JEREMIAH W. (JAY) NIXON, GOVERNORContact:
- Mike O'Connell , Communications Director
- (573) 751-4819
PAUL PARMENTER, SEMA DIRECTOR
Situation Report #: N09110066
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 01, 2011
Spring 2011 Severe Storms Situation Report 10 a.m. June 1
Shelter – The current number of individuals sheltering in Joplin is 118. The shelter in Sedalia has been closed. There is one shelter open: Missouri Southern State (3950 Newman Road, Joplin).
Forecast information –
Joplin & Southwestern Missouri
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 70. South wind around 7 mph.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. Heat index values as high as 95. South wind between 8 and 16 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.
Sedalia & Northwestern Missouri
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 69. South southeast wind between 5 and 8 mph.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. Heat index values as high as 95. South southwest wind between 9 and 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
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.
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 calculated.
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 #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 Thursday.
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 #6: There is one shelter open at this time with a population of 118. 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 victims to let their friends and family know they are safe: https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php
For friends and family to check on their loved ones in the affected area:
Local Red Cross (Greater Ozarks Chapter): (417) 832-9500
ESF #8: 5/30 Mobile Medical Unit is running smoothly. No issues identified.
ESF #10: Results from air monitoring have shown that there are no asbestos dangers. 5/30 Air monitoring report received today. No toxic levels have been identified. The report on asbestos will not be available until Wednesday.
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.
ESF #13: Supporting security efforts and doing death notifications to next of kin. 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: 570 animals are sheltered and 55 returned to their families yesterday. 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 5/31FEMA 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. There 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.
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