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Louisiana Floods of 2016

Louisiana Floods of 2016

Many residents of Louisiana went to sleep on the night of August 11 th , 2016 knowing rain was predicted for the State. This was nothing new to Louisiana, just another heavy rain like so many others before. What no one realized including the meteorologists, was how much rain would fall in a short period of time because the storm’s forward movement would stall over the central region of the State. More than 30’ of rain in 15 hours over central Louisiana. As people awoke in the morning, they found water already inches deep in their homes and water levels continuing to rise. Not only did the State need to manage the initial floods from the rains, but the subsequent flooding that occurred as the rivers breached their banks as the water moved south to the Gulf coast. The State quickly declared a disaster and R-S-I was requested to deploy staff to assist the Bureau of EMS (ESF-8) in the Tactical Operations Center TOC). R-S-I staff were deployed in the state for over ten days supporting the States efforts in managing, tracking, and deploying surge ambulances to address the needs of the communities. R-S-I staff filled positions as Planning Section Chief, Logistics Section Chief, and Resource/Asset Managers. The TOC was run on a 24-hour schedule for the duration of our deployment.