News Alert: GOHSEP SPECIAL EVENTS REPORT AS OF 2300 HOURS 22 AUGUST 2012
Posted: 8/23/2012 8:53:25 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center


GOHSEP SPECIAL EVENTS REPORT



AS OF 2300 HOURS 22 AUGUST 2012



STATE EOC ACTIVATION LEVEL:
CRISIS ACTION TEAM



 



GOHSEP is currently monitoring and involved in the following
significant events:



 



Monitoring tropical weather



 



031-12 Bayou Corne Natural Gas Leak 19 June 2012



 



040-12 Low Water Levels, East Carroll Parish (Lake
Providence) 31 July 2012



 



042-12 Mississippi River Salt Water Intrusion Southeast
Louisiana 7 August 2012.



 



045-12 Boil Water Advisory,
Natchitoches Parish (Campti) 21 August 21012



 



046-12 HAZMAT Traffic Accident,
East Baton Rouge Parish 22 August 2012



 



Sunken Tug Boats Orleans Parish (New Orleans) 18 August 2012



 



The State EOC is currently activated at CRISIS ACTION TEAM
level and will remain activated until further notice.



 



Additional information can be obtained on the links provided
below and on WebEOC.



 



An updated report will be
submitted on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays unless additional reports are
required.



 



TROPICAL WEATHER UPDATE



As of 2230 hours 22 August 2012, NWS/NHC is reporting on
three systems in the Atlantic-Caribbean-Gulf of Mexico basin. These systems
are:



 



Tropical Storm ISAAC



Tropical Depression 10



Invest 96



 



The latest location of these systems is available at the
following link.



 



http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/gtwo_atl.shtml



 



Tropical Storm ISAAC is the one of most concern for
Louisiana. While current track models favor a track that takes it over western
Florida and the extreme eastern Gulf of Mexico, it is still too early to be
certain of the exact track this system will take and it will be closely
monitored. The link to the latest track model for ISAAC is provided below.



 



http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_at4+shtml/025753.shtml?5-daynl#contents



 



Tropical Depression 10 is not
projected to affect Louisiana as its track has it remaining out in the
Atlantic. The link to TF 10’s latest track model is provided below.



 



http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_at5+shtml/145229.shtml?5-daynl#contents



 



While too early for any certainty,
Invest 96 is projected to remain out in the Atlantic. This system will be
watched and reported as needed.



 



GOHSEP Operations will continue monitoring all tropical
weather and will send out reports as needed.



 



031-12 BAYOU CORNE NATURAL GAS LEAK, ASSUMPTION
PARISH, 19 JUNE 2012



SITUATION:



 



SIGNIFICANT CHANGES ARE SHOWN IN
RED BOLD FACE FONTS



 



KEY HISTORICAL TIMELINE



30 May 2012: a natural gas leak was discovered in the
vicinity of Bayou Corne in Assumption Parish.                             



 



15 June 2012: The first notification of this incident to
GOHSEP.



 



28 June 2012: 7-8 different bubbling locations between Bayou
Corne and Grand Bayou have been identified. Bubbling is still being reported.



 



3 August 2012: a report of a 200 foot by 200 foot
sink/slurry hole was reported in the area.



 



3 August 2012: A state declaration of a state of emergency
was also issued on 3 August 2012.



 



4 August 2012: A pipeline owned by CrossTex had shifted
downward and closer to the sink/slurry hole, prompting closing in and clearing
4 pipelines in the affected area and a mandatory evacuation of the Bayou Corne
community (100+ residences). All pipelines were closed in and cleared.



 



15 August 2012: Portions of the relief well were moved to
Assumption Parish to begin drilling



 



16 August 2012: An additional 50 foot section of the hole
collapsed with workers. No injuries or fatalities



 



22 August 2012: Requested assistance from Sandia National
Laboratory through the United States Department of Energy



 



Seismic tremors were also reported in the area from the
on-start of this incident. Significant seismic activity ceased just prior to
the sinkhole formation. There have been no significant seismic reports since 2
August.



