Situation Report

JEREMIAH W. (JAY) NIXON, GOVERNOR

Contact:

PAUL PARMENTER, SEMA DIRECTOR

Situation Report #: N09110040

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jefferson City

May 05, 2011

Situation Report-May 5, 2011 8 a.m.

2011 April Severe Storms and Flooding

SUMMARY

Severe storms have resulted in flooding issues across southern Missouri.  The Missouri State Highway Patrol and its Water Patrol Division pre-staged assets to assist evacuations and water rescues as needed.  Two deaths that occurred in April have been attributed to the flooding. The State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) is currently activated, providing assistance to affected counties as requested.  Primary areas affected are Regions C, D, E and G in eastern and southern Missouri. 

Information new for 5/5 8 a.m. Sit Rep is in bold.

River Stages

Southeastern Missouri

5/5:  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will complete operations on the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway at approximately 1 p.m.

Barkley Dam (Kentucky) Operations:

The latest outflow from Barkley Dam is 90,600 as of 6 am May 5. 

The latest outflow from Kentucky Dam is 183,920 as of 7 am May 5.

Lake Wappapello Stage currently shows the lake level at 398.84 at 4:30 am May 5.

Clearwater Lake Stage currently shows the lake level at 566.55 at 6 am May 5.

St. Francis River at Fisk shows a current stage of 26.45 and falling.

River
Flood Stage
Record Stage
Present Stage
Crest
Ohio at Cairo
40 ft
59.5
59.65
NWS graph shows steady at 59.7 before falling May 7
Mississippi at:
 
 
8 am
 
Chester
27 ft
49.74
36.15 Falling
Crested May 1
Cape Girardeau
32 ft
48.5
43.14 Falling
Crested May 1
Thebes
33 ft
45.9
42.51 Falling
Crested May 2
New Madrid
34 ft
48.0
48.13 Rising
50.0 May 7
Tiptonville
37ft
47.8
48.14 Rising
51.7 May 8
Caruthersville
32 ft
46.0
47.02 Rising
49.5 May 9
Black River
 
 
7:15 am
 
Annapolis
08 ft
27.38
7.12 Falling
Crested May 2
Poplar Bluff
16 ft
21.7
17.29 Falling
Crested May 3
St. Francis River
 
 
8 am
 
Fisk
20 ft
28.0
26.32 Falling
Crested May 3


Weather:

Southeast Missouri: 5/5: Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. Tonight, a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48. Friday, mostly sunny, with a high near 72.

Southwest Missouri: 5/5:  A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 69. Tonight,a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around 44. Friday, sunny, with a high near 71.

Northeast/Central Missouri: 5/5:  Showers and thunderstorms likely after 1pm. Increasing clouds, with a high near 68. Chance of precipitation is 60%.  Tonight, showers and thunderstorms likely before 1am. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 49. Chance of precipitation is 60%.  Friday, sunny, with a high near 71.

Shelters:

  
Name
Address
City
County
Status
Curr
Pop
State
Zip
210 Beech Street
MOREHOUSE, MO 63868
NEW MADRID
Open
27
500 N. Main Street
POPLAR BLUFF, MO 63901
BUTLER
Open
2
13900 STATE HWY 25 NORTH
DEXTER, MO 63841
STODDARD
Open
7
701 Good Hope St.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO 63703
CAPE GIRARDEAU
Open
19

                                                                                                            Total 55


STANDBY SHELTERS:
  
Name
Address
City
County
Status
Curr
Pop
State
Zip
205 Pearl Street
EAST PRAIRIE, MO 63845
MISSISSIPPI
Stand-by/Alert
 
301 South Main
CHARLESTON, MO 63834
MISSISSIPPI
Stand-by/Alert
 
1307 N Main St
SIKESTON, MO 63801
SCOTT
Stand-by/Alert
 
416 STATE HWY AA
SIKESTON, MO 63801
SCOTT
Stand-by/Alert
 
1625 N. Kingshighway
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO 63701
CAPE GIRARDEAU
Stand-by/Alert
 
750 New Madrid
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO 63701
CAPE GIRARDEAU
Stand-by/Alert
 

Butler County

5/5:  Wappapello Lake has crested.  Current outflow is estimated to be 20,750 cubic feet per
second and is slowly decreasing.  An outflow of 10,000 cubic feet per second could return,
based on forecasts, by a tentative date of May 8th.

5/4:  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 receding.

Bollinger County

5/4:  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

5/5: Dutchtown area: The water on MO 74 is no longer on the roadway from I-55 to just east of MO 25, except for about a 50 yard section. The signs however will stay up until that water is gone. MO 25 is no longer under water and MoDOT will decide if the temporary levee at Dutchtown will be opened so traffic can use 25. Cape Girardeau County had a deputy assigned to the intersection of 74 and CRD 205 and one at Dutchtown to watch the levee.

