News Alert: Situational Awareness Report 23 February 2016 As of 10:00 p.m.
Posted: 2/24/2016 8:15:58 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

Situational Awareness Report
23 February 2016
As of 10:00 p.m.


State EOC Activation Level: Level III (Partial Activation)

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


Situation: A low pressure system and cold front moved across the state from west to east today. This system carried 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.


As of 9:00 p.m., the system has almost completely moved out of the state. Storm and wind damage has been reported mainly across the southeast region of the state. A full description of damages can be found below.


State Actions:


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

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

·        The Governor has signed a state emergency declaration. It will be distributed on Wednesday.

·        The State EOC updated its activation level to Level III (Partial Activation) today at 6:00 p.m.

·        Recovery staff will begin organizing for IA PDA teams on Wednesday.


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.

·        DOTD road closures include:

o   US Highway 61 (Tiffany Drive) in St. John the Baptist Parish,

o   LA Highway 1 between LA Highway 70 and LA Highway 1005 in Assumption Parish

o   The intersection of US Highway 190 and LA Highway 63 in Livingston Parish

o   LA Highway 993 between LA Highway 1 and LA Highway 404 in Iberville Parish

o   LA Highway 44 and LA Highway 18 in St. James Parish

o   LA Highway 182 between the Baldwin Bridge and Parish Road 28 and LA Highway 87 in St. Mary Parish.

·        LA Highway 73 and LA Highway 945 in Ascension Parish have been reopened.

·        Plaquemine Ferry operations were suspended as of 12:50 p.m. due to the weather. The Ferry has since reopened and is now operational.


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 opened a Reception/Help Center from 12:30 p.m. at Franklinton High School. Ten people used the shelter. The shelter closed at 6:00 p.m.

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

·        ARC is providing food and water for 400 St. James Parish first responders. An ERV team and food have been secured and mobilized.

·        Per request from St. James OEP, opening a shelter at Lutcher Senior Center, 2461 Louisiana Ave. in Convent.  Red Cross managing and providing cots, blankets, food and supplies.


ESF-06 (Louisiana VOAD):

·        Louisiana VOAD is continuing to monitor the weather events and is in communication with members for potential coordination. 

·        Mercy Chefs is on standby for feeding, and Louisiana Baptist are assisting in Livingston with debris removal and tarping.


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.

·        Fifteen ambulance units are responding to a mass casualty Incident near Sunshine Bridge (Convent Area) from tornado damage. Approximately 30 patients have been transported to area hospitals. EMS is working at scene to identify additional patients.


ESF-11 (Department of Agriculture and Forestry):

·        LDAF is monitoring WebEOC for resource requests to assist the parish response.   


ESF-12 (Public Service Commission):

·        Power outages are spotty throughout the southeastern part of the state.

o   Ascension: 1,045

o   Assumption: 8,211

o   Bienville: 7

o   EBR: 22

o   Iberia: 3

o   Iberville: 265

o   Jefferson: 1,927

o   Lafourche: 10

o   Livingston: 839

o   Orleans: 2,321

o   Plaquemines: 6

o   St. Charles: 70

o   St. James: 1,157

o   St. John the Baptist: 8,121

o   St. Martin: 661

o   St. Mary: 332

o   St. Tammany: 899

o   Tangipahoa: 54

o   Terrebonne: 439

o   Total: 26,389

·        Company crews are on standby and are beginning restoration work as the weather allows.

·        Entergy reported that multiple substations were knocked out in Assumption, leading to the large number of outages there.


ESF-13 (Louisiana State Police):

·        The Louisiana State Police EOC is currently monitoring weather conditions across the state and is standing by for requests from State Police Troops and other agencies.

·        Troop A sent six (6) additional units to assist at the Convent tornado site.

·        Troop B personnel are assisting the St. John Sheriff's Office at this time, providing day and night shift personnel.  US 61 is completely closed at Tiffany Street at this time.  Day shift personnel will remain on duty until the damage and personnel need can be assessed.


Parish Actions:



·        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. Crews are on the scene for repairs to this area. Businesses have been tarped and operations will continue Wednesday.

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

·        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.

·        Sorrento Primary school will be closed Wednesday due to power outages.

