Storm Watch

Tropical system forecast to enter Gulf today on path to — where?

NOAA Map

East Baton Rouge FLOOD WARNING

WAFB Weather page with radar etc.

The WatchersGulf Coast prepares for flooding rains, strong winds, rip currents and high surf

“The system is expected to bring widespread heavy rain and flooding, gusty winds, rip currents, high surf as well as some coastal flooding.”

June 21 –  Boy, 10, Killed as Tropical Storm Cindy Churns Towards Gulf Coast

Yellowstone Updated

Flood Warnings (not for Assumption Parish though) < Feb. 3 UPDATE

UPDATE – Feb. 3

The water level at Donaldsonville is going down. The higher water is come downstream on the other side of N.O.. Pearl River is getting higher – chart
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Louisiana LIVE DATA on river stages (map)

NEWS

Open-Air Explosives Burn Plan –

LiveAmmo   Colfax meeting Thursday is to prepare for DEQ hearing

” . . . . Some scientists and environmentalists say the contaminants from the waste that is openly burned are a threat to human health, especially in a 40-mile radius of the company’s 700-acre site located off La. Highway 471 about 5 miles northwest of the town of Colfax.”

Colfax is ½ way between Shreveport and Baton Rouge, north from Bayou Corne. MAP

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CrosstexHarryAbout the butane stored next to Lake FUBAR … Crostex hasn’t put out an update ALL YEAR(!)

Important LA 12 helicorder has been BROKEN for 3 months now. LA 10-02 is also still broken. LA 10-01 (surface) shows a lot of bangs. LA 17-02 looks like a dog got it and is shaking it like a rat.

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950 PM CST WED JAN 27 2016

...The flood warning continues for the following rivers in
Louisiana...

  Mississippi River At Red River Landing affecting East Baton
  Rouge...Pointe Coupee and West Feliciana Parishes

  Mississippi River At Baton Rouge affecting East Baton Rouge and
  West Baton Rouge Parishes

  Mississippi River At Donaldsonville affecting Ascension Parish

  Mississippi River At Reserve affecting St. Charles...St. James and
  St. John The Baptist Parishes

WAFB River Stages

We’ll keep an eye on snow melt this week – FC

This flood season brings subsidence to mind. Just added this doc to the SALT DOME page (at the bottom) – Effects of Earthquakes, Fault Movements, and Subsidence on the S. Louisiana Landscape
It has this interesting map – (big size, click to see)
S_LouisianaFaults

NEWS

New St. Bernard president signs coastal lawsuit deal with top donors

(Dec. 23) A Federal Judge in Sinkhole Litigation applies Louisiana Law to one Excess Insurance Policy

Case: Lisa Leblanc, et al v. Texas Brine Co., LLC, et al.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
No. 12:12-2059 & Consolidated Cases (E.D. La. November 23, 2015)

This litigation involves a consolidated $80 million class action to recover damages resulting from the development of a sinkhole on property allegedly belonging to and or under the Defendants, Texas Brine Co., LLC and Occidental Chemical Corporation in Assumption Parish, Louisiana. The sinkhole was allegedly caused by Texas Brine’s operations, and in response to Plaintiffs’ claims, Texas Brine sued numerous insurers that issued liability policies to the company over the past 20 years. In the demands, Texas Brine seeks defense and indemnity, and with respect to one excess carrier, Liberty Insurance Underwriters (Liberty), Texas Brine also seeks damages, penalties and attorneys fees under La. R.S. Section 22:1973, one of Louisiana’s bad faith statutes. The putative class of Plaintiffs also filed claims against Texas Brine’s insurers under the Louisiana Direct Action Statute, La. R.S. 22:1269. . . .  (more)

(Dec. 30) – Federal Court in Louisiana Finds Louisiana Law Applies to Texas Insured’s Claims Against Insurer Relating to Louisiana incident

Use of federal drinking water varies in Deep South

“ATLANTA (AP) — Much of the so-called “set aside” money intended to help states comply with federal drinking water requirements covers salaries of state employees and payment to private contractors, according to state records in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi reviewed by The Associated Press. In addition to providing loans for local water projects, the federal Drinking Water State Revolving Fund allows states to set aside up to 31 percent of the money they receive for operating and administrative costs. . . .”

Weekend News

SATURDAY

There are some flood warnings north and south of Assumption Parish. MAP   We are still watching the weather —  | next    Seismic activity still crazy at Lake FUBAR  We are still watching the helicorders —heli_button

CROSSTEX the company in charge of the butane cavern NEXT to the subsiding mess underground  haven’t given out a “daily” update[sic] since June 9th. They keep adding MORE explosive/flammable content and we suspect if they were lessening the ammo down there they’d put out an update to ease fears.

The AdvocateNo Gulf seismic surveys in critical whale, dolphin areas

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Oil and gas companies working in the Gulf of Mexico have agreed not to use seismic surveys for the next 2 ½ years in three areas considered critical to whales and along the coast during the peak calving season for bottlenose dolphins….

Sinkhole settlement offer accepted by some evacuees
Deadline for evacuees to reach buyout deals with Texas Brine is 5:30 p.m. Monday

[Big Chemical Co.] Shintech expanding Louisiana plants

AND –  Texas town sues plant owner, supplier over fertilizer blast

WACO, Texas (AP) — Officials of the small Texas town devastated by an April 17 fertilizer plant blast that killed 15 people has filed suit against the plant owner and supplier.

The lawsuit filed Friday seeks unspecified damages from plant owner Adair Grain and CF Industries, which supplied agricultural-grade ammonium nitrate to the plant in West, Texas. A fire at the plant ignited the explosive chemical, flattening homes, schools and businesses and killing firefighters and other first-responders. . .

CF Industries had that fertilizer plant just blow up in Dondaldsonville.

Strange Sounds – Sinkhole formation in Missouri and Underground Explosions in California and Texas

There has been no info from usual sources in the last few days about any earthquakes in the New Madrid Fault area and we think they have gone on as usual. Now we see lot of activity over by W. Virginia and Tenn. .

SUNDAY

Seismos look quiet. Big ogre is snoozing down there. Let’s see what happens when it wakes up.

We removed the USGS earthquake map from the sidebar list as it is simply useless.

About 11:45 a.m. CST  the ogre at the bottom of Lake FUBAR yawns to waking. It shows on LA12. Let’s watch. Right now our ONLY means of getting news about the disaster at Bayou Corne is by watching these monitors. . . and guessing results.