Forward Watch

Forward Watch, August 28: Hurricane Laura

Greyshirts are now in the field clearing roadways obstructed by debris and surveying the damage caused by Hurricane Laura.

Situation Report  

Category 4 Hurricane Laura came ashore overnight in Cameron, LA with 150 mph winds and heavy rain that has already affected tens of thousands of people in southwestern Louisiana and parts of eastern Texas.  

The remaining storm bands are currently situated over Arkansas and tracking in an easterly direction. As the storm downgrades to a tropical depression it still poses a threat of flash floods for states from Arkansas to Virginia. 

The primary cause of harm was the storms high winds. They were responsible for downing trees, damaging roofs, taking out most cellular towers in the area, and cutting power to more than 800,000 homes.   

Much of the region was spared from flooding because the storm surge did not reach its predicted height and the fastmoving nature of the storm meant that significant rainfall did not have time to accumulate. Still, more than 1,300 homes were flooded by up to nine feet of water. 

How Team Rubicon is Responding  

Over 1,200 Greyshirts answered the call to respond to the devastation caused by Hurricane Laura. 

Forward Operating Base Established 

Team Rubicon has identified Lake Charles, LA as the epicenter of the damage, and has established its forward operating base there.  

Route Clearance 

Route clearance teams are on the road cutting out downed trees and removing storm debris along the I-10 corridor from Lake Charles to Sulpher, LA. This marks the first time that Team Rubicon has dispatched its new route clearance assets in the field. The successful application of this capability bodes well for its use on future operations. 

Damage Survey 

Four Greyshirt teams are performing RECON maneuvers in southwestern Louisiana, searching for communities and individual survivors in desperate need of assistance.  

The initial damage assessment suggests that saw work, debris removal, and roof tarping will be the focus of Team Rubicon’s services. 

EOC Support 

Team Rubicon is in communication with local emergency management to coordinate operations and identify populations in urgent need. 

Authorities from Orange, TX have requested the assistance of Team Rubicon to remove fallen trees and debris from the town center. In response, a sawyer team is being deployed to render this service. 

To support Team Rubicon’s response to Hurricane Laura, please donate today.