Situation Report: Louisiana Flooding, March 2016

Situation Report – (period covered:  March 9 through 16, 2016)

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Situation Overview

Background

At least four deaths have been reported in Louisiana amid the flooding that began last week, and the National Guard has rescued nearly 3,300 residents.  As of March 15, an estimated 9500 homes have been damaged according to the Louisiana VOAD.  On March 9, Governor Edwards declared a state of emergency for 16 parishes; Acadia, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, Desoto, East Carroll, Grant, Lincoln, Morehouse, Ouachita, Red River, Richland, Union, Webster, West Carroll. On March 10, he amended that declaration to include the entire state (source).  Embedded video and header photo is Bossier Golden Meadows Subdivision courtesy of Michael White - Drone Flight/Cinematography/Editing. Tori Rainey - Still Photography/Editing. (source)

Mar 18 Update: Current Parishes approved for Federal Declaration (source)

1.      Ascension

2.      Allen

3.      Beauregard

4.      Bienville

5.      Bossier

6.      Caddo

7.      Calcasieu

8.      Caldwell

9.      Claiborne

10.   DeSoto

11.   Grant

12.   LaSalle

13.   Livingston

14.   Madison

15.   Morehouse

16.   Natchitoches

17.   Ouachita

18.   Richland

19.   St. Tammany

20.   Tangipahoa

21.   Union

22.   Vernon

23.   Washington

24.   Webster

25.   West Carroll

26.   Winn

Significant Updates (most recent first)

Mar 16

  • Louisiana Flood Resources, including how to apply for FEMA aid. (source)
  • Southern Louisiana residents can call 211, http://www.louisiana211.org/, for assistance and referrals.  Northern Louisiana residents should use http://www.lincc.us/communityplatform/nla to ask for assistance and resources and to volunteer.
  • Interstate 10 is closed to eastbound traffic at the Texas-Louisiana border.  Eastbound travelers should use I-20 as an alternate route. (source)
  • Northeast LA - If you need disaster supplemental nutrition (DSNAP) due to flooding in Ouachita, Richland, Morehouse, Caldwell, Union, or West Carroll Parishes, please call 318-322-3567 to preregister. If you already have SNAP benefits, you do not need to preregister. If your house has been impacted by damages or lost wages due to the flooding, call the NELA Foodbank at the number listed above and ask to preregister for DSNAP. This does not guarantee benefits. (source)
  • The Louisiana Workforce Commission is accepting applications for disaster unemployment assistance from residents and businesses in the following parishes and according to the following deadlines:  The parishes of: Bossier, Claiborne, Grant, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland and Webster have until April 14, 2016, to file DUA applications.  The parishes of: Beauregard, Bienville, Caddo, Caldwell, DeSoto, LaSalle, Livingston, Madison, Natchitoches, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Union, Vernon, Washington, West Carroll and Winn have until April 16, 2016, to file DUA applications. (source)
  • Bossier Public health service will be providing free tetanus shots and flu vaccinations to help ward off potential illness from pathogens that may exist in the floodwaters.  (source)
  • Louisiana National Guard liaison officer teams are currently operating in 15 of the 26 parishes impacted: Bossier, Beauregard, Claiborne, Caldwell, Calcasieu, Caddo, Grant, Franklin, Livingston, Lincoln, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Richland, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Washington, and Vernon. (source)
  • U-Haul is offering 30 days of free storage to Louisiana residents affected by flooding. (source)

Mar 15

  • 16 additional parishes approved for federal aid (source) Beauregard, Bienville, Caddo, Caldwell, DeSoto, LaSalle, Livingston, Madison, Natchitoches, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Union, Vernon, Washington, West Carroll, Winn.
  • The Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation's Livestock Committee has launched a hay clearinghouse to help Louisiana cattlemen who are in need due to the historic flooding across the state.  Anyone who needs hay or has hay to donate or sell can sign up at http://VoiceofLouisianaAgriculture.org and click on the "LFBF Hay Clearinghouse" link on the site menu. (source)

