News Alert: Situational Awareness Report 9 January 2016 As of 4:00 pm
Posted: 1/10/2016 10:48:55 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

Situational Awareness Report

9 January 2016

As of 4:00 pm

Operational Period: 3:00 pm 1/8/16 through 3:00 pm 1/9/16


State EOC Activation Level: Level III

WebEOC Incident: “15-0043 Mississippi River Flooding – Statewide- December/January 2015”

State Declaration Proclamation No. 205 BJ 2015



Situation:  Due to the heavy rainfall amounts over the past 30 days there is concern regarding rising water levels for the Red River and Mississippi River. All previous SITREPs can be found in the File Library in WebEOC. Updates to this report will be in red text.



Mississippi River Levels:


Mississippi River at Vicksburg is currently at 47.99 feet (Moderate Flood Stage) and is forecasted to crest at 52.00 feet (Major Flood Stage) on January 15th,  2016.


Mississippi River at Natchez is currently at 53.49 feet (Moderate Flood Stage) and is forecasted to crest at 58.00 feet (Major Flood Stage) on January 17th,  2016.


Mississippi River at Red River Landing is currently at 56.39 feet (Moderate Flood Stage) and is forecasted to crest at 62.00 feet (Moderate Flood Stage) on January 18th,  2016.


Mississippi River at Baton Rouge is currently at 39.46 feet (Moderate Flood Stage) and forecasted to crest at 43.50 feet (Major Flood Stage) on January 18th, 2016.


Mississippi River at New Orleans is currently 15.74 feet (Below Flood Stage) and forecasted to crest at 17.0 feet (Minor Flood Stage) on January 12th, 2016.




Atchafalaya River Levels:


Atchafalaya River at Simmesport is currently at 37.26 feet (Below Flood Stage) and is forecasted to crest at 42.50 feet (Below Flood Stage) on January 18th,  2016.


Atchafalaya River at Melville is currently at 29.02 feet (Below Flood Stage) and is forecasted to crest at 34.00 feet (Minor Flood Stage) on January 18th,  2016.


Atchafalaya River at Krotz Springs is currently at 26.85 feet (Below Flood Stage) and is forecasted to crest at 30.00 feet (Minor Flood Stage) on January 19th, 2016.


Atchafalaya River at Butte La Rose is currently at 18.15 feet (Action Stage) and is forecasted to crest at 21.50 feet (Minor Flood Stage) on January 19th,  2016.


Atchafalaya River at Myette Pointe is currently 10.75 feet (Below Flood Stage) and forecasted to crest at 14.0 feet (Minor Flood Stage) on January 21st,  2016.


Atchafalaya River at Morgan City is currently 6.51 feet (Minor Flood Stage) and forecasted to crest at 8.50 feet (Moderate Flood Stage) on January 23rd,  2016.




State Actions



o   A Mississippi River and Atchafalaya River Task Force conference was held today, January 8, 2016.

o   A Unified Command Group Meeting was held today, January 8, 2016.

o   GOHSEP Logistics has distributed 65,000 sandbags. Our beginning total was 881,000 sandbags leaving an inventory total of 816,000 sandbags as of 1/8/2016.

·         GOHSEP has issued 13,000 sandbags to West Feliciana, 13,000 to Angola Prison,13,000 to St. Martin and 26,000 sandbags to Avoyelles Parish.

