Situation Report

JEREMIAH W. (JAY) NIXON, GOVERNOR

Contact:

PAUL PARMENTER, SEMA DIRECTOR

Situation Report #: N09110072

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jefferson City

June 10, 2011

Spring 2011 Severe Storms Situation Report 12 p.m. June 9

NEW INFORMATION IN BOLD

Summary
The State of Missouri continues to aid Jasper and Newton counties and the City of Joplin and 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 damage assessment.

SEMA has begun to monitor the potential flooding impacts from the Missouri River in the north-western part of the state.

Electric Outages – Empire reports that all serviceable customers who can take electricity have been restored, 7000+/- outages remain.
  Ameren reports all outages caused by weather related incidents have been restored. KCP&L reports all outages restored in the Sedalia area.

Shelter –
The current number of individuals sheltering in Joplin is 78. There is one shelter open: Missouri Southern State (3950 Newman Road, Joplin).

Forecast information – The storm center is predicting a slight chance of severe weather for the next 48 hours in central and Northern Missouri. 

Joplin & Southwestern Missouri

Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. Heat index values as high as 94. South wind around 16 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.

Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 72. South wind between 8 and 13 mph.

Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Heat index values as high as 94. South wind between 9 and 17 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.

St. Joseph & Northwestern Missouri

Today: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 90. Southeast wind between 11 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. South wind between 7 and 14 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 81. West wind between 5 and 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Region A                 

Pettis County (SEDALIA) Red Cross shelter has closed.  Red Cross will continue to do case work. The Red Cross may turn over the feeding operations to the Salvation Army on Wednesday (06\01).  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. Federal/State PA and IA preliminary damage assessment teams are scheduled in Sedalia on Wednesday, 06/01. 

Region D

Jasper County   Missouri Southern State University has 97 people sheltered. AmeriCorps has logged nearly 47,000 volunteer hours.  The Humane Society and DMORT have demobilized.  There are four shelters open for emergency responders. There have been 9985 tetanus shots administered.

Region H

Andrew County: Sandbagging will take place at the sewer lift station in Amazonia as a precaution.   5000 sandbags are in the area and volunteers will start filling on 6/9.  A gator pump will be on hand later todayPicked up sandbags at Smithville and will pick up pumps from Napoleon on 6/7.  National Guard liaisons are in the area today and will assess situation around the Andrew/Nodaway county line this afternoon 6/7.

Sandbags are available for pickup at Smithville.  There are 2 pumps available and ready at Napoleon.  Voluntary evacuations have been taking place along the Missouri and Nodaway Rivers.  Critical Infrastructure identified as Water and Waste Water Treatment Plant, and they will be sandbagged beginning Monday. Evacuation is being done along the Nodaway and Missouri River.  Property owners along the Missouri and Nodaway Rivers have been notified of potential impacts from flooding. There have been minimal voluntary evacuations at this time.

Atchison County:  Sandbagging operations continue. 11,000 more sandbags will be requested.  The levee around water plant in Rockport is almost complete.  The county should be releasing the sandbagging machine on 6/10. Reviewing law enforcement missions that may be needed in the future. McKissick Island has 11 homes that have been voluntarily evacuated. Sandbag operations will continue with the assistance of 65 offenders filling and placing sandbags. Sandbagging efforts continue constructing a berm around the Rockport water plant, and monitoring levees.  Corps reports that L5-75 has breeched in Hamburg. Sandbagging operations have begun with the help of inmates from Maryville.

Buchanan County: The city of St. Joseph is continuing to do sandbagging with 120,000 sandbags that have been filled. There have been voluntary evacuations in the southwest part of the county near Lewis and Clark Village. Offenders will be working over the weekend conducting sandbagging operations.  An evacuation plan has been developed for the southern part of St. Joseph if the need should arise.  Sandbags are being placed on the 455 levee to raise the height.  Sandbagging will start in the Lewis and Clark area later this week.  In the industrial park section of St. Joseph the business are not evacuating at this time but they are getting sandbags and protecting their areas.

