News Alert: Situational Awareness Report 25 February 2016 As of 4:00 p.m.
Posted: 2/25/2016 4:14:03 PM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

Situational Awareness Report
25 February 2016
As of 4:00 p.m.


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

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


State Declaration: 17 JBE 2016 State of Emergency – Severe Weather and Tornadoes


Situation: A low pressure system and cold front moved across the state from west to east on Tuesday, February 23. 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.


The system has completely moved out of Louisiana. Storm and wind damage has been reported mainly across the southeast region of the state. A full description of damages can be found below.


Updates to state and parish actions in the last twenty-four hours are listed in bold, red text.


State Actions:


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

·        The State EOC activation level returned to Level IV (CAT) on February 24 at 4:00 p.m.

·        The Governor has issued State Declaration 17 JBE 2016 – State of Emergency – Severe Weather and Tornadoes.

·        Recovery staff and IA/PA PDA teams have arrived at multiple disaster scenes.

·        Civil Air Patrol:

o   Conducting flights and photography of all affected areas.

·        GOHSEP has coordinated joint FEMA/State PDAs, which will begin on Tuesday, March 1 in the affected parishes.


ESF-03 (Department of Transportation and Development):

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

·        DOTD road closures include:

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

o   LA Highway 44 in St. James Parish

·        LA Highway 73 and LA Highway 945 in Ascension Parish, LA Highway 182 and LA Highway 87 in St. Mary Parish, US Highway 190 in Livingston Parish, the Interstate 10 off-ramps at LA Highway 3188, US Highway 61 (Tiffany Drive) in St. John the Baptist Parish, LA Highway 18 in St. James Parish, and LA Highway 993 in Iberville Parish have reopened.

·        Plaquemine Ferry operations were suspended as of 12:50 p.m. on February 23 due to the weather. The Ferry reopened later that evening; it is now operational.

·        The ESF-03 EOC will deactivate at the end of today’s operational period, but staff will continue to monitor remaining road closures and associated DOTD operations.


ESF-04 (State Fire Marshal):

·        Assisted with USAR search and rescue for victims and persons unaccounted for.

·        OSFM deployed their Emergency Response Team (18 members) and notified LATF-1 for K9 search and rescue teams.

·        LATF-1 advised that they would provide 13 K9 search and rescue dogs with handlers

·        K9 Search and Rescue commenced operations on Tuesday, February 23 at 9:00 p.m. and concluded at 3:00 a.m. the next morning with zero alerts within the RV park (approximately 150 RV lots).

·        At 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 24, OSFM Command Staff arrived on scene to meet with LATF-1 K9 Search and Rescue. Capt. Larris Bourgeois met with Governor Edwards in the OSFM command truck to brief him on K-9 search & rescue activities.

·        LATF-1 leader arrived with two K9 Search and Rescue teams at 11:00 a.m. on 2/24/2016. Search and Rescue resumed in daylight hours at 11:20 a.m., concentrating on the immediate impact area adjacent to Sugar Hill RV Park.

·        OSFM Emergency Response arrived at noon to resume search operation within the RV park. The ERT completed operations at 4:30 p.m. with no alerts. The LA-TF-1 and ERT were released at 5:00 p.m.

·        OSFM recorded drone photos and video of the Sugar Hill RV Park incident. See the file library in WebEOC for all content.


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):

·        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.

·        ARC provided food and water for 400 St. James Parish first responders.

·        Red Cross is conducting Disaster Assessments in the affected areas.

·        Hydration and canteen services (Snacks/Water) are being provided in the Convent area.

·        The Emily C. Watkins shelter population was at 22 overnight. At noon today, the population was 13. The shelter is expected to close later this evening.

·        ARC Leadership met with Amy Dawson and Barrett Nugent (Human Services Branch) on Wednesday, February 24 to provide operational updates.


ESF-06 (Louisiana VOAD):

·        Mercy Chefs is on standby for feeding, and LA Baptist is assisting with debris removal and tarping.

·        Met with St. John the Baptist Parish representatives to coordinate recovery efforts.

o   Volunteer Louisiana set up a VRC on Thursday, February 25.

o   Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans coordinating with local churches for feeding, distribution, emotional & spiritual care.

o   Louisiana Baptist is on the ground in St. John for assessment and clean-up.

o   Volunteers from Hope Reigns are arriving on Thursday, February 25 for clean-up.

o   Team Rubicon will arrive on Friday, February 26 for debris cleanup/volunteer management.

o   Second Harvest is providing food/commodities for distribution.

·        United Ways in Louisiana have started a fund for relief efforts.


ESF-06 (Salvation Army):

·        The Salvation Army responded to Convent with two. A third Canteen arrived later to replace the first two. One Canteen remained on-scene through the night and will remain through today, Wednesday, 24 February 2016.

