Situation Report




Situation Report #: N09110036

Jefferson City

April 30, 2011

Situation Report

April 2011 Storms and Flooding - April 30, 2011 - 9:00 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. 

River Stages

Southeastern Missouri

Mississippi and Ohio Rivers are still rising. The Mississippi River at Cairo is still expected to crest at 60.5 on May 4.  Other river projected crests are expected to begin Friday, April 29th through the first week of May. This forecast incorporates the rain received last night and is dependent upon no further major rainfall totals. 

Barkley Dam (Kentucky) Operations:

Observed Data – The Corps of Engineers has increased output at Barkley and Kentucky Dam. Barkley Dam has increased their output from 20,600 on 04/26 to 30,200 as of 9 pm 04/29. The Kentucky Dam has increased their output from 37,000 on 04/29 to 49,129 as 6 am 4/30.

The Corp has significantly reduced the discharge rate since 4/26.  Decrease in discharge rates from 104,200 cubic feet per second on 04/26, 1pm to 20,600 cubic feet per second on 04/29 at 4am.  The NOAA river forecast for Cairo includes the reduction in outflow from the Barkley Dam.


Flood Stage
Record Stage
Present Stage
Ohio at Cairo
40 ft
59.15 (8 am)
60.5 ft  May 3
Mississippi at:
27 ft
39.62 (7 am)
39.7 April 30
Cape Girardeau
32 ft
46.0 May 1
33 ft
45.5 May 01
New Madrid
34 ft
48.0 May 4
49.8 May 4
32 ft
46.9 May 4
Black River
08 ft
8.06 (7 am)
Crested April 26
Poplar Bluff
16 ft
Crested April 26
Current River
13 ft
Crested April 26


Southeast Missouri: 4/30 Thunderstorms are forecast late this afternoon and tonight. There is a slight risk of severe thunderstorms across portions of southeast Missouri. The main concern is large hail but, localized damaging wind gusts are also possible. In addition, locally heavy rain is possible. A flash flood watch begins this evening and continues through Monday (05/02) evening.

Southwest Missouri: 4/30 Thunderstorms will be possible across the eastern Ozarks late this afternoon into this evening. A few strong to severe storms will be possible with hail to the size of quarters being the primary risk.

Northwest/Central Missouri: 4/30 There is a slight chance for thunderstorms over parts of northeast and central Missouri this afternoon as a cold front moves through the region. Severe thunderstorms are not expected.

Northeast/Central Missouri: 4/30 There is a chance for thunderstorms across the area today, with thunderstorms more likely over southeast Missouri this evening.


205 Pearl Street
301 South Main
210 Beech Street
DEXTER, MO 63841
1625 N. Kingshighway
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Region E

Butler CountyThe situation in Poplar Bluff has stabilized and flood waters are receding. The shelter at Black River Coliseum closed 04/29.
 Local officials in Poplar Bluff are transitioning from response to damage assessment. There were 23 people sheltered overnight at the Black River Coliseum. Less than 20 pets remain in the animal shelter. The situation in Poplar Bluff has stabilized and flood waters are receding.  The Black River crested during the night of April 26 at 21.41 ft and the river stage was 19.79 as of 6:00 am April 28. Poplar Bluff officials have indicated that evacuated residents will be allowed back into their homes today 4/28.  The Highway Patrol provided extra patrols to the Neelyville area overnight to ensure law enforcement presence was known. There were 134 people sheltered overnight at Black River Coliseum. Butler County is still under a flash flood warning due to levee failures along the Black River. Three levee breaches occurred along the Black River between Poplar Bluff and Qulin.  County and state agencies have assisted residents in evacuation efforts. About 20-30 people were reported stranded near Coon Island Conservation Center east of Neelyville.  Officials responded to the area and have evacuated the residents. There is a shelter that has been established at the Black River Coliseum in Poplar Bluff.

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 CountyWater 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 levee currently holding and no residences are impacted currently.  With crest of Highway 74 and Highway 25 are closed due to flooding. The city of Cape Girardeau is also experiencing sink holes.  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. Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Office reported there are 22 people in the Allenville area that do not want to leave their homes. This could result in water rescues at a later time when runoff from Bollinger County reaches the area.

Crews are enhancing the levee at Dutchtown. This Levee protects Dutchtown from the Hubble Creek, which runs on the west side of MO 25. The project was completed on 4/27.