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 National and Regional Links

State of Emergency Declared for Louisiana Proclamation
Louisiana State
http://emergency.louisiana.gov/ 

Governor's Ofc. of Homeland Security & Emerg Prep @GOHSEP

Road Status: 511.org

National Weather Service River Forecast Center at: www.srh.noaa.gov/lmrfc.
Parish Links:
http://gohsep.la.gov/ABOUT/PARISHPA 
Louisiana State Police  
Website   Facebook  Twitter

Louisiana 211 http://www.louisiana211.org/ 

Google Public Alerts http://www.google.org/publicalerts/map 

Louisiana Parish Map of declarations:  Parish Map Image  or visit GIS Standby Task Force

Parish Links

Acadia Parish

General Situation:  Acadia government websites do not have social media accounts.  

Social Media and Government Links:

Acadia Parish Facebook: Page

Acadia Parish Police Jury website

Acadia Parish government website

Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP) - (337) 783-4357

Videos

Mar 10 local flooding in Acadia Parish (source)

Ascension Parish

General Situation:

Mar 16

Mar 15

  • OHSEP is using these videos as well as on site damage assessment teams with water craft and operators
  • Road Closures as of 9 am: Roads completely closed-- Amite Rd/Diversion Bayou Terrace Dr Raymond Tullier Rd. (source)

Mar 14

  • Ascension Parish Emergency Action Statement video. Damage assessment teams are deploying.  We encourage residents to notify us of homes and businesses impacted. To help with this assessment you can email us detailed information including address contact info and photos to Flood@APgov.us to help us document these damages.   Alternatively, you can also call our EOC at 225-621-8360.  Sandbags are available, bring your own shovel and bag your own sand.  Very few pre-filled will be available.  Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates. (source)

Shelters:

Mar 16 Red Cross Shelter - Gonzales Fire Department, 736 Orice Roth, Gonzales, LA 70737 (source)

Social Media and Government Web Links:

Ascension OHSEP Twitter: https://twitter.com/AscensionOHSEP

Ascension OHSEP Facebook page

Website: http://www.ascensionparish.net/

Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP) - (225) 621-8360         

Videos and Status: 

Beauregard Parish

General Situation:

Mar 15

  • Beauregard approved for federal aid (source)

Mar 13

  • 200 houses and 200 trailers underwater in Merryville. (source)
  • Beauregard Parish Schools open Monday except Merryville HS which will resume a normal schedule Tuesday. (source)
  • Water service has been suspended in western parts of the parish. (source) 

Social Media:

Beauregard Parish Facebook page (not active)

@BeauregardNews (not covering flood)

Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP) (337) 460-5442                 

Videos:

Mar 14 Drone footage, Merryville

Mar 13 Sabine River flooding and Merryville

Shelters:

Mar 12 Red Cross shelter - Merryville Recreation Center, 30245 Pine Street, Merryville, LA 70653 (source)

Bienville Parish

General Situation

Mar 15 - Beauregard approved for federal aid (source)

Mar 12 - Photo of road damage between Gibsland and Jamestown (source)

Mar 10 - Man drives around road closure barricade and dies (source)

Social Media and Government Links:

Bienville Parish Sheriffs Department FaceBook

Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP) (318) 263-2019

Bossier Parish

General Situation:

Mar 16

  • The Food Bank of Northwest of Louisiana will hand out water and MREs to Bossier Parish flood victims in three locations this week.  Bossier Parish residents may attend one of the three locations:
  • 5:30 pm. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Platt Elementary, 680 Highway 80 in Haughton.
  • 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Elm Grove Elementary, 1541 Highway 71 in Bossier City.
  • 3 p.m. to 7 pm., Saturday at Curtis Elementary, 5600 Barksdale Blvd. in Bossier City. (source)

Mar 15  

  • Public health service will be providing free tetanus shots and flu vaccinations to help ward off potential illness from pathogens that may exist in the floodwaters. Vaccinations will be made available at three locations in the parish Platt, Elm and Curtis Elementary. (source)
  • Approximately 300 homes have been flooded since the rains began Tuesday and about 1,000 rescues have been carried out. (source)

Mar 13

  • Bossier Parish has been approved for federal aid. (source) 

Social Media and Government Links:

Bossier Parish Police Jury Facebook page

Email: bbaker@bossierparishla.gov, Telephone: 1-800-621-3362

Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP) (318) 425-5351         

Videos and status:

Bossier Sheriff (Facebook)

Bossier Parish flooded (Facebook photo)

Bossier Golden Meadows Subdivsion under water (Source) 

Bossier Community College is reopening Mar 14 (source)

Youtube Vidoe link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7l_Sj9bI6oM&feature=youtu.be

Caddo Parish 

General Situation:

Mar 15

  • Caddo approved for federal aid (source)

Mar 14

  • Several roads still closed and a flood warning remains in effect until Monday March 14 @ 2:00pm CDT: Source1 Source2 (Road Closures)  Source3(Warning)
  • Several Closed Roads: Source Updated as of March 14 @ 1:00pm CDT
  • 24-Hour Sandbag Location: Source 
  • March 9  Bossier declared State of Emergency by Gov John Bell Edwards (source)

Social Media and Government Links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CaddoParishLA

School System Twitter (With flood closing updates): https://twitter.com/CaddoSchools

Sheriff Twitter:https://twitter.com/cpso

Sheriff Website: http://www.caddosheriff.org/

Caddo Alert Center Website / RSS Subscription: http://www.caddo.org/AlertCenter.aspx

Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP) (318) 675-2256                 

Videos:

March 10: Video - Flooding in Caddo Parish

Shelters:

Mar 14 Red Cross shelter - Southern University Shreveport, 3050 Martin Luther King Junior Dr, Shreveport, LA 71107 (open as of Mar 14).  (source) 

Calcasieu Parish

General Situation:

Mar 16

  • The Food for Seniors program is rescheduling its regular food box distribution in Starks and Vinton. The new distribution date will be March 30, 2016, provided that flood waters have gone down in those areas so residents can get to the distribution sites.  The Vinton food box distribution site is located at the Pentecostals of Vinton Church, 1805 West Street. Vinton distribution will begin at 8:30 a.m. The Starks food box distribution site is located at VFW Post #4759 located on 4402 Hwy 12. Starks distribution will begin at 9:00 a.m. (source)
  • Flood waters in Calcasieu Parish are threatening to unearth and send to the surface a number of caskets buried in low-lying cemeteries. (source)

Mar 15

  • The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office has its command post set up in Vinton on La. 109, and are continuing to respond to calls for rescue.  As the water continues to rise, the rescue missions become more and more difficult.  Rescue teams are using airboats to get around in flooded neighborhoods along the Sabine. (source)

Social Media and Government Web Links:

@cppj - Calcasieu Parish

Calcasieu Police Jury Facebook page

Calcasieu Parish Police Jury website

Calcasieu Parish government website

Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP) (337) 721-3800                 

Videos:

Mar 14 - West Calcasieu Parish residents asked to evacuate as waters continue to rise. (source)

Shelters:

Mar 16 Red Cross Shelter - K. C. Hall, 1601 Horridge Street, Vinton, LA 70668 (open as of Mar 16) (source)  The shelter is accepting donations, especially new socks, underwear, clothing and blankets. (source)

Caldwell Parish

General Situation - the only twitter accounts for Claiborne are the library and the local 4H.

