Situation Report




Situation Report #: N09110091

Jefferson City

June 28, 2011

Spring 2011 Severe Storms Situation Report 12:30 p.m. June 28



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
Above 43’
2.75 days
Above 25.5’
3 days
St. Joseph
3.5 days
3.75 days
3.85 days
Kansas City
4 days

Shelter – There are three shelters open and four on stand-by. The two residents that had been staying in Mound City have found other housing. The Mound City Shelter has been put on standby.  Shelters currently open are listed below with address, county, and current population.

402 EAST 5TH
Hwy 16
100 Pfeiffer Ave.
807 W. 1ST ST

Forecast information –

Joplin & Southwestern Missouri

Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Heat index values as high as 94. East wind between 7 and 9 mph.

Tonight: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 71. East wind around 6 mph.

Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 94. Heat index values as high as 103. South wind between 7 and 11 mph.

St. Joseph & Northwestern Missouri

Today: Sunny, with a high near 83. East northeast wind around 6 mph.

Tonight: A chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1am. Mostly clear, with a low around 64. Southeast wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 90. Heat index values as high as 97. South southeast wind between 9 and 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Region A                 

Carroll County Several county roads were closed due to storms and flash flooding on Wakenda Creek. 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 Requested additional 6000 feet of dam for Parkville in an effort to protect Highway 9. Overtopping and breach at northern end of the county. Route 45 at Wolston Road 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.

Macon County: Report 90 mph straight line winds which caused damage to homes and buildings. Power has been restored to some areas, however approximately 1,200 remain without power. The majority of those should be restored by tonight. 

Region C

St. Charles County: EOC has been partially activated. 110 families have been displaced after the county sustained strong winds, small hail, flash flooding, and wind damage.

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: A security checkpoint will be set up at the township of Nodaway to restrict access to evacuated homes and to keep people off of the levees. 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:  The Public Works facility has been evacuated and there are ten pumps working to keep water out of the wastewater treatment facility. One shelter was opened yesterday and had a population of zero. It is currently on stand-by. The Winthrop Levee breached yesterday. 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: Sandbagging operation are ongoing at Mound City today (06/28/2011). 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. 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.  The local public health agency has identified two infection cases which are related to exposure to flood water. 475 homes have been disconnected from power. 

ESF #1: 100 road closures state-wide due to flooding. Overnight storms impacted a few MODOT maintenance facilities and there are downed power lines in some areas.

ESF #2 Nothing to Report

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: There are three shelters open and four on stand-by. Shelter in Mound City had a population of 2, they have found other housing. Lewistown has a population of 1, Kirksville has a population of 2, and Webb City has a population of 8. 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 that Mo Gas Energy is shutting off gas in threatened areas of St. Joseph. Ameren has 5000 customers without power in the Kirksville area and KCP&L has 1000 out in the metro area. Both of these should be restored today. Macon Electric Co-Op has 1200 out of power. The majority of those should be restored by tonight. 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.

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