News Alert: Situational Awareness Report 11 January 2016 As of 3:30 p.m.
Posted: 1/11/2016 4:09:58 PM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

Situational Awareness Report

11 January 2016

As of 3:30 p.m.

Operational Period: 3:00 p.m. 1/10/16 through 3:00 p.m. 1/11/16


State EOC Activation Level: Level III

WebEOC Incident: 15-043 Mississippi River Flooding — Statewide — December 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 along the Mississippi River and Atchafalaya River. Please see the attached slides from Slidell National Weather Service, Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center and Army Corps. Of Engineers (Vicksburg). 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 49.02 feet (Moderate Flood Stage) and is forecasted to crest at 50.5 feet (Major Flood Stage) on January 15th,  2016.


Mississippi River at Natchez is currently at 54.78 feet (Moderate Flood Stage) and is forecasted to crest at 57.0 feet (Major Flood Stage) on January 17th,  2016.


Mississippi River at Red River Landing is currently at 57.82 feet (Moderate Flood Stage) and is forecasted to crest at 61.0 feet (Moderate Flood Stage) on January 18th,  2016.


Mississippi River at Baton Rouge is currently at 40.86 feet (Major Flood Stage) and forecasted to crest at 43.5 feet (Major Flood Stage) on January 18th, 2016.


Mississippi River at New Orleans is currently 16.28 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 38.44 feet (Below Flood Stage) and is forecasted to crest at 41.5 feet (Below Flood Stage) on January 18th,  2016.


Atchafalaya River at Melville is currently at 29.96 feet (Below Flood Stage) and is forecasted to crest at 32.5 feet (Below Flood Stage) on January 18th,  2016. 


Atchafalaya River at Krotz Springs is currently at 27.67 feet (Below Flood Stage) and is forecasted to crest at 29.0 feet (Minor Flood Stage) on January 19th, 2016.


Atchafalaya River at Butte La Rose is currently at 18.71 feet (Action Stage) and is forecasted to crest at 20.0 feet (Minor Flood Stage) on January 19th,  2016.


Atchafalaya River at Myette Pointe is currently 10.91 feet (Below Flood Stage) and forecasted to crest at 13.0 feet (Below Flood Stage) on January 21st,  2016.


Atchafalaya River at Morgan City is currently 6.61 feet (Minor Flood Stage) and forecasted to crest at 8.0 feet (Moderate Flood Stage) on January 23rd,  2016.


State Actions



o   Unified Command Group Meetings have been held on December 30, 2015, and 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.

·        Distribution breakdown: 13,000 sandbags to West Feliciana; 13,000 to Angola Prison; 13,000 to St. Martin Parish; and 26,000 sandbags to Avoyelles Parish.

·        In coordination with requesting parishes, DOTD, and USACE, 4,000 additional sandbags and 300 linear feet of HESCO baskets were distributed to Tensas Parish; 30,000 linear feet of HESCO baskets to Concordia Parish; 2,100 linear feet of HESCO for St. Charles Parish; and twenty, one-ton super sandbags for bridge support to Avoyelles Parish.

o   A request for a federal emergency declaration was made on Friday, January 8.

o   A Mississippi River and Atchafalaya River Task Force call was held today. The next conference call has been scheduled for 2:00 pm Wednesday, January 13, 2016.

o   A Unified Command Group Meeting has been scheduled for 8:00 am Wednesday, January 13, 2016.



o   Over 7,000 Guardsmen are available to respond in the event they are needed.

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 to help with flood fight operations.



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

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

o   Provided 5,500 linear feet of HESCO and 20,000 tons of RIP RAP to St. Mary Parish.

o   The opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway began at 10:00 a.m. on January 10.



