News Alert: GOHSEP DAILY OPERATIONAL REPORT 12 October 2011
Posted: 10/12/2011 4:06:37 PM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center
 

News Alert: GOHSEP DAILY OPERATIONAL REPORT 12 October 2011

Posted: 10/12/2011 4:06:37 PM

Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center


 

GOHSEP DAILY OPERATIONAL REPORT
12 October 2011
As of:  1530 Hours
STATE EOC ACTIVATION LEVEL: Level 4 (Normal operations)


1. TROPICAL WEATHER UPDATE:

As of 0805 hours 12 October 2011, the NWS/NHC is reporting on the tropical features listed below.  These systems will not pose a threat to Louisiana


 A Tropical wave is off the coast of West Africa along 18W south of 15N drifting west.

 


A Tropical wave is in the east Caribbean along 65W66W south of 18N moving west near 12 mph.


More information can be accessed from The National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

2. STATE WIDE EVENTS:

OUACHITA RIVER LOW WATER SITUATION

WebEOC Incident 036-11 Ouachita River Low Water Level – October 2011


Lower than normal rainfall amounts, compounded by a projection for continued lack of any significant rainfall, is causing low water levels along the Ouachita River in Northeast Louisiana. Due to this situation the potential impact on wildlife, river safety, and industrial/business operations is being planned for.  


Conference calls have been conducted, and will continue to be conducted, with the Governor’s Office, key State officials, and the agencies listed below.


The following is a current status and actions being taken by the agencies listed in response to this situation.


GOHSEP:

Host conference calls between state agencies and Army Corp of Engineers

GOHSEP Regional Coordinator working with local entities in the affected region

Maintaining situational awareness through WebEOC for all state agencies

Contacted LA Workforce Commission and Economic Development making them aware of potential economic impacts caused by business closures

 

LA DEQ: 

Continues to monitor water quality through testing

Maintaining contact with all Permit holders in affected area to address any concerns.  DEQ reports that most facilities do not have a contingency plan for low water


DHH:

Continues to work with potentially impacted communities to advise them of the current situation and to recommend water conservation measures 


 

LDWLF:

Monitoring river levels for potential impacts and boater safety

No waterfowl wildlife (migratory birds) impacts are expected

Will notify state and local officials of any abnormalities


OCPR:

Staying in contact with ACOE Vicksburg to monitor current river levels and projections and working to increase the flow


DNR:

No inland rigs depend on Ouachita River for water


DOTD:

Monitoring bridge crossings for low water affects


PSC:

No impacts expected for power companies


ARMY COPRS OF ENGINEERS, VICKSBURG:

Taking actions and researching options to maintain the current flow on the Ouachita River.  

 

 

 STATEWIDE PARISH BURN BANS / DROUGHT 2011:

WebEOC Incident 010-11 Statewide Parish Burn Ban

 

 

Cease and Desist on Outdoor Burning:

Due to the extremely dry conditions in certain Parishes within the state, State Fire Marshal, H. Butch Browning and, Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner, Mike Strain have issued a cease and desist order for all private burning, pursuant to authority under R.S. 40:1563.  Private burning shall only be allowed by permission of the local fire department or local government.


This order was effective as of 0900 Hours, August 24, 2011, and shall remain in effect until rescinded for the following Louisiana parishes: Allen, Acadia, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Calcasieu, Caldwell, Cameron, Catahoula, Claiborne, Desoto, Evangeline, Grant, Jackson, Jefferson Davis, LaSalle, Lincoln, Natchitoches, Pointe Coupee, Ouachita, Rapides, Red River, Sabine, St. Landry, Union, Vermillion, Vernon, Webster and Winn

                                                    

The following parishes have a current Parish State of Emergency Declaration on file with GOHSEP:

Natchitoches

Bossier

Caddo

Sabine


The following parishes had Parish State of Emergency Declaration on file with GOHSEP for this incident:

Allen

Vermilion


National Weather Service Drought Assessment Graphic:

http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/expert_assessment/drought_assessment.shtml

 


Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Burn Ban Graphic:

http://www.ldaf.state.la.us/portal/Portals/0/FOR/publications/forest%20fire/laburnban.pdf


Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Stain, D.V.M., said the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry has installed a new emergency hotline phone system to better serve the public.  “We are here to protect the consumer,” Strain said. “Remember; call the LDAF for any emergency involving agriculture, pesticides, and wildfire detection and suppression. The number is 1-855-452-5323.” This hotline will be manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

 

 

3. LOUISIANA WEATHER:

SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA: Today has a 20-30 percent chance for thunderstorms throughout the day. Thursday through Sunday are forecasted to be sunny during the day and mostly clear at night.

