News Alert: GOHSEP Severe Weather SITREP February 28, 2018 As of 10:00 AM
Posted: 2/28/2018 10:17:31 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

GOHSEP Severe Weather SITREP

February 28, 2018

As of  10:00 AM


State EOC Activation Level: Level IV (Crisis Action Team)

WebEOC Incident: 18-005 Severe Wx – Statewide – Feb 21

Proclamation Number 37 JBE 2018 State of Emergency – Severe Weather


SITUATION: Rainfall from the Southern Plains to the Ohio Valley has enhanced the threat for additional flash flooding and main stem river flooding across our entire outlook area. Please stay tuned to your local National Weather Service for the latest updates.


North Louisiana: Showers and thunderstorms will be increasing across the area with locally heavy rainfall possible at times with rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches with isolated higher amounts to 4 inches. These rainfall amounts can occur in a short period of time with potential for training showers. Rapid water runoff will result in flash flooding of low lying and poor drainage areas. Periods of additional heavy rainfall will be ending early on Thursday. Dry conditions will prevail into the weekend until the next period of possible wetting rains but with less widespread heavy rainfall Sunday through Monday night.


Southwest/Central Louisiana: Expecting rain showers with a few embedded thunderstorms tonight into Thursday. In addition, minor to major river flooding is continuing on the Red, Calcasieu, and Sabine Rivers.


Southeast Louisiana: Thunderstorms will be possible at times late tonight. A few storms may be strong, but widespread severe weather is not expected. Several area rivers are forecast to rise to over flood stage. Keep updated by checking the latest river flood warnings and statements. Thunderstorms will be possible at times Thursday. A few storms may be strong, but widespread severe weather is not expected.


*All updates to this report will be in red text


State Agencies


·           GOHSEP has activated its Crisis Action Team

·           A WebEOC Incident has been created for this event

·           All Regional Coordinators are maintaining communication with their respective parishes

·           River Taskforce conference calls are ongoing

·           State Emergency Declaration was issued 2/22/18



·           Advises motorists that the LA 177 at the Chemard Lake Bridge, approximately 1.7 miles south of I-49 in DeSoto Parish, is closed effectively immediately due to flooding

·           Preparing for response as needed



·           Utilities have been contacted and will keep PSC updated

·           Currently, SWEPCO does not anticipate any problems based on current forecasts. Entergy expects little impact outside of camp areas.

·           Cleco is expecting some flooding in the low lying parts of Rapides and Grant Parishes, which so far is only causing them to pull 4 meters connected to fishing camps in North Grant Parish.



·        Diamond Jack (Bossier City) their temporary ramp was being modified to accommodate the rising water level.

·        BoomTown (Bossier City) High water plan in place. The lower level of the parking garage is not being used. The ramp was moved to the first deck last Friday evening.

·        Samstown (Shreveport) High water plan in place. The main ramp is out of service. The forward ramp has been modified to accommodate the elevated river level. This occurred Sunday evening. 

·        Horseshoe Casino- High water plan in place. Temporary stairs/ handrails have been stage in case they are needed.

·        Eldorado and Margarita Ville Casino are not affected at this time.



·        LDAF monitoring weather and river forecast for possible agricultural impacts

·        Livestock producers advised to move cattle to higher ground



·        In anticipation of the projected swelling of the Mississippi River, Louisiana State Penitentiary staff and offenders are working alongside the US Army Corps of Engineers to back-fill and reinforce a section of the Mississippi River levee near Angola that has been in repair since November 2017.  The engineers are comfortable with the plan and its implementation and have no concerns at this time. I will continue to update as necessary.   


Parish Actions


·        Reviewing potential impacts with 1st responder agencies and NWS



·        DOTD and Rabb Levee Board are moving large super sacks from DOTD in Alexandria La to the two low spots on the levee in Brouillette Community, this project should be completed on Thursday 03-01-2018.

·        Two roads have been closed in the Grassy Lake WMA due to rising water and being unsafe for travel.

