Situation Report

JEREMIAH W. (JAY) NIXON, GOVERNOR

Contact:

PAUL PARMENTER, SEMA DIRECTOR

Situation Report #: N09110070

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jefferson City

June 06, 2011

Spring 2011 Severe Storms Situation Report 1 p.m. June 6

NEW INFORMATION IN BOLD

Summary
The State of Missouri continues to aid Jasper and Newton counties and the City of Joplin and in their recovery efforts from the EF-5 tornado that struck the city on May 22, 2011. Teams from SEMA, FEMA, and the Small Business Administration are assisting with damage assessment.

SEMA has begun to monitor the potential flooding impacts from the Missouri River in the north-western part of the state.

Electric Outages – Empire reports that all serviceable customers who can take electricity have been restored, 7000+/- outages remain.
  Ameren reports all outages caused by weather related incidents have been restored. KCP&L reports all outages restored in the Sedalia area.

Shelter –
The current number of individuals sheltering in Joplin is 97. There is one shelter open: Missouri Southern State (3950 Newman Road, Joplin).

Forecast information – The weather for the week will be hot and humid with a chance of thunderstorms in northern Missouri.  Up to 3 inches of rainfall is possible on Thursday through Friday from Kansas City to Iowa. This could have an impact on projected river levels.
Joplin & Southwestern Missouri

This Afternoon: Sunny and hot, with a high near 93. Heat index values as high as 97. South wind around 11 mph.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 72. South wind between 7 and 9 mph.

Tuesday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 94. Heat index values as high as 98. South wind between 8 and 15 mph.


St. Joseph & Northwestern Missouri

This Afternoon: Sunny, with a high near 96. Heat index values as high as 99. South southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 72. South wind between 10 and 13 mph.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 96. Heat index values as high as 100. Breezy, with a south wind between 11 and 21 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph.

Region A                 

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).  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. Federal/State PA and IA preliminary damage assessment teams are scheduled in Sedalia on Wednesday, 06/01. 

Region D

Jasper County   Missouri Southern State University has 97 people sheltered. AmeriCorps has logged nearly 47,000 volunteer hours.  The Humane Society and DMORT have demobilized.  There are four shelters open for emergency responders. There have been 9985 tetanus shots administered.

Region H

Andrew County: Sandbags are available for pickup at Smithville.  There are 2 pumps available and ready at Napoleon.  Voluntary evacuations have been taking place along the Missouri and Nodaway Rivers.  Critical Infrastructure identified as Water and Waste Water Treatment Plant, and they will be sandbagged beginning Monday. Evacuation is being done along the Nodaway and Missouri River.  Property owners along the Missouri and Nodaway Rivers have been notified of potential impacts from flooding. There have been minimal voluntary evacuations at this time.

Atchison County:  McKissick Island has 11 homes that have been voluntarily evacuated. Sandbag operations will continue with the assistance of 65 offenders filling and placing sandbags. Continues sandbagging efforts, putting a berm around the Rockport water plant, and monitoring the levees.  Corps reports that L5-75 has breeched in Hamburg, IA and I-29 will be closing at the Iowa line.  Sandbagging operations have begun with the help of inmates from Maryville. EOC is partially activated but not staffed.

Buchanan County: The City of St. Joseph and Buchanan County are meeting to set priorities. Air National Guard along with offenders will be sandbagging.  Currently there are 50,000 sandbags available; the earlier request of 100,000 sandbags was cancelled.  There are 2 sandbagging machines in the county, 1 is automated the other is manual. Currently monitoring and working closely with the City of St. Joe.  has 100,000 sandbags on hand. They have requested an additional 100,000 bags and another sandbagging machine. Air National Guard is assisting in filling the sandbags. Four pumps have been confirmed to be delivered Monday by the Army Corps of Engineers.

City of St. Joseph: has received the pumps they requested and are working closely with Buchanan County.  will have inmates and Army Corps of Engineers to assist in sandbagging as needed.  EOC will be opened and staffed Monday.

Clay County: Received 20,000 sandbags and 17 ½ tons of sand. These resources have been delivered to Missouri City.

Jackson County:  Independence CERT has offered assistance Parkville.

Holt County Voluntary evacuations are taking place.  There are 30 people left at Big Lake that will be leaving by Wednesday.  Craig has 80 people in town and dirt work is being done on the south side of town.  Twenty offenders have been requested and will be available in the morning 06/07. Holt County has stockpiled 4500 sandbags at the water plant; the city of Craig has begun putting a temporary levee around the town today and has requested automatic sandbagging machines and offenders from the state to assistCounty experiencing widespread seepage. Sandbagging will begin on Monday at Craig water treatment and sewer plant. Critical Infrastructure Key Resources have been identified: Craig Water Treatment Plant, Cargill, Golden Triangle Energy, Exide, USPS at Craig, and all have spoken with EOC about evacuation plan. Levee districts have been activated, requesting additional sand bags, and sand boils are possible in the area. Dirt work is being done at Levee 10. Activated EOC on Monday and have voluntary evacuations at this time. 50,000 additional sandbags have arrived and the county has a stockpile of sand at their disposal.

