Situation Report

JEREMIAH W. (JAY) NIXON, GOVERNOR

Contact:

PAUL PARMENTER, SEMA DIRECTOR

Situation Report #: N09110041

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jefferson City

May 05, 2011

Situation Report-May 5, 11 a.m.

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 11 a.m. Sit Rep is in bold.

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.

Lake/Dam Operations:

The latest outflow from Barkley Dam is 90,100 as of 8 am May 5. 

The latest outflow from Kentucky Dam is 183,800 as of 11 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 566.58 at noon May 5.

River Stages:

River
Flood Stage
Record Stage
Present Stage
Crest
Ohio at Cairo
40 ft
59.5
59.6
NWS graph shows steady at 59.7 before falling May 7
Mississippi at:
 
 
11 am
 
Chester
27 ft
49.74
36.0 Falling
Crested May 1
Cape Girardeau
32 ft
48.5
42.98 Falling
Crested May 1
Thebes
33 ft
45.9
42.37 Falling
Crested May 2
New Madrid
34 ft
48.0
48.19 Rising
50.0 May 7
Tiptonville
37ft
47.8
48.19 Rising
51.7 May 8
Caruthersville
32 ft
46.0
47.16 Rising
49.5 May 9
Black River
 
 
11 am
 
Annapolis
08 ft
27.38
7.05 Falling
Crested May 2
Poplar Bluff
16 ft
21.7
16.9 Falling
Crested May 3
St. Francis River
 
 
11 am
 
Fisk
20 ft
28.0
26.2 Falling
Crested May 3


Weather:

The National Weather Service says two rain fronts are coming through eastern and southeastern Missouri.  One Thursday night will drop 0.3 to 0.4 inches on much of the area.  A second front coming through late Friday night and Saturday morning is expected to deliver another 0.4 inches of rain.

Southeast Missouri: 5/5: Sunny, with a high near 67. South southwest wind around 8 mph. Tonight, a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48. South southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Friday, mostly sunny, with a high near 71. West northwest wind between 5 and 9 mph. Friday Night, partly cloudy, with a low around 50. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Saturday, a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 75.

Southwest Missouri: 5/5:  Showers and thunderstorms likely. Partly sunny, with a high near 70. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.  Tonight, a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around 44. Friday, sunny, with a high near 71.  Friday night, a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Increasing clouds, with a low around 55.  Saturday, a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. 

Northeast/Central Missouri: 5/5:  Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 69. 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.  Friday night, a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 55.  Saturday, a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 75.

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

Bollinger County

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.

Dunklin County

5/5: Drainage ditches are overflowing in Hornersville.

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.

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.

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 levels.

I-55 at the St. Johns Bayou remains open to traffic.  MoDOT had a three man 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.

Pemiscot County

5/5:  Missouri National Guardsmen are making good progress on a secondary 3-foot flood wall to protect Caruthersville. This is a secondary wall that is being built behind the permanent flood wall. There is a pump system used to deal with leaking water. No water in homes, but notices from city are being delivered to public asking them to prepare to evacuate if water continues to rise.  A city curfew has been established from 10 pm to 5:30 am.

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 MoDOT 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
 
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.
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 lake levels fall.
 
State Agencies –

ESF #1, Transportation:

5/5:  MoDOT reports 254 road closures, the most prominent being Rt. 60 at Fisk and I-55 at St. Johns Bayou.  Rt. 60 is now open between Dexter and Morehouse, as is Rt. 25 in Dutchtown.

ESF #2, Communications:

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;
Pemiscot County: City of Caruthersville.

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

ESF #5, Emergency Management:

5/5:  State Emergency Operations Center now open from 7 am – 7 pm.  Damage assessments now under way in affected areas.

ESF #6, Mass Care:

5/5:  Feeding stations are currently set up in:

Butler County - 1  (shelter)
Cape Girardeau County - 1 (shelter)
Scott County - 1 (church but will be closing today)

No mobile units at this time. 

ESF #8, Health & Medical:

ESF #10, Hazmat: 

ESF #11, Agriculture:

ESF #13, Law Enforcement/Public Safety:

5/5:  Water Patrol Division officers are ready to assist with Birch Point operations.  Existing staff is adequate to handle other activities.

ESF #17, Animal Protection:

5/5:  476 animals are now being sheltered – 360 in Kennett and 116 in Sikeston.

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