Spring 2011 Severe Storms Situation Report 10 a.m. May 29
NEW INFORMATION IN BOLD
Tornado activity continued in Missouri on Wednesday, May 25, 2011. In addition to the significant
losses in Joplin on Sunday evening, a tornado struck the City of Sedalia, Montgomery, Carter and
Wayne County areas. Initial reports indicated potential activity in the Kansas City area, however
the National Weather Service was unable to confirm any touchdowns.
Electric Outages – Empire Electric reports 7700 outages and is working on restoration. Ameren
reports all outages caused by weather related incidents has been restored. KCP&L reports all
outages restored in the Sedalia area.
Shelter – The current number of individuals sheltering in Joplin is 217. The shelter in
Sedalia has been closed. There are three shelters open: Missouri Southern State (3950 Newman
Road), McAuley Catholic High School (930 S. Pearl Ave), Ignite Church (701 S. Maiden Ln).
Forecast information –
Joplin & Southwestern Missouri
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. Breezy, with a south wind between 16 and 25 mph, with
gusts as high as 36 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 69. Breezy, with a south wind between 16 and 22 mph.
Memorial Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. Breezy, with a south
wind between 16 and 23
mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph.
Sedalia & Northwestern Missouri
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Breezy, with a south wind between 11 and 21 mph, with
gusts as high as 30 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 70. South wind between 14 and 17 mph, with gusts as high
as 26 mph.
Memorial Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Breezy, with a south wind between 15 and 23
mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph.
St. Louis & Southeastern Missouri
Today: Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 91. South wind between 8
and 18 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 72. South wind between 10 and 15 mph.
Memorial Day: Sunny, with a high near 94. South wind between 9 and 16 mph.
Several tornadoes touched down across the region yesterday afternoon and evening, but only
minimal damage was reported.
Pettis County (SEDALIA) Sedalia sheltered 6 last night
5/27. Damage in Sedalia consists of 168
affected homes (73 destroyed, 20-25 with major damage, 65-70 with minor damage or affected), and
11-15 businesses were destroyed. There were 25 minor injuries and zero fatalities. KCP&L reports 4
without power this morning (05/27). The shelter is located at the First United Methodist Church,
1701 W 32ND ST SEDALIA, MO. Federal/State PA and IA preliminary damage assessment teams
are scheduled in Sedalia on Wednesday, 06/01.
Pettis County Commissioner reports that damages were limited to the areas listed below. All
electric has been restored to residents; however, power has not been restored to the water wells at
Elm Hills.. The County Commission is closely monitoring the situation. Reports 250 without power.
An EF-2 tornado (windspeeds of 111-115 mph) struck Sedalia at 12:22 p.m. on 5/25/2011, leaving a
damage path approximately ½ mile wide and 3 miles long. 15 businesses have been reported as
being destroyed or seriously damaged, along with the school bus barn. The tornado overturned
several tractor trailers, spilling relatively small amounts of diesel fuel, crankcase oil, and antifreeze.
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Environmental Emergency Response (EER) team is
monitoring the cleanup of the spills, which were contained and restricted to the immediate area.
Debris removal is complete and the roads and highways are open. The American Red Cross (ARC)
opened a shelter at 1701 W 32nd St, Sedalia, which housed 4 people overnight.
Jasper County 7700 without power, and 80% of affected gas lines have been capped. 3000
volunteers registered yesterday. 30 law enforcement agencies, and 80 fire departments
have provided aid. Estimated 4-5,000 people will be at St. Johns Medical Center for a
moment of silence during the time the tornado struck last Sunday. President Obama will
visit Joplin today, 5/29. 400+ Law Enforcement officials working in Joplin. MARC
(Multi-Agency Resource Center), located at 3405 Hammonds Blvd, will open tomorrow (Sunday,
05/29/11) after the Memorial Service and will be open until 7 pm. It will operate Monday through
Saturday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. The Corps of Engineers have 5 strike teams supporting rescue
efforts. Law enforcement is currently controlling 41 intersections around the impacted area and
roving patrols are securing areas within the impacted area. The city of Joplin is still working on
search and recovery utilizing K-9 cadaver units. They are working to drain water retention sites.
4000 tetanus vaccinations have been administered. Public Works is helping to support volunteers.
The city of Sarcoxie reports that generators have been released from city operations and were
demobilized. There is a trolley service available that is being offered free of charge to residents.
Missouri Gas has capped 50% (4200) of their gas lines. The water system is 50% complete, with
the main concern west of Maiden Lane. Joplin Emergency Operations Center will begin operating
from 7 am to 7 pm beginning today. A second DMORT Team is being added to assist in 24 hour
operations. Law enforcement contingent is continuing to support the security mission in Joplin.