Mar 15

  • Caldwell approved for federal aid (source)

Social Media and Government Links:

Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP) (318) 649-3764                 

Shelters:

Mar 14 Red Cross shelter - Caldwell Parish Community Center, 6539 US-165, Duty Ferry, LA (open as of Mar 14). (source) 

Claiborne Parish

General Situation:

Mar 14

  • No updates in social media from local officials.  Most recent photos of flooding are from March 9 (source). Most recent Road Closures as of March 9th
  • Claiborne Parish schools are open March 14. (source)

Mar 13

  • Claiborne Parish has been approved for federal aid (source) 

Social Media and Government Links:

Claiborne Parish Website

Claiborne Parish Schools FaceBook

Homer Mar 9 Photos

Haynesville http://www.haynesvillela.org/

Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP) (318) 927-9118

DeSoto Parish

General Situation

Mar 16 - Evacuation order lifted for some in DeSoto Parish (source)

Mar 15 - DeSoto Parish approved for federal aid (source)

Mar 15 - DeSoto approved for federal aid (source)

Social Media and Government Links:

DeSoto Parish EMS FaceBook

DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office Facebook

Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP) (318) 872-3956, (318) 872-1877

Grant Parish

General Situation:

  • Mar 16 @FEMA arrives in Grant Parish to help flood victims (source)
  • Mar 14  All schools in the Parish are closed. No other updates currently being shared on social media (March 14th, 1:30cdt)
  • Mar 13  Grant Parish was approved for federal aid on March 13. (source) 
  • Mar 9   Grant Parish declared State of Emergency by Gov John Bell Edwards (source)

Social Media and Government Links:

Sheriff’s Office 

School Board

Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP) (318) 627-3261                 

Shelters:

Mar 14 Red Cross shelter - Grant Civic Center, 1290 Main St, Colfax, LA (open as of Mar 14). (source) 

La Salle Parish

General Situation

Mar 15

  • La Salle approved for federal aid (source)

Social Media and Government Links:

Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP) (318) 992-0673

La Salle Parish government website

                

Shelters:

- Red Cross shelter - First Baptist Church of Olla, 3153 Elm St, Olla, LA (open as of Mar 14). (source) 

- Red Cross shelter - East Jena Baptist Church, 1220 Pepper St, Jena, LA (open as of Mar 14). (source) 

- Red Cross shelter - First Baptist Church of Jena, 2725 E Oak St, Jena, LA (open as of Mar 14). (source) 

Livingston Parish

General Situation: March 15- 379 houses flooded. (source)

Mar 15

  • Livingston approved for federal aid (source)
  • A dusk till dawn curfew is in effect for residents in severely impacted areas of Livingston Parish. Residents are advised to check with their local representatives for involvement. (source)

Mar 14

  • Photos from around the parish. (source)

Social Media and Government Links:

Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP) (225) 686-3066

Livingston Sheriff’s Office website

Livingston Sheriff’s Office Facebook page

@SheriffLPSO

                

Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e16xfniZyI8 (mg)

Shelters:

- Red Cross shelter - First United Methodist Church of Denham Springs, 319 Mattie St, Denham Springs, LA (open as of Mar 14). (source) 

Madison Parish

General Situation:

Mar 15

  • Madison Parish approved for federal aid (source)

Social Media:

Madison Parish 911 Facebook page

City of Talullah FaceBook

Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP) (318) 574-6911                 

Morehouse Parish 

General Situation:  Mar 16 U.S. Highway 165 South (New Monroe Road) between Bastrop & the parish line at Perryville is now open.  Water is receding in some areas, but some roads remain closed (source)  Extreme flooding at Little Missouri Loop area.