Temperatures: Today: 87/69, Thursday: 86/57, Friday: 83/57, Saturday: 85/61, Sunday: 85/64.

HAZARDOUS WEATHER:  There is a chance of showers and thunderstorms later today and tonight ahead of an approaching cold front. Although the risk of widespread severe weather is low, isolated severe thunderstorms producing large hail and/or damaging winds cannot be completely ruled out, especially over east Texas and into central Louisiana.


The cold front will move through the area late tonight into early Thursday, which will bring an end to any showers and thunderstorms. Dry weather is expected in the wake of the front for the rest of the week and into the weekend, with a small change of rain returning on Tuesday in association with another front forecast to affect the area. 

 


SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA: Today and Wednesday will be sunny during the day and the evening having a 20 percent chance for showers.  Thursday through Sunday are forecasted to be sunny during the day and clear to mostly clear at night.

Temperatures: Today: 87/64, Thursday: 83/56, Friday: 82/56, Saturday: 85/58, Sunday: 85/60.

Hazardous Weather:  There is a slight chance for thunderstorms this afternoon across extreme southwest Mississippi and east central Louisiana around and north of Baton Rouge. A weather system will approach the outlook area this afternoon. Warm afternoon temperatures this afternoon and the close proximity of the weather system will create a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.


The same weather system is expected to track east and push across the outlook area tonight. The threat of thunderstorms will slightly increase this evening and overnight. While the main dynamics of this system will remain north of the outlook area, one or two storms may produce very strong wind gusts up to 40 miles an hour mainly across east central Louisiana and southern Mississippi tonight.

  

CENTRAL LOUISIANA: Today has a 30 percent chance for thunderstorms throughout the day. Thursday through Sunday are forecasted to be sunny during the day and mostly clear at night.

Temperatures: Today: 87/64, Thursday: 84/52, Friday: 82/53, Saturday: 85/52, Sunday: 86/56.

HAZARDOUS WEATHER:  There is a chance of showers and thunderstorms later today and tonight ahead of an approaching cold front. Although the risk of widespread severe weather is low, isolated severe thunderstorms producing large hail and/or damaging winds cannot be completely ruled out, especially over east Texas and into central Louisiana.


The cold front will move through the area late tonight into early Thursday, which will bring an end to any showers and thunderstorms. Dry weather is expected in the wake of the front for the rest of the week and into the weekend, with a small change of rain returning on Tuesday in association with another front forecast to affect the area. 

 


NORTHERN LOUISIANA: Today has a 50 percent chance for thunderstorms during the day with a decrease to 30 percent in the evening. Thursday through Sunday is forecasted to be sunny during the day and mostly clear at night.

Temperatures: Today: 87/62, Thursday: 85/52, Friday: 85/53, Saturday: 87/55, Sunday: 86/59.

Hazardous Weather:   Occasional showers and thunderstorms will return to the area this morning and linger into tonight. This activity is forming ahead of a cold front that will enter the area later this afternoon. A few thunderstorms may become severe. However the focus for severe activity will be mainly in the afternoon, producing hail and straight line damaging winds. Rainfall amounts will typically be less than a quarter of an inch across much of the area, with isolated amounts up to a half inch or more generally north of I-30.

 


4. HAZMAT: None

5. FIRE: None

6. MEDICAL: None

7. NTAS (National Terrorist Advisory System): Currently there are no active alerts.

For more information go to following link; http://www.dhs.gov/files/programs/ntas.shtm.

8. CHEMICAL, BIOLOGICAL, RADIOLOGICAL, NUCLEAR, EXPLOSIVE: None




 

 

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