April 2011 Storms and Flooding - May 4, 2011 11:00 a.m.
Severe storms have resulted in flooding issues across the Southern part of the state. The Missouri
State Highway Patrol and Water Patrol Division pre-staged assets to assist evacuations and water
rescues as needed. Two deaths have been attributed to the flooding. The State Emergency
Management Agency (SEMA) is currently activated providing assistance to the counties as
requested. Primary areas affected are Regions C, D, E and G in eastern and southern Missouri.
The Corps of Engineers breached outflow #2 yesterday 5/3 at approximately 12:37 p.m.
The Corps has suspended operations for 24 hours in order to bring in more materials to
breach outflow #1.
The Corps of Engineers breached the levee at Birds Point May 2, at 10:05 p.m. Since that time the
Ohio River at Cairo has receded to 60.62 and continues to recede. The lower outflow crevasses are
scheduled to be breached today May, 3.
Barkley Dam (Kentucky) Operations:
The latest outflow from Barkley Dam is 89,800 as of 10 am May 4.
The latest outflow from Kentucky Dam is 184,458 as of 12 pm May 4.
Lake Wappapello Stage currently shows the lake level at 399.34 at 11 am May, 4.
Clearwater Lake Stage currently shows the lake level at 566.4 at 11 am May, 4.
St. Francis River at Fisk shows a current stage of 26.88 and falling.
Ohio at Cairo
59.82 (11 am)
Falling to 59.8
Crested May 1
Crested May 1
Crested May 2
50.0 May 7
51.7 May 8
49.5 May 9
Crested May 2
Crested May 3
St. Francis River
28ft May 6
Southeast Missouri: 5/4 Sunshine and Cool. An upper level weather disturbance will
bring the next chance of rain Thursday night (5/5). Expected rainfall is .25 inches or
less. This amount of rain should not have a significant impact on flood waters.
Southwest Missouri: 5/4 A departing area of high pressure will allow for southerly
winds to return to the area. This will bring clear skies and warmer temperatures. High
temperatures should be in the mid 60 to 70 degree range.
Northeast/Central Missouri: 5/4 There is a chance for thunderstorms late tonight,
primarily across parts of northeast Missouri. Any storms that do form are not expected
to be severe.
Butler County– MSHP officers are assisting MoDot with traffic control at the intersection
of US 60 and Missouri 51. The St. Francis River continues to rise and is now over part of
the eastbound driving lane of US 60. Wappapello Lake has crested and is now slowly
5/3 Rick Sliger, Emergency Management Director Butler County reports that Fisk should not be
impacted with projected water levels on the St. Francis River. Poplar Bluff Police Department reports
they are working at normal strength with no extra manpower needed. Impact should be minimal
from the new forecasted levels on the Black River. A shelter is set up at the First Methodist Church
in Poplar Bluff for displaced people.
The city of Qulin and the City of Fisk and surrounding area is under voluntary evacuation as of May
2. At 2 pm, Clearwater Lake was at 564.18 feet and rising. Discharge from the lake was increased
to 4,000 CFS at 0700 hours this morning. The normal maximum discharge is 3850 CFS. Corp
advised the 4,000 CFS has been done in the past and should not cause any problems by itself. Corp
did advise that the 4,000 CFS was not going to be enough to prevent an overflow discharge.
Current projections say that 300 to possibly 400 CFS could go over the overflow sometime
tomorrow. No significant change overnight with the Clearwater Lake levels. The Corp advised the
rain that fell overnight was localized enough to have no significant effect. Forecasted rainfall
amounts over the next 24-48 hours (1 to 3 inches) may cause flooding to return to the area. Local
officials are making plans if that should occur. Clearwater Lake is currently at 561.66 and rising
slowly. The current forecast is for the lake to crest at 562.4 on Monday May 2, which is 4.5 feet
below the overflow spillway of 567.
Bollinger County- Major issues are road closures throughout the county.
There have been reported phone outages in the county due to high water affecting phone lines in
the Zalma area.
