News Alert: GOHSEP SPECIAL EVENTS REPORT AS OF 2330 HOURS 24 AUGUST 2012
Posted: 8/25/2012 2:04:51 PM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

GOHSEP SPECIAL EVENTS REPORT


AS OF 2330 HOURS 24 AUGUST 2012


STATE EOC ACTIVATION LEVEL:
CRISIS ACTION TEAM



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



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  (FINAL REPORT)



046-12 HAZMAT Traffic Accident, East Baton Rouge Parish 22 August 2012  (FINAL REPORT)



047-12 Tropical Storm Isaac 23 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.



047-12 TROPICAL STORM ISAAC 23 AUGUST 2012



SITUATION


As of 2200 hours 24
August 2012
, NWS/NHC is reporting on three systems in the
Atlantic-Caribbean-Gulf of Mexico basin. These systems are:



Tropical Storm ISAAC



The remnants of Joyce (will remain out in the Atlantic and
will not impact Louisiana)



Invest 97 (still too early to project a track with any
certainty but will be watched)



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 have shifted the system a little further
west again, Louisiana is still in the western fringe of the cone of error so
this system will be monitored closely.



http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_at4+shtml/150135.shtml?5-daynl#contents



The latest intensity models project Isaac reaching Category 1
strength with a potential to reach Category 2 strength.



Based on the current track, southeast Louisiana could
experience some elevated tides and winds from Isaac.



Landfall is projected for late Tuesday of next week. 



As of 2300 hours today (24 August 2012) the State is at H-80. The H Hour clock has
been set on WebEOC. H Hour (the time when tropical force winds will begin
impacting the coast of Louisiana) is expected for early Tuesday morning in lower Plaquemines
Parish.



At this time, there are no planned UCG meetings or EOC
activation for this event. However, the GOHSEP Crisis Action Team and key
leaders will monitor and be prepared to respond as needed.



All parishes and agencies are
monitoring. Specific details will be provided in a separate Special Events
Report and in WebEOC.



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 23 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



THIS WILL BE THE FINAL REPORT FOR
THIS INCIDENT



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. The boil advisory was lifted as of 0930 hours 24 August
20012.



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



THIS WILL BE THE FINAL REPORT ON
THIS INCIDENT



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.
The westbound and eastbound I 10, Essen Lane and the
I-12 split was reopened by 0625 hours 23
August 2012
. The tank was removed and all ESU personnel clear from the
scene by 0625 hours.



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. The shelter in place and evacuation was lifted at 0230 hours
23 August 2012.



A shelter was opened at Nairn Park Gymnasium (2800 Nairn
Drive, Baton Rouge) at 2000 hours 22
August 2012
. ARC began shutting down the
shelter at 1030 hours 23 August with no population reported
overnight.



The FAA enacted an air restriction over the incident site of
½ mile radius with a 10,000 feet ceiling that would remain in effect for at
least 12 hours from about 1500 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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