News Alert: GOHSEP Severe Weather SITREP October 22, 2017 As of 5:00 PM
Posted: 10/23/2017 11:52:22 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

GOHSEP Severe Weather SITREP

October 22, 2017

As of 5:00 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 have gradually diminish throughout the day as a cold front advances through the region. 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.


*** All updates to this report will be in red text



·        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 statewide down to 28,506 as of 15:00 on 10/22/2017; outage report and map uploaded in WebEOC

·        Restoration estimated to be complete throughout most of the state by this evening. Areas with structural damage should be restored by tomorrow morning. Entergy is reporting poles down in many areas, and attached is a picture from the Reserve area showing what they are dealing with.   



·        DOTD is coordinating operations with East Feliciana, West Feliciana and Pointe Coupe parishes concerning roadway closures due to high water and downed trees. Several roadways are reported to have been reopened, including LA-10.

·        LA 61 remains closed at Thompson Creek due to flooding until further notice.

·        Crews will continue to patrol and respond to requests from parishes as needed. For updated road closure information, please refer to   



·        Jackson:  Several road closures in area.

·        Jennings:  The facility generator ran for 5 minutes as the home temporarily lost power. Power has been restored and the facility is at normal operation mode. The building and grounds did not receive damage.





·        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.

·        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 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

·        Parish has shut down emergency operations; No change on rescue numbers

·        Made contact with the 6 residents on Sholes Lane and informed them the parish would begin emergency repairs with an estimated 36 hour time to complete; They all preferred to remain at home instead of be evacuated

·        The parish EOC has not received any requests for overnight shelter assistance at this time



·        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

·        Numerous trees and power poles down



·        Several trees down on roadways

·        Two homes had trees fall on them

·        29335 James Chapel Road - power lines involved, DEMCO notified, given tarp(s)

·        17384 Oak Ridge Road - tree hit home and vehicle, given tarp(s)

·        LOHSEP has received reports that the Amite River in St. Helena is about to come out of its banks; continuing to monitor river levels to determine if closures are needed



·        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

·        LA-413 bridge over discharge bayou is closed to all traffic due to damage to bridge support system.

·        Still large amounts of water in the New Roads area. Drainage systems are near capacity.  



·        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  



·        OHSEP reports earlier water rescue was two occupants of a truck that tried to drive through swift water crossing Pipkin Rd.  

·        No injuries or fatalities.  No reports of homes flooded.



·        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

·        Emergency Declaration signed and uploaded to WebEOC

·        Approximately 6 bridges damages, 1 bridge lost completely

·        Damage assessments ongoing as weather permits

·        Numerous water lines damaged

·        1 home received 4 ft. water requiring swift water rescue of 2 people and 1 dog

·        Other homes sustained minor flooding



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