 



Efforts are ongoing to determine the exact cause of the
bubbles and sink/slurry hole, but these events are associated with the
Texas/Brine cavern  of the salt dome below the surface in that area. The
pipelines have been ruled out as the source or cause of the bubbling.




 



The three companies with pipelines affected are:



-       
Acadian



-       
CrossTex



-       
Florida Gas



 



Samplings and lab results continue to be done along with air
monitoring by the pipeline agencies have proven inconclusive.
All          
                                                                                          



 



No injuries or fatalities have been reported to date.



 



ACTIONS BY PARISHES:



Assumption Parish:



The parish submitted a declaration on 19 June 2012 and the
parish EOP has been operating 24 hours as of 29 June 2012. The parish OEP is on
full activation. Declaration extensions were submitted on 19 July and 17
August.



 



An incident command post has been set up at the Bayou Corne
boat landing since 29 June 2012 with the parish deploying its Mobile Command
Vehicle boat landing and its hazmat trailer and repeater to the Texas Brine
location.



 



A mandatory evacuation was ordered on 3 August of the Bayou
Corne community and remains in place.



 



A shelter was established with the assistance of American Red
Cross at the Belle Rose Middle School in Belle Rose. There have been no reports
of occupancy of the shelter but the shelter remains available to residents if
needed.



 



Louisiana Highway 70 from Louisiana Highway 69 to Lee Drive
was closed from 4 to 5 August to allow companies to close in and clear their
affected pipelines.



 



Meetings and teleconferences have been held since 30 May
2012 and continue to be held as needed with all concerned parties.



 



Meetings with the community have also been conducted. The parish
OEP and Sheriff’s Office continue to receive and answer questions from
concerned citizens



 



The parish requested and received assistance from Terrebonne
and Lafourche Parishes through mutual aid to assist with RAE detection and
monitoring with this assistance beginning on 2 July 2012.



 



Requested and LDWF agent to be in their Command post at
night beginning 18 August 2012.



 



Lafourche Parish:



Assisted Assumption parish by deploying boats and area RAE
detection and monitoring equipment beginning on 2 July



 



Terrebonne Parish:



Assisted Assumption parish by deploying boats and area RAE
detection and monitoring equipment beginning on 2 July



 



St. Charles
Parish:



Provided personnel and equipment to conduct radiological
monitoring



 



ACTIONS BY STATE AND OTHER AGENCIES:



GOHSEP:



GOHSEP Regional Coordinator for Region 3 remains in contact
with the parish, providing assistance as needed and providing updates on the
situation. The Regional Coordinator has been attending all meetings and
conference calls concerning this situation.



 



GOHSEP Operations created WebEOC incident 031-12 Bayou Corne Natural Gas Leak 19 June 2012.



 



Conference calls with the parish and all involved agencies
began on 25 July with the parish and agencies and continue as needed.



 



Additional radio channels to support communications efforts
within the parish were requested and provided.



 



Press releases have been issued as needed to provide
information to the public.



 



An information recap to the parish and public was started on
10 August. This information is being posted on the GOHSEP website at the
following link on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.



 



http://www.gohsep.la.gov/agencyrelated/Assumption_Situation_Summary_and_IAP_08102012.pptx



Deployed the Mobile Command Vehicle on 10 August 2012 along
with personnel to provide support and coordination.



 



Established an email address to allow any citizen to submit
requests for information that can be forwarded to and responded by the
appropriate state agency.



 



Providing GIS/mapping support to the parish and agencies
involved.



 



DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY:



Providing support for the parish and DNR



 



Conducting hazard assessment activities. NO abnormal air
quality has been detected though testing revealed an elevated level of salinity
and traces of diesel in the sink/slurry hole samples



 



Assisting with the efforts to determine the source and cause
of the bubbles and sink/slurry hole



 



Has its Mobile Lab deployed monitoring air and water quality



 



Providing oversight on Texas Brine’s diesel remediation, air
monitoring and data collection



 



DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES:



Sent three (3) agents out on 29 June to begin analyzing
seventeen (17) old well sites for possible leakage. 