Route A in Cape Co. has no water on the roadway as of last night from Whitewater to Dutchtown.

Allenville: Motorists can access Allenville from Route N. Most of the streets in town are clear of water.

5/4:   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.

Dunklin County

5/5:  Missouri Highway 164 South of Cotton Plant remains closed.  The only access to Hornersville is from Highway 164 west of town. MoDOT continues to monitor the St Francis River Bridge on Highway BB at the state line west of Holcomb and said if water rises to the supports, it will close the roadway.

 No flood related reports or flood related calls to report.

5/4: - MoDOT is monitoring 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.

Madison and Iron counties

5/5:   There are no longer any shelters operating in Madison and Iron counties

Mississippi County

5/5:  The National Guard will be pulling out its 18 Military Police checkpoints as soon as the main roadways are blocked off by MODOT barricades.  
 
MoDOT will be placing concrete barricades at the following locations:

US 60/62 at Route EE
MO 102 at MO 80
MO 80 at Route 75
Route HH at Route EE
Route D at the levee

Sheriff Moore will be taking over the floodway security responsibilities in Mississippi County.  Sheriff Moore will assess the situation and will contact the Patrol if more manpower is needed.  

No boat launching from levees and no boat traffic in the floodway is allowed at this time.  Mississippi County roadway conditions remain basically the same.  There were no  indications or reports of additional complications.

5/4:  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.

New Madrid County

5/5:  U.S. 60 at Morehouse, Missouri, remains open to traffic.  MoDOT had a three person crew operating three pumps during the overnight hours.  The flood waters are approximately 1 foot, 6 inches below the bottom of the bridges and the pumps appear to be slowly dropping the water level.

I-55 at the St. Johns Bayou remains open to traffic.  MoDOT had a three person crew operating six pumps during the overnight hours.  The flood waters are approximately 3 inches below the bottom of the bridges.  MoDOT concurred that pumps appear to be maintaining the water levels.  MoDOT reported the water level on an arbitrary gauge at 1.5 and when/if the water level reaches 1.7, the flood waters will compromise the sandbag levee on the west side of I-55.  

New Madrid City Workers manned a temporary pump station during the overnight hours on Route U just north of Route WW in an attempt to reduce some localized flood waters
 
New Madrid County Sheriff's Department was contacted during the overnight hours and reported no incidents of concern or requests for additional assistance.

5/4:  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.

Pemiscot County

5/5:  No new report, but river levels are rising.

5/4:  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.

Scott County

5/5:  Commerce: There is still a Scott County deputy assigned to watch the levee 24-hours a day. Officials are reporting no changes and the levee is holding. Route NN is closed up to CRD 214.

Stoddard County

5/5:  US 60 eastbound from the Butler County line to Missouri 51 has been reduced to one-lane of traffic, with the eastbound ramp to Missouri 51 still closed.  Missouri 51 between US 60 and Old Highway 60 is closed while Missouri Department of Transportation pumps water from the west side of Missouri 51 to the east side.  Missouri 51 north of US 60 is clear of water and both lanes are now open. Flood water is continuing to cover more fields on the west side of Stoddard County, however, no additional highways have been closed since Wednesday, May 4.  

The current highway closings in Stoddard County are as follows:

US 60 eastbound ramp to Missouri 51
Missouri 51 north of Puxico
Missouri 51 south of US 60, between US 60 and Old Highway 60
Missouri 91 from Route P to Scott County
Route K
Route BB
Route Y from Route AB to Scott County
Route T west of Route J
Route AE
Route A east of Missouri 153

5/4:  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.
 
Wayne County

5/5:  Business 67 in Greenville is open but Greenville City Police is monitoring traffic as water is being pumped out of the city limits.

US 67 is still reduced to two lanes at Otter Creek for water over the road.  MO 34 and Route D are closed due to the water level.

5/4:  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.
Lake Wappapello
5/5:  The lake has crested and is expected to continue receding. Current output is estimated to be 25,000 cfs and will slowly fall as the lake level falls.


State Agencies

ESF #1, Transportation:

5/4:  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.

ESF #2, Communications:

5/4: Highway patrol setting up repeater trailer for MO Dept of Conservation at East Prairie.

ESF #3, Public Works & Engineering:

5/4:  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.

ESF #4&9, Firefighting, Search & Rescue:

ESF #5, Emergency Management:

ESF #6, Mass Care:

ESF #8, Health & Medical:

ESF #10, Hazmat: 

ESF #11,

ESF #13,

ESF #17,

5/4:  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. One puppy had to be taken to the hospital.

For more information, call (573) 751-4819 or e-mail mike.oconnell@dps.mo.gov