assumption - requested on 9/5/17; coordinating with the Parish. Beauregard - requested on 09/5/17; scheduled for 09/07/17. Calcasieu – requested on 09/01/17; scheduled for 09/07/17. Cameron – requested on 08/31/17; scheduled for 09/05/17. De Soto – requested on 08/31/17; waiting for flooding to recede.  Jefferson Davis – requested on 08/31/17; waiting for flooding to recede. Sabine – requested on 08/31/17; scheduled for 9/11/17. Vernon – requested on 08/31/17; scheduled for 09/08/17.

o   IA PDAs: Beauregard – requested on 09/05/17; coordinating with the Parish. Calcasieu – requested on 09/01/17; scheduled for 09/05/17. Cameron – requested on 09/01/17; scheduled for 09/08/17. Vernon – requested on 08/31/17; scheduled for 09/06/17.

·        Requested Federal Declaration for Assumption, DeSoto, Lafayette, Lafourche, Plaquemines, Red River, St. Charles and St. Mary



·        Total Rescues: 116 people, 8 pets

o   Texas Evacuation Total – 2,807 People, 39 pets

·        Making preparations to assist and support LA Parish EOC's, State Agencies, and the great citizens of the great state of Louisiana and its neighbors.

·        We are currently at a modified Level 5 manning at the TAC and JOC and monitoring the situation as the storm develops.       



·        Correction: Total rescues by aircraft and vessel in Texas: 87 people

·        Assisted with 200 evacuees from Texas



·        Current shelter security operations status:

o   Alexandria Mega Shelter: Troopers – 4 Day Shift

o   Jewella Shelter: CTNS Operations are complete.

·        Transportation

·        All evacuees in the Jewella Shelter have been transported to Mesquite   and the Jewella Shelter is now closed.  Only 31 Medical Special Needs Evacuees remain in the Alexandria Mega Shelter.  Transportation for this group will begin at 1000 hours 9/7 and will conclude all shelter operations for Hurricane Harvey.



·        All Missions Complete; All TX CB Demobilized; ALL LA Paratransit Demobilized; All LA Rental Vans Demobilized

·        Completed Missions: (2 TX CB, 36 passengers, 4 pets)

o   Alexandria Mega-shelter to Houston NRG:

o   Moved 27 passengers and 4 pets on 1 TX CB

o   Moved 9 passengers and 0 pets on 1 TX CB

·        Miscellaneous:

o   9 TX coach buses Demobilized 9/7

o   3 LA Paratransit Demobilized 9/7

o   All Transportation Operations shut down at Alexandria Mega-shelter



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

·        Planning and coordination with Texas, DCFS, DOTD and GOHSEP for the return of pets to Texas beginning 9/5/17.

·        Logistics coordinating pet carriers and arrangements for pet transport.

·        LSART Veterinary MRC continue health assessments and care for pets in both shelters



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

·        LDEQ personnel continue to oversee the clean-up of a 3-6 barrel oil spill at Britland Oil, LLC in Vinton.  

·        Requested from the EPA a No Action Assurance (NAA) for the Loading of Tank Fuel Trucks at Petroleum Distribution Terminals in Louisiana and a NAA for the Use of Vapor Recovery Systems in Louisiana Related to Hurricane Harvey.



·        The 4 ALPHA teams that have been working in Texas have been released by TPWD. TPWD does not expect to extend the original EMAC requests or enter into new requests with Louisiana at this time.  

·        LDWF conducting SAR operations in Texas – 27 agents, 24 trucks, and 24 boats. As of 7:30 p.m. on 9/2, these personnel and resources have been released by TPWD.

·        LDWF is coordinating with Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for security patrols along Sabine River including agents, boats and trucks

·        As of 9/3/17 6 am LDWF has rescued:

o   Louisiana - 28 people and 2 pets

o   Texas - 1,513 people and 193 pets



·        Assisted the city of Port Arthur setup and run 5 PODS (Points of Distribution) at 5 strategic points in the city. The PODS were setup and citizens of Port Arthur began getting critical supplies.

·        LSA has 34 deputies here and are maintaining a minimum of 16 personnel a shift. Sometimes a few more  depending on what sheriffs send. But a minimum of 16 a shift

·         Captain Carter is continuing the monitoring and education of officials with the newly developed app. Currently 1700 structures have been surveyed with pertinent data being memorialized via the app.