·        EOC is in crisis action from 0730 to 1700hrs Unified Command calls are being done as needed areas of concern the Brouillette Community 1500 residents and 372 structures, but if levee breaches there could be numerous parts of Avoyelles to be affected

·        The major concern as of now due to the rivers being at or above flood stage is possible back water in Northern part of the parish will be monitoring this situation

·        Additional sandbag operations in Fifth Ward, Effie and Brouillette communities began 2/27



·           Minor flooding is in progress, most impacts are limited to parish roads and a few camps

·           The situation on the Sabine River has increased from a moderate flooding event to a major flooding event with the gates at Toledo Bend being open higher. This will cause a higher crests in the Merryville area and south west section of the parish

·           No evacuations ordered, No shelters open (people along the river in past of not come to shelters when open) The degree of the flood still depends on the gates at Toledo Bend.

·           Bundick Lake flooding situation is improving and the lake level is slowly going down



·           Barksdale’s Main Gate (West Gate) has opened the gate near the visitor’s center to divert traffic away from the flooded areas inside the base; The Industrial Gate is currently open to all traffic

·           The Parish is continuing to make sandbags with inmate help, we will be restocking pods this morning , Haughton is half full, rest 2/3rds but while we have time and weather, going to reload now. Hwy Dept will stay open till 6:00 2/27, reopen at 7:00 2/28 as usual.

·           Bossier City Fire Dept. and the Bossier Levee District will be preparing a site with temp electric poles that is close to the Dogwood Bridge over Red Chute Bayou. This area has been used in the past flood events for command and staging. This is being done so that sandbag operations can begin soon as they are needed.

·           The Levee District will be sandbagging low spots along the area known to be close to overtopping during extreme high-water flooding.

·           previous flood fights along the Red Chute the Levee District has identified and surveyed those areas so sandbag placement will be should they be needed.

·           BOHSEP has been in contact with the North Louisiana War Veterans Home concerning the Crest of the Red River.

·           BOHSEP has also been in contact with the VOADS group in our area so they are aware of the situation.

·           No road closures due to high water at this time.

·           A press release was issued by PIO's to make residence aware of the situation.

·           Residents of South Bossier Parish and those near Lake Bistineau should take precautionary measures to move livestock, agricultural equipment and other moveable property to high ground in areas that have previously been impacted by high water.

·           No wake rules are in effect on Lake Bistineau during high water.

·           Residents in the Loggy Bayou area should closely monitor changing conditions on Lake Bistineau.

·           Residents along the Red River in areas that have been flooded in previous years should be on extra alert for rising waters.

·           Some flooding could be expected in low-lying areas of south Bossier Parish and along Lake Bistineau.

·           A flash flood watch could be issued from noon Tuesday until noon Thursday for areas north of Interstate 20. Motorists are asked to exercise caution on wet highways, especially during periods of heavy rains, and to watch for standing waters on roadways.  



·           Some road closures within the Parish, some roads with high water

·           Caddo Parish and City of Shreveport continue to issue sandbags as requested at Caddo Public Works (1701 Monty Street, Shreveport, LA 71101 ) and  City Streets and Drainage Yard (3825 Mansfield Road, Shreveport, LA 71103); approximately 9,000 provided


·        Reviewing potential impacts with 1st responder agencies and NWS



·        Public Works has delivered sand and bags to the local prison and several hundred bags are being readied for the coming two day rainy period

·        The Tensas levee district is operating pumps on Davis and Brown Lakes in Caldwell     



·        2- Parish Roads closed due to flooding damage Vick Rd. Vernie Rd. 4 Parish Roads under water

·        18 flood gates closed by Levee Board in Parish EOC on standby

·        No sandbags to public at this time  



·        All Parish and local officials have been briefed

·        Livingston Parish is providing their sandbag machine for sandbagging operations



·        Incident report from a well location 02/26/18 10:00 : The back of pit eroded possibly due to ongoing rain in area. The breach is causing release of fluids down back side of pit. Much of the area beyond the pit is standing water due to rain.



·        Sandbags operation is in full effect

·        Levee is closed and barricades are being put at all entrances of the levee



·        Sandbagging operations continue.  Currently to date we have made approximately 7000 filled sandbags available to residents.  We currently have 6 sandbag sites in operation that all have empty bags and sand on site in the event of no filled ones available.

·        Several roads have been made impassible and/or closed.  An updated list can be found at

·        GPPJ and inmate crews are working to deliver sand and clear roadways.  As water levels decline, GPPJ crews are checking the integrity of the roadways and making repairs where necessary.