Two sweeps have been conducted in the impacted area utilizing cadaver dogs. Five (5) areas are
being investigated further as a result. Debris has been cleared from the streets. Public Works is
currently working to clear debris in order to reach utilities. The EMS will be demobilizing from the
EOC today. There will be VIP visits on the State and Federal levels. The Medical Mobile Unit is
being set up today. The main task for today is resource management and getting a better idea of
which resources are available on site. Power has been restored to the town of Sarcoxie, and Empire
Electric is coordinating with them to transfer back to primary power. The cooling and feeding station
at the Community Building closed at 9 p.m. on May 25.
McDonald County The tornado that occurred Sunday night (05/22/11) destroyed two homes and
damaged two more. It also destroyed 9 chicken houses and a cell phone tower. Water made its
way into 30-35 businesses but has receded. Damage is being assessed at this time.
Newton County Tornado damage assessment is complete and the
final numbers have not yet been
Taney County There is still ongoing
flooding at Lake Taneycomo. They are releasing 54,000 cfs
from Table Rock to Taneycomo at this time. At 0800 hours the Bull Shoals Lake was at 695.32 and
Lake Taneycomo was at 707.64. At 0900 hours the Table Rock Lake was at 933.72. There are 21
road and bridge closures at this time. The Salvation Army opened a shelter and had zero population
overnight. Lake Taneycomo is seeing rises between 2008 and 2011 flooding levels. Emergency
Management issues a Civil Emergency message through the Emergency Alert System.
Several tornadoes touched down across the region yesterday afternoon and evening, but only
minimal damage was reported.
Madison County Doing assessments on damage in the county. There
was minor damage to 25
homes in the southwestern part of Fredericktown. The same tornado that struck Silva (Wayne
County) at 4:45 p.m. on May 25 struck Fredericktown at 4:50 p.m., felling trees and powerlines, and
overturning vehicles. EMD reports tornado touchdown with one home destroyed, injuries are
unknown at this time.
Mississippi County At 1640 hours storms moved
through the Charleston. The storms tore the roof
off a business and damaged 6 vehicles. No injuries were reported.
Wayne County Doing damage assessments.
Reports that 15-20 homes were impacted, half of
which were destroyed and the other half damaged. At 4:45 p.m. on May 25, Silva was struck by a
tornado that damaged an estimated 75% of the town's buildings (35 homes, barns, garages, and 1
church) before crossing into Madison County and impacting Fredricksburg. Three minor injuries and
no fatalities were reported in Silva. Highway 34 eastbound is obstructed by downed trees, and Silva
is without power. EMD reports tornado touchdown with one home destroyed, injuries are unknown
at this time.
Carter County Doing damage assessments. Reports that 5 homes were destroyed, 2 mobile
homes were turned over, 3-5 homes and a church were damaged. There were no injuries or
fatalities. A tornado touched down outside of Grandin and traveled northwestward towards Ellsinore
at about 3:50 p.m. on May 25, causing moderate to severe damage to approximately 20 homes. No
fatalities or injuries have been reported. Grandin lost water when the power went out; however,
Ozark Border Electric Coop is on scene and working to restore power. EMD reports tornado
touchdown with one home destroyed, injuries are unknown at this time.
ESF #1: Continuing to support cleanup and working on repairing traffic signals and signs.
MODOT received contact from Kansas Dept. of Transportation and noted issues with roads being
damaged due to overweight loads. Traffic signal crews are working on high priority issues and
MODOT is setting up barricades for the arrival of the President tomorrow. Assisting Silva with road
clean up and helping to bring in more equipment for upcoming needs in Joplin. Working on
communications issues with ESF #2. MoDOT (MO Department of Transportation) working with
Joplin Public works to continue clearing debris during daylight hours. All arterial and collector
streets in Joplin have been cleared of debris. Received offers from neighboring cities to assist with
transit and public works.
ESF #2: Communications have been reported as stable. Report to be reaching a point of
stabilization with less than a dozen sites still out of service. Supplying radios to impacted areas.
State-owned radios are on loan to Joplin; now the MO National Guard (MONG) is able to
communicate with Joplin over their own system. The Communication unit of MSHP has received the
local communication plan and is working through the plan. Highway Patrol Command Post was
moved last night to the area of the Emergency Operations Center in Joplin. Coordinating
communications with MO National Guard & moving out of command post. Began trying to locate
missing people using cellular services.
