Situation Report

JEREMIAH W. (JAY) NIXON, GOVERNOR

Contact:

PAUL PARMENTER, SEMA DIRECTOR

Situation Report #: N09110039

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jefferson City

April 29, 2011

Situation Report

April 2011 Storms and Floods - April 29, 2011 11:00 a.m.

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

Southeastern Missouri

Mississippi and Ohio Rivers are still rising. The Mississippi River at Cairo is still expected to crest at 60.5 on May 1.  Other river projected crests are expected to begin Friday, April 29th through the first week of May. This forecast incorporates the rain received last night and is dependent upon no further major rainfall totals. 

Barkley Dam (Kentucky) Operations:

Observed Data – The Corp has significantly reduced the discharge rate since 4/26.  Decrease in discharge rates from 104,200 cubic feet per second on 04/26, 1pm to 20,600 cubic feet per second on 04/29 at 4am.  The NOAA river forecast for Cairo includes the reduction in outflow from the Barkley Dam.

 

River
Flood Stage
Record Stage
Present Stage
Crest
Ohio at Cairo
40 ft
59.5
59.01 (11:00 am)
60.5 ft  May 01
Mississippi at:
 
 
 
 
Chester
27 ft
49.74
39.52
40.3 April 30
Cape Girardeau
32 ft
48.5
45.30
46.0 April 30
Thebes
33 ft
45.9
44.48 
45.5 May 01
New Madrid
34 ft
48.0
45.15
48.0 May 3
Tiptonville
37ft
47.8
47.28
49.6 May 3
Caruthersville
32 ft
46.0
43.68
47.0 May 3
Black River
 
 
 
 
Annapolis
08 ft
27.38
09.01 (10:15 am)
Crested April 26
Poplar Bluff
16 ft
21.7
17.74 (10:15 am)
Crested April 26
Current River
 
 
 
 
Doniphan
13 ft
26.8
14.86(10:31 am)
Crested April 26

Shelters:

 
Name
Address
City
County
Status
Curr
Pop
State
Zip
19805 STATE HWY C
ADVANCE, MO 63730
STODDARD
Open
5
301 S 5th ST
POPLAR BLUFF, MO 63901
BUTLER
Open
18
205 Pearl Street
EAST PRAIRIE, MO 63845
MISSISSIPPI
Open
0
301 South Main
CHARLESTON, MO 63834
MISSISSIPPI
Open
0
210 Beech Street
MOREHOUSE, MO 63868
NEW MADRID
Open
35
13900 STATE HWY 25 NORTH
DEXTER, MO 63841
STODDARD
Open
3
1625 N. Kingshighway
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO 63701
CAPE GIRARDEAU
Open
4
1114 Stanley
BRANSON, MO 65616
TANEY
Open
4
20794 US HWY 61
SIKESTON, MO 63801
SCOTT
Open
10
 
                                                                                                            Total 79

Region E

Butler County Local officials in Poplar Bluff are transitioning from response to damage assessment. There were 23 people sheltered overnight at the Black River Coliseum. Less than 20 pets remain in the animal shelter. The situation in Poplar Bluff has stabilized and flood waters are receding.  The Black River crested during the night of April 26 at 21.41 ft and the river stage was 19.79 as of 6:00 am April 28. Poplar Bluff officials have indicated that evacuated residents will be allowed back into their homes today 4/28.  The Highway Patrol provided extra patrols to the Neelyville area overnight to ensure law enforcement presence was known. There were 134 people sheltered overnight at Black River Coliseum. Butler County is still under a flash flood warning due to levee failures along the Black River. 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.

Bollinger County- Major issues are road closures throughout the county. There have been reported phone outages in the county due to high water affecting phone lines in the Zalma area.

Cape Girardeau CountyThe wastewater plant in Cape Girardeau is currently shutdown. Water levels are currently impacting in the Red Star area near Cape Girardeau City, approximately 10 homes are affected.  Sandbagging operations are ongoing in Red StarDutchtown levee currently holding and no residences are impacted currently.  With crest of Highway 74 and Highway 25 are closed due to flooding. The city of Cape Girardeau is also experiencing sink holes.  Dutchtown (pop 50), located south of Jackson, has backwater but pump is in place and Dutchtown is not currently at risk.  Allenville (pop 70) has been described as an island, and all but 18 people have evacuated the area. Water is rising in the Allenville area due to the levee breech from eastern Bollinger County. Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Office reported there are 22 people in the Allenville area that do not want to leave their homes. This could result in water rescues at a later time when runoff from Bollinger County reaches the area.