Mar 16  

  • Aerial video taken of the Little Missouri Loop area north of Hwy 2 in Morehouse Parish. The flooding extends from north of the Arkansas state line down past the I-20 to the Ouachita RIver at Duty Ferry, LA.  (source)

Mar 13

  • So far, 200 houses have been affected, and more than 1,000 people have been displaced. Sheriff Tubbs says the sheriff's office is working closely with the National Guard, providing shuttle services to those in flooded areas, as well as helping deliver medical supplies as well. (source)

Mar 14

  • Mar 14 - schools closed till Mar 28. (source) 

Mar 13

  • Approved for federal aid (source)

Social Media:

@DailyEnterprise (community paper in Bastrop, LA)

Bastrop Daily Enterprise Facebook page 

Morehouse Parish Sheriff's Office Facebook page 

Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP) (318) 239-8062                 

Videos:

Morehouse Parish Flooding (news video) 

Mar 15 - Video of white caps in what used to be a soybean field in Morehouse Parish (source)

Shelters and Relief:

Mar 16

  • Care & Hope Ministry, 2038 East Madison Ave, Bastrop, LA (coordinating distribution of food water, clothing toiletries, 9am-5pm, Mon-Sat) (source)
  • St John Baptist Church, 1704 E. Madison, Bastrop, LA (free evening meals). (source)
  • Williams Drive Church of Christ, 402 Williams Dr, Bastrop, LA (free evening meals). (source)

Natchitoches Parish

General Situation:

Mar 16

  • Red Cross opened a shelter at Martin Luther King Recreation Center – 660 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Natchitoches (source  and source)
  • Volunteers are needed for disaster shelter, If you are interested in becoming a shelter volunteer contact NPSO Deputy Jenny Perkins at 471-4895.  (source)
  • Road closure: According to the LADOT reports  US-71 at the Natchitoches-Winn Parsh line will be closed today March 16th, effectively at 12:00pm. Please use an alternate route if you plan on traveling through that area.
  • Floodwaters recede at Isle Brevelle cemetery, church surveys damage (source)

Mar 15

  • Natchitoches Parish approved for federal aid (source)

Social Media:

@NatchitochesSO

Natchitoches Sheriff Facebook Page

Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP) (318) 238-7720                 

Videos

Mar 10 Flooding Natchitoches

Ouachita Parish

General Situation:

Mar 16

  • Ouachita Sherif is providing boat escort for residents to retrieve meds & necessities visit EOC at ULM Brown Stadium http://on.fb.me/254KXqo  
  • Flood waters stand across large portions of the Town & Country area in north Monroe.  Large military vehicles continue to assist residents leaving the subdivision and apartments and animal control officers have had to make rescues in Town & Country. (source)

Mar 15

  • West Ouachita roads heavily damaged. (source)

Mar 14

  • Mar 14 Samaritans Purse is deploying to West Monroe (source)
  • Mar 14 0800 The Town & Country NO ACCESS order signed by the OPPJ is still in effect and is being enforced. Consideration was being given to escorting residents in to retrieve medication and essential personal items, but changing water conditions overnight has forced the cancellation of that plan. (source)
  • Mar 13 Approved for federal aid (source)

Website http://www.opso.net/

Sheriffs Office Twitter https://twitter.com/OuachitaSheriff  (inactive)

Sheriffs Office FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/OuachitaParishSheriffsOffice

Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP) (318) 322-2641

Mar 14 Video of flooded farm in Ouachita Parish (source)

Mar 14 Photo US 165 between Monroe and Bastrop is still flooded (source)

Mar 14 FaceBook flood page for Ouachita Parish (source)

Mar 13 Video Aerial footage of flooding across Ouachita parish (source)

Shelters:

Red Cross shelter - St Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 143 Church St, Sterlington, LA (open as of Mar 14). (source) 

Rapides Parish

General Situation:  Mar 16 - No updates in social media since Mar 14 - Anyone needing temporary shelter is asked to call the Rapides Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness at 318–445–0391 (source)

Social Media and Government Web Links:

Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office Facebook page

Rapides Parish Police Jury website

Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP) (318) 445-0396

Shelters:

Mar 15

  • Red Cross shelter - Old Cleco Building, 201 Cleco Dr, Pineville. (source)

