Situation Report

JEREMIAH W. (JAY) NIXON, GOVERNOR

Contact:

PAUL PARMENTER, SEMA DIRECTOR

Situation Report #: N09110057

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jefferson City

May 27, 2011

Spring 2011 Severe Storms Situation Report 5 p.m. May 26

NEW INFORMATION IN BOLD


Summary

Tornado activity continued in Missouri on Wednesday, May 25, 2011.  In addition to the significant losses in Joplin on Sunday evening, a tornado struck the City of Sedalia, Montgomery, Carter and Wayne County areas.  Initial reports indicated potential activity in the Kansas City area, however the National Weather Service was unable to confirm any touchdowns.

Electric Outages – Ameren reports 839 outages. Empire Electric reports 11,500  outages and is working on restoration.  Ozark Electric for the Carter County area is 20. KCPL reports 200-300 outages that should be repaired by tomorrow.

New MAC Electric (Neosho)– is reporting that power is back to normal.

Shelter – Currently a shelter is open at Missouri Southern State College with 143 individuals reported at the shelter. Shelter at Ignite Church at 701 S. Maiden Ln. with 34 individuals reported at the shelter. Shelter at College Heights Christian College at 4311 E. Newman Rd.

Forecast information –

Joplin & Southwestern Missouri
Today: A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 7am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 67. Northwest wind between 11 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 52. North wind 5 to 7 mph becoming east.

Friday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. South wind between 8 and 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Sedalia & Northwestern Missouri
Today: Showers likely, mainly before 7am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65. North northwest wind between 11 and 16 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. Flood warning in effect until further notice.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 51. North northeast wind 5 to 8 mph becoming east southeast.

Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 72. Southeast wind between 5 and 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

St. Louis & Southeastern Missouri
Today: Scattered showers before 7am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 7am and 1pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 62. Northwest wind between 8 and 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Flood warning in effect until further notice.

Tonight: Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 48. North wind between 10 and 13 mph becoming calm.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 71. Calm wind becoming south between 6 and 9 mph.


Region A                 

Several tornadoes touched down across the region yesterday afternoon and evening, but only minimal damage was reported.

Pettis County    Pettis County Commissioner reports that damages were limited to the areas listed below.  All electric has been restored to residents; however, power has not been restored to the water wells at Elm Hills..  The County Commission is closely monitoring the situation Reports 250 without power. An EF-2 tornado (windspeeds of 111-115 mph) struck Sedalia at 12:22 p.m. on 5/25/2011, leaving a damage path approximately ½ mile wide and 3 miles long. Casualties were limited to 26 minor injuries with no fatalities or major injuries reported. The tornado destroyed 65 homes (50 mobile and 15 permanent) and severely damaged 40-50 others. In addition, 15 businesses have been reported as being destroyed or seriously damaged, along with the school bus barn. The tornado overturned several tractor trailers, spilling relatively small amounts of diesel fuel, crankcase oil, and antifreeze. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Environmental Emergency Response (EER) team is monitoring the cleanup of the spills, which were contained and restricted to the immediate area. Debris removal is complete and the roads and highways are open. The American Red Cross (ARC) opened a shelter at 1701 W 32nd St, Sedlia, which housed 4 people overnight.

Region D

Jasper County    Law enforcement contingent is continuing to support the security mission in Joplin.  Two sweeps have been conducted in the impacted areautilizing cadaver dogs. Five (5)  areas are being investigated further as a result.  Debris has been cleared from the streets.Public Works is currently working to clear debris in order to reach utilities.    Currently working through the second round of search and rescue with K-9 cadaver units. The EMS will be demobilizing from the EOC today. There will be VIP visits on the State and Federal levels. The Medical Mobile Unit is being set up today. The main task for today is resource management and getting a better idea of which resources are available on site. Power has been restored to the town of Sarcoxie, and Empire Electric is coordinating with them to transfer back to primary power. The cooling and feeding station at the Community Building closed at 9 p.m. on May 25. 

Taney County     At 0800 hours the Bull Shoals Lake was at 695.32 and Lake Taneycomo was at 707.64. At 0900 hours the Table Rock Lake was at 933.72. There are 21 road and bridge closures at this time. The Salvation Army opened a shelter and had zero population overnight. The Corps of Engineers is releasing 52,500 cfs from Beaver Lake causing an increase in release from Table Rock Lake to 53,600 cfs. Lake Taneycomo is seeing rises between 2008 and 2011 flooding levels. Emergency Management issues a Civil Emergency message through the Emergency Alert System.

Region E

Several tornadoes touched down across the region yesterday afternoon and evening, but only minimal damage was reported.