 



Coordinating with pipeline companies and gas storing
operators



 



Coordinating with USGS on activities to determine the cause
of tremors in the area



 



Executed contracts to analyze gas samples



 



Deployed a representative to the parish’s command post in
July to establish a day to day presence in the parish



 



Continuing to engage the scientific community to assist with
determining the source and cause of this event



 



DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HOSPITALS/OFFICE OF PUBLIC
HEALTH:



Have participated in conference calls and meetings



 



The PHERC Region 3 coordinator has been monitoring the
situation and coordinating with the parish and other supporting agencies



 



Reviewing data collected and provided by DNR and DEQ and
providing feedback on those reviews



 



Providing public awareness information



 



LOUISIANA STATE POLICE:



Providing helicopter support to the parish since 3 August



 



Deployed the LSP Mobile Command Vehicle to the Bayou Corne
area



 



Providing hazmat support



 



LOUISIANA NATIONAL GUARD:



Provided helicopter night time surveillance of the area
beginning from 4 August 2012 to 12 August 2012.



 



Deployed the 62nd CST to collect and analyze
samples



 



LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES:



Providing air boats and operator to the parish to collect
samples



 



Provided aerial support for DOTD to take aerial photographs
of the affected area from 9-15 August 2012



 



DEPARTMENT OF CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES:



Coordinating with American Red Cross on shelter needs and
issues



 



Provided food stamp application information to the Parish



 



DEPARTMENT OF TRANPORTATION AND DEVELOPMENT:



Assessing Louisiana State Highway 70 to ensure its integrity
and safety has not been jeapordized.



 



Provided overflight digital pictures of the area for use in
Virtual Louisiana



 



LOUISIANA SHERIFF’S ASSOCIATION:



Deployed its Command Post and staff to support Assumption
Parish



 



UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY:



Providing technical assistance in determining the cause and
source of the incident



 



Monitoring for seismic activity



 



CIVIL AIR PATROL:



Began taking aerial pictures of
the affected area on 22 August 2012



 



LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY:



Assisting with testing of samples as needed



 



AMERICAN RED CROSS:



Providing assistance as needed to the parish on sheltering
activities



 



042-12 MISSISSIPPI RIVER SALT WATER INTRUSION, SOUTHEAST
LOUISIANA, 7 AUGUST 2012



 



SIGNIFICANT CHANGES ARE SHOWN IN
RED BOLD FACE FONTS



 



SITUATION



A saltwater wedge is pushing upriver in the lower
Mississippi River due to the low water levels. The toe of the wedge is
approximately at river mile-marker 89.8 as of 21 August and salt water
intrusion is expected to continue migrating up the Mississippi River until the
underwater sill is constructed.  It will take approximately 45 days to
complete the sill with benefits expected to be seen by 28 August (12 days from
the start of dredging).



 



Due to the increased salinity levels, three fresh water
intakes have been closed (Boothville, West pointe-a-hache, East
Pointe-a-hache). It is estimated that the Belle Chasse Intake (West Bank) may
be closed early next week and the Dalcoure Intake (East Bank) would be closed
days later.



 



The current conditions in the Mississippi River could
continue through October or November unless there are significant changes in
the existing weather patterns upriver.



 



A water barging contract was
awarded on 20 August and barging water began on 21 August.



 



ACTIONS BY PARISHES



 



Plaquemines
Parish:



The parish submitted a declaration of a state of emergency
on 7 August 2012 with EOC is activated at normal operations.



 



Has coordinated for assistance from Jefferson and Orleans
Parishes for water supplies



 



The parish is conducting daily briefings with Plaquemines
Parish leadership, GOHSEP and ACOE.



 



The parish, with the cooperation of GOHSEP and the US Army
Corp of Engineers, developed plans to mitigate the loss of fresh water due to
the closure of the river intakes. The following is overview of that plan.



