News Alert: GOHSEP Severe Weather SITREP March 5, 2018 As of 10:00 AM
Posted: 3/5/2018 10:10:45 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

GOHSEP Severe Weather SITREP

March 5, 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

15 Parish Declarations: Avoyelles, Beauregard, Bossier, Caddo, Calcasieu, Caldwell, Catahoula, Franklin,

Grant, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Rapides, Richland, Webster (1 In Progress: Bienville)


WebEOC Incident: 18-006 Mississippi River Flooding — Statewide — FebMar

Proclamation Number 39 JBE 2018 State of Emergency – River Flooding

6 Parish Declarations: Concordia, East Carroll, Madison, Tensas, Terrebonne, West Feliciana


SITUATION: A number of river forecast points are forecasted to rise above flood stage. A cold front moving through the area Monday will bring additional showers to the area. Please stay tuned to your local National Weather Service and check updates from the latest river flood statements.


North Louisiana:  Showers and isolated thunderstorms are expected today and tonight, as a cold front moves through the region. A few isolated strong storms could become marginally severe with damaging winds and large hail this afternoon and early evening. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms will return by next weekend. However,  no hazardous weather is expected that this time.


Southwest/Central Louisiana: showers and thunderstorms will become more numerous through the afternoon and into the evening ahead of an approaching cold front. A line of thunderstorms will likely accompany the cold front as it moves across the region tonight. There will be a marginal risk of severe weather with thunderstorms today and tonight. The primary threats will damaging winds and possible large hail. In addition, some thunderstorms could produce heavy rainfall with localized amounts of 3 to 4 inches possible.


Southeast Louisiana: A few area rivers are above flood or forecasted to rise to flood levels. Keep updated by checking the latest river flood warnings and statements. A marginal risk of severe weather exists for portions of the area mainly north and west a line stretching from around New Roads in east-central Louisiana to Centreville in Southwest Mississippi as a cold front moves through the area tonight into Tuesday. The remainder of the area has the potential to see some strong thunderstorms develop. The primary threats from any severe thunderstorms is expected to be strong damaging wind gusts and hail. Some locally heavy rainfall of up to 2 inches could also occur over portions of the forecast area tonight into Tuesday, mainly along and north of the Interstate 10 corridor in Southeast Louisiana and South Mississippi. Localized flooding of low lying and poor drainage areas could occur due to this locally heavy rainfall.


*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 for the Severe Weather Event

·           State Emergency Declaration was issued 3/1/2018 for the River Flooding Event



·           Please note that the Carrollton gage will be rising to 15' on Monday, 4 March 2018. Please continue to work with your local stakeholders to resolve issues and continue working with your local parishes on emergency repairs and coordinate all efforts with our EOC office ph:504-862-1102.

·           The Mississippi River is currently 12.99' at Carrollton and 51.81' at Red River Landing. The Atchafalaya River is 4.65' at Morgan City and 32.88' at Simmesport. We are currently in Phase 1 Flood Fight operations on all 10 Mississippi River Sectors and 2 lower Atchafalaya Sectors.

·           There are currently 65 inspection sites across the system. There are 4 medium priority stockpile points. The remaining points consist of 17 slides, 8 seepage points, and 36 other low priority sites.

·           Based on the current forecast, there is a possibility that the Bonnet Carre' Spillway will be operated and there is no requirement to operate Morganza Control Structure. We anticipate initiating pre-operational procedures at the Bonnet Carre' Spillway.

·           The EOC is activated at level II (0700-1730 daily). There are currently 59 personnel consisting of 15 office and 44 field personnel. Current total FCCE funding is $25,000. To date we have provided 50,000 small sandbags and 45 rolls of poly.



·        The LANG Tactical Awareness Center (TAC) is monitoring the situation and is standing by to assist LA state agencies and parishes

·        The TAC is manned in a steady state status but members can be reached by GOHSEP staff 24/7 by phone



·        The EOC is engaged with other LSP sections, GOHSEP, and other public safety partners.

·        Our Troop operations are in communication with our state, parish, and local law enforcement partners and DOTD to ensure situational awareness, timely sharing of information and readiness of resources.

·        LSP Gaming Troopers are monitoring the river heights and conducting hourly inspections on the ramps and facility grounds to ensure that the safety of the patrons and employees is not at risk. Continues to coordinate with the three Baton Rouge riverboat casinos in the Mississippi. LSP Gaming Troopers will continue working closely with each property to ensure the safety of their employees, public and the industry are maintained.  The riverboat staff advised to monitor their moorings, egress routes and follow their high water plans.     



·        DOTD continues to monitor water levels & are actively engaged in prepositioning resources in several parishes, for local levee districts. These resources are to be deployed to augment levee systems in areas that have experienced overtopping of flooding in past events.

·        Currently supporting missions for Terrebonne & Concordia parishes

·        All DOTD districts throughout the state are standing by to assist in flood fight operations as needed.  