Cape Girardeau County – Officials report that water levels throughout Cape Girardeau
County are steadily receding. Some county roads are still closed due to flooding, and
there is still no access to Allenville. So far there have been a total of 3 homes that have
reported major flood damage, and at least 6 homes that were affected by flooding.
Officials report water levels are beginning to recede in the Red Star and Meadow Brook areas of
Cape Girardeau City.
Evacuation of residents was carried out in Allenville, at noon today. Allenville is still surrounded by
water. Sheriff and EMD have been monitoring and checking roads and area situation. Dutchtown
water has come up but nothing that is not manageable.
Allenville residents met with their City Hall to walk out of area if needed. Water levels are falling
slightly in the Red Star and Meadowbrook areas in Cape Girardeau City, and surrounding areas.
There were 12 people sheltered overnight at the Osage Community Center in Cape Girardeau City.
Headwater is dropping. Levee at Dutchtown is holding at Hwy 74 and Hwy 25 but is impassible due
to levee being constructed over it. Water is not due to crest until May 1 or 2. Water levels are
currently holding steady in the Red Star and Meadowbrook areas in Cape Girardeau City. The levee
at Dutchtown is holding and appears to be stable. There were 4 people sheltered overnight at Osage
Community Center in Cape Girardeau City.
The wastewater plant in Cape Girardeau is currently shutdown. Water levels are currently impacting
in the Red Star area near Cape Girardeau City, approximately 10 homes are affected. Sandbagging
operations are ongoing in Red Star. Dutchtown (pop 50), located south of Jackson, has backwater
but pump is in place and Dutchtown is not currently at risk. Allenville (pop 70) has been described
as an island, and all but 18 people have evacuated the area. Water is rising in the Allenville area
due to the levee breach from eastern Bollinger County.
Dunklin County- MoDot is observing the water level on Missouri highway B at highway BB
with concern they may be forced to close the bridge into Arkansas due to large
amounts of debris in the water. Water on the northern end of Hornersville has receded
an inch, and as a precaution officials are sandbagging at the southern end. One home
has been reported as possibly having water damage.
MSHP crews completed evacuation of 15 individuals in the Wilhelmina community on the Dunklin
County side of the St. Francis River in the area of Dunklin County Roads 216 and 217. Three pumps
were installed last night in Hornersville and they are keeping water out of the town as of 11 am May
One family is attempting to evacuate in Dunklin as of May 2. Minor flooding, some streets and yards
flooded and no reports of water in home or businesses at this time. May need sandbags.
Contingency planning is ongoing in light of forecasted rainfall amounts and the level of Wappapello
St. Francis River near Kennett is beginning to recede. The levee is holding and official continue to
monitor the situation.
Iron County – While there is no major threat with water, the Iron Mountain Dam is being monitored.
Madison County – Officials are continuing their damage assessment activities.
Mississippi County – Three locations in Charleston have reported problems with sewers as
a result of floodwater, and one home has reported water damage. East Prairie is dealing
with backwater issues, and pumps have been deployed to help evacuate the water.
More roads have water issues. East Prairie Nursing Center was evacuated this morning (May 2) as a
precautionary measure. No reports of water in houses outside of spillway yet. Individuals are
putting sand bags around houses near East Prairie that live in low places known to hold water. East
Prairie reports that their sanitary sewers have stopped working. Streets are being closed off.
Residents are beginning to experience water in their basements. Corp of Engineers has been given
the order to fill the wells with blasting agent and to prime the system. The order has not been given
to activate the floodway. Estimated time to complete this step is 21 hours. The current prediction is
that this operation will be completed by noon tomorrow. The next decision point will be whether to
operate the floodway plan and the Corp will advise on the status of that decision. The Corp
estimates that if a decision is made to operate the floodway plan, the Corp will provide at least 2-6
hours notice prior to detonation depending on current conditions. The new Cairo River gauge
forecasted crest is to occur on May 4 and 61.5 feet. The present state is 60.1 and rising. The
Sikeston Command Bus has been stationed at the old Fisca Gas Station US 62 – Mississippi River
Bridge. The Cairo River gauge is currently at 59.83. The Corp of Engineers has advised that they are
preparing to move to the next step in the Birds Point New Madrid Floodway operational plan at 3:00
p.m. today. That step will reposition barges at Birds Point. The next decision point is whether to 1.