·        Utility outages are marginal to non-existent.  Some water systems are seeing small issues but are being corrected as they occur.

·        The Grant Parish Police Jury has made an executive order to close Iatt Lake to all boat traffic effective immediately due to high water levels.  A copy of this order is in the attachments below



·        About half of the Parish streets flooded, parish reporting damage as water goes down

·        Law enforcement agencies are monitoring and reporting to public works crews placing barricades



·        Sending sandbag machine to Concordia Parish to assist with sandbagging operations



·        Minor flooding in Jones and Beekman areas, also possible in Oak Ridge, flooding in ag fields from Bayou Bartholomew, expected to get worse over the week

·        Some roads are under water



·        27 Parish roads under water, continuing to rise in problem areas, SO patrol will continue

·        Sandbags can be picked up at the City of Natchitoches Public Works Department – 110 Mill Street; approximately 3,000 have been provided

·        State Highways 84, 71 and 126 at Saline Bayou are likely to become inundated with water and will be impassable if flooding occurs.  The Parish is requesting  Super sack Sandbags, Reclaimed Asphalt and equipment to haul and stage materials.  Making these materials readily available will ensure the safety of the citizens



·        Currently, Ouachita Parish has not opened any public sandbag sites.  Some sandbags are on hand if the OPPJ President decides to open a site; Four pallets are currently en route

·        River Styx pump station was started this morning.  2 of the 3 pumps are currently running.  Pump 3 will be started when the Chauvin Basin level allows it to run without cavitation. The station is running well with no leakage issues at this time.  A temporary fix to the slide issue was installed last night. The temp fix is working for now.  If the fix fails, auxiliary pumps WILL be needed.  I will give as much lead time as a possible on an auxiliary pump request.   



·        Red River as of 10:00 hrs. this a.m. within 1-1.5' of backing up into Bayou Rigolette thus requiring the flood gate to be closed.  With continuation of water flowing from the Parishes north of the Rigolette area into the Bayou additional residential flooding is inevitable.

·        Currently, high water in that area has already restricted access to camps & homes.  Livestock has been moved to higher ground by owners.

·        Parish is requesting four (4) 24" pumps, with minimum of 150' of intake & minimum 200' discharge pipe/hose to pump flood waters over the levee from Bayou Rigolette into Red River. See WEBEOC Resource request for specifics.

·        Sand & sand bags have been positioned at two (2) locations in the Rigolette area as well as three (3) other locations for backwater flooding in other areas on that side of Red River.



·        We have placed stakes at the Lafouche and Boeuf River to monitor water levels.  Woolen Lake and Boeuf River has risen approximately 5 inches within a 24 hour period.

·        We have not issued sand bags at this time. We do have sand bags filled and ready to go, at 4 different locations throughout the parish.   



·        No sandbag operations are ongoing, however Parish has 5,000 filled on stand by



·        At this time we currently have 5 roads which still remain closed due to high water,  Flood gates on Lake D'Arbonne have been partially closed.  Lake level currently stands at 82.55 

·        Level is 1.55 feet above full pool of 81.00.  Currently have sandbags stockpiled and available for distribution to general public.   Additional sand is currently stockpiled, inmate capabilities for filling if needed.  Anticipate additional 1.25 inches of rain over course of next 36 to 48 hours.  



·           Approximately 15 Parish roads are inundated; several impassable

·           1 home reported to have flooded in New Llano 2/21 as a result of flash flooding

·           Toledo Bend water releases have changed from 11000 to 22000 CFS. There are currently 11 spillway gates opened at 2 feet.  Currently  generator #1 is running 24 hours a day, at 7450 CFS.  Generator #2 is running 24 hours a day at 5975 CFS.  Total releases are 35425 CFS.


·        The only flooding we have so far has been farm land and wooded areas.  Further rain may change our situation since we have Bayou Macon on the east parish boundary and Boeuf River on our west boundary and Colewa Bayou in the middle and all are full at this time but any heavy rainfall would cause them to  overflow their banks. Only 1 parish road has been closed because of high water.  

·        Sandbags and sand are ready at the Parish Public Works but have had no requests at this time-they are on standby to furnish to the public if necessary


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