·        New Orleans TF- 1 USAR team demobilized 9/7 and returned home, New Orleans Incident Management Team will demobilize on Thursday am and return to N.O.

·        OSFM is continuing to provide explosive ordinance detection that SFM K9 teams are proving support for EOD sweeps which are being conducted at the regional airport being utilized by dignitaries visiting Southeast Texas at the request of the US Secret Service.



·        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.



·        DCI partnered with LDAF to assemble 116 pet air crates; transported to Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles for pet pickup and transport to the Alexandria Pet Shelter. Assembled by the Dog and Cat Shelter located at DCI

·        DOC providing inmates from Raymond Laborde Correctional Center for custodial support to Alexandria Mega shelter Pet Shelter beginning at 8 am on 9/2

·        Minden Probation & Parole Office will be providing two Officers per shift for security who will be working 12 hour shifts until the specialized shelter is empty

·        DOC will be assisting in casket recover in Lake Charles beginning on 9/2/17

·        The Louisiana State Penitentiary officers assigned to Orange ,TX. have been released. Rescued -4 people, 2 -dogs on this mission.



·        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.  



·        DCFS EOC is back to normal operations. 

·        Alexandria Mega Shelter and Shreveport Jewella shelters are in the process of being reset. 

·        ESF-6 is at a Mass Care Level 2 with 3 Faith Based shelters still open and a population of 71.



·        DHHS has declared a Public Health Emergency in LA

·        Two (2) Federal Medical Stations were pre-staged in Baton Rouge and Federal Liaisons were on-site.  The CDC is retrieving the FMS caches as of 9/2/17.

·        As of 9/7/17 at 10AM , a grand total of 223 Texas patients have been treated in Louisiana Hospitals

·        Home and Community Based Services Waiver Participants • There is continued monitoring of OCDD wavier participants who are currently evacuated as a result of Harvey

·        There are 4 water systems on a Boil Water Advisory due to the storm and 11 water systems have cleared.

·        Pharmacies stopped serving the Jewella and Alexandria shelters on 9/6/2017

·        The American Red Cross has requested support with supplying DME and filling prescriptions for the Acadian VOAD Multipurpose Center (which will be open until 4pm 9/8.)

·        The LDH EOC reports on 9/7/17 at 10 AM that 5 water samples were received for TS Harvey. 

o   Grand total for all Harvey-related testing is 16 samples

o   Lab is prepared to receive and test further samples as needed.  All  necessary supplies and reagents are on hand.

·        As of 9/7/17 at 10am, the LDH EOC reports that Tdap vaccines are en-route to mobile clinic in Region 5

·        DRCs continue to work with area facilities for discharge planning of TX evacuees.

·        R4 staff worked at AVOAD Resource center on 9-7-17. Assisted 34 families. Referred 7 families for WIC. Issued 2 Safe Sleep baby beds. Staff will attend today. Staff is working with ARC and Walgreens to assist families with medical/RX needs.

·        The Calcasieu Parish Coroner’s office reported that they have recovered 14 caskets from Niblett’s Bluff cemetery so far.  There will be between 25-30 caskets recovered and removed from the cemetery.  The cemetery had over 100 damaged graves that do not have exposed caskets. 



·        Feeding mission at Jewella Shelter ended with Dinner meal on 9/6/17

·        Feeding at Alexandria Mega Shelter ended with Lunch meal on 9/7/17 

·        All LWC Mass Feeding Operations are now complete for this incident 

·        Served a total of 35,092 meals at both shelters



·        Deployed 15 ERVs with emergency supplies, water, snacks and recovery information throughout affected Parishes

·        Provided Health and Mental Health Services to affected clients

·        Distribute information to general public on flood safety and re-entry to homes

·        Disaster Mental Health joined ERV teams as they continued to distribute supplies throughout affected Parishes

·        Supported clients and staff through Individual Disaster Care services

·        Communicated the Red Cross Story regarding services provided

·        All Red Cross Shelters Closed as 9/07/17

·        Red Cross supported the Acadiana VOAD Harvey Resource Center with health and mental health services supported by ESF-8 LDH

·        Continued with damage assessment and distribution of emergency supplies in flood affected areas

·        Communicated the Red Cross Story regarding services provided



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

o   Through 9/1, approximately 6,000 meals were served

§  900 of these were sent to Burton Coliseum on 8/30

·        5,000 sandwiches have been provided as of 9/1

§  250 sent to the shelter in Orange, TX on 8/30

·        Have deployed an Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) and 6 canteens (mobile kitchens) and 1 shower trailer to Beaumont, TX. They will be staged in Lake Charles, LA until able to get to Beaumont.