·        Ascension Parish has sent mutual aid to St. James Parish to help with a Mass Casualty Incident at the Sugar Hill Trailer Park. A mass casualty bus has been deployed as well as fire, EMS, and USAR personnel.



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

·        The Paincourtville area received significant damage from a tornado.  The True Value Store, LeBlanc's Brothers Concrete Plant, the Assumption water tower were all heavily damaged.  Multiple power lines are down and many trees are down on Highway 1 and Highway 308.  Homes were damaged on Ewell Street and Daggs street, the extent of damage to these homes is unknown at this time. 

·        The parish is under a boil water advisory due to the damage to the water tower.

·        The Napoleonville Middle School gym shelter has been moved to Belle Rose Middle School.

·        Council on Aging busses are assisting residents with transportation in the affected areas.   

·        A shelter has been established at Napoleonville Middle School.

·        A state of emergency will be filed when the Clerk of Court’s Office opens Wednesday morning.

·        All public schools will be closed on Wednesday.


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.

·        An additional tornado was reported at 3:18 p.m. on LA Highway 404 in White Castle.  Several utility poles are down. There are power outages in Bayou Sorrel, Bayou Pigeon, and outside the White Castle city limits.  



·        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.



·        Landry Road in the vicinity of 3750 has a downed utility pole and live wires. The location is being worked by the Lafayette FD.



·        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 vehicle at the corner of US Highway 190 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 parish has tarps for moderately damaged homes.



·        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 and power was restored.

·        SWBNO EOC activated at the Central Water Plant.

·        New Orleans EMS dispatched its Surge Ambulance Bus in support of Acadian Ambulance in St John the Baptist Parish. At the request of the Region 3 EMS DRC and Acadian Ambulance, NOEMS will also deploy two (2) ambulances and two (2) sprint (Chief) vehicles.

·        At the request of St. John Parish, NOHSEP will deploy one (1) emergency manager and a TBD number of NOFD personnel in support of sheltering/EOC operations.  

·        At the request of NOFD, USAR LA TF1 is conducting an informal stand by until the present weather situation clears.

·        The Canal Street Ferry is currently out of service due to severe weather.


Point Coupee:

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


St. Bernard:

·        Parish government offices closed at 1:00 p.m., and schools dismissed at 2:00 p.m.


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.


St. Helena:

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

·        A mobile home was damaged and blown off its blocks on Green Lane.


St. James:

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

·        A tornado at the Sugar Hill Trailer Park caused major damage. Out of 160 trailers in the park, 100 sustained damaged. There are approximately 50-100 injuries. Triage has been established at 9100 Safety Drive. The shelter is at the Lutcher Senior Center, and two people are there. A help line number has been established for residents

·        A state urban search and rescue team (USAR) has been deployed to assist other first responders who are searching the area.

·        The tornado crossed the Mississippi River at mile marker 164, causing 45 barges to break loose and float downriver.


St. John the Baptist:

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

·        A tornado in damaged the room of the St. John Parish Sheriff’s Patrol Building in LaPlace. The Sheriff’s K-9 units are now loose. Additionally, a patrol unit was flipped over in the tornado. The jail is intact.

·        Many houses were destroyed by the tornado. First responders are conducting door-to-door search and rescue.

·        Emily C. Watkins has been set up as a shelter location.

·        A curfew has been implemented from 10:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. for Cambridge Riverlands subdivision including Ellerslie, Greenwood, Madewood and west Frisco, Palmetto, Indigo Parkway, Belle Terre.

·        All public schools will be closed on Wednesday.


St. Landry:

·        Some residents lost power throughout the day. No extensive damage was reported.


St. Mary:

·        A tornado possibly touched down near the Baldwin Bridge between Franklin and Baldwin. Roof damage to a few homes and knocked down power lines were reported.


St. Tammany:

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

·        A few homes in the Lacombe area were damaged due to a possible tornado.

·        A USCG station/boat house at the mouth of the Tchefuncte River was heavily damaged.

·        There is scattered street flooding throughout the parish, but water is beginning to recede.



·        No significant structure damage is being reported at this time.



·        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

·        No significant structure damage is being reported at this time.


West Feliciana:

·        All government offices closed at noon.


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