News Alert: Situational Awareness Report 23 February 2016 As of 3:15 p.m.
Posted: 2/23/2016 3:40:00 PM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

Situational Awareness Report
23 February 2016
As of 3:15 p.m.


State EOC Activation Level: Level IV (Crisis Action Team)

WebEOC Incident Name: 16-005 Severe Weather — Statewide February 22-23, 2016


Situation: A low pressure system and cold front is moving across the state from west to east today. This system is carrying an enhanced to moderate risk of severe weather, including the potential for 80-mile-per-hour wind gusts, large hail, and strong or long-track tornadoes. While this system has covered the entire state, southeast Louisiana along with parts of south central and northeast Louisiana are seeing a higher risk of severe weather. The area north of and along the Interstate 10 and 12 corridor is seeing the greatest risk of severe weather.


The system moved across northwest Louisiana on Tuesday morning and reached central Louisiana by mid-morning. From midday to this evening, the system will move across the northeast portion of the State, the Florida Parishes, and the region around and south of Lake Pontchartrain. This evening into tonight, the system will move across the extreme eastern part of the state, including eastern St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes.


State Actions:


ESF-05 (Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness

·        State EOC activated the Crisis Response Team on February 22.


ESF-03 (Department of Transportation and Development):

·        ESF-03 EOC is monitoring severe weather conditions across the state and maintaining contact maintaining DOTD district readiness/response posture.


ESF-06 (Department of Children and Family Services):

·        Monitoring severe weather conditions statewide and making contact with American Red Cross


ESF-06 (American Red Cross):

·        Upon request from Washington Parish OEP Director, Red Cross Region has opened a Reception/Help Center from 12:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. today at Franklinton High School.

·        Completed various readiness activities and held Operation conference calls at 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.


ESF-08 (Department of Health and Hospitals):

·        Monitoring healthcare facilities for any impacts that may result from inclement weather. Facilities have been actively monitoring the weather situation and have been encouraged to make updates in the MSTAT system as necessary.


ESF-12 (Public Service Commission):

·        Power outages are spotty throughout the southeastern part of the state, with no parish having more than 3% of customers out.

·        Company crews are on standby to begin restoration work as soon as weather allows.


Parish Actions:



·        Assumption Parish schools, the Clerk of Court’s Office, and the Assessor’s Office all closed early.


East Baton Rouge:

·        EOC is manned with Controlled Critical Incident Management Staff.



·        Declared a State of Emergency at 10:35 a.m.

·        All parish schools and government offices closed early.

·        A tornado was reported near Richlad Rd. in White Castle at 11:35 a.m. Six homes received minor damage. Three utility poles and service lines are down.



·        A possible tornado touchdown was reported near the MSY Airport area. There was damage to one residence as well as the COK park on Salvdore Rd.

·        A small funnel cloud touched the FedEx facility on airport grounds. No damages or injuries were reported.

·        Kenner has set up a Help Line at (504) 468-HELP.



·        There are 25 SLEMCO customers without power.


St. James:

·        Lafourche Harbor Police are reporting a toll booth closure at the elevated LA Highway 1 Expressway in Leesville. Southbound traffic is being diverted to the Geaux Pass lane.



·        A tornado from the Port Vincent area moved northeast across the Interstate 12 corridor, toward Livingston, and continued to move through northern Livingston Parish.

·        A power pole fell on an occupied fan at the corner of Florida Blvd. and LA Highway 63. There were no reported injuries.

·        Approximately 20-25 homes are damaged. A quarter of those are without roofs. There are approximately 12 power lines down in the Livingston area.



·        The CEOC is activated at Level III (CAT).

·        City hall closed at 1:00 p.m.

·        Homeless shelters opened at noon and outreach teams are alerting the homeless to seek shelter. A weather update was sent to all nursing homes, senior living facilities and community health centers.

·        A small funnel cloud did touch down on the FedEx ramp. No damage was reported.

·        The Airfield Maintenance Building, Lift Station, Airfield inbound and outbound gates and well as 167V inbound and outbound gates lost power due to a blown power transformer and downed wires. Entergy was notified.

·        SWBNO EOC activated at the Central Water Plant.

·        Entergy New Orleans reports 195 outages in Orleans Parish. Most of the outages (164) are in Gentilly between St. Bernard and Paris Avenues.


Point Coupee:

·        Emergency declaration was submitted at 11:40 a.m.



·        One (1) Private school in Rapides Parish, Grace Christian, has advised they will close today at 10:00 am.


St. Charles:

·        Received several calls about minor damage in the Boutte/Ama areas, including damage to workshops and bay doors, a patio cover that was ripped off and destroyed, a chicken coop that was destroyed, and damaged vinyl siding.



·        Possible tornado or multiple tornadoes touched down in Prairieville area with multiple businesses and residents reporting structural damage.

·        Reported damage includes a home destroyed on Floyd Webb Road,  home damage and downed power lines on John Broussard Road, Kean’s Shopping Center, Magnolia Pediatrics, Investar Bank, Popeye’s, Check Engine, Gold’s Gym, and Agave Blue.

·        Power outages include 278 from DEMCO and 825 from Entergy.

·        Four traffic lights are out, including three on Airline Highway.

·        Ascension Parish Road and LA Highway 73 is closed due to a downed tree.

·        Some sections of St. Patrick Street in Donaldsonville are not passable.

·        Barricades have been placed in the right lane of both directions from Chip’s Grocery to Entergy on LA Highway 44.


St. Helena:

·        Emergency declaration was submitted at 12:12 p.m.


St. James:

·        All St. James Public Schools dismissed before noon. Parish offices closed at noon.


St. John the Baptist:

·        St. John Parish schools and government offices closed early.


St. Landry:

·        There are 31 SLEMCO customers without power.


St. Mary:

·        There are 237 CLECO customers without power.


St. Tammany:

·        Parish government offices closed at 1:00 p.m.

·        431 CLECO customers are without power.



·        The Terrebonne Levee District is reporting that the Humble Canal and Bayou Terrebonne flood gates are closed.



·        American Red Cross short-term shelter was opened to the public at 12:30 p.m. at Franklinton High School, 1 Demon Circle, Franklinton, LA 70438.

·        A State of Emergency was declared at 10:45 a.m.


West Feliciana:

·        All government offices closed at noon.

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