·         In coordination with requesting parishes, DOTD and COE, 4,000 additional sandbags and 300 linear feet of HESCO was distributed to Tensas Parish, 30,000 linear feet of HESCO to Concordia Parish, 2,100 linear feet of HESCO for St. Charles Parish and twenty 2,000 lb. super sandbags for bridge support was given to Avoyelles Parish.



o   We have over 7,000 Guardsmen available to respond in the event they are needed to support State and local agencies.

o   LANG is utilizing full time personnel and manning the JOC at Camp Beauregard  to quickly respond to tasking from the State EOC.

o   The TAC within GOHSEP will continue to match the hours that GOHSEP operates.

o   LANG is conducting levee patrol from OLD RIVER Control Structure to the Arkansas line.

o   110 Guardsmen have been deployed to St. Mary parish and 65 Guardsmen have been deployed to St Landry parish and are on standby to begin flood fight operations.



o   Phase II activated on lower Mississippi River on January 6, 2016.

o   Currently tracking 47 inspection sites.  Deficiencies include:  broken slope pavement, animal burrows, erosion, and shrinkage cracks.  We are continuing to monitor 5 potential seepage areas, and an area of slides just south of Algiers Lock.

o   Provided 5,500 linear feet of HESCO to St. Mary Parish.

o   Provided 20,000 tons of RIP RAP to St. Mary Parish.



o   Phase I activated on upper Mississippi River on December 30, 2015.

o   Phase II activated on upper Mississippi River on January 8, 2016.

o   Provided 300 linear feet of HESCO baskets and 13,000 sandbags to Tensas Levee Board.

o   Provided 2 pumps to the city of Jonesville.



o   LSP Air Support has conducted observation flights for local officials in the Troop F area.  An observation flight in conjunction with LANG is pending for the Morganza Spillway.  LSP Air Support is on standby to conduct other observation flights as requested.

o   LSP Public Affairs is coordinating with local media regarding the flood event, preparing news releases, and monitoring social media.

o   Troop A:  Coordinating with all stakeholders and in constant contact with     Pointe Coupee S/O, DOTD and Corp of Engineers. Coordinating with Troop E as road closures on the north side of LA 1 will impact their troop.

o   Troop B:   Increasing patrols and manpower by hiring two overtime troopers to man I-10 and US 61 at the spillway opening site and also by using extra shift troopers to patrol the area.  Coordinating with local law enforcement, DOTD, the Corps of Engineers, and CN Railroad in anticipation of spillway opening.

o   Troop C:  Monitoring the river forecasts for the Atchafalaya River and coordinating with local law enforcement, local OEPs, and other stakeholders for response.

o   Troop E:  Monitoring the river forecasts and coordinating with local law enforcement, local OEPs, and other stakeholders for response.  Coordinating with Troop A for traffic control on LA 1 in the troop area in anticipation of the opening of the Morganza Spillway.

o   Troop F:  Monitoring the river forecasts and coordinating with local law enforcement, local OEPs, and other stakeholders for response.  Participated in local stakeholder meetings, and have facilitated observation flights for local officials through LSP Air Support.

o   Troop I:  Monitoring the river forecasts and coordinating with local law enforcement, local OEPs, and other stakeholders for response.




o   DOTD provided 2,575 linear feet of HESCO and 1,300 cubic yards of sand to St. Landry Parish.

o   DOTD provided 7,000 linear feet of HESCO and 6,000 cubic yards of sand to St. Mary Parish.

o   DODT provided 30,000 linear feet of HESCO in Vidalia.

o   Plaquemines ferry has reopened.



o   Deer hunting closures in the Morganza and Bonnet Carre spillways as described in the Emergency Declaration Order will take effect upon the opening of both the Morganza and/or the Bonnet Carre Spillway.  

o   We continue to work the Deer Hunting Closure in North Louisiana. This area is scheduled to REOPEN 30 minutes before sunrise on Saturday, January 9th, (unless further measures due to the flood are necessary).  However, land from the levee to the Mississippi River (in this closed area) will remain closed until further notice.

o   We continue to make preparations for a potential deer hunting closure in certain areas of Deer Hunting Area 9 (Basin), when the Atchafalaya River reaches 18' at Butte LaRose.   This area is described in the hunting pamphlet, Title 76 and in our report below.  The Department also sent out a news release on Jan. 5 as a reminder to the public of this high water benchmark closure law.

o   Making preparations for the opening of the Morganza Spillway.