Crews are enhancing the levee at Dutchtown. This Levee protects Dutchtown from the Hubble Creek, which runs on the west side of MO 25. The project was completed on 4/27.

There were 4 people sheltered overnight at the Osage Community Center in Cape Girardeau City.

Dunklin County- St. Francis River is 3 to 4ft from top of levee near Kennett. The levee is holding, and officials are monitoring closely.

Iron CountyWhile there is no major threat with water, the Iron Mountain Dam is being monitored.

Madison County Officials are reporting 30 roads impassable and 60 with significant damage. City of Fredricktown is reporting 3 low water bridges with significant damage. No additional issues to report.  Fredericktown experienced some flash flooding. A short term shelter was set up last night. Officials reported no occupants after 11 PM. No issues were reported in Fredericktown the morning of 04/27.

Mississippi CountyAll livestock has been removed from the New Madrid Floodway with the exception of the large hog operation. These hogs should be removed today with the assistance of the Department of Agriculture. EPA stated they have completed their operation of removing hazardous materials. Department of Natural Resources reports they have removed 40 propane tanks from the floodway. Today, 4/29 they will begin tethering an additional 20 to 30 tanks in place. DNR stated this operation will be completed today 4/29.

Birds Point: There is no natural overtopping of Birds Point levee at this point.  MSHP reports the command post the Corps of Engineers established on U.S. 60-62 (Missouri side) at Birds Point was not manned during the overnight hours. The barge carrying the explosives remains docked at Hickman, KY. According to Corps officials, the access wells on the north end of the floodway have been excavated and are ready to receive explosives. 
 Charleston is having sewer system backup and some backwater, however, no flooding at this point.  Focus remains on Birds Point. Mississippi County officials report that water from the Mississippi was beginning to backup into the southern half of the New Madrid Floodway and the community of Pinhook in the floodway is completely surrounded by water.  All but approx 10 people are evacuated from the floodway, and those people are packed and ready to go.  MONG, Sheriff, and HP are aware of the exact location of those individuals. Sheriff has most recently announced that he will enforce a mandatory evacuation at 59.5 feet.  The current level as of 9:00 am 4/28 is 5873.  Operations to remove the livestock and hazardous material from the floodway are ongoing and expected to finish today 4/28.  The HP and MONG provided security patrols in the area overnight 4/28. 

The Corp continues to excavate according to the operations plan.  Corp has set up an emergency operations center in Cairo.  The barge has arrived at Hickman, which is the Corp "staging area" per the operations plan.  According to the operations plan, when/if the order is given to start loading explosives, the barge departs from Hickman to Birds Point levee.

New Madrid CountyEvacuation was recommended for the community of Canalou (pop 200). Water is in the town of Canalou and 20 homes have water in them or up to them. If the area continues to flood, around 150 homes could be affected.  Highway H has water on it, but at this point is still passable. Citizens voluntarily left the area last night 4/28.  A Temporary shelter for the residents was planned to be opened in Mathews. The shelter was closed due to no one seeking shelter. Officials excavated a county road to divert water back into the drainage ditch away from Canalou. Officials will re-evaluate citizen's return options this morning 4/29 once they determine if the diversion tactic was successful. Water levels have risen near Morehouse but have not impacted additional houses.  An aerial assessment of Morehouse has determined that the Little River drainage system has failed, but the levee around the waste water facility is holding as of 4/28. There are 10 boat teams operating for rescues. It is anticipated that there will be a mandatory evacuation of the entire city of Morehouse, which will affect 1,015 people. Floodwater in New Madrid is expected to reach Highway 80 by the end of the day 4/28. Northern community of Morehouse is experiencing backwater and has evacuated 35 people.  A shelter has been opened in the unaffected area in Morehouse and in Sikeston.  Approximately 100 houses are potentially affected in Morehouse.  There are ongoing evacuations and rescues being conducted by Sikeston and Coast Guard.  Requests for additional sandbags, sandbag labor, and additional Red Cross support to operate the shelter are being fulfilled.