Fill the wells with blasting agent; 2. Prime the system; 3. Activate the floodway. Birds Point Levee-
The Corp of Engineers notified that the decision has been made to move the barge with explosives
to Wickcliffe and that process will take approximately 6 hours. The Corp advises that additional
decision points will occur before intentionally breaching the levee. The Corp will advise of the next
decision point at 11:00 am 5/1 unless circumstances change and earlier notification is warranted.
Governor Nixon has ordered additional National Guard be pre-positioned within the New Madrid
Floodway area. All individuals have been evacuated from the floodway and the National Guard has
set up command posts and checkpoints around the evacuated area to secure homes and personal
property of those residents living in the floodway. Livestock and hazardous materials have also been
removed from the floodway.
New Madrid County - On County Road 363 there was a breach to a levee south of Route EE
and Route ZZ Junction near the community of Badersville. Water is flowing across Rt. B
and MO 162 west of the floodway bridges. Three homes are currently surrounded by
water as a result of this breach. As of May 4, 300 homes in Morehouse have been
affected by floodwater and 150 homes in Canalou. US 60 at Morehouse is still open to traffic.
Flood waters are approximately 3 inches below the bottom of the bridges. Pumps appear to be
maintaining a constant level. New Madrid City workers manned a temporary pump station overnight
May2/3 at Rt. U north of Rt. W in an attempt to reduce localized flood waters.
New Madrid City is currently (May 2) pumping water out of the northern sections of the city, with the
water coming from Matthews and the northern parts of the city being the main concern. The Golden
Living Center has been evacuated as a precautionary measure. Both Morehouse and Canalou remain
flooded. Morehouse reports that the water level has receded approximately 12 inches but are
expecting it to rise due to weather conditions. In Canalou the water level has receded 4-6 inches on
the west side but continues to rise in other areas. The setback levee in New Madrid is secure. St.
Johns Bayou Bridge on I55 has a water level of approximately 12-18 inches below the bridge support
railing. Access onto the setback levee has now been closed with the exception of Army Corp of
Engineers, Missouri National Guard and Law Enforcement Personnel. City of New Madrid reports
that a barge on the Mississippi River attempted to turn around and hit 6 light poles and trees along
the front line levee. After regaining control, the barge operator parked the barge against the New
Madrid city levee. The Coast Guard has put out a broadcast message to towing vessels to stay away
from levees. Canalou reports that there are 6 residents remaining in their homes. Reported leaks
on the New Madrid city levee have been inspected and determined to be minor. Canalou reports
50% of the 150 homes are currently impacted by floodwaters in the area. Sikeston has moved their
hazmat unit to Charleston to assist in monitoring gasoline odor reports in the sewer.
New Madrid County roadway conditions remained unchanged overnight. Flood waters continue to
slowly rise in the community of Canalou. Sandbagging efforts by local officials and the Missouri
National Guard continued throughout the night. The New Madrid County sheriff evacuated the
remaining residents of Canalou during the early morning hours due to the rising waters.
Evacuation was recommended for the community of Canalou (pop 200). Water is in the town of
Canalou and 20 homes have water in them or up to them. If the area continues to flood, around 150
homes could be affected. Highway H has water on it, but at this point is still passable. Citizens
voluntarily left the area last night 4/28. A Temporary shelter for the residents was planned to be
opened in Mathews. The shelter was closed due to no one seeking shelter.
Pemiscot County – Caruthersville has reported that at this time, no homes have been
affected by water. If the river reaches 50 ft or above, there will be a mandatory
evacuation ordered. Officials also report that the National Guard continues to build a
sandbag wall behind the flood wall.
Construction of a "splash" wall in the City of Caruthersville is underway. The forecast crest of the
Mississippi River at Caruthersville is 49.5 ft. Saturday, May 7.