ESF #3: SAVE Coalition volunteers have evaluated over 2250 structures which include residential,
medical care facilities, and multi-story structures. Corp of Engineers has advertised a debris
cleanup contract and is still determining the time line to award the contract. This will be determined
when they are able to meet with the state and National Guard. The US Army Corps of Engineers
(USACE) is assisting with debris removal from right of ways and their technical experts are
monitoring the situation. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed Wednesday between
representatives of the City of Joplin and the Missouri Structural Assessment and Visual Evaluation
(SAVE) Coalition, opening the way for volunteers to deploy to the city and conduct assessments on
buildings. About 30 SAVE volunteers are scheduled to report to Joplin City Hall at 9:00 AM
ESF #4 & 9: Filled resource request for 10 additional K-9 Cadaver units. St Louis Regional Urban
Search and Rescue has been released. Tomorrow 31 dogs will be in place. IST operations will
continue on 24 hours shifts through Thursday, May 26th, and will run a twelve hour day shift through
Sunday, May 29th. A total of 13 K-9 cadaver teams have been assigned to the incident. There is an
unknown number of freelance teams on the scene. ESF #9 is currently filling a request for 17 more
teams. Force 1 (MOTF1) and all SAR teams (except Region C) have been demobilized. SAR
operations Region C's team will perform a tertiary-level SAR mission. Eighteen cadaver dog teams
arrived and began search patterns. SAR efforts will occur during daylight hours only. Filled requests
for ATV's to help with search and rescue efforts. Cadaver dogs will arrive by 1500 hours on
05/24/2011. Two search and rescue teams from Region C and one search and rescue team from
Kansas City, KS have arrived. Currently searching sector D8, with next immediate priorities being
D9 (Hampshire Terrace Apartments) and D11A (Olympic Apartments).
ESF #5: Joplin's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) anticipates switching to daylight activation
only by 5/25, barring unforeseen circumstances.
ESF #6: There are three shelters in Joplin at this time with a total population of 217. The
shelter in Sedalia has been closed. Responders shelter at Blaine Hall no longer available
as a shelter, so Responders are now being housed at College View Baptist Church at 1606
N. Duquesne in Joplin. 68 were housed there Saturday night May 28, with a capacity of 80
For friends and family to check on their loved ones in the affected area:
Spontaneous Volunteers (Non Medical) : (800) 427-4626 or 2-1-1
Local Red Cross (Greater Ozarks Chapter): (417) 832-9500
ESF #7: Working with ESF 6 to acquire a warehouse for donations. 5,000 doses of Tetanus
vaccination acquired for Jasper county health department. Working on acquiring
Biohazard suits for first responders. Received verbal acceptance of an EMAC team from
Colorado. An EMAC team from Texas will be arriving on Monday or Tuesday (05/30-31/11).
Logistics is looking for a donations coordinator through EMAC. Working resource requests.
Provided 10 generators for Joplin pond dewatering, provided trailer for medical record storage,
bio-hazardous waste removal for DMORT, and provided defibulater batteries and chargers. Continue
to process Action Request Forms and EMAC requests as needed. Processed requests for
generators (Joplin Public Works, 2; Dept of Mental Health (DMH), 1 for Prescription Registration
Center in Joplin; Sarcoxie, 2 for community center), and fuel (process put in place on fuel routes to
supply generators as needed. Ice resource request for Sarcoxie was canceled because power was
restored. Identified potential warehouse space across southwest MO to handle donations for ESF 6.
Identifying a warehouse location for ESF #6.
ESF #8: Mobile Medical Unit is operational and has been turned over to St. Johns staff. MO
DMAT 1 will begin demobilization today. Processed request for Alaskan Shelter Pack to attach
to the MMU to provide patient processing area. The Dept of Mental Health (DMH) opened up a new
local crisis and coordination phone line, (417) 347-7070, at Ozark Mental Health. A 50-bed Mobile
Medical Unit (MMU) scheduled to arrive in Joplin on Thursday, and the Disaster Mortuary
Operations Response Team (DMORT) began setting up in Joplin and working on victim ID. State
and local public health departments conducting sanitation inspections of food preparation, retail,
and feeding sites, with the first priority being shelters and mobile first responder feeding sites,
followed by restaurants, grocery stores, and other retail sites). All sites are anticipated to be
inspected at least once, and some twice, by the end of the week. The Food & Drug Administration
(FDA), is in Joplin to inspect 30 food processing/storage and medical device facilities.