·        Entergy's mutual assistance contingent, some 200 Louisiana employees and contractors are on their way to help restore power along the East Coast following the path of the storm. The crews and support personnel are making their way to help customers of PECO Energy Company in Pennsylvania and FirstEnergy Corp. in New Jersey as soon as it is safe to do so. These personnel were drawn from work groups around the state, leaving enough personnel here to manage local needs.   



·        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



·        LDWF/LED is coordinating with Webster Parish to provide assistance with monitoring/enforcing the "no wake" order on Lake; Assistance is currently being provided during regular patrols and as needed. 

·        LDWF/LED point of contact is Capt. Richie McCarthy/318-453-2967



·        The Louisiana State Penitentiary staff and offenders are working alongside the US Army Corps of Engineers to complete the sandbagging and back-fill of the section of levee that has been in repair since November. This is expected to be completed this P.M.

·        Reinforcing and sandbagging has been completed for the initial section of the levee near Angola. All efforts have been redirected to the levee slide; approximately 3000 sandbags were places on the levee slide and efforts are continuing this morning.

·        So far, 23 trucks of clay, approximately 40,000 sandbags and  plastic sheeting (visqueen) were provided by Corp of Engineers. 

·        Louisiana State Penitentiary  has purchased and used 25 truckloads of sand so far and have ordered 10 more



·        We have notified all critical healthcare facilities to report any impacts on operations to ESF 8 through Mstat. We are also working with several large hospital groups on plans for potential impacts.



·        Continue to participate in Parish OEP briefings, send out preparedness messages and hold Region Leadership calls, continue to mobilize local volunteers


Parish Actions


·        Parish set up to locations for citizens to get sand and bags; One in Kinder and one in Oberlin; WLF is aware of situation and is on standby



·        Sandbag operations in Fifth Ward, Effie and Brouillette communities began 2/27; 300 sandbags have been distributed in Avoyelles for residential use

·        DOTD and RRABB Levee Board completed mission hauling super sacks on the Brouillette Levee; 142 Super Sacks , 2 rolls of plastic and 48 Cubic yards of sand  for small sand bags

·        Raymond Laborde Correction center has filled over 7000 small sand bags to be placed in between the super sacks, they will provide offender labor to put these in place this morning  



·        Lake Bistineau may back up into a few camps, otherwise no issues



·        The Sabine River basin continues to improve and is under a minor flood stage warning.

·        Merryville: This area has went from moderate to minor flood stage and the level is 32.24 and falling.

·        South west area (Fields): is in minor flood stage with a level of 25.75 with a slow fall.



·           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

·           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.

·           Bossier Levee District and the Bossier City are addressing the Red Chute Levee problem areas. Places identified along the levee are having dump truck loads of sandbags dropped for staging at that point so when the rain comes and if the waters continue to rise sandbag operations will run more efficiently. Sandbag placement is being supervised by Levee Board personnel trained to lay sandbags. 

·           Bossier City Fire Department has established on site command post as well as an EMS Station. 

·           I spoke to Corps of Engineers at Bodcau they have 2 slides in same  area good ways away from the dam structure on the lake side and are addressing those. They have some seepage on the land side of the structure due to elevated water conditions at that structure and are addressing that issue.

·           No Wake Zone is in effect for the Lake and enforced by LDWF.

·           We are more resilient from previous high water events and floods, we have had 3 more USGS Gauges put in place to help us monitor the water flowing through our parish to help gauge the water levels so we can determine backwater flooding issues. Also within our parish has purchased equipment ( boats, High water vehicles ) that are standing by should they be needed.



·        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



·        Monitoring Sabine and Calcasieu River; Parish is Closing parts of the Calcasieu River due to high levels

·        Held Weather Briefing for First Responders



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

·        Public works continues to stockpile  by ordering 10 eighteen wheeler loads of sand.  Two sand bag machines on hand are ready to go with 25,000 sandbags in stock.  



·        Minor flooding has occurred in the low lying areas through the Parish.

·        Tensas Basin Levee District has closed 28 flood gates in the Parish.

·        Levee District plans to close Glenn Ditch Drainage Structure at Jonesville, La when river level  reaches 49 ft. MSL.  now at 46.8 ft. This action will stop the flow of wastewater from the Town of Jonesville into the Little River and wastewater will have to be pumped over levee.

·        DOTD Ferry on Hwy 559 reduced operation hours to 6:00 a.m. to 6:30 due to high water levels on the Ouachita River.

·        No Sandbagging operations ongoing, Parish has bags and sand available if needed  



·        Livingston Parish is providing their sandbag machine for sandbagging operations

·        The revised forecast of 57' at the Natchez gauge 02-28-18, the Town of Vidalia has requested assistance in securing water wells. 

·        Will make a request for temporary flood barriers; Requested 65 15lf sections of Hesco Baskets for flood protection on water wells

·        Sand bagging operations will start possibly Thursday afternoon or Friday morning, or as needed.



