News Alert: GOHSEP Severe Weather SITREP October 22, 2017 As of 12:20 PM
Posted: 10/23/2017 11:51:30 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

GOHSEP Severe Weather SITREP

October 22, 2017

As of 12:20 PM


State EOC Activation Level: Crisis Action Team (CAT)

WebEOC Incident: 17-030 Severe Weather — Statewide — Oct22




SITUATION: The cold front tracking across the Mississippi River Valley and Texas will continue to track eastward with some strong to severe storms though today. Please stay tuned to your local National Weather Service for the latest updates.


North Louisiana: Thunderstorms will gradually diminish throughout the remainder of today as a cold front continues to advance on through the region. The threat of gusty northwest winds around 40 mph or higher will continue along the leading edge of a squall line where strongest storms around located just ahead of the cold front. Otherwise, no hazardous weather is expected at this time.


Southwest Central Louisiana:  Widespread showers and thunderstorms are expected across the area today. While the overall risk for severe weather is minimal, some isolated strong to marginally severe storms will be possible. The primary threats will be strong wind gusts and small hail. In addition, storms will be capable of producing occasional cloud to ground lightning and locally heavy rainfall. Minor flooding will also be possible across lower Acadiana where heavy rainfall fell overnight.


Southeast Louisiana: Scattered to numerous thunderstorms are expected today and tonight. Some of the thunderstorms will be capable of producing frequent lightning, periods of torrential rainfall, and strong gusty winds. There is a marginal risk of severe weather, primarily during the afternoon and evening hours. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for portions of east central Louisiana and extreme southwest Mississippi through this afternoon. Additional rainfall amounts of up to one inch are possible.




·        A WebEOC Incident has been created for this event

·        Regional Coordinators are maintaining communications with local and State partners



·        As of 10/22/17 1200, there is 1 ARC shelter open with a population of 12

·        For shelter details, see Shelter Report located in the File Library under ESF-06 (DCFS)



·        Receiving reports of streets and homes flooding in Pointe Coupee area and New Roads area; Parish is evacuating an apartment complex and has requested Red Cross to open a shelter at Scott Civic Center 1200 Major Parkway in New Roads, LA 70760

·        Once shelter is opened, with will be entered into NSS



·        Power outages throughout the State as of 11:00 AM: 61,194

·        Power outage report and map can be found in WebEOC




·        Several trees were blown down across the parish and some power lines were damaged

·        No injuries reported; Only one home reported damaged at this time



·        OEP Directos reporting rapid flooding in low lying areas and are beginning to receive calls for water rescue; 38 people so far, most went to family residences

·        Per Mayor, she has 8 still at the lily pad She has arranged to house at the gym at the Early Learning Center in Clinton if o/n is required. She has a plan to facilitate with local assets.

·        Parish is opening a shelter with 12-18 expected to show up; currently trying to get the city (Clinton) (all homes that may need a shelter are in the city limits) to open a shelter, and will also pursue ARC if needed to assist

·        Bennett Rd and Sholes Lane Bridges were washed out. We have 6 families on Sholes that the local FD are having to walk to find out if they require assistance leaving

·        Consolidated vessel assets with Zachary FD for a total of 5 operating in the Parish

·        Had 1 tree on a car that required extraction but no injuries

·        Public Workd and DOTD are clearing roads and putting out road barriers

·        Local maintenance crews and DOTD are working on closing streets/ highways due to flooding or debris on the roads including US 61 and the EF Parish line, 4 State Highways and 19 local roads

·        As of this time we are not requesting outside assets and are not looking at an activation, anticipating that the waters will recede fairly quickly

·        Entergy in on scene working on downed power lines



·        Received report from Jeanerette Fire Dept. of flooding of ground floor apartments at Southside, 416 Martin Luther King Dr. in Jeanerette; 12 Apartments with 3-4 inches of water In them; All residents had places to go; No shelter needed at this time



·        Receiving calls in the Plaquemine area about trees falling and heavy winds

·        Some sandbags were issued in the Maringouin area last night; 40-50 low income area homes impacted

·        Will submit Emergency Declaration



·        Possible flooding in the Pecan Acres area

·        Parish will submit an Emergency Declaration as a precaution

·        2 Individuals assisted by the Red Cross that received vouchers last night

·        Red Cross opened a shelter for an apartment that is experiencing flooding

·        Local reports of up to 16 inches of rain over the last 24 hours

·        Approximately 100 homes and businesses have some minor flooding  throughout the Parish



·        Report of three (3) homes damaged due to fallen trees; 1 in Cheneyville and 2 in Alexandria

·        Only road closures are temporary until trees are removed; Crews on scene

·        No report of injuries; No shelters activated  



·        OEP reporting some flooding

·        Sheriff conducted a water rescue north west of Easleyville



·        Parish reporting approximately 15 power poles on Hwy 51 (New Road) in LaPlace were cracked and are down due to wind damage  



·        Currently having to conduct water rescues in low lying areas; rain has passed but continue to see a rise in water; 4 People and 1 dog rescued so far



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