 



-       
Steps were taken to barge fresh river water
(taken from areas above the saltwater wedge) and feed the water treatment
plants at both locations. This process began 8 August 2012. A similar plan is
prepared for Belle Chasse and Dalcoure but is anticipated to be implemented.



 



-       
The parish has a 12 inch water pipeline
connection with Jefferson Parish near the Boomtown Casino on Engineers Road
(West Bank). This connection will be utilized when the Belle Chasse intake is
closed, but due to the variance in water pressure between the two parishes, the
effects will be less than maximum.



 



-       
The parish negotiated with the Sewerage and
Water Board of New Orleans to complete an 8 inch pipeline connection on
Woodland Highway (West bank). It was approved and permanently installed
underground on 13 August 2012.



 



-       
The parish had similar discussions with St.
Bernard Parish (East bank) for a pipeline connection near the Dalcoure Water
Plant.



 



-       
The parish considered mobile Reverse Osmosis
systems to be installed at two of the three southern water treatment plants.



 



-       
Requested and received 20 pallets of bottled
water from GOHSEP with the help of DOTD. Requested
and received an additional 16 pallets of water delivered by DOTD 21 August
2012.



 



-       
Requested and received bulk water assets from
LANG on 16 August 2012. The need for these assets
was cancelled on 22 August and the assets released.



 



Orleans Parish:



Has agreed to support Plaquemines Parish by providing water
from their water source



 



Jefferson Parish:



Has agreed to support Plaquemines Parish by providing water
from their water source



 



ACTIONS BY STATE AND OTHER AGENCIES



 



GOHSEP:



-       
GOSHEP Regional Coordinator is attending
meetings with and assisting the parish as need.



-       
WebEOC incident 042-12 Mississippi River Salt
Water Intrusion, Southeast Louisiana 7 August 2012 is built to support this
event.



-       
Delivered 4 pallets of bottled water to the
Parish 15 August 2012



-       
Coordinated with DOTD to deliver 16 pallets of
bottled water to the Parish on 16 August 2012



-       
Coordinated for DOTD to deliver an additional 16
pallets of bottled water on 21 August 2012



 



DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HOSPITALS/OFFICE OF PUBLIC
HEALTH:



Ensure barges meet sanitation requirements for transporting
water



 



Ensured water in bulk water assets from LANG is safe for
drinking



 



US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS:



Began constructing a Saltwater Sill near the LaReussite
Diversion, near RMM 64 16 Aug 2012 and  is estimated to take 45 days to
complete with positive effects possible within two weeks after the start of
construction. This project will only benefit the two water intakes that are
upriver from this location and will leave an underwater clearance of 47 feet
(which is the minimum) for the deep-water draft vessels using the river.



 



DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND DEVELOPMENT:



Delivered 16 pallets of bottled water to the Parish on 16
August 2012



Delivered 16 more pallets of
bottled water on 21 August 2012



 



LOUISIANA NATIONAL GUARD:



Provided bulk water assets and personnel to the parish with
additional assets positioned at Jackson Barracks in case needed from 16-22
August 2012.



 



040-12 LOW WATER LEVELS EAST CARROLL PARISH (LAKE
PROVIDENCE) 31 JULY 2012



 



SIGNIFICANT CHANGES ARE SHOWN IN
RED BOLD FACE FONTS



 



SITUATION



Low water levels in the Mississippi River near Lake
Providence, La in East Carroll Parish is preventing is preventing commercial
vessels from entering the Mississippi River once loaded.



 



Dredging began on 10 August by assets coordinated by Army
Corps of Engineers to deepen the channel and allow commercial vessels to enter
the Mississippi River. It is estimated that dredging will continue until 19
September 2012.



 



ACTIONS BY PARISHES



East Carroll Parish requested and received assistance from
the State and Army Corps of Engineers



 



ACTIONS BY STATE AND OTHER AGENCIES



 



GOHSEP:



Created WebEOC incident 040-12 Low Water Levels, East
Carroll Parish (Lake Providence) 31 July 2012



 



Army Corps of
Engineers:



Coordinated for a dredge to deepen the channel to support
commercial river traffic.