City of Caruthersville reports street flooding on east side but no water in homes. The city has
experienced a water main break on the west side of town. 100 people in an apartment complex
currently are without water due to the water main break. The city is attempting to fix the break.
Once completed a boil order will be in effect. The nursing home began gradually moving patients
out of the area and will wait to move the remaining 8-10 until they know an estimated time frame
when the water line is repaired. Caruthersville water tower was impacted by the mid-morning
storms. DNR Regional office is working the situation and is pre-staging water resources if needed.
The town hall meeting was canceled for 1600 hours and has been rescheduled for 10:00 am on
Monday, May 2. The levee and the levee wall in Caruthersville are closed to the public and the
National Guard is patrolling the levee. The Lady Luck Casino was closed this morning 5/1 at 5 am.
Emergency Management officials continue to watch the river stages.
Water is up 7/10" to 43.9"in Caruthersville. Water has reached the lowest level of the floodgates.
At 18:00 hours on 4/29/11 the MONG began patrolling levees in Caruthersville. The National Guard
is assisting officials in patrolling levees today 4/30. There is nothing imminent at this time.
Ripley County – Officials report minor flooding this morning 5/2. Officials reported conditions are
Scott County – 5/3 Agricultural levee near Commerce has overtopped threatening agricultural land.
No impacts to homes or businesses are expected.
There have been reports of sand boils but these are unfounded. Water levels continue to recede in
the area. Contingency shelters are still on standby at Miner Baptist Church, and Miner First United
Methodist Church. 2 Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DART) are in Sikeston with 6 skiffs to
respond if needed.
Water continues to recede in most areas. County reports that water is receding at Commerce.
Officials are beginning damage assessment. Shelter at Scott County Central High School had a
population of 10 people. Scott County Emergency Management Director has recommended
evacuation of the Commerce (150 pop) area due to drainage water backing up.
Stoddard County – Officials reported that a rescue of a semi truck was required on the
east side of the county at Route AB and Y Highway. At least 5 homes in Moccasin Flats
are either partially covered or totally covered by water. Officials have advised those
who have evacuated to not return as of May 4. US 60 eastbound near Missouri highway
51 is down to one lane due to water over the driving lane.
Moccasin Flats is in danger of flooding and is being monitored. Due to lake levels at Wappapello,
precautionary flood notifications occurred throughout the night and were completed by 5 am.
Fire departments will begin notifying residents in affected areas after 1 ½ inches of rainfall in the
St. Francis Basin area, if evacuation should become necessary. An estimated 1200 residents live in
this area. Contingency planning is ongoing in light of forecast rainfall and Lake Wappapello levels.
There were 3 people sheltered overnight at the Advance High School Shelter. Morehouse is
reporting a drop in the water levels over the last 24 hours of 24"on the west side of town. In the
event of problems that may develop at Clearwater or Wappapello Lakes, Stoddard County will use
the same notification system that was used during previous events which includes residents and first
responders. They will also use a grid system to go house to house as needed to notify residents in
the affected areas.
Water has receded at Brownwood. Experiencing backup in ditches that are being investigated by
county officials and National Guard Units. A 20 ton crane has been requested to be staged at Fire
Station #1 317 N West Street, Sikeston, MO to move a 10,000 pound pumping unit if needed.
MONG reported that crane is being moved 4/30/11 from the Festus area to the staging area.
Highway 60 remains open this morning 04/30. Flood levels at Morehouse have dropped 8" in the
past 24 hours. There were 5 people sheltered overnight at the Advance Shelter, and 3 people at the
Lighthouse Christian Church in Dexter.
Wayne County – The City of Greenville has successfully pumped water to gain access to
Business 67. Missouri highway 34 is still closed between US 67 and Missouri highway 143.
Overnight rain had caused water levels to rise. This caused Hwy 67 and businesses in Greenville to
be impacted. The city utilized a 12 inch pump to reduce water levels. As of this morning water
levels in Greenville had receded and the situation is stable. Lake Wappapello is currently at 398.8 as
of 11 am on May 2. The level remains steady at this time.
