Situation Report

JEREMIAH W. (JAY) NIXON, GOVERNOR

Contact:

PAUL PARMENTER, SEMA DIRECTOR

Situation Report #: N09110084

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jefferson City

June 21, 2011

Spring 2011 Severe Storms Situation Report 12 p.m. June 21

NEW INFORMATION IN BOLD

Summary

The State of Missouri continues to aid Jasper and Newton counties and the City of Joplin 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 recovery efforts.

SEMA is monitoring the potential flooding impacts from the Missouri River in the north-western and north-eastern parts of the state.

River Stages:

 
Minor Stage
Moderate Stage
Major Stage
Record Stage
Current Level
4 Day Out
Likely Range of Flows with Normal Rain
Time from Gavins Point
Low End
High End
Brownville
33
37
43
44.3
43.98
44
Above 43’
2.75 days
Rulo
17
21
25.6
26.3
26.17
26.7
Above 25.5’
3 days
St. Joseph
17
21
27
32.07
24.74
27.1
27
32
3.5 days
Atchison
22
27
30
31.63
27.6
29.4
30
34
3.75 days
Leavenworth
20
24
30
35.34
23.16
26.7
27
33
3.85 days
Kansas City
32
35
49
48.87
26.3
29.7
30
39
4 days

Electric Outages – KCPL has reported damages due to morning thunderstorms. KCPL is currently reporting 15,057 outages in Missouri.  Ameren is reporting 3,621 outages.
 

Shelter –
The current number of individuals sheltering from Joplin is 23.  The current number of individuals sheltering in Mound City is 1.  The shelter is open at the Webb City Junior High School (807 West 1st Street, Webb City 64870). The shelter is open at Mound City at the 1st Christian Church (402 East 5th St., Mound City)

Forecast information –

Joplin & Southwestern Missouri

This Afternoon: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. West wind around 16 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.

Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 63. West wind between 9 and 16 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 86. West wind between 8 and 18 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.

St. Joseph & Northwestern Missouri

This Afternoon: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78. Breezy, with a west southwest wind around 21 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. West wind between 15 and 17 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Wednesday: A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 74. Breezy, with a west northwest wind between 16 and 20 mph, with gusts as high as 29 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 Continuing sandbagging operations for levees 408 and 400.Levee's expected to overtop this weekend: Platte County Drainage District #1, Section #1 and 2. These two levees are perpendicular to Missouri River, essentially an extension of Rushville-Sugar Lake Levee tying into higher terrain; no communities affected. Bean Lake Levee.  A southern extension of Rushville-Sugar Lake Levee; protects farmland only; no communities affected. Hosted a joint meeting with USACE at Farley.  County will begin additional sandbagging on Monday 06/20.  At this time levees are holding.  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.

Clark County:  Four pumps should arrive today from Louisiana and will be in place and working by Saturday. The east side of Alexandria is just wet and the west side of Alexandria is under water.

Region D

Jasper County   On June 17, 2011 Americorp reported 251,575.1 total volunteer hours utilized in Joplin.  This report provides for volunteer hours reporting from College Heights Christian Chuch, St. Peters Catholic Church, College View Baptist Church, Joplin Family Worship Center, Ignite Church, Mystery Church, and Forest Park/Sams Purse. 

Over 160 National Service members have been engaged in the response and recovery activities including Americorps of St. Louis, Washington Conservation Corp, Americorps NCCC, Iowa and Minnesota Conservation Corps, HEAL, AR, Trail Rangers of St. Louis, Environmental Corp at American Youthworks Texas, Northern Arkansas Habitat for Humanity, Harvester's of Kansas City, Missouri Riverways and Americorp Alums. 

Region H

Andrew County: Three roads have been closed due to flooding.  Levee 476 is holding but will have water against it if the river reaches 27 feet.  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:  Levee 550 at mile marker 535.5 (vic US 136) is overtopping along a 20-30 ft span.  USACE and County EMD predict levee will completely fail at anytime. 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: Public meeting will be tonight 6/21/11 at 1830 in the St. James Church.  The levee around the airport has been reinforced.   The Corps of Engineers will be digging 9 wells today. Missouri and Kansas National Guard are jointly monitoring Levee 471-460; civil authorities monitoring Levee 455-L. EOC will not be activated over the weekend. Have 200,000 sandbags filled. The city will buy sand and the county will buy sandbags to provide to citizens in the event that they need them. 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 Corning is under 8' of water due to a break on the Mill Creek Levee. There has been a breach on the eastern side of the Big Tarkio and on a private levee.  Water infrastructure is protected at this time.  Active sandbagging is occurring around Craig 6/21/11.  There is an evacuation order in place for the City of Craig.  Levee District 9 has 1 foot of freeboard and they are watching the sand boils and low spots.  Evacuations are as follows: Craig, 300, Big Lake, 200, Corning area – 75 with 35 being in the town of Corning; 35 in Fortescue; and approximately 25 in the area east of Little Tarkio Creek and South of Bigelow.  Levee 10 failed 06/18/2011; town of Big Lake is flooding; evacuation of last 5 personnel is complete. Levee breach at mouth of Mill Creek and Missouri River; town of Corning is flooding; evacuation is complete; approximately 20 homes (~75 persons) affected. Sand Boil along Cannon Creek Levee; USACE allowing flow into nature reserve to relieve pressure; no communities affected. Levee's expected to overtop this weekend: Holt County Levee #9.  Protects farmland only; no communities affected. Levee 10 received extensive damage due to storms overnight and will be making additional requests for sandbagging machines.  The county received a report that there was a levee breach south of Rulo, however that report was unfounded.  Have new sand boils reported at the Cannon Levee District which will be checked by the guard liaisons when they arrive.  The local public health agency has identified two infection cases which are related to exposure to flood water.  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. Ag levee breach north of 159 east of the Rulo bridge yesterday affecting Levee 10 went from 4' freeboard to 1 ½'. 

ESF #1: MODOT held a 4 state conference call to discuss detours which will be from I35 to I80, and from I-70 to I-80.  A map of the routes will be on the MODOT website when completed.  There are 41 flood related road closures. MoDOT has been monitoring Iowa conference calls to determine reroutes and impacted zones.  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 has relocated an MSHP transmitter from a cellular tower site near Watson to another tower in Rock Port to avoid rising waters.  It is unknown if the cellular site is still active.  Sprint has shutdown a tower site near Weston due to flooding concerns as well.  Maintaining Joplin and monitoring northwest area. 

ESF #3: Corp of Engineers will continue to host public meetings along the impacted zones over the next week.  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.

ESF #5: The State Emergency Operations Center will begin operations Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm. They will operate at partial activation over the weekend from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. 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: One shelter in Joplin with a count of 23 and a shelter in Mound City had 1 resident last night.  A stand-by shelter has been identified in Osage County. 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. The Dept of Mental Health (DMH) opened up a new local crisis and coordination phone line, (417) 347-7070, at Ozark Mental Health.

ESF #10: There has been 600,000 cubic yards of debris removal in Joplin.  DNR is monitoring facilities along the flood path through the DNR spill line.  Debris removal in Joplin is 20% complete. There is one employee working the spill line today (06/18) with two on standby.  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:The National Guard will reduce the number of soldiers in Joplin to 20 tomorrow. There are 59 National Guard troops in the northwestern part of the state, 107 in Joplin, with an additional 9 Guardsman at the Joint Operations Center on State Emergency Duty. 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. 

ESF #17: The Humane Society is locating shelters in the affected areas. Standing by to assist as needed. 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