Situation Report




Situation Report #: N09110095

Jefferson City

July 02, 2011

Missouri River Flooding Situation Report 12:30 p.m. July 2



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 was a shelter open overnight in St. Charles with no population. The shelter in Webb City closed 07/01/2011. There are 6 shelters on stand-by.

Forecast information –

Joplin & Southwestern Missouri

Today: Sunny and hot, with a high near 99. Heat index values as high as 105. South wind around 10 mph.

Tonight: Clear, with a low around 74. South wind between 3 and 8 mph.

Saturday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 98. Heat index values as high as 105. Southwest wind between 3 and 7 mph.

St. Joseph & Northwestern Missouri

This Afternoon: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Heat index values as high as 96. Northeast wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tonight: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 70. East northeast wind between 6 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 88. East wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Region A                 

Carroll County There are a couple private levees overtopping in Carrollton. Several county roads were closed due to storms and flash flooding on Wakenda Creek. Levees are being checked daily.

Clay County: A couple county roads went underwater last night. Farmers have reported sand boils along agricultural levees.  Farmers continue to pump water. Water levels went up one foot overnight and Old highway 210 will be covered by tomorrow (07/01/2011). Two people have evacuated their residence. 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

Jackson County: Eastern EOC is on alert status and Public Works are on standby. Highway 24 will be covered by tomorrow (07/01/2011).

Platte County Highway 45 will be closing. 85-90% of the EH Young Riverfront park in Riverside is underwater. There is overtopping at Sugar and Bean Lakes in the northwestern corner of the county. KCP&L reported that the Iatan Plant has activated their emergency operations plan and are evacuating non-essential personnel. The levee district is pumping water out of low-lying areas around Riverside. 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 county had  a meeting with Burlington/Northern regarding bridge.  Bean Lake levee is overtopping and there is flooding south of Iatan. 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.

Region D

Jasper County  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: Evaluating damage and working security issues. A second checkpoint will be established on the north end of the Township of Nodaway.  Properties near State Highway T have three feet of water inside of them and 50-75 individuals have evacuated. The National Guard is on-site to maintain patrols at Amazonia. 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.

Atchison County:  Estimates 7,200 acres of land are flooded. 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:  Sand boils at levees 460 and 471 were sandbagged and water is being pumped 24/7. 450 residences and 35/40 businesses have been affected by flooding. 25 businesses and 250 residences have electricity and gas lines shut off. The county has ten pumps pumping water over the levee. 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.

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 operations are ongoing today (07/01) at Forest City. 15 National Guard are arriving today to work on sand boils.  Sandbagging operations took place at Mound City on 06/28/2011. Received 4-5" of rain overnight. 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. 

ESF #1: 76 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 was a shelter open overnight in St. Charles with no population. AmeriCorps has reported 240,275 total volunteer hours in Joplin.  The shelter in Webb City has closed.  There are 6 shelters on stand-by. 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.  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: Conservation has agents with boats assisting in Buchanan County along with law enforcement. DNR has been doing reconnaissance of streams in southeast Missouri. A limited number of orphan containers have been found and have been dealt with. 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: Macon Electric Co-Op is down to 100 outages, these will be restored today. 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: Offenders are waiting for orders to help with sandbagging efforts in Holt County.

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. 

ESF #16
: Working sandbagging operations. 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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