Red River Parish

General Situation: Mar 16 Multiple roads and bridges impacted, levees are being inspected.  Helo sandbagging of Soggy Bayou may begin today that will close LA 515 at 514 and no traffic will be allowed during that maneuver to travel north on 515. (source)

  • Mar 9 Red River Parish declared State of Emergency by Gov John Bell Edwards (source)

Social Media and Government Links:

Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP) (318) 932-8502

Shelters:

  • Mar 15 CPSO reports that shelters are available at Outreach Baptist Church and the Caldwell Parish Recreation Center in Columbia. Emergency shelters also have been set up at the Rayville Civic Center and at Mangham Baptist Church. (source)
  • Mar 14 Red Cross shelter, Grand Bayou Resort Center, 5286 LA 784, Coushatta, LA (open as of Mar 14). (source) 

Richland Parish

General Situation:  

Mar 14

  • Water rushes from a Lafourche diversion canal into fields off LA 15 in Richland Parisha spoil bank on Bayou Lafourche. (source)
  • Evacuation of the Richland Parish Jail in Hebert, which houses 500 inmates due to the Laforcue spoil bank. (source)
  • Spoil Bank Ruptures (source)
  • Residents in Richland Parish town evacuating after dam break (source)

Mar 13

  • Approved for federal aid (source)
  • There was a levee overtopping near Hebert on Sunday Night forcing a Mandatory Evacuation.(source)
  • School Board: All schools closed monday

Social Media and Government Links:

Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP) (318) 728-0453                 

Shelters:

  • Mar 10 Rayville Civic Center, 706 Louisa St., Rayville, La. 71269 (source)

Saint Tammany Parish

General Situation:

Mar 16

  • US-190 EB between US 90 and Downey Rd Closed (source)
  • The Magnolia Forest subdivision is still under water  (source)
  • Facebook is broadly sharing an open letter to state school system on not closing the schools (source)
  • How to volunteer - Volunteer Louisiana
  • Tammany Humane Society Is Open and Operating (source)

Mar 15

  • St Tammany approved for federal aid (source)

Mar 14

  • Due to flooding, DOTD and the Mississippi Department of Transportation announce that Interstate 59 and Interstate 10 in south Louisiana/Mississippi may close today.The closures will affect I-59 at the Louisiana state line and Interstate 10 in Hancock County.  (source)
  • The Flood Warning continues for the following rivers in Louisiana... Bogue Chitto River At Franklinton affecting Washington Parish Bogue Chitto River Near Bush affecting St. Tammany Parish The Flood Warning continues for The Bogue Chitto River Near Bush.  (source)Mar 13: Pearl River City recommended citizens living along Shingle Mill Road evacuate by 3 p.m. (source)
  • St Tammany Schools Closed (source)

Social Media and Web Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sttammanyparish 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/STPGOV 

Website: http://stpgov.org/ 

GoogleAlerts: St. Tammany Parish

City of Slidell:  https://twitter.com/CityofSlidell

Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP) (985) 898-2359

Videos and updates:

Mar 14 I10 between Slidell and Mississippi state line flooded (source)Mar 14 Video of I59 Pearl River - water approaching highway (source)

Mar 14 Wild boar stuck in the moving waters on I59 video

Mar 14 Slidell proper “dodged the bullet” (source)

Mar 13 City of Pearl River:  Sandbagging and under evacuation (source)

Mar 13 Covington:  Household goods are available at New Zion Baptist Church Covington

Mar 12 City of Folsom: flooded https://twitter.com/mwelch5363/status/708809916757188609 

Mar 12 Covington is under water - Video  (source)

Shelters:

  • Mar 15 - Red Cross shelter - Community Christian Church, 1460 N. Lindberg, Slidell, LA 70458 (source)

Tangipahoa Parish

General Situation:

Mar 16

  • As of earlier today, the Tangipahoa River at Robert dropped back below flood stage. A few parish roads remained flooded as of 10:30 a.m. (source)
  • Red Cross shelter 1 Eagle Heights church is in need of diapers. (source)  
  • List of all state roads still closed in Parish (source)

