Tuesday, 04 September 2012 12:48

Jindal: Parish gets Individual Assistance; Louisiana spent $112M; Outages

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laclouds1Governor Bobby Jindal held a Unified Command Group meeting today and outlined the state’s response to Isaac.

Quick facts: 
• To date, state agencies have spent $112 million and parishes have spent over $10.1 million.

• FEMA has approved St. Charles Parish for Individual Assistance,



There are roughly 38,000 outages, or two percent of the state.


Note: Facts and figures below are current as of today’s Unified Command Group Meeting. These numbers change throughout each day. Please contact the Joint Information Center (225-358-5361) to receive updated information.


• FEMA has approved St. Charles Parish for Individual Assistance, in addition to the nine parishes that have already been approved for Individual Assistance.

Louisiana National Guard:
• The Louisiana National Guard has 6,619 Soldiers and Airmen on duty in support of the response to Isaac. The Guard has assisted in the rescue and/or evacuation of 5,227 citizens throughout the state.

• The Guard is currently supporting 15 POD sites:
o Lafourche - 1
o Jefferson - 4
o St. John- 4
o Orleans - 4
o Plaquemines – 2

• In terms of POD operations, the National Guard reports that 2,602,715 meals, 4,477,083 bottles of water, 1,043,021 bags of ice and 73,198 tarps have been distributed.

• The National Guard reports that the burn rate for the last 24 hours was 959,152 meals, 1,682,122 bottles of water, 152,623 bags of ice and 26,376 tarps.

• The Guard is supporting the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services and the Louisiana State Police with maintaining security at DSNAP locations throughout parishes.

• The Guard is assisting the Louisiana State Police with 20 Guardsmen for security operations at the Jewella shelter.

• In Jefferson Parish, the Guard is conducting security operations at the POD sites in support of the Jefferson Parish Sherriff's Office.

• In Livingston Parish, the Guard has staged a 6-man team with three high-water vehicles for Search and Rescue operations as needed.

Orleans Parish
• In Orleans Parish, the Guard is providing security for two shelters and 270 Guardsmen to assist NOPD with security operations.

• The Guard has supported Orleans Parish in clearing approximately 20.6 miles of debris.

Plaquemines Parish
• In Plaquemines Parish, the Guard is continuing security operations in support of the Plaquemines Sherriff's Office and has provided 30 Military Policemen to Port Sulphur and Venice to support local law enforcement.

• The Guard is providing generators to support the Belle Chasse Water Treatment Plant, and conducting aerial resupply missions of commodities for civilians and livestock in Venice and Port Sulphur.

St. Bernard
• In St. Bernard Parish, the Guard is conducting security operations in support of local authorities.

St. James
• In St. James Parish, the Guard is continuing security operations with six Guardsmen in support of local law enforcement in Gramercy.

• Today, the Guard has 34 Guardsmen in St. James to assist with any Search and Rescue Operations.

St. John
• In St. John the Baptist Parish, the Guard is continuing security operations with 155 Military Policemen.

St. Tammany
• The Guard has assets staged in St. Tammany to conduct Search and Rescue Operations, including 24 Humvees, 21 high-water vehicles and six boat teams.

• In Tangipahoa Parish, the Guard is conducting security operations in support of local authorities.

• To date, there are an estimated 1,567 people registered in shelters across the state. This is a reduction of 1,172 people in the last 18 hours. As of this morning, the current population at all state-run CTN shelters was 518 evacuees. This is a reduction of 1,511 evacuees. This reduction is for a number of reasons – the re-entry of Jefferson, Orleans, St. John and St. Bernard Parishes, evacuees being moved to Red Cross shelters or evacuees returning on their own.

• There were 318 evacuees at the Alexandria mega-shelter and 200 evacuees at the Jewella shelter in Shreveport. All state-run MSN shelters are either closed or on standby.

• There are an estimated 1,018 evacuees located at parish run and Red Cross shelters around the state. This is an increase of 452 since this time yesterday as a result of evacuees trying to return home and then going to a local shelter. Red Cross has increased their number of shelters in South Louisiana to accommodate for this. Of those, 155 were at parish-run shelters in impacted areas and 863 were located at Red Cross shelters around the state. The only parish-run shelters with a census were the St. Bernard Recreation Center with 5 evacuees (reduction of 3) and Centenary College in Caddo Parish, which reports a population of 150.

• The Federal Special Needs Shelter at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans has 35 evacuees (reduction of 12).

• USDA has approved the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) in nine parishes -- Ascension, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. John the Baptist and St. Tammany.

• DCFS will open DSNAP sites beginning on Wednesday, September 5.

• There have been a total of 108,790 pre-applications for DNSAP. A total of 75,501 pre-applications have been submitted in the parishes declared for DSNAP.

• DCFS is requesting DSNAP approval for St. Charles Parish now that the parish has been approved for Individual Assistance.

