Spring 2011 Severe Storms Situation Report 9 a.m. May 31
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 7000 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 140. The shelter in Sedalia has
been closed. There are two shelters open: Missouri Southern State (3950 Newman Road), McAuley
Catholic High School (930 S. Pearl Ave), and Ignite Church (701 S. Maiden Ln) has been closed.
Forecast information –
Joplin & Southwestern Missouri
Today: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 84.
Southwest wind between 7 and 14 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.
Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 67.
Light and variable wind.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Heat index values as high as 94. Light wind
becoming south between 11 and 14 mph.
Sedalia & Northwestern Missouri
Today: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 87.
Southwest wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 63. West wind between 4 and 7 mph becoming calm.
Wednesday: A slight chance of thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. East wind 6 to
10 mph becoming south. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Several tornadoes touched down across the region yesterday afternoon and evening, but only
minimal damage was reported.
Pettis County (SEDALIA) Red Cross shelter has closed. Red Cross will continue to do case work.
The Red Cross may turn over the feeding operations to the Salvation Army on Wednesday (06\01).
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 (wind speeds 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 Missouri Southern State University has 140 people sheltered. There are
four shelters open for emergency responders. There have been 9985 tetanus shots
administered and there are 14 K9 teams working search and rescue. McCauley Catholic
High School is now housing only responders. 433 animals are being sheltered and 204 have been
reunited with their families. Four (4) K-9 teams for search and rescue remain on scene. There are
over 400 law enforcement officers working the area for security. AmeriCorps has logged over 20,323
volunteer hours. 430 law enforcement officials working in Jasper County. 6765 tetanus shots have
been administered by 6 fixed facilities and 13 mobile teams. 9 K9 teams working affected area, with
11 more to arrive tomorrow. 7 of the K9 teams will demobilize tomorrow. 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, final damage
estimates are being
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 power lines,
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: 5/30 Continuing to monitor volunteer activities. MODOT is deploying temporary poles to
the area for traffic signals and signs. 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: The Nebraska and Texas search teams have been demobilized. Tennessee
will continue searching until Thursday, June 2nd. 5/30 K9 Team from Tennessee is on scene.
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 140 people currently being sheltered in Joplin. The Missouri Dept. of
Social Services has partnered with the Dept. of Agriculture to implement Disaster Food
Assistance for those who have significant property damage and/or income loss as a result
of the tornado. 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.
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 #8: 5/30 Mobile Medical Unit is running smoothly. No issues identified.
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: 5/30 Air monitoring report received today. No toxic levels have been identified. The report
on asbestos will not be available until Wednesday.
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 facilities.
ESF #12: Empire is reporting that 500 – 600 outages have been restored. 7,100 outages remain.
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: 5/30 There will be a shift change tomorrow with 20 new officers deploying to the area.
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 with checkpoints.
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: The Missouri National Guard currently has 225 soldiers deployed to the Joplin
area. 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: 5/30 433 animals are sheltered in the main shelter and 22 in the co-location shelter. A 26
foot trailer is being brought in as a mobile shelter for the co-location shelter. There are 3 trapping
teams and possibly a 4th that will be in the area tomorrow 5/31. 178 animals 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. 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.