Situation Report

JEREMIAH W. (JAY) NIXON, GOVERNOR

Contact:

PAUL PARMENTER, SEMA DIRECTOR

Situation Report #: N09110042

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jefferson City

May 06, 2011

Situation Report April-May Severe Storms and Flooding-May 6, 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 5/6 11 a.m. Sit Rep is in bold.


Lake/Dam Operations:

The latest outflow from Barkley Dam is 91,300 as of 10 am May 6. 

The latest outflow from Kentucky Dam is 175,119 as of 11 am May 6.

Lake Wappapello Stage currently shows the lake level at 397.84 at 11:30 am May 6.

Clearwater Lake Stage currently shows the lake level at 566.59 at 10 am May 6.


River Stages:

River
Flood Stage
Record Stage
Present Stage
Crest
Ohio at Cairo
40 ft
59.5
59.32
NWS graph shows steady at 59.5 before falling May 7
Mississippi at:
 
 
11 am
 
Chester
27 ft
49.74
35.0 Falling
Crested May 1
Cape Girardeau
32 ft
48.5
41.83 Falling
Crested May 1
Thebes
33 ft
45.9
40.86 Falling
Crested May 2
New Madrid
34 ft
48.0
48.24 Falling
Crested May 6
Tiptonville
37ft
47.8
48.33 Rising
50.5 May 8
Caruthersville
32 ft
46.0
47.54 Rising
49.5 May 9
Black River
 
 
11 am
 
Annapolis
08 ft
27.38
6.61 Falling
Crested May 2
Poplar Bluff
16 ft
21.7
14.58 Falling
Crested May 3
St. Francis River
 
 
11 am
 
Fisk
20 ft
28.0
25.0 Falling
Crested May 3


Weather:

The National Weather Service says last night's rainfall that came through southeastern Missouri was light.  More rain is expected late tonight and into Saturday morning in the area, but it's also expected to be light.  After these fronts move through, conditions will become hot and humid next week, making working conditions difficult.

Southeast Missouri: 5/6: Sunny, with a high near 69. Tonight, increasing clouds, with a low around 50.
Saturday, a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74. Saturday Night, a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. Sunday, mostly sunny, with a high near 82.

Southwest Missouri: 5/6: Sunny, with a high near 70. Tonight, a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 54. Saturday, a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78. Saturday Night, partly cloudy, with a low around 59. Sunday, mostly sunny, with a high near 85.

Northeast/Central Missouri: 5/6:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 71. Tonight, a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. Saturday, showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 72. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Saturday Night, mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. Sunday, mostly sunny, with a high near 81.

Shelters:

Name
Status
Mgmt
Address
City
ARC NSS Pop.
First Baptist Church (Family Life Center)
Open
Independent
210 Beech Street
MOREHOUSE
26
LIGHTHOUSE CHRISTIAN CENTER MINISTRIES
Open
ARC Partner
13900 STATE HWY 25 NORTH
DEXTER
10
Salvation Army- Good Hope
Open
ARC Supported
701 Good Hope ST
CAPE GIRARDEAU
20
Assy of God
Open
 
 
MOREHOUSE
9
First Baptist Church
Stand-by/Alert
ARC Partner
301 South Main
CHARLESTON
 
First Baptist Church
Stand-by/Alert
ARC Managed
205 Pearl Street
EAST PRAIRIE
 
First United Methodist Church
Stand-by/Alert
Independent
1307 N Main St
SIKESTON
 
MINER BAPTIST CHURCH
Stand-by/Alert
Independent
416 STATE HWY AA
SIKESTON
 
Osage Community Centre
Stand-by/Alert
ARC Managed
1625 N. Kingshighway
CAPE GIRARDEAU
 
Southeast Mo. State University
Stand-by/Alert
ARC Managed
750 New Madrid
CAPE GIRARDEAU
 
First United Methodist Church
CLOSED
ARC Partner
500 N. Main Street
POPLAR BLUFF
 
 
Total Population
65
                                                                                                
County Reports:

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

5/6:  One witness reports five feet of water covering a portion of Rt. DD.  Officials are preparing to open a shelter in Kennett.  All pumps are active.

5/5: Drainage ditches are overflowing in Hornersville.  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

5/6:  Water has come into about 300 of the 500 houses in Morehouse. City Hall is also inundated with water.  Pumps are keeping the water treatment plant operable, however. 

Of the 135 homes in Canalou, only about 20 are affected by water so far.

Water is not flooding houses, businesses or streets in the City of New Madrid. There is 24-hour watch ongoing for the levee and sand boils.

Portageville is not flooded, but boils are appearing near some county roads.

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

5/6:  No changes in the county or in Caruthersville.  Citizens are still on notice to evacuate if water levels rise.  The 10 pm to 5:30 am curfew is still in effect.

Hayti Health Dept. is reminding residents to get tetanus shots if they are in the floodwater and haven't had a shot in the past 10 years.  Health department will get a nurse to residents who cannot make it locations where shots are being offered. 

5/5:  The National Guard has troops making good progress on a flood wall to protect Caruthersville.  No water in homes yet, 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.

 
Agency Reports:

Corps of Engineers:
5/6:  To assist efforts at St. Johns Bayou, the Corps is considering bringing in larger pumps to keep water off I-55.  It would take several days to bring the pumps in and set them up.

Region E: 

5/6:  Mississippi River will close to barge traffic today at noon. 

Providing sandbags as requested. 

ESF #1, Transportation:

5/6:  MoDOT reports 221 road closures.  The department is working to keep I-55 open at St. Johns Bayou.  Rt. 84 at Caruthersville is closed, but good alternate routes are available.

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:

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

ESF #5, Emergency Management:

5/6:  State Emergency Operations Center now open from 7 am – 7 pm.  Damage assessments now under way in affected areas.

ESF #6, Mass Care:

5/6:  30 people are currently being sheltered in Red Cross facilities, with 36 more in independent shelters.  The 211 phone system (calls for disaster response/assistance go to SEMA) has received 120 calls.

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 officers are ready to assist with Birch Point operations.  Existing staff is adequate to handle other activities.

ESF #17, Animal Protection:

5/6:  602 animals are now being sheltered.

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