• Since Monday, United Way 211 has received 41,653 calls.

• The Louisiana Workforce Commission reports that 47,527 meals were served yesterday and a total of 287,514 meals have been served since Thursday.

Department of Transportation and Development:
• DOTD utilized 2 coaches to transport approximately 85 people from Shreveport back to their homes in greater New Orleans area as well as 4 coaches to transport 130 evacuees to Ascension Parish. Additionally, another coach was utilized to transport 30 people back to the Place Dubourg retirement community in LaPlace.

• This morning, DOTD completed operations to construct a 7,000 foot berm alongside I-10 at Pearl River.

• DOTD is continuing with efforts to rebuild access to La. 1, between Port Fourchon and Grand Isle, by clearing marsh grass and placing stone. DOTD has used approximately 3,900 tons of crushed stone to assist with this effort. Work is expected to be complete within the next few days. DOTD crews are working at night to avoid hampering daytime emergency response activities.

• In Plaquemines Parish, DOTD is performing clearing operations on La. 23 south of the flooded area, which is currently impassable due to flooding, marsh grass and other debris.

• Today, LA Swift, the bus service that provides coach bus rides between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, resumed its normal schedule with the exception of service at LaPlace.

• To date, more than 229.1 miles of roadway have been cleared. DOTD crews have picked up 1,575 cubic yards of debris and repaired 558 traffic signals across the affected areas. DOTD has hauled 6,850 sandbags and 6,191 cubic yards of RAP/stone is being use for emergency relief efforts.

Department of Health and Hospitals:
• Across the state, 80 nursing homes lost power. Power has been restored at 74 nursing homes and six nursing homes are running on generators.

• The Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) reports that 94 water systems are on boil advisory.

• DHH reports that all state MSN shelters are shutting down.

• The last evacuated nursing home is returning today.

• DHH is conducting flu vaccinations in shelters.

Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority:
• CPRA reconnaissance teams identified a submerged oil mat off of Elmer’s Island Monday afternoon. A portion of the mat is visible, but the submerged mat is believed to be much larger. In addition, representatives reported high concentrations of tar balls along Elmer’s Island.

• CPRA is deploying eight damage assessment teams this morning to inspect the following:
o Inner Harbor Navigation Canal (IHNC), including the Surge Barrier, Seabrook gates and interior walls
o Pump stations in the Greater New Orleans area (storm proofing)
o Southeast Louisiana Flood Control (SELA) sites in Jefferson, Orleans and St. Tammany Parishes
o Larose to Golden Meadow hurricane protection system
o West Shore of Lake Pontchartrain project in St. John the Baptist Parish
o Mississippi River levee in Plaquemines Parish

• CPRA personnel are conducting site visits to the Plaquemines Parish EOC, Lafitte and LaPlace to assess the current situation and assist in procuring additional resources as needed.

• The air drop of 800 large sandbags begins today in Plaquemines Parish where CPRA is assisting in closing an approximate 230-foot wide opening in a back levee that failed over the weekend in the Braithwaite-Scarsdale area. This is different from the intentional breach that has been working effectively to lower floodwaters in those communities.

• CPRA has provided a total of 35 pumps to the parishes of St. John the Baptist, Plaquemines, St. Charles, Lafourche, St. James, Jefferson and St. Tammany. This includes six additional pumps being procured to assist in draining the St. John Airport area and East St. John High School and the adjacent subdivision.

• A state oil reconnaissance team will be conducting surveys on the north side of Fifi Island and Beauregard Island today to inspect the area for BP oil that was exposed or remobilized by Hurricane Isaac.

Department of Corrections:
• St. Bernard Parish inmates that were being housed at a state facility have been returned to the parish facility.

• There are currently 187 parish inmates being housed at state facilities.

• There are 35 Sherriff’s deputies continuing to help in Southeast Louisiana through Friday.

Division of Administration:
• To date, state agencies have spent $112 million and parishes have spent over $10.1 million.

Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry:
• The Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) reports that hay drops to stranded cattle have been completed. LDAF continues to assess cattle needs and is distributing donated grain. LDAF continues to monitor water salinity levels and tests to date have shown that water is safe for cattle to drink.

• LDAF reports that roughly 390,000 gallons of fuel have been delivered.

Louisiana Department of Education:
• St. John and Lafourche schools are closed all this week. In Jefferson, all but three of the parish’s schools will reopen for students on Thursday, September 6, 2012. The remaining three will open Monday, Sept 10. In Plaquemines, Belle Chasse Schools are open, and all others are closed until further notice

Public Service Commission:
• There are roughly 38,000 outages, or two percent of the state.

Higher Education:
• Delgado is closed today. South Central Louisiana Technical College in Reserve is closed through Thursday.

• Five recovery centers are now open in Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. John and St. Tammany parishes.

• Almost 95,000 people have registered for FEMA Individual Assistance in the nine declared parishes.

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