ESF #1: Nothing new to report, continuing to monitor levees in the northwest region and beginning to do analysis for roadway closures and are defining detours.  All traffic signals in Joplin are online, and all law enforcement directing traffic at these signals have been released to their normal duties. Overweight permits will be issued to agriculture in the Northwest area to allow them to move out of the area. There are 37 flood related road closures in the state. Per MoDOT and city of Joplin, most debris on roadways is cleared. Working to reconstruct signal signs. Commercial motor vehicle unit reminded everyone to contact their website for information regarding the transport of debris across state lines.

ESF #2: Maintaining Joplin and monitoring northwest area.  Communications have been reported as stable. 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. 

ESF #3
: Council Bluffs, Iowa is discharging waste water into the Missouri River. Missouri Department of Natural Resources is notifying water systems downstream.  The Army Corps of Engineers reports that they are monitoring the river levels and will be focusing on sandbagging and additional pump capability with bringing in a new system called Porta Dam System to Rock Port and their technical support crews.  Corp reports that if the levee in Atchison County that the levee in concern is a critical levee.

ESF #4 & 9
: Region F Incident Support Team is providing support to the State Emergency Operations Center this week. Monitoring and waiting for requests. The Nebraska, Tennessee, and Texas search teams have been demobilized. St Louis Regional Urban Search and Rescue has been released.  Force 1 (MOTF1) and all SAR teams (except Region C) have been demobilized.

ESF #5: State Emergency Operations Center will continue operations from 7 am- 7 pm, 7 days per week.  Conference call times may be changed beginning this week due to river level updates occurring at 9 am.  Conference calls will continue over the weekend. The State Emergency Operations Center continues to operate from 7 am to 7 pm until further notice.

ESF #6:
Continuing to support shelter operations.  There have been five shelters identified in the Northwest in the event sheltering becomes necessary. Two shelters in Atchison, two in Buchanan, and one in Holt counties are on standby in North West Missouri.

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:

https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php

Spontaneous Volunteers (Non Medical) : (800) 427-4626 or 2-1-1
Medical Volunteers: https://www.showmeresponse.org/

Local Red Cross (Greater Ozarks Chapter): (417) 832-9500

ESF #7: Processing requests for Northwest Missouri. 5,000 doses of Tetanus vaccination acquired for Jasper county health department.  Working on acquiring Biohazard suits for first responders. 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. 

ESF #8: Dept. of Mental Health had 6 volunteers that made 115 calls.  On Sunday, mental health had 8 volunteers that made 360 contacts.
Standing by ready to serveThe Dept of Mental Health (DMH) opened up a new local crisis and coordination phone line, (417) 347-7070, at Ozark Mental Health.

ESF #10: Dept. of Natural Resources is currently contacting facilities along the potentially impacted flood areas to determine needs and assistance. 
Continuing to work with vehicle damages in Joplin and monitoring the northwest corner.  Working with insurance industry trying to identify vehicles. Have a temporary staging area for damaged vehicles at the Joplin airport. EPA is taking household hazardous wastes by curbside collections. Results from air monitoring have shown that there are no asbestos dangers.  Air monitors have been placed.

ESF #12:
Wolf Creek Nuclear Generating Station in Burlington Kansas is offline, and as a result, less power will be available to the Northwest area. At this time, ESF 12 does not anticipate this will create a critical shortage of energy in the area. ESF 12 is concerned about debris removal in the Joplin area and ensuring utilities are being contacted for gas line status before digging in the area. The Public Service Commission reminds everyone to contact the local utilities prior to digging or debris removal. Empire reports that all serviceable customers who can take electricity have been restored. 7000+/- outages remain.  In Northwestern Missouri the utilities have plans in place at power plants expecting flooding, and they're executing those plans. KCP&L is working on a plan for the potential flooding in north western Missouri.
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.

ESF #13: MSHP Troop H is working with local jurisdictions for boats if needed.  MO Dept. of Corrections is working on requests for offender labor.  Reduction of manpower in the Joplin area as planned previously.  Corrections is standing by and reminding everyone that they need advance warning if requests are needed for offender laborWorking on potential road closures, and resourcing barricades needed for closures. Doing pre-planning and monitoring in the Region H area.

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: In Joplin – currently have 225 soldiers that continue to support local law enforcement with traffic control. Missouri National Guard continues to prepare for the flooding in the Northwest corner of the state.
  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.

ESF #17:
Demobilizing the Joplin support and focusing on the northwest corner of the state.  The Humane Society has begun to transition to local shelter in Joplin, and anticipates demobilizing by midweek. There are 621 animals being sheltered and 20 animals sheltered at the co-location. The co-location is being transitioned to local operations. Preparing for floods and spotting out shelters in North West MO. There have been 883 animals sheltered to date. A 26 foot trailer is being brought in as a mobile shelter for the co-location shelter.  There are 3 trapping teams. Received assistance from FEMA to locate private shelters and self deployed rescue groups.

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