Situation Report

JEREMIAH W. (JAY) NIXON, GOVERNOR

Contact:

PAUL PARMENTER, SEMA DIRECTOR

Situation Report #: N09110075

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jefferson City

June 12, 2011

Spring 2011 Severe Storms Situation Report 12 p.m. June 12

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 is to monitoring 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 51.  The shelter demobilization plan will be put into effect on Jun 14, 2011, with a smaller shelter opening on June 15, 2011.  There is one shelter open: Missouri Southern State (3950 Newman Road, Joplin).

Forecast information – The storm center is predicting a slight chance of severe weather for the next 48 hours in central and northern Missouri.  A thunderstorm complex has developed over Kansas today and will work its way across Missouri  throughout the southwest portion of the state and across the southeast part of the state capable of producing hail and possible tornados.  Over the next 5 days the largest precipitation will occur Sunday and Monday.  Rainfall is expected to be ½ - 1 inch of rain today and this evening with additional rainfall through Thursday 1 ½ - 3" of rain in northeast portions of the state.

Joplin & Southwestern Missouri

Today: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. Heat index values as high as 94. South wind between 11 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. North wind between 3 and 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 86. North wind at 6 mph becoming east.

St. Joseph & Northwestern Missouri

Today:  Thunderstorm complex is developing across Kansas and ½ inch to 1 inch may be possible across the southwestern part of the state this afternoon.     A chance of showers and thunderstorms for today, mostly cloudy, with a high near 77. Northwest wind between 8 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around 59. North northeast wind between 7 and 10 mph.

Sunday afternoon and evening:  Potential of severe weather with potential for hail and tornados.

Region A                 

Carroll County Levees are being checked daily.

Clay County: River levels have dropped 2 to 2 ½ feet at Missouri City. Officials are continuing to prepare for sandbagging in the area

Jackson County:  Independence CERT has offered assistance Parkville.

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 B

Chariton County: Monitoring situation. There will be an open forum with US Corps of Engineers on Tuesday, June 14.

Region D

Jasper County   Missouri Southern State University has 51 people sheltered. AmeriCorps has logged nearly 47,000 volunteer hours. 

Region H

Andrew County: had 30 volunteers start filling sandbags in Amazonia, have 4000 completed. Continuing to monitor situation.  5000 sandbags are in the area and volunteers will start filling on 6/9.  A gator pump will be on hand later today

Atchison County:  Sandbagging operations continue. 11,000 more sandbags will be requested.  The levee around water plant in Rockport is almost complete.  The county should be releasing the sandbagging machine on 6/10. Reviewing law enforcement missions that may be needed in the future.

Buchanan County: has 2 sandbag operations that are ongoing.  The county has 140,340 sandbags complete and 83,000 are available for use.  The levee around the air base is almost complete.  The levees 455, 460, and 470 are being reinforced and pumps are in place.  The city of St. Joseph is continuing to do sandbagging with 120,000 sandbags that have been filled.

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.

Holt County needs assistance with sand boils and how to address levee seepage issues.  County reports they are stable at this time.  On Monday 6/13 Dept. of Corrections will have 35 inmates in Forest City for sandbagging efforts.  MSHP will be contacting the county sheriff to coordinate security patrols. 50,000 sandbags will be delivered on Tuesday. The county is requesting 4 vehicles and 14 personnel for levee patrols. The automatic sandbag machine will be delivered Monday morning to support sandbagging operationsAn earthen levee is protecting the water and sewer treatment plants, 20 inmates are going to Forest City on Monday to fill sandbags. 10,000 sandbags are on hand at this time. 

ESF #1There are currently 12 state highways closed due to flooding.  If I-29 has to close due to flooding detours will be routed to IA I-35.  Continuing to assess resources and continue to plan for responses.   Resources are being positioned throughout the potentially impacted areas. MODOT is continuing to evaluate the major highway elevations and are starting preliminary discussions on potential detours for I-29 with the federal partners. 

ESF #2: MSHP is moving a transmitter from Watson in anticipation of flood; otherwise monitoring situation.  Maintaining Joplin and monitoring northwest area. 

ESF #3: Corps of Engineers have assigned  1.6 million sandbags (with an additional 3 million available),   7400 tons of sand and 17 sandbagging machines with 2 sandbagging machines available.  DNR is not aware of any water or sewer issues at the current time. Holt County believed they were having sand boil issues but under observation determined that is was seepage issues.  Council Bluffs, Iowa is discharging waste water into the Missouri River.

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: Overnight, 51 residents were sheltered in Joplin. Efforts are continuing to help residents achieve long-term housing.   Demobilization will begin on June 14 and will open a smaller shelter on June 15.   Five shelters are on standby in the northwestern part of the state.  Continuing to feed and hydrate sandbag workers.  Multi-agencies are working to find additional warehouse space for donationsAmerican Red Cross is providing meals and snacks for the volunteers in the northern part of the state.  In Atchison County there was 1 shelter open with a 0 population with 4 others on standby. 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.

ESF #7: Processing and tracking requests and coordinating with USACE to provide resource support for the Northwest Missouri flood fight. 

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: Continuing to contact facilities and assist in Joplin.  DNR is monitoring Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO's) and RMP facilities along the potential flood areas. Doing a shift change in Joplin and will have 5 staff in the area.  Continuing to contact Tier II and RMP facilities along the potential flood areas to ensure plans are in placeEPA reports that air sampling in Joplin is ongoing.

ESF #12: The electric co-ops would like to remind everyone that when working around power lines to always assume they are still energizedMERC and DNR are working with the PSC to get information to the municipal pipelines that may be affected by the flooding.  Electric Coops have moved equipment and have ordered barriers to protect the substations. 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.

ESF #13: MSHP Troop H is working with Holt and Atchison Counties for safety patrols.  Dept. of Correction has offender labor at Rockport, St. Joseph, and Rosecrans.  Rosecrans has 2 shifts so they can do 24 hour operationsDept of Corrections will be furnishing offender labor in Holt County to support sandbagging efforts on Monday 6/13.  MSHP is working with the locals to determine the initial response.  Corrections has inmates in St. Joseph for the week.  A request for inmate labor has been received from Parkville, 30 will be sent there from the Community Release Center.  MSHP Troop H is working with local jurisdictions for boats if needed.  MO Dept. of Corrections is working on requests for offender labor

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: Missouri National Guard has 169 guardsman deployed to Joplin for support to the MSHP and debris removal.  MONG has established L&O in Ray, Clay and Jackson Counties and will continue to monitor levees.  Buchanan County at Rosecrans currently has 312 personnel deployed and are moving essential equipment.   Missouri National Guard is attempting to obtain warehouse space for critical assetsContinuing to support security operations in Joplin.  In the northwest part of the state establishing liaisons with the county EOC's and the Army Corps of Engineers. 

ESF #17: Continue to work with EOC's and local law enforcement in the northern section of the state for animal shelter needs.  Currently working with St. Joseph Health Dept. to set up regional pet shelters if needed. Demobilizing the Joplin support and focusing on the northwest corner of the state. 

FEMA: has processed a mission for the Civil Air Patrol with the focus to be from downtown Kansas City to Iowa to take photos of the affected areas.  Photos will be on FEMA's website.

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