Mar 15

  • Tangiapahoa approved for federal aid (source)

Mar 14

  • Tangipahoa officials are estimating at least 1,500 homes in the parish have been damaged by flood waters, with half of those receiving major damage. (Source)
  • The parish government along with the Tangipahoa Parish Government's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness are asking residents who received flood damage inside of their homes to contact their damage assessment teams. (Source)  You can contact the parish government's assessment teams by calling 985-748-3211 or emailing stormdamage@Tangipahoa.org.  (Source)

Social Media and Government Links:

Website: http://www.tangipahoa.org/

Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP) (985) 748-9602

Videos:

Mar 12 -  Flooded areas along Interstate 12 in both Tangipahoa and St. Tammany Parishes

Shelters:

Red Cross shelter - Eagle Heights Church, 47318 Rufus Bankston Rd, Tickfaw, LA (open as of Mar 14). (source)

- Red Cross shelter - Shell Robert Training Center, 23260 Shell Lane, Robert, LA (open as of Mar 14). (source) 

 

Union Parish

General Situation:

Mar 16

  • Flood warning in effect until 8pm CDT, March 16 (source)

Mar 15

  • Union Parish approved for federal aid (source)
  • About 1,500 homes are flooded in Farmerville. (source)
  • All Union Parish schools closed through March 18. (source)
  • Boil water advisories for these Systems: D’Arbonne Water System North, D’Arbonne Water System South, Farmerville Water System (update @ 5:15 pm - Per Farmerville Water Dept, this only pertains to Eagle Point Subdivision.), Point Wilhite Water System, West Sterlington Water System. (source)

Social Media and Web links:

Union Parish Sheriff’s Office Facebook page

Union Parish Government website

Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP) (318) 513-6202                 

Vernon Parish

General Situation:

Mar 16

  • Radio interview update with Vernon Sheriff Department on recovery efforts. Asking residents to contact emergency management to register and report all damage and thanking area churches for their support of the community (source)
  • Boil advisory lifted for West Vernon Parish (source)
  • Anyone whose residence has been affected by flood waters can contact the Vernon Parish E-911 Office at 337-238-9911 regarding the re connection of their electricity. (source)
  • Photo of road damage on LA-8 east of the Sabine River near Burr Ferry (source)

Mar 15

  • Vernon Parish approved for federal aid (source)

Mar 12

  • Burr Ferry Pentecostal Church, La 8, Leesville, Vernon Parish is providing meals for evacuees and workers throughout the day. (source)

Social Media and Government Links:

Vernon Parish Sheriff Dept on FaceBook

Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP) (337) 238-0815                 

Washington Parish

General Situation: Clean up has begun for a lot of you now that the rivers are receding please make sure that you report your flood damage to Washington Parish OHSEP at 985-839-0434 Source

Mar 15

  • Washington approved for federal aid (source)

Mar 14

  • Citizens can seek shelter in Franklinton at the Franklinton High School and in Bogalusa at the Elizabeth Sullivan Memorial Church on Avenue B.
  • Washington Parish citizens can pick up sandbags at the Washington Parish jail.
  • Sheriff Seal is urging Washington Parish residents to stay off the roads today. There is still debris and water on the roadways.
  •  Multiple roads currently closed including LA1072 @ Springhill, LA 16 West of LA 1072 (bridge closed until inspected) and Hwy 437 from St. Tammany Parish line to Enon Source Road Washouts  Road Washouts  Road closures and detours can be found using the Louisiana Traveler Information System through several different methods including the 511 phone system, www.511la.org
  • Please report washed out roads and bridges in our parish By using Facebook to report, It helped with a faster process of assessment and to begin the repair by our crews .facebook
  • Choctaw Landfill Phones are out but the Landfill is open for business. Hours of business 7am to 5pm Please share this information as the cleanup begins lots of people are trying to get to the Landfill.