Pemiscot CountyThe National Guard will begin assisting officials in patrolling levees today 4/29. City of Caruthersville (pop 6,000) continues its contingency planning should an evacuation become necessary. There is nothing imminent at this time. All nine floodgates at Caruthersville have been installed and officials are monitoring the seawall at Caruthersville.  River level is expected to climb to within two feet of the seawall at Caruthersville, which is 50 feet.  The casino at Caruthersville is shutting operations at midnight tonight.  Water is beginning to surround 4 homes at Cottonwood Point in southern Pemiscot County, and residents are self-evacuating.

Ripley CountyThe Current River in Ripley County has crested and is starting to recede. Officials reported no issues overnight. The shelter at Doniphan has been closed as of the morning of 4/28.

Scott County Water is receding in most areas. Officials are beginning damage assessment. Shelter at Scott County Central High School had a population of 10 people. Scott County Emergency Management Director has recommended evacuation of the Commerce (150 pop) area due to drainage water backing up. Nothing eminent at this time. Currently there are 4 houses that are under water threat in Commerce, but only one house has water. 

Stoddard County Highway 60 was opened from Dexter to Sikeston at 5 am this morning 4/29. There were 5 people sheltered overnight at the Advance Shelter. Local farmers have reported a breach of both sides of the Angle Ditch floodway at Birds Corner, just north of Highway 60 and just east of Dexter. Water is impacting the west and east side of the county and may result in Hwy 60 being closed. At this point the risk of flooding is primarily expected to impact agricultural land and some farmhouses. Over half of the minor roads in Stoddard County have been closed. Shelter in southern part of county is on standby. The levee break near Bell City is continuing to contribute to rising waters levels. The Jenkins Basin Levee breach continues to distribute large amounts of water to eastern Stoddard County. MoDot will be closing westbound US 60 at approximately 9 am. Traffic will run both eastbound and westbound in the eastbound lanes.

Wayne County
Lake Wappapello- As of this morning 4/29, at 11 am officials report the dam level is 396.7. The berm that was constructed has been increased to hold the water to a level of 398. The projected crest is for Sunday May,2  at 397.5. Troop E reports MO 34 is open for traffic. Sandbagging efforts at MO 34 were successful in keeping the highway open. Business 67 in Greenville is open for traffic. Greenville city officials and volunteers continue to pump water out the city limits. As of this morning 4/28, at 10 am officials completed sandbagging the emergency spillway to prevent an uncontrolled release. The sandbagging efforts will raise the containment to 397.3.  Lake levels are expected to crest on Saturday at 396.6. Corp is still releasing water at 10,000 cubic feet per second.  Lake Stage this morning 4/28 is 394.6.  The communities affected by a potential overtopping include the city of Fisk (pop 383), and water would likely close Hwy 60.  It is estimated that water would take 24 hours to reach Fisk if there was a significant overtopping.  The city of Greeneville (pop 451) may be impacted if water behind the dam continues to rise.  Water is approaching Hwy 67 in Greeneville and businesses along 67 are starting sandbag operations.

Region G-

Reynolds CountyOfficials have begun damage assessment. No issues reported overnight.

A shelter has been opened and is on standby until tomorrow morning. There are some minor roadways closed and several bridges have been washed out. Reports currently show that rain is slowing down.


Several rounds of heavy rainfall produced significant flooding across southern Missouri from Friday, April 22 through Tuesday, April 26. Storm total rainfall amounts through Tuesday, April 26 generally ranged from 4 to 8 inches along the I-44 corridor to the 10 to 14 inches range across far southern Missouri south of Hwy. 60.


River Stages:

Southwest Missouri:
Rivers and streams in this area are generally receding. The exception would be Lake Taneycomo and its tributaries.
  