Madison County Doing assessments on damage in the county. There was minor damage to 25 homes in the southwestern part of Fredericktown. The same tornado that struck Silva (Wayne County) at 4:45 p.m. on May 25 struck Fredericktown at 4:50 p.m., felling trees and powerlines, and overturning vehicles. EMD reports tornado touchdown with one home destroyed, injuries are unknown at this time.

Mississippi County        At 1640 hours storms moved through the Charleston. The storms tore the roof off a business and damaged 6 vehicles. No injuries were reported.

Wayne County     Doing damage assessments. Reports that 15-20 homes were impacted, half of which were destroyed and the other half damaged. At 4:45 p.m. on May 25, Silva was struck by a tornado that damaged an estimated 75% of the town's buildings (35 homes, barns, garages, and 1 church) before crossing into Madison County and impacting Fredricksburg. Three minor injuries and no fatalities were reported in Silva. Highway 34 eastbound is obstructed by downed trees, and Silva is without power. EMD reports tornado touchdown with one home destroyed, injuries are unknown at this time.

Region G

Carter County   Doing damage assessments. Reports that 5 homes were destroyed, 2 mobile homes were turned over, 3-5 homes and a church were damaged. There were no injuries or fatalities. A tornado touched down outside of Grandin and traveled northwestward towards Ellsinore at about 3:50 p.m. on May 25, causing moderate to severe damage to approximately 20 homes. No fatalities or injuries have been reported. Grandin lost water when the power went out; however, Ozark Border Electric Coop is on scene and working to restore power. EMD reports tornado touchdown with one home destroyed, injuries are unknown at this time.

ESF #1: Assisting Silva with road clean up and helping to bring in more equipment for upcoming needs in Joplin. Working on communications issues with ESF #2. MoDOT (MO Department of Transportation) working with Joplin Public works to continue clearing debris during daylight hours. All arterial and collector streets in Joplin  have been cleared of debris. Received offers from neighboring cities to assist with transit and public works.

ESF #2: Report to be reaching a point of stabilization with less than a dozen sites still out of service. Supplying radios to impacted areas. State-owned radios are on loan to Joplin; now the MO National Guard (MONG) is able to communicate with Joplin over their own system. The Communication unit of MSHP has received the local communication plan and is working through the plan.  Highway Patrol Command Post was moved last night to the area of the Emergency Operations Center in Joplin. Coordinating communications with MO National Guard & moving out of command post. Began trying to locate missing people using cellular services.

ESF #3: The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is assisting with debris removal from right of ways and their technical experts are monitoring the situation. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed Wednesday between representatives of the City of Joplin and the Missouri Structural Assessment and Visual Evaluation (SAVE) Coalition, opening the way for volunteers to deploy to the city and conduct assessments on buildings.  About 30 SAVE volunteers are scheduled to report to Joplin City Hall at 9:00 AM Thursday. 

ESF #4 & 9: St Louis Regional Urban Search and Rescue has been released.  Tomorrow 31 dogs will be in place.  IST operations will continue on 24 hours shifts through Thursday, May 26th, and will run a twelve hour day shift through Sunday, May 29th. A total of 13 K-9 cadaver teams have been assigned to the incident. There is an unknown number of freelance teams on the scene. ESF #9 is currently filling a request for 17 more teams. Force 1 (MOTF1) and all SAR teams (except Region C) have been demobilized. SAR operations Region C's team will perform a tertiary-level SAR mission. Eighteen cadaver dog teams arrived and began search patterns. SAR efforts will occur during daylight hours only. Filled requests for ATV's to help with search and rescue efforts. Cadaver dogs will arrive by 1500 hours on 05/24/2011. Two search and rescue teams from Region C and one search and rescue team from Kansas City, KS have arrived. Currently searching sector D8, with next immediate priorities being D9 (Hampshire Terrace Apartments) and D11A (Olympic Apartments).
 
ESF #5: Joplin's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) anticipates switching to daylight activation only by 5/25, barring unforeseen circumstances. The State Emergency Operations Center will be operating 24 hours a day until further notice.

ESF #6: There are three shelters in Joplin at this time with a total population of 294. Four people were housed overnight at the American Red Cross (ARC) shelter in Sedalia (First United Methodist Church, 1701 W 32nd St) on May 25.
 