There were 4 people sheltered overnight at the Osage Community Center in Cape Girardeau City.

Dunklin County- St. Francis River near Kennett is beginning to recede. The levee is holding and official continue to monitor the situation.
St. Francis River is 3 to 4ft from top of levee near Kennett. The levee is holding, and officials are monitoring closely.

Iron CountyWhile there is no major threat with water, the Iron Mountain Dam is being monitored.

Madison County Officials are continuing their damage assessment activities.
Officials are reporting 30 roads impassable and 60 with significant damage. City of Fredricktown is reporting 3 low water bridges with significant damage. No additional issues to report.  Fredericktown experienced some flash flooding. A short term shelter was set up last night. Officials reported no occupants after 11 PM. No issues were reported in Fredericktown the morning of 04/27.

Mississippi CountyRemoval operations within the floodway by EPA, MDNR, and local suppliers are nearing completion for now.  Summary of materials removed as follows:
EPA/local suppliers
47,000 gallons of diesel/gasoline/waste oil
Additional small quantities of ag chems
MDNR/local suppliers
40 propane tanks removed for staging outside of the floodway
An additional 14 tanks were tethered in place with service valves shut and information recorded off of data plates by MDNR (tethering operations completed with MONG support).
Several more tanks were observed as having been tethered in placed by property owners and additional tanks were not accessible due to backwater flooding within the floodway.
All livestock has been removed from the New Madrid Floodway with the exception of the large hog operation. These hogs should be removed today (4/29) with the assistance of the Department of Agriculture. EPA stated they have completed their operation of removing hazardous materials. Department of Natural Resources reports they have removed 40 propane tanks from the floodway. Today, 4/29 they will begin tethering an additional 20 to 30 tanks in place. DNR stated this operation will be completed today 4/29.

The Corps of Engineers barge remains at Hickman, KY this morning 04/30. The access wells have been excavated and are ready for operation. The next decision point meeting will be held this morning 04/30 at 11 am.
Birds Point: There is no natural overtopping of Birds Point levee at this point.  MSHP reports the command post the Corps of Engineers established on U.S. 60-62 (Missouri side) at Birds Point was not manned during the overnight hours. The barge carrying the explosives remains docked at Hickman, KY. According to Corps officials, the access wells on the north end of the floodway have been excavated and are ready to receive explosives. 
 Charleston is having sewer system backup and some backwater, however, no flooding at this point.  Focus remains on Birds Point. Mississippi County officials report that water from the Mississippi was beginning to backup into the southern half of the New Madrid Floodway and the community of Pinhook in the floodway is completely surrounded by water.  All but approx 10 people are evacuated from the floodway, and those people are packed and ready to go.  MONG, Sheriff, and HP are aware of the exact location of those individuals. Sheriff has most recently announced that he will enforce a mandatory evacuation at 59.5 feet.  The current level as of 9:00 am 4/28 is 5873.  Operations to remove the livestock and hazardous material from the floodway are ongoing and expected to finish today 4/28.  The HP and MONG provided security patrols in the area overnight 4/28. 

The Corp continues to excavate according to the operations plan.  Corp has set up an emergency operations center in Cairo.  The barge has arrived at Hickman, which is the Corp "staging area" per the operations plan.  According to the operations plan, when/if the order is given to start loading explosives, the barge departs from Hickman to Birds Point levee.

New Madrid CountyNew 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. Officials excavated a county road to divert water back into the drainage ditch away from Canalou. Officials will re-evaluate citizen's return options this morning 4/29 once they determine if the diversion tactic was successful. Water levels have risen near Morehouse but have not impacted additional houses.  An aerial assessment of Morehouse has determined that the Little River drainage system has failed, but the levee around the waste water facility is holding as of 4/28. There are 10 boat teams operating for rescues. It is anticipated that there will be a mandatory evacuation of the entire city of Morehouse, which will affect 1,015 people. Floodwater in New Madrid is expected to reach Highway 80 by the end of the day 4/28. Northern community of Morehouse is experiencing backwater and has evacuated 35 people.  A shelter has been opened in the unaffected area in Morehouse and in Sikeston.  Approximately 100 houses are potentially affected in Morehouse.  There are ongoing evacuations and rescues being conducted by Sikeston and Coast Guard.  Requests for additional sandbags, sandbag labor, and additional Red Cross support to operate the shelter are being fulfilled.

