Situation Report

JEREMIAH W. (JAY) NIXON, GOVERNOR

Contact:

PAUL PARMENTER, SEMA DIRECTOR

Situation Report #: N09110037

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jefferson City

April 26, 2011

Situation Report

April 2011 Storms and Floods - April 26, 2011

SUMMARY

Severe storms have resulted in flooding issues across the Southern part of the state.  The Missouri State Highway Patrol and Water Patrol Division pre-staged assets to assist evacuations and water rescues as needed.  Two deaths have been attributed to the flooding. The State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) is currently activated providing assistance to the counties as requested.  Primary areas affected are Regions C, D, E and G in eastern and southern Missouri. 

River Stages

River
Location
Stage (ft)
Forecast
Class*
Mississippi
Quincy, IL
22.12 (3:45pm)
Cresting; fall to 21.5 on SUN (5/1)
Mod
Mississippi
Hannibal
22.45 (3:15pm)
Cresting; fall to 22.0 on SUN (5/1)
Mod
Mississippi
Saverton
21.63 (3:30pm)
Cresting; fall to 21.0 on SUN (5/1)
Mod
Mississippi
Louisiana
21.12 (3:30pm)
Hold near 21.0 until SUN (5/1)
Mod
Mississippi
Clarksville
31.55 (3:30pm)
Hold above 31.0 until SUN (5/1)
Mod
Mississippi
Winfield
32.31 (3:30pm)
Cresting; fall to 31.0 on MON (5/3)
Mod
Mississippi
Grafton
25.25 (3:30pm)
Hold above 25.0 until THU (4/28)
Mod
Mississippi
St. Louis
33.00 (3:30pm)
Crest at 33.3 by 6am WED (4/27)
Minor
Mississippi
Chester, IL
37.45 (3:30pm)
Crest at 39.0 by 12am THU (4/28)
Major
Mississippi
Cape Girardeau
42.83 (3:00pm)
Crest at 44.5 by 12pm FRI (4/29)
Major
Mississippi
Thebes, IL
41.97 (3:00pm)
Crest at 43.5 by 6pm FRI (4/29)
Major
Mississippi
New Madrid
42.24 (3:00pm)
Crest at 48.0 by 12pm SAT (4/30)
Record
Mississippi
Tiptonville
44.04 (3:00pm)
Crest at 49.5 by 7am Sat (4/30)
Record
Mississippi
Caruthersville
40.56 (3:00pm)
Crest at 45.9 by 7am Sat (4/30)
Major
Ohio
Cairo, IL
57.00 (3:00pm)
Crest at 60.5 by 6pm FRI (4/29)
Record
Black
Poplar Bluff
21.00 (3:15pm)
Cresting; fall to 11.0 on THU(4/28)
Major

Region D

McDonald County – One shelter is open near Noel. There was19 residents that were sheltered overnight.

Taney County – One shelter is open. There were 11 residents sheltered overnight.  

Region E

Butler County– Three levee breaches occurred along the Black River between Poplar Bluff and Qulin.  County and state agencies have assisted residents in evacuation efforts. About 20-30 people were reported stranded near Coon Island Conservation Center east of Neelyville.  Officials responded to the area and have evacuated the residents. There is a shelter that has been established at the Black River Coliseum in Poplar Bluff. There were 249 residents that were sheltered overnight.
Cape Girardeau County – Department of Corrections dispatched offender labor to Dutchtown to strengthen the levee. Cape Girardeau airport remains closed due to water on the runway. Airport officials have obtained two pumps in an attempt to re-open the airport. Cape Girardeau City established a shelter with an overnight population of 14.

Madison County – A short term shelter was set up last night. Officials reported no occupants after 11 PM.

New Madrid County– Officials are monitoring the seawall at Caruthersville. River level is expected to climb to within two feet of its top. No imminent issues at this time.

Ripley County – Several water rescues have taken place near Naylor. No injuries reported.

Scott County – A multi-agency coordination center has been established at Sikeston city hall. A breach of the Chaney Levee near Vanduser was reported. A shelter has been established at the Scott County Central High School. Evacuees from the Vanduser area are being directed to this shelter.

Stoddard County – Levee breach being reported near Bell City and Circle City.  Residents are being notified about the possible need to evacuate.  Classes were canceled at Bell City school district.

Wayne County – Officials say the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is reporting Clearwater Lake is at 50% holding capacity.

Region G

Carter County – The Current River is flooding in and around Van Buren.  More than 1,000 sandbags have been obtained with more on the way.

Douglas County – Some low water crossings are flooded and motorists are being urged to use other routes.

Howell County – One shelter was open Sunday for West Plains residents.  A lightning strike damaged electronic equipment at the sheriff's office. Highway Patrol reports a fatality near County Road 4790, northwest of West Plains. The subject attempted to drive through water over the roadway and was swept away.

Oregon County – The northern part of Thomasville along the Eleven Point River has flooded.  Numerous low water crossings are covered.

Ozark County – One man died after being washed off a low water crossing.  All low water crossings are flooded.

Reynolds County – Low water crossings are flooded and drivers are urged to use alternate routes.  Officials say additional rain may require shelters to be opened. 

Shannon County – Officials report numerous gravel roads have been damaged by floodwaters.

Wright County – Low water crossings are flooded and drivers are urged to use alternate routes.


State

ESF 1 (Transportation) – MoDOT reports road closures are currently at 410.

ESF 3 (Public Works) – DNR Dam Safety monitoring status of dams in southeast Missouri.  Iron Mountain Lake dam in St. Francois County said to be holding and the situation is stable.

ESF 5 (Emergency Management) – The State Emergency Management Agency continues to work closely with local and state agencies to address needs as they arise. State EOC is operating 7 a.m. to 12 a.m.

ESF 6 (Mass Care) – Department of Social Services is assisting with shelter operations in Poplar Bluff. American Red Cross reports 303 people were in its shelter population as of midnight.

ESF 8 (Public Health and Medical) – Department of Health and Senior Services sending a Functional Needs cache to the shelter at Black River Coliseum in Poplar Bluff.

ESF 12 (Energy) - Public Service Commission reports Ameren has 1,700 power outages, primarily from the weekend's storms in the St. Louis area.  Department of Natural Resources reports officials are monitoring the possible effects of high water near fuel terminals near Cape Girardeau.
 
ESF 13 (Law Enforcement) – Additional officers from the Highway Patrol and Water Patrol Division are heading to southeast Missouri to assist with rescues, evacuations and other needs. The Department of Corrections sent 25 offenders from the Charleston Correctional Center to assist with sandbagging efforts in Dutchtown.

Military Support- The Missouri National Guard has deployed to southeast Missouri to assist local and state agencies.

ESF 17 (Animals in Disasters) – The Missouri Humane Society is supporting efforts at the shelter in Poplar Bluff.  They are also assisting with an equine rescue operation in southeast Missouri.

Weather

The National Weather Service calls for a short break in the rain today, but with the chance of more precipitation again developing by Wednesday evening over the affected area.  Rainfall amounts of two-to-five inches are possible.  However, most of the more severe weather could end up south of Missouri.  Thursday and Friday should be dry with a chance of more rain on Saturday.  No severe weather or heavy rainfall is expected over the weekend, as high temperatures climb back into the 70s.

Point of Contact – SEMA can be contacted until 12 a.m. today at (573) 526-9100.  Emergency calls after hours can be made to (573) 751-2748.

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