Situation Report




Situation Report #: N09110033

Jefferson City

May 02, 2011

Situation Report

April 2011 Storms and Flooding - May 2, 2011 4:00 p.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. 

River Stages

Southeastern Missouri

Mississippi and Ohio Rivers are still rising. The Mississippi River at Cairo is still expected to crest at 63 ft on May 5.  Other river projected crests are expected to begin Friday, April 29th through the first week of May. This forecast incorporates the rain received April 30, and is dependent upon no further major rainfall totals. 

Barkley Dam (Kentucky) Operations:

The latest outflow from Barkley Dam is 61,700 as of 6 am May 2. 

The latest outflow from Kentucky Dam is 151,047 as of 8 am May 2.

Lake Wappapello Stage currently shows the Lake Level at 399.25 at 4 pm May 2.

Flood Stage
Record Stage
Present Stage
Ohio at Cairo
40 ft
61.41 (4 pm)
63 ft  May 5
Mississippi at:
27 ft
Crested May 1
Cape Girardeau
32 ft
Crested May 1
33 ft
Not forecasted
New Madrid
34 ft
48.0 May 5
50.0 May 7
32 ft
48.0 May 7
Black River
08 ft
10.10 (4:01 pm)
14 ft. May 4
Poplar Bluff
16 ft
18.46 (3:15 pm)
19.5 ft May 3
Current River
13 ft
17.78 (3:30 pm)
17.5 May 4


Southeast Missouri: 5/2 Occasional showers chance of precipitation is 90%.

Southwest Missouri: 5/2 Cloudy with 50% chance of rain.

Northeast/Central Missouri:  5/2 Cloudy with a 40-50% chance of rain.


E/P Capacity
210 Beech Street
500 N. Main Street
DEXTER, MO 63841
701 Good Hope ST
                                                                                                                                    Total 56

Butler CountyThe 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 CountyEvacuation 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 breech from eastern Bollinger County.

Dunklin County- 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 Lake. 
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 CountyMore roads have water issues. East Prairie Nursing Center was evacuated this morning 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 floodwayBirds 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 CountyCurrently 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 railingAccess 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 –  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 CountyOfficials report minor flooding this morning 5/2. Officials reported conditions are stable.

Scott County 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 unfoundedWater 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 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
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- The berm that was over the emergency spillway has been over-topped. Current lake level is 398.80 with a projected crest of 399.2. Current discharge is estimated to be 20,500 cfs with the potential of reaching 24,000. Corps of Engineers officials are closely monitoring communities downstream and keeping local residents and emergency responders informed of the situation.
At 1400 hours the updated report from the Corp stated that the current lake level is at 396.6 the same at 0200 this morning.  Engineers have inspected the dam and no problems or concerns exist at this time.  The Corp briefed MoDOT and MSHP of the potential impact incoming water may have and advised that once the St. Francis river reaches 28-28.5 US 60 would be closed.  Contingency planning ongoing in light of expected rainfall.  The berm that was constructed to a level of 398.3 was reduced to 397.4 due to pressure on the dam itself.  Corp is still releasing water at 10,000 cfs.  The communities affected by a potential overtopping include the City of Fisk (383) in Butler County and communities Wilhelmena (pop approx 100-15 homes) and Glennonville (pop 200 and 30 homes)  in northwest Dunklin Co. Water would likely close Hwy 60 (It is estimated that water would take 24 hours to reach Fisk if there was a significant overtopping). Region E Multi Agency Coordination Center is working with local emergency management officials and Army Corp of Engineers to do advance planning for notification of affected residents that would be impacted by increased discharges at Wappapello Lake. The electric co-op has made their client list and their staff available to notify customers downstream of the dam.  As of this morning 4/30 7 am Wappapello Lake level is 396.53 and has receded .15 overnight. The berm that was constructed at the emergency spillway is holding.
As of this morning 4/29, at 11 am officials report the dam level is 396.7. The berm that was constructed has been increased to hold the water to a level of 398. The projected crest is for Sunday May,2  at 397.5. Troop E reports MO 34 is open for traffic. Sandbagging efforts at MO 34 were successful in keeping the highway open. Business 67 in Greenville is open for traffic. Greenville city officials and volunteers continue to pump water out the city limits. As of this morning 4/28, at 10 am officials completed sandbagging the emergency spillway to prevent an uncontrolled release. The sandbagging efforts will raise the containment to 397.3.  Lake levels are expected to crest on Saturday at 396.6. Corp is still releasing water at 10,000 cubic feet per second.  Lake Stage this morning 4/28 is 394.6.  The communities affected by a potential overtopping include the city of Fisk (pop 383), and water would likely close Hwy 60.  It is estimated that water would take 24 hours to reach Fisk if there was a significant overtopping.  The city of Greeneville (pop 451) may be impacted if water behind the dam continues to rise.  Water is approaching Hwy 67 in Greeneville and businesses along 67 are starting sandbag operations.

Region G-

Reynolds County – Officials have begun damage assessment. No issues reported overnight.

River Stages:

Southwest Missouri:
Rivers and streams in this area are generally receding. The exception would be Lake Taneycomo and its tributaries.
Table Rock Lake
930.42 (4 pm)
Flood Stage (ft)
Record Stage (ft)
Present Stage (ft)
Crest (ft)
Spring River
5.45  (3:45 pm)
Below Flood Stage
4.97 (3:30 pm)
Below Flood Stage
Shoal Creek
5.01  (3:00 pm)
Below Flood Stage
James River
7.55 (4:00 pm)
Below Flood Stage
5.76 (3:45 pm) 
Below Flood Stage
9.96 (4:00 pm)
Below Flood Stage
Elk River
Tiff City
7.28 (3:30 pm)
Below Flood Stage
Bull Creek
Walnut Shade
5.05 (3:15 pm)
Below Flood Stage

Region D

Taney County Table Rock Lake is currently at 930.42 as of 4 pm on May 2 and continues to recede.
Table Rock Lake level is at 932.32 as of 7 am, 4/30 and continues to fall.
Table Rock Lake has crested (2pm, 4/27), and water is starting to recede.  Table Rock Lake at 935' and will maintain current release until they get down to 931'.  However, continued release is not expected to impact additional homes. 50-60 homes have been affected.  Currently there are 8 people being sheltered.  One large subdivision of about 150 homes is cut off and partially flooded, but they are building an access to get in/out.  Taneycomo water level expected to remain the same as long as Table Rock is releasing water.  Bull Shoals water level is rising however no impact on homes is expected.  Corp plans to keep releasing water into the lake for the time being,

Branson Landing Area: Restaurants on lake side closed because propane tanks under water.  Shops are open, parking garages are under water.

McDonald County – Shelter was closed the evening of April 26th
State Agencies –

ESF #1, Transportation: MoDOT reports 292 roads currently flooded and 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 monitoredHighway 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 East Prairie.

ESF #3, Public Works & Engineering: 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: 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 Morehouse.

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 3:45 p.m. on 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 tanks.

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 763 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, Animal Protection: There are currently 147 animals being sheltered at the Rodeo Club in Sikeston and can hold another 100. Humane Society conducted 6 ground rescues, and 1 water rescue of animals yesterday 4/30.  Poplar Bluff has closed its animal shelter and the Rodeo Club in Sikeston is currently housing 30 animals.  The Humane Society is currently removing 3 dogs and 20 chickens and geese from the affected area.  Humane Society Animal Shelter housed 48 animals, and deployed 3 ground teams to Poplar Bluff. One rescue of dogs and pups completed last night. Poplar Bluff is releasing 20 animals to their owners, leaving a current population of 30 animals being sheltered.

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