Pemiscot CountyThe National Guard will begin assisting officials in patrolling levees today 4/29. City of Caruthersville (pop 6,000) continues its contingency planning should an evacuation become necessary. There is nothing imminent at this time. All nine floodgates at Caruthersville have been installed and officials are monitoring the seawall at Caruthersville.  River level is expected to climb to within two feet of the seawall at Caruthersville, which is 50 feet.  The casino at Caruthersville is shutting operations at midnight tonight.  Water is beginning to surround 4 homes at Cottonwood Point in southern Pemiscot County, and residents are self-evacuating.

Ripley CountyThe Current River in Ripley County has crested and is starting to recede. Officials reported no issues overnight. The shelter at Doniphan has been closed as of the morning of 4/28.

Scott County Water is receding in most areas. 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. Nothing eminent at this time. Currently there are 4 houses that are under water threat in Commerce, but only one house has water. 

Stoddard County Highway 60 remains open this morning 04/30. Flood levels remain constant. There were 5 people sheltered overnight at the Advance Shelter, and 3 people at the Lighthouse Christian  Church in Dexter.
 Highway 60 was opened from Dexter to Sikeston at 5 am this morning 4/29. There were 5 people sheltered overnight at the Advance Shelter. Local farmers have reported a breach of both sides of the Angle Ditch floodway at Birds Corner, just north of Highway 60 and just east of Dexter. Water is impacting the west and east side of the county and may result in Hwy 60 being closed. At this point the risk of flooding is primarily expected to impact agricultural land and some farmhouses. Over half of the minor roads in Stoddard County have been closed. Shelter in southern part of county is on standby. The levee break near Bell City is continuing to contribute to rising waters levels. The Jenkins Basin Levee breach continues to distribute large amounts of water to eastern Stoddard County. MoDot will be closing westbound US 60 at approximately 9 am. Traffic will run both eastbound and westbound in the eastbound lanes.

Wayne County
Lake Wappapello- 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 CountyOfficials have begun damage assessment. No issues reported overnight.

A shelter has been opened and is on standby until tomorrow morning. There are some minor roadways closed and several bridges have been washed out. Reports currently show that rain is slowing down.

Several rounds of heavy rainfall produced significant flooding across southern Missouri from Friday, April 22 through Tuesday, April 26. Storm total rainfall amounts through Tuesday, April 26 generally ranged from 4 to 8 inches along the I-44 corridor to the 10 to 14 inches range across far southern Missouri south of Hwy. 60.

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
Flood Stage (ft)
Record Stage (ft)
Present Stage (ft)
Crest (ft)
Spring River
Below Flood Stage
Below Flood Stage
Shoal Creek
Below Flood Stage
James River
Below Flood Stage
Below Flood Stage
Below Flood Stage
Elk River
Tiff City
Below Flood Stage
Bull Creek
Walnut Shade
Below Flood Stage

Due to the amount of water in a short period of time, the Corps of Engineers was forced to release 68,000 cubic feet per second from the Table Rock Dam. This is 20,000 cubic feet per second more than during the flood of 2008. The Corps indicated this action resulted in a 2 to 4 feet rise along Lake Taneycomo and its tributaries.

A flood warning remains in effect through Wednesday evening 04/27 for Lake Taneycomo and tributaries into the Table Rock Lake in southeastern Barry, southern Stone, and southwestern Taney Counties. Water is not expected to rise above the current 2-4 foot rise, but will remain at the current level for several days.

Region D

Taney County 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.  Area streams were receding this morning.

ESF #1, Transportation:  Highway 60 West of Sikeston is down to one lane of traffic both ways. Highway 76 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: 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: 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: State Emergency Operations Center is operational from 6:00 am to midnight.

ESF #6, Mass Care:  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: There were 23 patients evacuated from Caruthersville Nursing Home to the Pemiscot Memorial Hospital in Hayti. This was a precautionary measure.

ESF #10, Hazmat:  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, Agriculture & Natural Resources:  DNR in process of getting assistance for the removal of swine.

ESF #13, 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 481 National Guard personnel on duty at this time. Their main focus at this time is Mississippi County. 

ESF #17, Animal Protection:  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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