News Alert: GOHSEP DAILY OPERATIONAL REPORT 14 October 2011
Posted: 10/17/2011 8:37:59 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center
 

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


1. TROPICAL WEATHER UPDATE:

As of 1330 hours 14 October 2011, the NWS/NHC is reporting on the tropical features listed below.  These systems will not pose a threat to Louisiana

 

A small surface lo is located about 350 miles west of Bermuda moving toward the northeast at about 15 to 20 mph. This system has a 0 (zero) percent chance for development as upper level wind become less conducive for development and it merges with a frontal system in the next day or so.

 

Disorganized showers and thunderstorms over the northwestern Caribbean Sea are associated with a broad low pressure area. Some slow development of this system is possible as it drifts toward the northwest and this system has a 20 percent chance for development.

 

A tropical wave is southwest of the Cape Verde Islands from 13N26W to 7N29W moving west at 7-12 mph.

 

A tropical wave is in the central tropical Atlantic from 18N44W to 10N48W moving near 17 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.

 

Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) Vicksburg continues to consider drawing down from 65 to 64 feet and has drafted the Environmental Assessment.  The Assessment will be distributed tomorrow for comments and feedback and a final decision will be made next week.  Felsenthal Dam maintains a current flow on the Ouachita River of 300cfs as of today.  At this rate, Graphic Packaging (GP) is able to maintain a 25 percent production rate.  

A one foot draw down should yield up to 500cfs which would increase GPs production.  GP will begin water testing to maximize discharge starting tomorrow (Friday). 

 

Entergy continues to expect to start a drawdown of lakes Hamilton and Catherine on 05 November, 2011 (travel time to Felsenthal is 10 days)

Current flow data will be available online at http://www.mvk.usace.army.mil/

 

Power:

In many cases, the slower river current can cause stagnation of the river allowing backflow from the discharge structure.  Without some downstream flow, the cooling water would be re-circulated back through the intake system and cause a compounding effect potentially affecting unit operation. 

Any loss of generation from the North Louisiana power plants at this time of year would be offset by rerouting generation from other Entergy facilities or purchased power from the market. 

 

Drinking Water:

The City of Monroe estimates that as of today they have a minimum of 60-90 day supply of available potable water.  The Ouachita River is not expected to be used for drinking water by the City of Monroe

 

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

 

LA DEQ: 

Continues to monitor water quality through testing

Maintaining contact with all Permit holders in affected area to address any concerns. 

Working with facilities to create contingency plans to work under less than normal conditions. 

 

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 cfs levels and projections and working to increase the flow

Will provide the requested Environmental Assessment information to ACOE Vicksburg

 

DNR:

No inland rigs depend on Ouachita River for water

 

DOTD:

Monitoring bridge crossings for low water affects

No Ferry Operations have been affected by low water levels

 

PSC:

No impacts expected for power companies

 

LANG:

Continues to monitor situation and prepared to support

 

LED:

Conducted an Economic Impact study resulting in the following:

A maximum of 1,861 Employees with a Gross Payroll of $101,836,000.00 COULD potentially be affected if a full shutdown occurred of the 10 directly affected businesses along 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 through Monday is forecasted to be sunny to mostly sunny during the day and clear to mostly clear at night. Tuesday has a 20 percent chance for daytime thunderstorms improving to partly cloudy at night.

Temperatures: Today: 84/51, Saturday: 86/57, Sunday: 87/61, Monday: 87/64, Tuesday: 85/53.

HAZARDOUS WEATHER:  No hazardous weather reported.

 

SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA: Today through Monday is forecasted to be sunny during the day and clear to mostly clear at night. Tuesday has a slight chance for daytime showers improving to partly cloudy at night.

Temperatures: Today: 84/54, Saturday: 86/58, Sunday: 88/65, Monday: 87/68, Tuesday: 83/56.

Hazardous Weather:  no hazardous weather is anticipated at this time for today.

 

A strong cold front will push through the region Tuesday. After the passage of this cold front winds will quickly shift to the north-northwest and rapidly increase to 25 to 30 knots. Gusts will be well into gale force and could be frequent enough to warrant the issuance of a gale watch late this weekend for the time frame of Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday morning.

  

CENTRAL LOUISIANA: Today through Monday is forecasted to be sunny to mostly sunny during the day and clear to mostly clear at night. Tuesday has a 20 percent chance for daytime thunderstorms improving to partly cloudy at night.

Temperatures: Today: 84/51, Saturday: 86/55, Sunday: 87/60, Monday: 87/63, Tuesday: 83/49.

HAZARDOUS WEATHER:  No hazardous weather reported.

 

NORTHERN LOUISIANA: Today through Monday is forecasted to be sunny to mostly sunny during the day and mostly clear at night except for a 30 percent chance for thunderstorms Monday night. Tuesday has a 30 percent chance for daytime thunderstorms improving to mostly cloudy at night.

Temperatures: Today: 84/54, Saturday: 87/57, Sunday: 88/62, Monday: 88/63, Tuesday: 77/45.

HAZARDOUS WEATHER:  No hazardous weather reported.

 

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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