Situation Report




Situation Report #: N09110059

Jefferson City

May 28, 2011

Spring 2011 Severe Storms Situation Report 9 a.m. May 28



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 – Empire Electric reports 9500 outages and is working on restoration. Ameren reports all outages caused by weather related incidents has been restored. KCP&L reports all outages restored in the Sedalia area.

Shelter – The current number of individuals sheltering in Joplin is 318. Sedalia sheltered 6. There are two shelters open at Missouri Southern State (3950 Newman Road) and McAuley Catholic High School (930 S. Pearl Ave).

Forecast information –
Joplin & Southwestern Missouri

Today: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 83. South wind between 7 and 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 68. South wind between 7 and 13 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 88. Breezy, with a south wind between 16 and 24 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph.

Sedalia & Northwestern Missouri

Today: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 76. Southeast wind between 6 and 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Calm wind becoming south southeast between 5 and 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 90. Breezy, with a south wind 10 to 13 mph increasing to between 19 and 22 mph. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

St. Louis & Southeastern Missouri

Today: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82. South wind between 6 and 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Tonight: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70. South wind between 7 and 9 mph.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. Breezy, with a south wind between 11 and 21 mph.

Region A                 

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

Pettis County (SEDALIA)  Shelter in Sedalia sheltered 6. Damage in Sedalia consists of 168 affected homes (73 destroyed, 20-25 with major damage, 65-70 with minor damage or affected), and 11-15 businesses were destroyed. There were 25 minor injuries and zero fatalities. There was one shelter open with a population of 6 people. KCP&L reports 4 without power this morning (05/27). The shelter is located at the First United Methodist Church, 1701 W 32ND ST SEDALIA, MO. Federal/State PA and IA preliminary damage assessment teams are scheduled in Sedalia on Wednesday,  06/01. 

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. 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, Sedalia, which housed 4 people overnight.

Region D

Jasper County   The city of Joplin is still working on search and recovery utilizing K-9 cadaver units. They are working to drain water retention sites. 4000 tetanus vaccinations have been administered. Public Works is helping to support volunteers. The city of Sarcoxie reports that their power has been fully restored and generators have been released from city operations and were demobilized. There is a trolley service available that is being offered free of charge to residents. Missouri Gas has capped 50% (4200) of their gas lines. The water system is 50% complete, with the main concern west of Maiden Lane. Joplin Emergency Operations Center will begin operating from 7 am to 7 pm beginning today. A second DMORT Team is being added to assist in 24 hour operations.  Law enforcement contingent is continuing to support the security mission in Joplin.  Two sweeps have been conducted in the impacted area utilizing 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. 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. 

McDonald County The tornado that occurred Sunday night (05/22/11) destroyed two homes and damaged two more. It also destroyed 9 chicken houses and a cell phone tower. Water made its way into 30-35 businesses but has receded. Damage is being assessed at this time.

Newton County Tornado damage assessment is complete and the final numbers have not yet been received.

Taney County     There is still ongoing flooding at Lake Taneycomo. They are releasing 54,000 cfs from Table Rock to Taneycomo at this time. 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. 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: SAVE Coalition volunteers have evaluated over 2250 structures which include residential, medical care facilities, and multi-story structures. Corp of Engineers has advertised a debris cleanup contract and is still determining the time line to award the contract. This will be determined when they are able to meet with the state and National Guard. 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: Filled resource request for 10 additional K-9 Cadaver units. 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.

ESF #6: There are two shelters in Joplin at this time with a total population of 288.
For victims to let their friends and family know they are safe:
For friends and family to check on their loved ones in the affected area:
Spontaneous Volunteers (Non Medical) : (800) 427-4626 or 2-1-1
Medical Volunteers:
Local Red Cross (Greater Ozarks Chapter): (417) 832-9500            

ESF #7: Working resource requests. Provided 10 generators for Joplin pond dewatering, provided trailer for medical record storage, bio-hazardous waste removal for DMORT, and provided defibulater batteries and chargers.  Continue to process Action Request Forms and EMAC requests as needed. 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: Will begin air monitoring today for asbestos if the weathers allows. Staffing the local EOC for the upcoming week. Working on a mission assignment for household hazardous waste and materials cleanup and disposal  and are waiting to hear back from that. 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 #12 Ameren and New Mac reported all power has been restored. Empire Electric reports 9900 and they are walking the damaged area to see what can be fixed within the next month or two. Electric Coops reported 40 without power in the Black River area.  1000 electric poles have been replaced by Empire and 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.  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:  Dept. of Conservation is clearing brush in Sedalia.  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 #15: Public Safety had a press conference at 10:00 am (05/27/11). 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: Working on security support and flight requests for DMORT and memorial service. There was an accident this morning (05/27/11) involving 2 humvee's. There were three National Guard injuries as a result of this accident. Swapping out engineers with military police. Current population of troops of troops on the ground is 337, however this number will be changing when they make this transition. The Governor has signed a letter for the National Guard to do debris cleanup and they are analyzing this to determine a process to execute the order. Transitioning from search and rescue and cleanup to a security mission, working with MSHP on access control, and roving control. 

ESF #17: There are 470 animals in shelters and 126 have been returned to their families. FEMA has been locating animals in pop up shelters. Received assistance from FEMA locate private shelters and self deployed rescue groups. 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. 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.

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