·        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.



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

·        Public Works and Sheriff’s Office have teamed up to do sandbags and we have delivered them to two different locations

·        The Mississippi River levee is closed to all traffic



·        No major issues at this time. Turkey Creek is flooding but no impact. Boeuf River is also flooding with the impact being several thousand acres of farm land. No structures are affected.

·        Sandbags on hand if needed



·        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

·        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

·        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

·        The earthen dam at Bayou Rigolette has begun to deteriorate.  It has breached about 50 feet.  This happened in 2015 also and measures to stop it were unsuccessful, which many believe this will still be the case.  This will affect the Rigolette community in Rapides parish and southwestern Grant Parish.  The breach will be repaired when the bayou returns to normal levels.

·        Sandbagging operations have ceased for the time being but crews are on standby and each location has numerous bags available.

·        Roads are slowly opening as water recedes.  Little River has begun to fall after cresting yesterday.  



·        The Jackson Parish Police Jury road barn has sand and bags if or when they are needed

·        Caney Lake in Jackson Parish is beginning to come close to flooding houses. We are keeping a close eye on this situation.

·        The gates on Caney cannot be opened due to being welded shut under water. There are questions on who welded them shut and why. It would have had to have taken place during construction.

·        They have plenty of sandbags on hand; Public Works is on standby in case they get requests for sandbags



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

·        No issues with flooding; ample supply of sandbags available



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



·        Levee traffic in the parish has been halted by request of the 5th Levee District

·        No flooding issues at this time

·        The Mississippi River levee is closed to traffic at the request of the Levy District



·        Minor flooding in Jones and Beekman areas, also possible in Oak Ridge

·        There are no major issues at this time. The water level at the bridge at Hwy 425 has started to come down. water from Bayou Bartholomew  has come over the road at Jones, La. and the Parish is  putting High Water signs out. Lake Bartholomew is coming down. Bayou Bartholomew and is scheduled to crest on the 6th of March. They have no flooding issues right now and don’t anticipate them unless they get a lot of rain.



·        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



·        No open public sandbag sites; Some sandbags are on hand if the OPPJ President decides to open a site

·        River Styx pump station temporary fix is still holding.  All 3 pumps are running at full capacity.   All Pumping Stations on line and pumping.

·        The City of Monroe completed a 1500 ft. Hesco basket wall to protect about 300 homes

·        Some sandbagging ongoing in low places

·        They have one water system, Prairie Water System that is close to getting water in it. the parish will assist with sandbagging if necessary. They have one road that is about to close and that is part of Finks Hideaway Road.


·        Red River 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.

·        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 do have approximately 10, 000 sand bags filled and ready to go, at 4 different locations throughout the parish; We are currently handing out sandbags for residents North of Girard due to the rising of Lafouche

·        Lafouche has caused a threat at our Richland Parish Detention Center. We are currently sandbagging around the sewage system. In 2016 the Lafouche flooded the sewage system at the DC and we were left with no choice but to evacuate.



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



·        Mississippi River inundated roads on east side of levee-expected; May have to sandbag road crossings as they are the lowest point in the old levee system as we did in January , 2016--our sandbag supply is less than 1000

·        The Mississippi will crest for them around the 14th and the 18th. The Mississippi River will inundate and flood roads on the east side of the levee. The Parish expects to have to sandbag road crossings over the levee like they had to do in January 2016. These roads and crossing are at the lowest point of the old levee system.



·        Currently have sandbags stockpiled and available for distribution to general public; Additional sand is currently stockpiled, inmate capabilities for filling if needed; distributed approximately 3,000 sandbags predominately around the Lake area

·        They had to move 100 head of cattle to high ground. They are fine as long as they don't get a lot of rain at once.



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

·           The reservoir elevation is at 172.16 ft. Msl.  Toledo Bend water releases have changed from 11000 to 5000 cfs. There are currently 5 spillway gates opened at 1 feet.  Currently  generator #1 is running 24 hours a day, at 7780 cfs.  Generator #2 is running 24 hours a day at 66.30 cfs.  Total releases are 19410 cfs.


·        With Lake Bistineau now at 145’ and forecasted to remain at this level for several days, we have a few homes with encroaching water and many more with no access.

·        We are issuing a NO Wake Order on the Lake and will be requesting that WLF enforce this order, which is in conjunction with Bienville and Bossier parishes.   



·        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

·        They have no flooding issues at this time unless they get substantial rain at one time. They do have low lying farm land that look like big lakes, but there are no homes or camps affected. Poverty Point Park is not having any issues at this time but could have some cave-ins when water recedes



·        Multiple road closures  are occurring in low lying areas along the river; More closures expected as rise continues

·        Working closely with La State Penitentiary at Angola on preparations and plans should crest be extended upward of projected 60ft. at Red River Landing



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