News Alert: GOHSEP Severe Weather SITREP March 6, 2018 As of 10:00 AM
Posted: 3/6/2018 11:36:28 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

GOHSEP Severe Weather SITREP

March 6, 2018

As of 10:00 AM


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

WebEOC Incident: 18-006 Flooding — Statewide — FebMar


SITUATION: A number of river forecast points are forecasted to rise above flood stage. A cold front moved through the area Monday bringing 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: The Flood Warning continues for Bayou Dorcheat until further notice. Do not drive vehicles through flooded waterways. Use caution when walking near flooded riverbanks. Do not try to wade or swim in flooded rivers or bayous. No severe weather is expected at this time.


Southwest/Central Louisiana: There will be a chance for lingering thunderstorms and showers through late morning as a cold front continues to exit the region. An area of low pressure is expected to move through the area Saturday resulting in a chance for showers and thunderstorms.


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.


*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



·        There are currently 79 inspection sites across the system. There are 4 medium priority stockpile points and 1 medium priority sliding point. The remaining points consist of 16 slides, 15 seepage points, and 43 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 I (24 hours, daily).



·        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 had four poles go down during the bad weather due to saturated ground and packed high winds.  This ultimately caused a substation breaker to trip and approximately 7,400 customers were without power between Airline Hwy and Lafreniere Park along David Drive.

·        Crews will continue work to perform field switching in order to isolate the customer outages to the area around the four downed poles and expect to have the overwhelming majority of customers restored before 10am.  There will be a handful of customers that will remain without power while the poles are replaced. 

·        As of 0900, there were around 2,255 outages remaining. Those are still concentrated down in the SE part of the state in Jefferson (543) and Orleans (725) Parishes. East Baton Rouge still has 297 out as well.



·        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



·        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



·        Assumption Parish has filed a State of Emergency due to threat of flooding in the next few weeks.  The parish is keeping local officials updated and updating the residents through the parish's Facebook page.  The parish has three self-serve sand sites set up for the residents so they can prepare for high water. 

o   Belle River Ballpark

o   Pierre Part Bay Bridge (N Curtis @ LA-70

o   Bayou Crab Road (LA-400 @ LA 401



·        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



·           City and Levee District operations continued today along the Red Chute Bayou at Dogwood Trail.

·           Bodcau Lake will crest to 199 elevation on March 20 and so will Red Chute Bayou at Dogwood trail will crest the same day at 22 feet or 164.93 elevation. The Red Chute Bayou upstream diverter installed north of the Dogwood Bridge by the Corps has not been operated yet but will be opened to 25 percent at the 164 water elevation at the Dogwood Bridge.(This is done by the Levee District using Corps of Engineers Guidance developed during the construction of the upstream diverter).

·           Red River has crested in Bossier / Shreveport, Lake Bistineau and High Island has crested. Currently no reports of housing flooded in south Bossier Parish or Bossier side of Lake Bistineau. However there was low lying land flooding in south Bossier Parish and Lake Bistineau.

·           With the high River conditions from the release of upstream water to the Red, the elevated Red Chute and Dorcheat Bayous, Our parish is watching the future amounts and locations forecast for rain that will impact our parish.

·           City and Parish public works are still making sandbags as needed.

·           Bossier Parish will be spraying for mosquitoes during the break in the rain.

·           Public Boat Launches on the Red River are still closed.

·           On Lake Bistineau there is an automatic NO WAKE ZONE in effect, this was done at the water elevation of the lake at 144 elev.

·           Bossier Sheriff Office and South Bossier Fire District 2 continues to monitor South Bossier conditions for any back water flooding issues.   



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

·        We used 230,000 sandbags at that time; We have two sandbag machines and 20 eighteen wheeler loads of sand ready for bagging; Prison labor and  All preparations have been made



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

·        Local Government Officials have been updated of water levels.

·        Local Rivers levels continue to rise in non-protected areas in the Parish.

·        Livestock being relocated from low-water areas, Oil and Gas Operators have been shutting down operations.

·        Tensas Basin Levee Board has closed 35 drainage structures in the Parish.

·        Town of Jonesville has begun pumping operations at Glenn Ditch Structure.

·        USCOE currently pumping at Ha-Ha and Fool River pumping stations.

·        6 Parish Roads underwater, 1 Parish Road closed, DOTD has closed part of Hwy 3102 due to water over roadway, DOTD Ferry on Hwy 559 still has reduced hours. LDWF has closed Hunt Rd. south of Diversion Canal due to water on road.



·        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.



·        Prestaging assets as needed in certain areas

·        EBR Parish is currently filling sandbags

·        MOHSEP has requested a loan, via WebEOC, of 100 Linear feet of Hesco baskets from DOTD, ESF-3. EBR Parish officials anticipate the need to deploy the Hesco baskets along a low area at Main Street and River Road in Downtown Baton Rouge near the IBM Building.



·        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



·        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



·        We had flash flooding inside the city of Bastrop yesterday evening with the heavy down pour. A few house got water inside unknown at this time of how many.

·        We have a few roads that are under water from Bayou Bartholomew flooding in Jones. This will effect some people getting to and from there houses.   



·        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



·        Two sandbag sites began operation today at 1400 hrs. One site is in Monroe and the other is in West Monroe.   All of the pumps at River Styx are operating.  Several roads in low areas are flooded. The Styx pumps are slowly dropping the Basin level.   

·        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.


·        They are monitoring the levees and are in contact with USACE and Atchafalaya Levee District

·        The only road closures are inside of the levee areas at Old River; This effects the camps in those camp grounds; Pointe Coupee Electric has shut all electricity off to those camps

·        No slides or boils at this time



·        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.



·        The Bonnet Carre' Spillway Road (from Norco to Montz -SE12) has been closed until further notice due to water moving across the road



·        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.


·        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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