ESF #10: DNR is working on securing a location for Household Hazardous Waste
Collections. DNR is looking into draining an environmentally regulated lagoon and are identifying
options for the storage of the lagoons contents. Air monitors have been placed. Air monitoring
began today for asbestos. Mission assignments for household hazardous waste and materials
cleanup and disposal are ongoing. MDNR is reconciling data from hazardous materials facilities in
Sedalia. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) was notified of hazmat spills that resulted
from tractor trailers damaged by the tornado in Sedalia, and is monitoring the cleanup. The spills
(primarily diesel fuel, oil, and antifreeze) were relatively small restricted to the immediate area. DNR
and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) completed site assessments for 22 hazmat
facilities, and reported that no major issues were found. DNR and EPA are contacting Tier 2
ESF #12: Missouri Gas Energy continues repairs,
working in the remaining 16 grids to cut
off and cap mains and service lines damaged. Publicizing precautions to contact Missouri
Gas Energy prior to bulldozing or clearing debris to ensure natural gas facilities have been
abandoned at that location. Electric: Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives reports
no outages as of 5/29. Empire Electric reports 7700 outages and expect that all serviceable
customers will be returned to service by late Sunday, May 29, and are walking the damaged
area to see what can be restored within the next month or two. Ameren and New Mac reported all
power has been restored. Electric Coops reported 40 without power in the Black River area. 1000
electric poles have been replaced by Empire and 8000 to 10,000 of these outages will not be
restored quickly due to the amount of damage that was done in the impacted area. MGE (Joplin)
has split the impacted region into 40 grids and are working on capping service lines so they are not
hit during recovery and clean up efforts. They have 16 grids to shut off today (5/26). Power was
restored to Granby and Diamond once the 12kV circuits were repaired. KCPL is sending 60 people
today to assist with restoring power to several major areas in Joplin. 8 major fuel distributors in
Joplin have experienced extensive damage and have made arrangements for fuel trucks to be moved
into the area. 26th and Pearl substation was destroyed by tornado. KCP&L is sending 45 linemen
today, and another 45 after storms pass through the Kansas City area.
AT&T reports 4700 customers out of service. Empire reports storms in the area is hampering efforts.
Distribution assessment is beginning today and will continue into Tuesday morning. First mutual aid
call was held today. There are 45 Empire linemen and 15 tree trimmers on site and 206 contract
lineman are on the way or on site. They have 30 ground work and debris removal contractor workers
and an Empire liaison is assigned to the Joplin EOC. Reports that there are 20,000 out of
electricity. Contractors are coming in to assess the damage to the hospital. Power has been
restored to the Freeman Hospital. MGE's office and operations facilities in Joplin were not damaged,
however they have reported several gas releases.
ESF #13: Dept. of Conservation is clearing brush in Sedalia. Working on list of missing persons
and verifying identification of deceased. The Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) has 133
troopers deployed to Joplin. Joplin Police Department (PD) requested supplement of 20 officers per
12-hour shift (to total 80 officers per shift); MSHP is coordinating with the Missouri Sheriff's
Association to provide the additional officers. Providing relief to local law enforcement. Assisting
ESF #15: Public Safety had a press conference at 10:00 am (05/27/11). Emphasis is switching to
rumor control, and may move the entire ESF to Joplin. Primary focus is providing severe weather
alerts via press releases and developing an event summary. Things are slowing down, and media
inquiries are looking for fatality numbers and the next place to take the story (success stories,
volunteer stories, etc…)
ESF #16: Coordinating to support the memorial service for Sunday, May 29th with missions
including color guard, escort officers, and security. MoNG is working on security support and flight
requests for DMORT and memorial service. There was an accident this morning (05/27/11) involving
2 humvee's. There were three National Guard injuries as a result of this accident. Current number of
troops on the ground is 337. The Governor has signed an executive order assigning the National
Guard to debris removal. MoNG is transitioning from search and rescue and cleanup to a security
mission, working with MSHP on access control, and roving control.
ESF #17: There are 466 animals in shelter at 140 Emperor St. and another 20 at a
secondary shelter, these 20 will be moved to the main shelter on Emperor St. 178 animals
have been returned to their families. 126 have been returned to their families. FEMA has been
locating animals in pop up shelters. Received assistance from FEMA locate private shelters and
self deployed rescue groups. 77 animals have been returned to their families and 318 are currently
in shelters. An increase in pop-up animal shelters is being found and the animals are being
transported to Joplin. are two animal shelters set up. Supporting shelters and assessing where
needs are currently.
FEMA – Will have an ESF #10 representative at SEMA today. The Corps of Engineers is working
with FEMA and the Joplin EOC.