For victims to let their friends and family know they are safe: https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php
 
For friends and family to check on their loved ones in the affected area:
https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php
 
Spontaneous Volunteers (Non Medical) : (800) 427-4626 or 2-1-1
 
Medical Volunteers: https://www.showmeresponse.org/
 
Local Red Cross (Greater Ozarks Chapter): (417) 832-9500            

ESF #7: Processed requests for generators (Joplin Public Works, 2; Dept of Mental Health (DMH), 1 for Prescription Registration Center in Joplin; Sarcoxie, 2 for community center), and fuel (process put in place on fuel routes to supply generators as needed. Ice resource request for Sarcoxie was canceled because power was restored. Identified potential warehouse space across southwest MO to handle donations for ESF 6. Identifying a warehouse location for ESF #6.

ESF #8: The Dept of Mental Health (DMH) opened up a new local crisis and coordination phone line, (417) 347-7070, at Ozark Mental Health.  A 50-bed Mobile Medical Unit (MMU) scheduled to arrive in Joplin on Thursday, and the Disaster Mortuary Operations Response Team (DMORT) began setting up in Joplin and working on victim ID. State and local public health departments conducting sanitation inspections of food preparation, retail, and feeding sites, with the first priority being shelters and mobile first responder feeding sites, followed by restaurants, grocery stores, and other retail sites). All sites are anticipated to be inspected at least once, and some twice, by the end of the week. The Food & Drug Administration (FDA), is in Joplin to inspect 30 food processing/storage and medical device facilities.

ESF #10: Reconciling data from hazardous materials facilities in Sedalia. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) was notified of hazmat spills that resulted from tractor trailers damaged by the tornado in Sedalia, and is monitoring the cleanup. The spills (primarily diesel fuel, oil, and antifreeze) were relatively small restricted to the immediate area. DNR and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) completed site assessments for 22 hazmat facilities, and reported that no major issues were found.  DNR and EPA are contacting Tier 2 facilities.

ESF #11: There are four poultry houses that have possibly been damaged.

ESF #12 Ameren reported power outages of 272, New Mac has restored all power, and Empire Electric reports 11,600 and have replaced 1000 electric poles. 8000 to 10,000 of these outages will not be restored  quickly due to the amount of damage that was done in the impacted area. KCPL reports 200-300 outages and expect power to be restored by tomorrow (5/27). Black River Electric Co-Op reported 6000 out of power last night and are down to 1300 this morning. MGE (Joplin) has split the impacted region into 40 grids and are working on capping service lines so they are not hit during recovery and clean up efforts. They have 16 grids to shut off today (5/26). Power was restored to Granby and Diamond once the 12kV circuits were repaired. KCPL is sending 60 people today to assist with restoring power to several major areas in Joplin. 8 major fuel distributors in Joplin have experienced extensive damage and have made arrangements for fuel trucks to be moved into the area. 26th and Pearl substation was destroyed by tornado. KCP&L is sending 45 linemen today, and another 45 after storms pass through the Kansas City area.
AT&T reports 4700 customers out of service. Empire reports storms in the area is hampering efforts. Distribution assessment is beginning today and will continue into Tuesday morning. First mutual aid call was held today. There are 45 Empire linemen  and 15 tree trimmers on site and 206 contract lineman are on the way or on site. They have 30 ground work and debris removal contractor workers and an Empire liaison is assigned to the Joplin EOC. Reports that there are 20,000 out of electricity. Contractors are coming in to assess the damage to the hospital. Power has been restored to the Freeman Hospital. MGE's office and operations facilities in Joplin were not damaged, however they have reported several gas releases.

ESF #13:  Working on list of missing persons and verifying identification of deceased.   The Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) has 133 troopers deployed to Joplin. Joplin Police Department (PD) requested supplement of 20 officers per 12-hour shift (to total 80 officers per shift); MSHP is coordinating with the Missouri Sheriff's Association to provide the additional officers. Providing relief to local law enforcement. Assisting with checkpoints.

ESF #14: Reported to State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC).

ESF #15: Emphasis is switching to rumor control, and may move the entire ESF to Joplin. Primary focus is providing severe weather alerts via press releases and developing an event summary. Things are slowing down, and media inquiries are looking for fatality numbers and the next place to take the story (success stories, volunteer stories, etc…)

ESF #16: Transitioning from search and rescue and cleanup to a security mission, working with MSHP on access control, and roving control.  Missouri National Guard is augmenting law enforcement with a total of 200 troops deployed.

ESF #17: 77 animals have been returned to their families and 318 are currently in shelters. An increase in pop-up animal shelters is being found and the animals are being transported to Joplin. The current animal shelter population is 289. There are two animal shelters set up. Supporting shelters and assessing where needs are currently.

FEMA – Will have an ESF #10 representative at SEMA today. The Corps of Engineers is working with    FEMA and the Joplin EOC.
  

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