Tuesday afternoon Red River Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness hosted a National Weather Service Webinar and Governors Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) conference call.
The groups and Agencies that attended the Webinar include RED RIVER EMS, RED RIVER POLICE JURY, RED RIVER E911, RED RIVER FIRE DISTRICT, RED RIVER SHERIFFS OFFICE, CHRISTUS COUSHATTA HEALTH CARE CENTER, VILLAGE OF EDGEFIELD, RED RIVER CORNERS OFFICE, RED RIVER HEALTH UNIT, RED RIVER PARISH SCHOOL BOARD, FRESENIUS MEDICAL, ADVANTAGE HOME HEALTH, RED RIVER COUNCIL ON AGING, SPECIALTY REHAB, COUSHATTA POLICE DEPARTMENT, & TOWN OF COUSHATTA.
The meeting was held in the Police Jury Meeting Room regarding the concern of Tropical Storm Harvey. It is anticipated to pass through our area Wednesday – Thursday evening.
The topics discussed include.
Main Impacts by NWS.
Flash flooding – NW and N Central LA through Thu evening. Flooding impacts may be felt through this weekend and may expand in area depending on storm track.
Winds – Extreme southern portions of N LA Wed. Saturated soils will contribute to the possibility of downed trees.
Isolated tornadoes – All of N LA, with the greatest threat across NE LA Wed.
River flooding – Minor flooding possible on small tributaries by weekend.
Uncertainty – Adjustments to the overall track and intensity continue. Areas of heaviest rainfall, as well as wind threat still somewhat uncertain, but confidence improving.
There is a possibility of some strong wind gusts forecast is for 25-30 MPH. However, Gusts to 40 MPH Early Wed morning – Thursday morning Trees easily can be uprooted due to saturated soils.
We are monitoring this storm with NWS and The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP).
Red River Parish Police jury is currently handing out sandbags to the public at a limit of 15 per house hold. These sand bags can be picked up at the police jury road barn behind Dairy Queen between the hours of 8:00am and 3:00pm.
Always be prepared and have a game plan. Good items to always have in the event of any emergency is food/water (enough for at least 3 days), flashlight, batteries, and other emergency supplies ready and available.
We will keep everyone up to date if there are any changes. Please follow the Red River Parish Office of Homeland Security Facebook page for updates.
The above submitted by Shane G. Hubbard, Director Red River Parish Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP).