Situation Report

JEREMIAH W. (JAY) NIXON, GOVERNOR

Contact:

PAUL PARMENTER, SEMA DIRECTOR

Situation Report #: N09110090

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jefferson City

June 27, 2011

Spring 2011 Severe Storms Situation Report 12:30 p.m. June 27

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.

The Corps of Engineers began releasing 160,000 cfs as of 06/23/2011. 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
43.8
43.9
Above 43’
2.75 days
Rulo
17
21
25.6
26.3
27.24
27.2
Above 25.5’
3 days
St. Joseph
17
21
27
32.07
27.56
28
27
32
3.5 days
Atchison
22
27
30
31.63
30.1
31.2
30
34
3.75 days
Leavenworth
20
24
30
35.34
26
28
27
33
3.85 days
Kansas City
32
35
49
48.87
28.22
31.8
30
39
4 days

Shelter – The current number of individuals sheltering from Joplin is 10.  The current number of individuals sheltering in Mound City is 2.  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

Today: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Increasing clouds and hot, with a high near 95. Heat index values as high as 100. West wind between 11 and 16 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.

Tonight: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. North wind between 6 and 10 mph.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. Northeast wind between 6 and 9 mph.

St. Joseph & Northwestern Missouri

Today: Partly sunny, with a high near 84. North northeast wind around 16 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 61. North northeast wind between 7 and 13 mph.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 82. North northeast wind 6 to 8 mph becoming east southeast.

Region A                 

Carroll County Levees are being checked daily.

Clay County: Minor backup from river in farm fields. 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

Platte County Overtopping and breach at northern end of the county. Route 45 at Wolston will be closing in the next 12-24 hours. Evacuations underway at Big Lake. the barge is now secured in the Riverside area.  The county had  a meeting with Burlington/Northern regarding bridge.  Bean Lake levee is overtopping and there is flooding south of Iatan. Patrols are running in the northern part of the county and they are sandbagging what they can. Riverside has water in unprotected parts of their levee and their Levee District will be bringing in a 200,000 gallon portable pump to pump water out as it builds up. 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. At this time levees are holding. 

Region B

Adair County: EOC has been activated. There are several trees down and parts of the county are without power.

Chariton County: Trees, limbs, and power lines down. Monitoring situation.

Knox County: Straight line winds of 70-80 mph caused power outages and trees down in addition to structure damage. This damage includes a roof torn off a gas station in Novelty, a canopy ripped off City Hall in Newark, and general damage to homes in Knox City.

Lewis County: City of Canton is without power and had pump failure. Resource request for additional pumps has been approved. Senior Housing complex in Canton has flooding and no power. Ewing Sr. Nutritional Center is also without power.

Linn County: Storms have caused power outages, trees and limbs down, and damage across the county.

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: Ten roads are closed due to flooding, however four of these roads will re-open when flash flooding ends. Significant flash flooding, especially along the Nodaway River. Received 4.5 to 5 inches of rain and had winds up to 75 mph. Storms overnight caused a roof to be blown off a house in Savannah and a partial roof to be blown off in Fillmore. The Township of Nodaway currently has one road going in and out of town. Property along the MO river has 1 – 3 feet of water on them and once the river reaches 27 foot the levees will be taxed Will do inspections on the levees when they reach 27 feet. 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. Continuing to monitor Nodaway River. 

Atchison County:  Report that Levee 550 is overtopping again. 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:  There has been a breach in the levee behind Sugar Lake and the county is going door-to-do to encourage voluntary evacuations. Has 9 pumps in place to keep water behind the levee. Corps of Engineers has completed two relief wells at Lake Contrary and will drill four more. The county is working on evacuation plans and will get Tier Two information on facilities in the potentially impacted areas. The levee around the airport has been reinforced.  Missouri and Kansas National Guard are jointly monitoring Levee 471-460; civil authorities monitoring Levee 455-L. 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.  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: Received 4-5" of rain overnight. Sandbagging at Forest City is taking place today (06/27/2011) and there will be sandbagging at Mound City tomorrow. 120,000 acres, over 50 roads, and 800 homes (500 of which are full time residences) are affected.  Water has crossed into Fortescue. Levee 9 has overtopped and the levees around Forest City have sand boils. Bigelow and Fortescue have evacuated. Flood fight operations are underway and a four foot earthen levee is being constructed to protect the water treatment plant in Craig. 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. 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. 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. 

ESF #1: 110 road closures due to flooding. Overnight storms impacted a few MODOT maintenance facilities. Roads closed due to rain in St. Louis have been reopened except a portion of I-70.  US 61 has been opened in Clark County. Four additional lettered routes in Atchison County have been closed due to flooding. There are 49 roads statewide that are closed due to flooding and MODOT is promoting detours that are in place. 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. 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 #3: Public Drinking Water reported that the Atchison County Public Water Supply District #1 had cut off lines to Langdon, Phelps City, and Watson due to levee breaches.  City of Independence has two wells that are out of service, however there are many more in place to serve citizens. 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.

ESF #5: The State Emergency Operations Center have 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 will be at 11:00 am and will continue over the weekend.

ESF #6: One shelter in Joplin with a population of 10 and a shelter in Mound City had 2 residents 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 is coordinating with the Ozark Center in Joplin on case management. 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: DNR EER has staff in SE Missouri doing recon on the Black and St. Francois Rivers where hazmat containers have been found. There have been floating petroleum tanks near Craig, however there aren't any health issues related to this as the area is mostly farmland.  There have been issues in Joplin with illegal dumping and burning of debris. 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. 

ESF #12: The PSC reports most updated numbers for power outages: KCP&L with 24,000 out in Kansas City and Johnson County, and Ameren with 27,000 out in the northeast corner of the state and St. Louis. 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:

Offender Labor: Tipton and Boonville offenders are sandbagging inside the institutions for MoDOT
and BCC is also filling inside for Cooper Co  at Wooldridge.

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 #16:Reports of a Levee Breach 4 miles away from Forest City on Cannon Creek and Kennison.  The breach is 60 feet wide.  Working requests for security missions in Holt and Atchison Counties. 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.

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