·        A total of 203 meals, 84 snacks, and 3,041 drinks were served by 10 Salvation Army personnel.

·        Emotional & spiritual care was provided by trained officers (clergy) from The Salvation Army.


ESF-08 (Department of Health and Hospitals):

·        Fifteen ambulance units responded to the mass casualty Incident near Sunshine Bridge (Convent Area) from tornado damage. Numerous 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 delivering 12 pet cages to Poche Plantation RV Park to house tornado victims’ pets. The request was originated by the NGO assisting LDAF.   


ESF-12 (Public Service Commission):

·        Power outages have been spotty throughout the southeastern part of the state.

o   Assumption: 225

o   St. James: 533

o   St. John the Baptist: 2,935

o   Total: 3,693

·        Company crews are on standby and are beginning restoration work.

·        Major damage to infrastructure occurred in Assumption, St. James, St. John, and Tangipahoa Parishes. Some of the outages will be due to customers' homes being unable to take power until their homes are repaired and inspected and declared ready to be powered.

·        In St. James Parish, approximately 20 poles have been reported broken along River Road as well as in the Sugar Hill Trailer Park area, Schexnayder Lane and Water Tower Lane. While customers will be restored throughout the day, the estimated restoration for the last remaining customers is 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 25.

·        In St. John the Baptist Parish, crews have reported over 12 poles that have been broken.  Customers in the area of Airline Hwy from Laplace Park Subdivision to Belle Terre Blvd. as well as Sugar Ridge Subdivision, New Era Subdivision, Carrollwood Subdivision, Foxwood Subdivision, Belle Terre Subdivision, Riverlands Subdivision and Cambridge Subdivision experienced power outages.  While customers will be restored throughout the day, the estimated restoration for the last remaining customers is 5:00pm on Thursday, February 25.  

·        In Assumption Parish, the estimated restoration time for the last remaining customers is Friday, February 26.


ESF-13 (Louisiana State Police):

·        Troop A is continuing to assist in Convent, providing 1 Trooper to assist with the checkpoint on LA 44, and 5 other units, including Troop A Motors, to assist with traffic control, patrol, and crashes.

·        Troop B is continuing to provide support to the St. John Sheriff's Office in LaPlace with additional personnel to help with checkpoints, patrols, and traffic control.


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.

·        A state of emergency declaration was submitted on Thursday, February 25.



·        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.

·        Water samples have been sent to the State Health Department to confirm lines are okay to remove boil water advisory.  The advisory will remain in effect until samples are cleared with the State Health Department.

·        The Napoleonville Middle School shelter closed Tuesday, February 23 at 11:00 p.m.

·        Assumption Parish public schools reopened on Thursday, February 25.

·        All assumption Parish government personnel have returned to work.

·        OEP Director and Sheriff have taken a helicopter ride to view damages.

·        A state of emergency declaration was submitted on Thursday, February 25.


East Baton Rouge:

·        EOC is manned with Controlled Critical Incident Management Staff.



·        Declared a State of Emergency at 10:35 a.m. on Tuesday, February 23.

·        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.

·        Social media is reporting one home in Scott damaged from the weather.



·        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.

·        An emergency declaration was submitted on Wednesday, February 24.

·        The Town of Livingston is dealing with debris. LOHSEP is providing assistance.



·        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. on Tuesday, February 23.


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:

·        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 at the Lutcher Senior Center closed on Wednesday, February 24.

·        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.

·        EOC was on an extended-hours schedule the night of Wednesday, February 24.

·        An emergency declaration was submitted on Wednesday, February 24.


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.

·        The Emily C. Watkins shelter population was at 22 overnight. At noon today, the population was 13.

·        A curfew was in effect from 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 23 to 6:00 a.m. the next morning. The curfew has since been lifted.

·        Schools in St. John the Baptist Parish are closed through Friday, February 26 due to power outages.

·        Parish government offices are closed for Thursday, February 25. The Edgard courthouse is open and holding court.

·        St John Parish is opening four (4) Parish PODS to distribute donated items. The locations are Celebration Church on Highway 51, LaPlace Elementary, Ascension of our Lord at 1900 Greenwood, and the Arcuri Center at 1020 Cambridge. The PODS will operate from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. or until supplies are depleted.

·        A declaration of emergency was submitted on Thursday, February 25.


St. Landry:

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


St. Mary:

·        Yokely Road from Hwy 3211 to Hwy 182 and LA Highway 87 from the Katy Bridge east to Myette Point are closed.

·        Social media reports 20 downed power lines and close to 30 homes damaged from the tornado reported earlier. The location of the incident was the intersection of Yokely Road and Genevieve Street in Franklin.


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.

·        Tangipahoa Parish is providing light plants for the POD locations in St. John the Baptist Parish.



·        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. on Tuesday, February 23.

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


West Feliciana:

·        All government offices closed at noon on Tuesday, February 23.

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