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   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   Troop E: Assisting Concordia Parish S.O. with extra patrols on LA 3196 near Vidalia (large amount of wildlife on the roadway), and LA 3102 near Larto (closed to local traffic only due to high water).



o   Notable road closures include LA 3102 in Catahoula Parish, LA 3078 in in Tensas Parish, and the Bonne Carre Spillway road between River Road and Montz in St. Charles Parish.

o   DOTD provided 170 cubic yards of sand to Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola; 2,575 linear feet of HESCO baskets to St. Landry Parish; 1,300 cubic yards of sand to St. Landry Parish; 2,000 cubic yards of aggregate to St. Landry Parish; 7,000 linear feet of HESCO baskets to St. Mary Parish; and 30,000 linear feet of HESCO baskets in Vidalia.

o   Modifications were performed to the Plaquemine Ferry ramps to allow for continued operations in higher water conditions.

o   DOTD has provided traffic control devices for closure of HWY 3196 from HWY 84 and HWY 425 to Fisherman Drive in Concordia Parish.

o   DOTD will be providing personnel in support of Levee inspections commencing tomorrow, 1/12/2016.

o   DOTD contracted state vendor will be delivering 400cy of sand in support of the Krotz Springs operational mission tomorrow, 1/12/2016.

o   DOTD District 58 will be providing (8 - 10) wooden road barriers in support of public traffic safety in Catahoula parish.

o   DOTD District 02 (Bridge City) have all HESCO baskets in place in support of providing potential flood mitigation along US 61.  The District will be putting approximately one more foot of sand per basket just as precautionary measures.   



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   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   LDWF agents will provide SAR and/or public assistance and enforce hunting closure if needed in the Bonnet Carre Spillway area.

o   Emergency Declaration Deer Hunting Closure in NE Louisiana - reopened on Saturday, Jan. 9th except for area between levee and river which remain closed until further notice.

o   High-Water Benchmark Deer Hunting Closure  in certain areas of Deer Hunting Area 9-closure is in effect as a result of the Atchafalaya reaching 18' at Butte LaRose

o   Emergency Declaration Deer Closure for the Morganza/Bonnet Carre Spillways- this closure will go into effect 1/2 hour after sunset on the dates that each respective gate is opened.

o   Bonnet Carre began opening on Sunday, Jan. 10 so this closure is in effect (map attached)

o   Morganza locks opening is TBD (Deer Hunting closure not in effect) -LDWF 24 hour patrols of the Morganza Floodway will begin the day after the gates are opened at 12:01 am (if they are opened)

o   Received WebEOC request (15-043) from Catahoula parish to provide waterway security patrols to protect camps and residences due to road closures. 

o   We are coordinating our support with the GOHSEP Region 6 coordinator and Catahoula parish.

o   LDWF Regions remain on alert status and prepared to provide public safety and SAR assistance if needed.   





o   De-energized 5 locations in Avoyelles Parish, 141 locations (primarily camps) in Franklin Parish, 104 locations (primarily camps) in Morehouse Parish, 450 locations in Pointe Coupee, 64 locations in Rapides Parish, 2 locations in Tensas Parish, and 1 location in West Feliciana Parish (767 total statewide).



o   LDEQ Southeast Regional personnel conducted water sampling and monitoring on 1/8/16 to obtain baseline data prior to the opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway. Samples were collected at established Water Quality Network Monitoring sites.


Parish Actions

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



o   Avoyelles Parish has closed the S&B Cutoff road due high water making a dangerous situation to drive on this road as of Jan10 @16:00 hrs..  Due to the fact of the road possible washing out and deep water cause injury or drownings AOHSEP has staged 8000 sand bag & sand at the Bordelonville (big bend Substation) & Simmesport Fire Departments for resident’s to fill.

o   AOHSEP has great concerns of some resident’s in Simmesport which will possible be flooded by Jan15 when the Atchafalaya river crest at 41.5 ft. There will be approx. 15 homes & 63 people that will be affected with this. We will continue to make contact with all the residents & monitor this situation daily 

o   We have an additional 20,000 sand bags & 20- 2000 lbs. super bags & sand ready to deploy to any area in the parish that is needed.

o   Jan11,starting @ 8:30 am  Cleco will disconnect all the dwellings at Grassy Lake Smith Bay in the la WMA  also all of Grand lake area will also be  disconnected.        

o   The RRABB is monitoring all the levees & will advise of any problems to AOHSEP



o   Parish Declaration is to be made by Police Jury President today.