·        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

·        Acadiana VOAD is opening a Harvey Resource Center for evacuees at The Bayou Church at 2234 Kaliste Saloom Road in Lafayette and will be open from Tuesday, September 5 through Friday, September 8, 10 am to 4 pm.

·        Continue to field inquiries and provide information on donations and volunteers

·        Coordinate with FEMA IA at mega shelter to identify and provide assistance for shelter residents needing transportation to Baton Rouge.

·        Regular communication with TX VOAD on coordination and participation on TX VOAD calls to provide situational awareness.



·        The reservoir elevation is 172.00 ft. Msl. The Toledo Bend water releases have changed from 5000 cfs to 200 cfs. 1 spillway gates are open at 0.21 foot. Currently generator # 1 is running 24 hours a day at  7030 cfs. Generator # 2 is currently under repair. Total releases are 7230 cfs.



·        Business Continuity plan has been activated

·        Tier-1 teams have been put on notice

·        Evacuation sites have been reserved

·        Starting to receive small increase in cash orders




ACADIA (Declaration Received)

·        A tornado spotted in Egan heading toward Iota; slight damage to a roof/awning on a home in Egan was reported. Four homes on Riverside Drive reported structural damage to their homes:


ALLEN (Declaration Received)

·        Approximately 100 people and 55 homes; no definite number yet


BEAUREGARD (Declaration Received)

·        Damage Assessments on 8/31; No damages at this time

·        1 SAR mission to rescue 5 men working for Beauregard Electric Cooperative Inc.; tried to go up the Anacoco creek with a strong current and flip both boats over; No injuries 

CALCASIEU (Declaration Received)

·        Flooded areas impacted approximately 5000 people and 2000 houses

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

·        POTUS visited parish 9/2

·        CPSO & LANG search and rescue operations are ongoing for the Sabine River flooding


CAMERON (Declaration Received)

·        2 Reports of Property Damage

o   Flood Damage to camper awning & porch - $5,000

o   Tornado damage to camper and camper awning - $25,000

·        Approximately 50 families are affected by these waters and cannot get home by vehicle. Road closures in that area are in place.


DESOTO (Declaration Received)

·        DeSoto has requested PDA-PA Team for 1 road washout & 1 bridge washout; also for the fire truck loss


IBERIA (Declaration Received)

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


JEFFERSON (Declaration Received)

·        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


ORLEANS (Declaration Received)

·        NOHSEP & ITI launched new NOLA Ready website


PLAQUEMINES (Declaration Received)

·        President Cormier has advised that the levee breach has been closed and only requires some touch up work with additional dirt & clay.  The breach required several barge loads of large rock, small limestone and dirt/clay.    


RAPIDES (Declaration Received)

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

·        Two (2) homes with roof damage from limbs due to winds last night. 

·        Donations site established & being managed by United Way of Central La.


RED RIVER (Declaration Received)

·        Evacuated one family – no shelter required


SABINE (Declaration Received)

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

·        Courthouse Basement has flooded; 2 pumps working

·        EOC took on water; minor damage to records, furniture, supplies & equipment


ST. CHARLES (Declaration Received)

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


ST. MARY (Declaration Received)

·        Six (6) Residents have reported flood damage and roof damage from Harvey; Tarps have been provided by the Parish to those residents with wind/rain damage.


TERREBONNE (Declaration Received)

·        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.


VERMILION (Declaration Received)

·        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


VERNON (Declaration Received)

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

·        Approximately 20 homes flooded in Vernon Lake area. Residents all self-evacuated

·        Vernon Fire District and local churches in the Evans area provided hot meals to residents without power

·        Vernon OEP, SO, and Leesville PD provided water, tarps, and MRE's to some families with immediate needs

·        A 24 hour contact number was established to enable flood victims to contact the OEP Office to report damages or needs: (337) 238-3841


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