o   Yesterday, the LDWF Commission voted for a Declaration of Emergency to close the deer hunting seasons due to recent flooding of the Mississippi River and expected openings of the Morganza and Bonnet Carre spillways - for the specific areas of:  All lands within the Morganza floodway, from the Morganza control structure, south to I-10,  and from I-10 south, within the protection levees of the Atchafalaya Basin, the Sherburne WMA, including Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge and the Bayou Des Ourses Area and the Indian Bayou Area. Additionally the following buffer area east of the spillway will be closed to deer hunting: all that land between the east Atchafalaya Basin Protection Levee eastward to LA 1, beginning at the junction of LA 1 and LA 10 in Morganza, thence following LA 10 west to LA 77, then south on LA 77 to LA 81 near Fordoche, then south on LA 81 to LA 77 south of Livonia, then south on LA 77 to LA 76 at Maringouin, then south on LA 76 to Hwy 3000, then south on Hwy 3000 to I-10 at Ramah. This closure will begin on Monday, January 11, 2016 upon the opening of the Morganza Spillway.

o   Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 12.  LDWF will set up its forward command center in Krotz Springs to assist with 24 hour patrols to provide public safety, SAR, enforce road/levee closures, and hunting closures as needed in the Morganza floodway area. These patrols will continue until further notice. 

o   As part of the Emergency Declaration voted on by the LDWF Commission,  Deer hunting will also be closed in the Bonnet Carre Spillway on Saturday, Jan. 9th upon its opening.  LDWF agents will provide SAR and/or public assistance and enforce hunting closure if needed in the Bonnet Carre Spillway area.



o   De-energized 5 locations in Avoyelles Parish

o   De-energized 141 locations (primarily camps) in Franklin Parish

o   De-energized 104 locations (primarily camps) in Morehouse Parish

o   De-energized 450 locations in Pointe Coupee

o   De-energized 64 locations in Rapides Parish

o   De-energized 2 locations in Tensas Parish

o   De-energized 1 location in West Feliciana Parish



Parish Actions

All involved parishes are monitoring the situation and on standby for response efforts.



o   The RRABB Levee Board has finished installing cattle guards on the Atchafalaya and will start this weekend monitoring all levees on Phase 1.

o   AOHSEP has brought sand and sandbags to the following fire departments: Big Bend, Brouillette, Effie and Simmesport for residents to fill sandbags as needed.



o   Unfilled bags and dry sand has been placed in filling stations. Two new fully automatic sandbag machines will arrive January 15th which almost doubled the parish’s historic effort/capability of the Summer of 2015.

o   The POD location at Bossier Highway Department 410 Mayfield Street in Benton will be manned Monday through Thursday from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm and  Friday and Saturday from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm. In addition to the POD offering sandbags, a Public Works crew will be on duty and staged at the Mayfield Street facility with all needed equipment including dump trucks, front end loaders and bulldozers.



o   Sandbags are available daily to citizens at the Caddo parish Public Works and City of Shreveport Public Works facilities.



o   The Tensas Basin Levee District has closed 14 drainage structures in the Parish due to rising water levels on the Black, Ouachita, Little, And Tensas Rivers.

o   The Levee District will close the drainage structure in Jonesville, La. at the 49 ft. level. Presently the level has been rising about 4-6 inches every 24 hours. This drainage structure drains the treated water from the Waste Water Treatment System for Jonesville, La into the Little River.

o   The system has about a 400,000 gal. per day outflow.



o   National Guard is completing 24 hour levee patrols.



o   There is flooding in the Caraway Island and Garrett’s Park communities. Access to Garrett’s Park residents is now in approximately 2-3 feet of water. Residents are not taking in water and no evacuations are in order at this time.

o   Welfare checks are being made periodically by the Sheriff’s Office and the  Fire District 1 on those residents.

o   The Caraway Island, previously evacuated by recommendation two weeks ago, is now inaccessible due to high water.