o   La. 3102 at Larto Lake Control Structure(water about 18 inches over roadway and rising), Vick Rd. From La. Hwy 3102 to Hwy 1196(Closed by Catahoula Parish Police Jury water over roadway about a foot), Hunt Rd. south of Catahoula Lake Diversion Canal Bridge. (Closed by LDWF water over roadway)

o   24 hour patrol of Diversion Canal Rd and Hunt Rd, Cross Bayou, Larto Lake will be requested in Web-EOC. for protection of personal and LDWF property due to residents having to relocate due to high water.  



o   Placement of HESCO baskets to protect water wells is complete. Additional HESCO placement along River Front has begun. No additional levee issues have been reported.

o   Due to the reduced crest of 57 ft. on 1/17, still major flood stage, the City of Vidalia will not move to Phase II of HESCO placement. 

o   DOTD will be picking up approx. 1620 baskets tomorrow.  Only one additional sand boil has been reported and worked. 

o   A section of Hwy 3196 was closed due to wildlife refuge and on lookers.

o   Deer crossing signs have placed on the four lane portions of Hwy 84.  




o   Department of Maintenance / Drainage Maintenance are conducting levee assessments daily.



o   East Jefferson Levee District is conducting daily inspections up to 1500 feet from the levee centerline. There are no seepages or other issues at this time.

o   West Jefferson Levee District is performing daily river patrols from sunrise to sunset. Expected areas of seepage have been identified.



o   National Guard troops are continuing to patrol the levee in Madison Parish to keep traffic to a minimum. Levee District is only reporting 2 sand boils in the parish but neither is posing problems or requiring sand bags. Road Superintendent is reporting no road closures or high water problems.



o   Per Amtrak, they will continue rail service over the spillway. Canadian National will provide 3 day notice if unable to operate, then bus bridge will be utilized if required.

o   New Orleans Public Belt has lost access to Pauline Yard due to Floodgate #68 being closed.  They were able to move cars that would be needed.  This has caused a minor operating impact due to lost capacity.  



o   PCPSO/OHSEP are coordinating with other agencies on levee patrols, road closures, and possible evacuations due to the projected opening of the Morganza Spillway.

o   PCPSO has started extra patrols from the WBR line to LA-15 along the Mississippi River.

o   LANG is supplementing PCPSO extra patrols from the WBR Line to LA-15  



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 6,000 feet of Tiger Dams including pumps.

o   Parish is inspecting the 110 miles of levee daily. Currently there are only minor issues. USACE is advising levee construction crews in the Belle Chase area on precautions that need to be taken.



o   LBBLD is continuing to daily levee inspections and will begin twice daily inspections tomorrow 1/12/16.



o   DOTD and LANG are continuing work at the HESCO levee site in Krotz Springs, briefings will be held each morning at 9:00 a.m. with town leadership, ALON refinery, and LANG.

o   Sandbags are available for those in need.



o   St. Martin Government will host a public meeting at the Stephensville Elementary Gym (3243 Hwy. 70 Morgan City, LA 70380) on Monday, 11 January, at 18:00. 



o   St. Mary Parish Government placed sand and sand bags under the Amelia Hwy 182 bridge on Friday, January 8. We have returned twice with more sand and bags at that location.

o   St. Mary Parish Levee District is prepared to put the barge in place on Bayou Chene at 6:00 a.m. today as planned.

o   Water is crossing the road on Avoca Island where HESCO baskets are being installed, creating muddy conditions for Guardsmen installing baskets. Work is continuing on this mission safely and several thousand feet of HESCOs are in place.

o   St. Mary Levee District reported that the barge was in place in the Bayou Chene. They are driving mooring pilings now and will start sheet  piling work this evening.

o   The HESCO mission is 50% complete on the Avoca island (The worst part is done).

o   Parish workers will begin shutting the Hanson flood gates because of the high water and south winds.

o   The two 6 inch diesel water pumps are on order for the water plant in Morgan City (due here tomorrow)   



o   Bagging effort for Old Yucatan Ring Levee is proceeding as planned.

o   Bagging materials have been staged for additional placements.

o   New crest prediction of 50.0 at Vicksburg will afford some additional freeboard for old levee. This is NOT the Mississippi River Mainline Levee where project is occurring. Mainline Levee is in good condition and relief wells are performing as intended.

o   Levee district and USACE is monitoring a few boils but they are not producing clay balls, only water.



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