Lake Wappapello - Lake Wappapello is currently at 399.34 and slowly receding. The lake
has crested and is expected to continue receding. Current output is estimated to be
25,000 cfs and will slowly fall as lake levels fall.
The Corps of Engineers at Wappapello Lake reports that the lake stage as of 11 am May 3, is 400ft.
The lake is forecast to crest today (May 3) just under 400ft. Current outflow from Wappapello Lake
is estimated to be 30,000 cfs, and is expected to increase to 30,100 cfs. These outflows are
estimates due to the overtopping of the emergency spillway.
State Agencies –
ESF #1, Transportation: MoDOT reports 291 roads currently flooded and closed. MoDOT is
focusing on Highway 60 at Fisk and I-55 at St. John Bayou, south of Sikeston. There is a
detour planned in case I-55 must be closed. MoDOT is still focusing on the Little River drainage
area and rain from last night in St. Francis River drainage area. Engineers were contacted to
observe a reported levee break on the St. Francis levee. The report was unfounded and was
deemed as backup water but no levee breach was found. MoDot reports 248 roads closed as of 5
pm 5/1. MoDOT and Dept of Ag have increased the overweight rule for farmers impacted in the
Region E area. Mississippi county US 60-62 was open to allow residents evacuating from Cairo to
Wyatt, MO. Fewer than 10 vehicles were reported to have used US 60-62 to evacuate from Cairo.
Hwy 60 water has receded 3' horizontally from the roadway. MoDOT currently reports 266 roads
currently closed due to flooding and 9 routes closed that enter the floodway. I 55 sandbagging
project has been completed and is being monitored. Highway 60 West of Sikeston is down to one
lane of traffic both ways. Highway 67 near Poplar Bluff is also down to one lane both ways. There
are 285 flood related road closures in addition to nine roads that have been requested to be closed
leading into the New Madrid Floodway. I-55 is being monitored and sandbagging efforts are in
place; 12-14" left before road closes.
ESF #2, Communications: Highway patrol setting up repeater trailer for MO Dept of Conservation at
ESF #3, Public Works & Engineering: DNR reports that there are 5 systems currently still
under a boil order. These systems are:
Shannon County: Birch Tree Water District;
Wayne County: Public Water Supply District #3, and the City of Piedmont;
New Madrid County: City of Morehouse;
Pemiscott County: City of Caruthersville.
DNR reports that E Prairie waste water treatment plant is currently not working. DNR and EPA have
staff coordinating a response to assist. The Corp of Engineers office is in the process of being
moved due to the possible loss of the Corp Office at Lake Wappapello. The Head of Operations is
still at the office, with the remaining operations being split between the visitor's center and Redmon
Creek Picnic area. Morehouse is on a precautionary boil order. Wayne County Rural Water District
#3 after evaluating their system is considering an emergency temporary connection to attach to
Piedmont for the 110 homes currently out of water. Army Corp of Engineers reports that there has
been no change at Wappapello. The water level has crested and is starting to decrease. Water
levels have decreased 2/10 of a ft since last report but does not include forecasted amount of rain.
District #3 near Piedmont is currently without water, 110 homes affected. Residents sending
requests for water resources (see ESF #6). Restoration time unknown.
ESF #4&9, Firefighting, Search & Rescue: Currently have 18 boats and around 60 personnel
assisting counties in Region E. Sending two type two strike teams to Cape Girardeau and 22 boats to
Sikeston from Region C. The request of an IST Logistics support personnel has been filled and is
scheduled to report to the Region E Multi-agency Coordination Center Monday morning by 6 am.
Morehouse is in danger of flooding, affecting 100 homes. Coast Guard deployed 2 DART teams: 1
team with 2 boats standing by in Sikeston; 1 team with 1 boat doing rescue operations in
ESF #5, Emergency Management: SEMA has received no new request overnight. SEMA has
received 5 requests from 3:00 p.m. to midnight on 4/29/11 State Emergency Operations Center is
operational from 6:00 am to midnight.