River
Flood Stage (ft)
Record Stage (ft)
Present Stage (ft)
Crest (ft)
Spring River
 
 
 
 
Carthage
10
22
5.87
Below Flood Stage
Waco
19
34.06
6.94
Below Flood Stage
Shoal Creek
 
 
 
 
Joplin
14
18.1
5.95
Below Flood Stage
James River
 
 
 
 
Springfield
12
22
7.69
Below Flood Stage
Boaz
n/a
n/a
6.32
Below Flood Stage
Galena
15
35.96
13.43
Below Flood Stage
Elk River
 
 
 
 
Tiff City
15
28.4
8.98
Below Flood Stage
Bull Creek
 
 
 
 
Walnut Shade
9.5
16.4
5.07
Below Flood Stage


Due to the amount of water in a short period of time, the Corps of Engineers was forced to release 68,000 cubic feet per second from the Table Rock Dam. This is 20,000 cubic feet per second more than during the flood of 2008. The Corps indicated this action resulted in a 2 to 4 feet rise along Lake Taneycomo and its tributaries.

A flood warning remains in effect through Wednesday evening 04/27 for Lake Taneycomo and tributaries into the Table Rock Lake in southeastern Barry, southern Stone, and southwestern Taney Counties. Water is not expected to rise above the current 2-4 foot rise, but will remain at the current level for several days.

Region D


Taney County Table Rock Lake level is at 933.72 as of 11 am, 4/29 and continues to fall.
Table Rock Lake has crested (2pm, 4/27), and water is starting to recede.  Table Rock Lake at 935' and will maintain current release until they get down to 931'.  However, continued release is not expected to impact additional homes. 50-60 homes have been affected.  Currently there are 8 people being sheltered.  One large subdivision of about 150 homes is cut off and partially flooded, but they are building an access to get in/out.  Taneycomo water level expected to remain the same as long as Table Rock is releasing water.  Bull Shoals water level is rising however no impact on homes is expected.  Corp plans to keep releasing water into the lake for the time being,

Branson Landing Area: Restaurants on lake side closed because propane tanks under water.  Shops are open, parking garages are under water

McDonald County – Shelter was closed the evening of April 26th.  Area streams were receding this morning.

ESF #1, Transportation:  Highway 60 West of Sikeston is down to one lane of traffic both ways. Highway 76 near Poplar Bluff is also down to one lane both ways. There are 285 flood related road closures in addition to nine roads that have been requested to be closed leading into the New Madrid Floodway. I-55 is being monitored and sandbagging efforts are in place; 12-14" left before road closes.

ESF #2, Communications: Highway patrol setting up repeater trailer for MO Dept of Conservation at East Prairie.

ESF #3, Public Works & Engineering: District #3 near Piedmont is currently without water, 110 homes affected. Residents sending requests for water resources (see ESF #6). Restoration time unknown. 

ESF #4&9, Firefighting, Search & Rescue: Morehouse is in danger of flooding, affecting 100 homes. Coast Guard deployed 2 DART teams: 1 team with 2 boats standing by in Sikeston; 1 team with 1 boat doing rescue operations in Morehouse.

ESF #5, Emergency Management: State Emergency Operations Center is operational from 6:00 am to midnight.

ESF #6, Mass Care:  American Red Cross (ARC) has 8 shelters open, with a total population of 160, with a new shelter anticipated opening in Piedmont. ARC delivering water to Piedmont, with the first load arriving by noon today.

ESF #8, Health & Medical: There were 23 patients evacuated from Caruthersville Nursing Home to the Pemiscot Memorial Hospital in Hayti. This was a precautionary measure.

ESF #10, Hazmat:  Dept of Natural Resources (DNR) removing hazardous chemicals from impacted areas. So far, 14,000 gallons of diesel fuel, 950 gallons of waste oil, and 100 gallons of gasoline, have been moved; in process of locating additional resources to move LP tanks.

ESF #11, Agriculture & Natural Resources:  DNR in process of getting assistance for the removal of swine.

ESF #13, Public Safety:  Corrections reports that they will have twenty-five offenders to Miner by 6:00 p.m. and there are eighty offenders working in Dexter, Dutchtown, and East Prairie.

Military Support: There are 481 National Guard personnel on duty at this time. Their main focus at this time is Mississippi County. 

ESF #17, Animal Protection:  Humane Society Animal Shelter housed 48 animals, and deployed 3 ground teams to Poplar Bluff. One rescue of dogs and pups completed last night. Poplar Bluff is releasing 20 animals to their owners, leaving a current population of 30 animals being sheltered.

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