Social Media and Government Web Links:
Washington Parish Government
facebook 
Website
http://wpso.la.gov/

Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP) (985) 839-0434                 
Shelters:

Mar 15

  • Red Cross shelter - Elizabeth Sullivan Memorial United Methodist Church, at 510 Ave B, Bogalusa (source)

Mar 11

  • Franklinton High School, 1 Demon Circle, Franklin (Source)
  • Elizabeth Sullivan University Methodist Church, 510 Avenue B, Bogalusa (Source)

Webster Parish

General Situation:

Mar 16

  • Road status updates (source)
  • Donation drop off locations and supplies needed to help flood victims. (source)
  • Boil advisory has been issued by the Central Water System in  Heflin, Louisiana. (source)

Mar 15

Mar 13

  • Approved for federal aid. (source)

Social Media and Government Web Links:

Visit Webster: Web Twitter Facebook

Webster Parish School Board

Webster Parish Police Jury Website

Webster Parish government website

Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP) (318) 371-1128

Videos:

- Flooding in Doyline, LA, Mar 14.

West Caroll

General Situation:

Mar 16

  • Floodwaters in bayou continue to rise - farm fields flooded (source)

Mar 15

  • West Carroll Parish approved for federal aid (source)
  • Aerial Photos flooding West Carroll Parish (source), (source), (source)

Social Media and Government Links:

Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP) (318) 428-8020

West Carroll Parish government website

Winn Parish

General Situation:

Mar 15

  • Winn Parish approved for federal aid (source)
  • Photos of flood damage on Saline Lake in FB from CERT team in Winnfield (source)

Mar 11- Photo house flooded in Winn Parish (source)

Mar 10 - Photos of LSP air support search and rescue efforts in Winn Parish (source)

Social Media:

Winn Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness Facebook

Winn Parish Community Emergency Response Team CERT FaceBook

Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP) (318) 628-1160

Airports

Flights and Airport Status:  No reported delays or closures.

Communications

Amateur Radio

Louisiana ARES

Central Louisiana Amatuer Radio Club

Other Communications

ITDRC has activated 2 of their Satellite CARES partners in LA, and mobilized an Assessment Team to Bossier Parish on Saturday. They have conducted needs assessments in a 50 mile radius the last couple of days, and are moving East to Monroe this afternoon to assess that area.

Red Cross

Offices & Contact Information

Louisiana Region Twitter Facebook

Local Chapters

Twitter

Hashtags:

Official event hashtag: #LAfloods #LAwx #FEMA

Other important hashtags: Use parish or town names

Animals in Disaster

Animal Shelters

While the HSL and the LSART are providing disaster relief to people and their animals, the two agencies are requesting people report any animals in danger to their parish Office of Emergency Preparedness.

Organizations Rescuing or Accepting Animals

Mar 14

  • The Humane Society of Louisiana is asking residents this week to report any animals that may be in danger as several parishes deal with flooding in the state. Officials said the HSL is receiving a high volume of calls relating to companion and large animals trapped by floodwaters in multiple parishes. (source)    
  • Bossier Parish - Bossier City Animal Control is providing temporary shelter for displaced pets.  BCAC has space for more evacuees and no one will be turned away This service is free of charge and must show ID stating you are a Bossier parish resident.  For those with immediate, disaster-caused needs Please call 318-741-8499 to make arrangements. (source)          
  • Tangipahoa Parish - Tangi Humane Society in Hammond, LA is helping rescued horses and displaced pets.        
  • St Tammany Parish - St Tammany Humane Society, 20384 Harrison Ave, Covington, Louisiana is providing shelter for lost and displaced pets during the flooding.                      

Volunteers Reporting

Alice, Cat, Chris, Aline, Damon, Dana, Cindy, Joshua, Matt, Najeeb, Skye, Judi