o   The downtown riverfront area stage is now partially submerged and is subject to the swift river current. Riverfront Road is also submerged and has been closed.



o   The Levee Board Fifth District and the Corps of Engineers are aware of the mudslide on the levee. They will be taking the appropriate action to maintain situational control.

o   Parish has started sandbagging at the Ragland Boat Landing area across the levee.

o   All traffic is prohibited on the levee with the exception of public officials.

o   Two sand boils have been found on the levee, both of which are being monitored and have sandbag operations on standby if needed.



o   In the process of placing HESCO baskets at the Leighton Pump Station and building a limestone levee at the Morvant Pump Station in preparation for rising water levels.

o   Lafourche Parish and the North Lafourche Levee District are putting in two water level gauges at Leighton and Morvant Pump Stations to monitor the water levels.  NLLD will report levels to the Army Corps of Engineers.



o   Levee agencies are coordinating with USACE to inspect and patrol levees twice a week.

o   From Charles Cox, Amtrak Region 7 EM, Amtrak will begin bus routes (“Bus Bridge”) for passengers on the City of New Orleans Line (58/59) between NOUPT and Hammond, LA (and back) upon the opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway. The bus routing will continue through the duration of the spillway opening, anticipated to be January 10 AM.  



o   In supplement of the USACE and Levee Board checks, PCPSO/OHSEP will conduct daily patrols of the levee systems  to monitor for slides, seepage and sand boils. There has also been coordination with LAND to further supplement these patrols.

o   Levee Board started placing super packs along lower parts of the northern forebay guide levee as of 1/5/16.

o   Pointe Coupee Detention Center filled 1,400 sandbags on 1/6/16 and have been pre-staged at the Multi-Use Center in New Roads.

o   PCPSO/OHSEP will conduct a parish stakeholder meeting on 1/12/16.

o   PC Detention Center has filled 5,000 sandbags as of 1/8/16.



o   Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office is issuing citations to any unauthorized vehicles on the levees.

o   Parish has begun conducting Phase 2 Inspections today on the Mississippi River levee.

o   Levee inspections are being conducted daily and only minimum issues have been discovered  and will be monitored.

o   Parish government currently has 50,000 sandbags filled and 130,000 empty sandbags in storage ready to be filled if necessary. Also available is 600 feet of Tiger Dams including pumps.



o   The Bonne Carre Spillway road between River Road to Montz has been closed until further notice due to high river water.



o   Parish Utilities Department has a broken water pipe in LaPlace. Due to the location on highway 628, which runs next to the river, we are working with Pontchartrain Levee District and COE to determine if they can make the repair.



o   DOTD and LANG have begun work at the HESCO levee site in Krotz Springs, briefings will be held each morning at 9 am with town leadership, ALON refinery, and LANG on operations.

o   Sandbag sites are open in Krotz Springs and Melville.



o   Sandbagging operations will begin today, January 9, 2016 at Stephensville (3257 Highway 70 at the park) and Butte La Rose (Fire Station 1721 Herman Dupuis Road) on Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm and Monday through Friday from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm.

o   St. Martin Government will host a public meeting at the Stephensville Elementary Gym (3243 Hwy. 70 Morgan City, LA) on Monday, 11 January, at 18:00



o   Parish is involved in reinforcing Old Ring Levee which protects 2 parish roads and 2500 acres.

o   National Guard patrols will begin 24 hour operations today, January 8, 2016.



o   Sand and sandbags will be available to residents for self-filling at the West Terrebonne Fire Stations located in GIBSON, Gibson East, Donner and at the Bayou Black Fire Department on Savannah road beginning at 3:00 pm January 8, 2016.



o   LSP – Angola is conducting sandbagging operations on a slide on their levee system. Aerial inspections of levee systems began 12/29 and will continue as needed or requested.

o   Sheriff’s Office is conducting levee patrols with helicopter to check for sand and law enforcement is conducting patrols on the river and in flooded areas by boat.

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