Situation Report

JEREMIAH W. (JAY) NIXON, GOVERNOR

Contact:

PAUL PARMENTER, SEMA DIRECTOR

Situation Report #: N09110080

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jefferson City

June 17, 2011

Spring 2011 Severe Storms Situation Report 12 p.m. June 16

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 monitoring the potential flooding impacts from the Missouri River in the north-western and north-eastern parts 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 from Joplin is 34. The shelter is open at the Webb City Junior High School (807 West 1st Street, Webb City 64870).

Forecast information –Thursday night and Friday morning, North and South Dakota will receive another inch of rain. The storm center reports a storm moving across Central MO producing 1 to 3" of rain within the next 24 hours. Over the past 24 hours North Dakota received 2-4" rain which will affect the MO River Basin.  Additional rain is expected through Saturday.

Joplin & Southwestern Missouri

Today: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny and hot, with a high near 92. Heat index values as high as 95. South wind between 11 and 13 mph.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 72. South wind between 9 and 11 mph.

Friday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 93. Heat index values as high as 96. South wind between 13 and 20 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.

St. Joseph & Northwestern Missouri

Today: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 1pm, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 84. South southeast wind between 7 and 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. Southeast wind between 11 and 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 90. Heat index values as high as 97. South southeast wind between 11 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Region A                 

Carroll County Levees are being checked daily.

Clay County: Continuing to monitor river levels.  Missouri City has 2500 sandbags stockpiled ready to use.  River levels have dropped 2 to 2 ½ feet at Missouri City. Officials are continuing to prepare for sandbagging in the area

Jackson County: Jackson County has requested 25 persons to assist with sandbagging. SEMA is working to fill the request.

Pettis County (SEDALIA)  Pettis County has been declared for individual assistance and public assistance based on tornado damage. 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.

Platte County Will be holding a meeting tonight to meet with local citizens. Farmers are sandbagging around their property in Weston.

Region B

Chariton County: Monitoring situation.

Region D

Jasper County   AmeriCorps has logged nearly 47,000 volunteer hours. 

Region H

Andrew County: The town of Nodaway is mostly evacuated with the exception of a few citizens providing property security, who are ready to evacuate if water levels increase. There are two county roads closed. Continuing to monitor Nodaway River.  Levee 476 at Amazonia and there is self evacuation going on.  Offenders will be needed for tomorrow.  Had 30 volunteers start filling sandbags in Amazonia, have 4000 completed. Continuing to monitor situation. 

Atchison County:  Sandbagging operations continue. 11,000 more sandbags will be requested.  The levee around water plant in Rockport is almost complete. Reviewing law enforcement missions that may be needed in the future.

Buchanan County: Has used 120,000 sandbags and have another 150,000 ready to use. Citizens in low lying areas have been advised of evacuation scenarios in the event that they are implemented. Over the weekend volunteers and offenders continued filling sandbags and the county has now 350,000.  Training is taking place on patrolling levees.  Evacuation plans are in place for Rosecrans and the Lewis and Clark Village. Levees 455, 460, and 470 have been reinforced and pumps are in place. 

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 Levees are holding and stable at this time. 4000 sandbags were stockpiled at Craig with the help of inmates. 475 homes have been disconnected from power. Sandbagging at Forest City and Levee 10 near Big Lake has been completed. 12 roads are closed at this time. The levee breach is currently 100 yards wide and there are 11 flood related road closures.  Ag levee breach north of 159 east of the Rulo bridge yesterday affecting Levee 10 went from 4' freeboard to 1 ½'.  Forest City has 10,000 sandbags stockpiled. MSHP will be contacting the county sheriff to coordinate security patrols. The county is requesting 4 vehicles and 14 personnel for levee patrols.

ESF #1: There are 27 road closures at this time. Highway 27 opened up this morning (06/16/2011). I-29 in NW Missouri may closed due to flooding in Iowa. Hwy 61 is closed at Alexandria. 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.

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 four more teams checking federal levees along the river.  Corps of Engineers reported full breech on Levee 575 in Atchison county.  Reinforcement of R471 and 460 are taking place. Gavins Point is scheduled to release 150,000 CFS starting 6/14. 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:

ESF #5: State Emergency Operations Center will continue operations from 7 am- 7 pm, 7 days a 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.

ESF #6: Overnight, 34 residents were sheltered at Webb City.  There are five shelters on standby: Two in Buchanan County, two in Atchison County, and one in Holt County. Efforts are continuing to help residents achieve long-term housing.   Continuing to feed and hydrate sandbag workers.  American Red Cross is providing meals and snacks for the volunteers in the northern part of the state.

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: DNR has identified RMP facilities in the potential flood areas and are contacting the facilities to see if needs are met.  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.  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:There have not yet been any calls in reference to flooding and calls in reference to Joplin have decreased significantly, with an average of 5 a day.  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:There are 497 National Guard troops in the northwestern part of the state. In Joplin continued support for MSHP patrols and debris removal.  In the northwest L & O are in place in 7 counties and MONG is preparing for the possible displacement of Rosecrans.  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 asked local jurisdictions wanting to have aerial images of specific locations to submit a resource request to SEMA. 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