ESF #6, Mass Care: As of 12 a.m. on May 4, there are a total of 5 shelters open housing
35 people. There have been over 1,017 meals served by the American Red Cross as of May 3. As
of May 2, a new shelter has been open in Poplar Bluff. There are currently a total of 5 shelters open
housing 56 residents. There have been over 770 meals and shelters provided so far. The American
Red Cross has also provided Wayne County and Poplar Bluff with water. Feeding operations are
ongoing with assistance from numerous volunteer agencies. American Red Cross (ARC) has 8
shelters open, with a total population of 160, with a new shelter anticipated opening in Piedmont.
ARC delivering water to Piedmont, with the first load arriving by noon today.
ESF #8, Health & Medical: As a precautionary measure, residents of nursing homes and long term
care facilities in New Madrid, East Prairie and Caruthersville are being evacuated. There were 23
patients evacuated from Caruthersville Nursing Home to the Pemiscot Memorial Hospital in Hayti.
ESF #10, Hazmat: US EPA has staff at the State Emergency Operations Center, MACC and
contractors staged in the Fenton area if needed. DNR is currently monitoring and is staged to
respond to oil spills and cleanup. DNR has removed 47,000 gallons of diesel fuel, waste oil and
gasoline from the impacted areas and has completed removing or tethering propane tanks in the
affected areas of the New Madrid Floodway. Dept of Natural Resources (DNR) removing hazardous
chemicals from impacted areas. So far, 14,000 gallons of diesel fuel, 950 gallons of waste oil, and
100 gallons of gasoline, have been moved; in process of locating additional resources to move LP
ESF #11, MoDOT and Dept of Ag has increased the weight limit on the roadways in the affected
areas to allow travel for trucks responding to the disaster operations. All livestock removal requests
in the New Madrid Floodway has been completed.
ESF #13, MSHP advises that the Corp halted the filling of the explosives at Birds Point due to
lightening in the area. They have resumed pumping operations as of 6 am this morning with
anticipated 16-18 hr fill process.
MSHP advised under the current situation and the possible detonation of the floodway, they have
increased their officers to 7 additional day shift officer and another 7 for the night shift. MO
Conservation has been on the ground working side-by side with locals, Sheriffs Department, Hwy
and Water Patrol and the National Guard since last Monday evacuating citizens by land and water,
performing activities as needed. MDC has over 20 boats standing by in the Sikeston area with
operators ready to respond as needed. MSHP continues to monitor the situation. Public Safety:
Corrections reports that they will have twenty-five offenders to Miner by 6:00 p.m. and there are
eighty offenders working in Dexter, Dutchtown, and East Prairie.
Military Support: There are currently 759 National Guard serving the area at this time. Governor
Nixon ordered additional MONG to New Madrid Floodway area as of April 30, in the event the Corp
decides to detonate Birds Point Levee.
Butler county – MONG stationed at Checkpoint on Hwy 53
Mississippi County – MONG is working traffic control points, evacuation operations and floodway
security at Birds Point.
New Madrid – Sandbagging at Canalou, evacuation operations and floodway security.
Pemiscot – MONG working levee security at Caruthersville
Scott County – MONG is sandbagging at Commerce and working traffic control points.
ESF #17, 360 animals are currently being housed in the shelters at Sikeston and
Kennett. 30 animals from the Sikeston shelter were taken to the Humane Society of
Missouri headquarters in St. Louis. 23 were rabbits as it was determined they will fare
better in a permanent shelter then in a temporary shelter. The other 7 were signed
over by their owners. 1 puppy had to be taken to the hospital.
The move into the new shelter at Sikeston was successful due to the additional assistance by the
local 4H club. 3 dogs were returned to their owners yesterday and 3 more are going to be going
back home today, however animals are still coming into the shelter daily. The Sikeston shelter has a
population of 106 animals. The Kennett shelter is receiving animals that are being brought to the
Caruthersville Humane Society and then transferred to the Kennett Fairgrounds. 126 animals were
taken into today both for emergency sheltering and strays; bringing the total to 254 animals being