 



045-12 BOIL WATER ADVISORY
NATCHITOCHES PARISH (CAMPTI) 21 AUGUST 2012



 



SITUATION



On 21 August 2012, it was
reported that the town of Campti in Natchitoches Parish was under a boil
advisory due to recent repairs to their water system that required sampling of
the water from the system. Water sample results are expected back by Thursday.



 



ACTIONS BY THE PARISH



The parish declared a state of
emergency on 21 August and requested bottles water to support the incident. The
water was picked up 21 August 2012 from Camp Beauregard.



 



ACTIONS BY STATE AND OTHER
AGENCIES



GOHSEP:



Created WebEOC inident 045-12
Boil Advisory Natchitoches Parish (Campti) 21 August 2012



 



GOHSEP Regional Coordinator for
region 6 is in contact with the parish and providing reports and assistance as
needed.



 



Issued 6 pallets of water to the
parish on 21 August 2012



 



LANG:



Assisted in issuing 6 pallets of
water to the parish on 21 August 2012



 



DHH:



Conducting water sampling to
ensure the safety of the local citizens



 



046-12 HAZMAT TRAFFIC ACCIDENT,
EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH, 22 AUGUST 2012



 



SITUATION



At about 0340 hours 22 August
2012, 3 18 wheelers were involved in a wreck in Baton Rouge near I-10 and Essen
Lane. Approximately 8700 gallons of isobutene was involved and was leaking from
one of the vehicles. I-10 was shut down.



 



One of the drivers was injured
and taken to a local hospital. There is no update at this time on the driver’s
condition.



 



A coordinated assessment of the
situation was made by representatives from Louisiana State Police, Baton Rouge
Fire Department, Baton Rouge Police Department, East Baton Rouge EMS, East
Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office,  Louisiana Department of Environmental
Quality, EPA and Enterprise at about 1230 hours 22 August.



 



Approximately 40 homes and one
hotel were evacuated as of 2200 hours 22 August. Hotel residents (approximately
150 occupants) were relocated to other hotels out of the area. A mandatory
evacuation zone of 357 yards from the incident location was established. Our
lady of the Lake will shelter in place. All evacuations reported as completed
as of 2230 hours 22 August 2012.



 



A shelter was opened at Nairn
Park Gymnasium (2800 Nairn Drive, Baton Rouge) at 2000 hours 22 August 2012.



 



ACTIONS BY THE PARISH



Local assets from the Baton Rouge
Fire Department, Baton Rouge Police Department, East Baton Rouge EMS, East
Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office and the Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and
Emergency Preparedness assets responded to the incident



 



Conducted a press release at 1730
hours and 2200 hours 22 August to keep their citizens informed



 



Evacuated about 40 homes in the
affected area with local law enforcement going door to door to inform
residents.



 



Established a shelter with
assistance from American Red Cross at Nairn Park Gymnasium beginning at 2000
hours 22 August 2012



 



ACTIONS BY STATE AND OTHER
AGENCIES



GOHSEP:



Created WebEOC incident 046-12
HAZMAT Traffic Accident, East Baton Rouge Parish, 22 August 2012



 



Region 2 Regional Coordinator is
in contact with the parish and is supporting and reporting as needed



 



Providing GIS/mapping support as
needed



 



DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND
FAMILY SERVICES:



Monitoring and providing
information to their executive staff



 



Coordinating with American Red
Cross on shelter activities



 



DEPARTMEMT OF TRANSPORTATION
AND DEVELOPMENT:



Developed a detour plan and
posted it on the DOTD 911 website (see link below)



 



http://hb.511la.org/main.jsf



 



LOUISIANA STATE POLICE:



Provided air support to the
incident for traffic monitoring and traffic planning



 



LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF
ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY:



Conducted air monitoring with EPA
contract



 



AMERICAN RED CROSS:



Assisting parish with shelter
operations



 



Activated a shelter team and
placed the designated shelter on standby in NSS



 



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