Volunteer sandbagging operation will start on Thursday 6/9, and inmate labor will continue to work throughout the week. United Way is undertaking volunteer coordination and will be keeping track of volunteers and hours that are worked. The EOC is open Monday through Friday.

The City of St. Joseph and Buchanan County are meeting to set priorities. Air National Guard along with offenders will be sandbagging.  Currently there are 50,000 sandbags available; the earlier request of 100,000 sandbags was cancelled.  There are 2 sandbagging machines in the county, 1 is automated the other is manual. Currently monitoring and working closely with the City of St. Joe.  has 100,000 sandbags on hand. They have requested an additional 100,000 bags and another sandbagging machine. Air National Guard is assisting in filling the sandbags. Four pumps have been confirmed for delivery Monday 6/6 by the Army Corps of Engineers.

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.

Carroll County Levees are being checked daily.

Clay County: River levels have dropped 2 to 2 ½ feet at Missouri City. Officials are continuing to prepare for sandbagging in the areaReceived 20,000 sandbags and 17 ½ tons of sand. These resources have been delivered to Missouri City.

Jackson County:  Independence CERT has offered assistance Parkville.

Holt County 50,000 sandbags will be delivered on Tuesday. The county is requesting 4 vehicles and 14 personnel for levee patrols. The automatic sandbag machine will be delivered Monday morning to support sandbagging operations.  An earthen levee is protecting the water and sewer treatment plants, 20 inmates are going to Forest City on Monday to fill sandbags. 10,000 sandbags are on hand at this time. The City of Corning has voluntarily evacuated with the exception of 2 residences that are expected to evacuate today 6/7.  Craig has 80 to 100 residents remaining at this time. In Forest City sandbagging has commenced around the water and waste water treatment plant.  Seepage is occurring on Levee 9 as well as South of Rulo and West of Big Turkhill Bridge. There are 20 inmates deployed to the area to assist in sandbagging efforts. Voluntary evacuations are taking place.  There are 30 people left at Big Lake that will be leaving by Wednesday 6/8.  Craig has 80 to 100 residents in town and a dirt levee is being constructed on the south side of town. 

ESF #1: There are currently 14 state highways closed due to flooding. Resources are being positioned throughout the potentially impacted areas. MODOT is continuing to evaluate the major highway elevations and are starting preliminary discussions on potential detours for I-29 with the federal partners.  There are 28 road closures around the state due to high water.  MODOT Dist. 1 met with Omaha Corps of Engineers to identify areas of concern for I-29. Kansas City has 15-16 locations that could be impacted by high river stages. Resources are being moved from the Southwestern region to the Northwestern part of the state for assistance. Nothing new to report, continuing to monitor levees in the northwest region and beginning to do analysis for roadway closures and are defining detours.  

ESF #2: MSHP is moving a transmitter from Watson in anticipation of flood; otherwise monitoring situation.  Maintaining Joplin and monitoring northwest area.  Communications have been reported as stable. 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. 

ESF #3
: Council Bluffs, Iowa is discharging waste water into the Missouri River. Missouri Department of Natural Resources is notifying water systems downstream.  The Army Corps of Engineers reports that they are monitoring the river levels and will be focusing on sandbagging and additional pump capability with bringing in a new system called Porta Dam System to Rock Port and their technical support crews.  Corp reports that if the levee in Atchison County that the levee in concern is a critical levee.

ESF #4 & 9
: Region F Incident Support Team is providing support to the State Emergency Operations Center this week. Monitoring and waiting for requests. The Nebraska, Tennessee, and Texas search teams have been demobilized. St Louis Regional Urban Search and Rescue has been released.  Force 1 (MOTF1) and all SAR teams (except Region C) have been demobilized.

ESF #5: State Emergency Operations Center will continue operations from 7 am- 7 pm, 7 days per week.  Conference call times may be changed beginning this week due to river level updates occurring at 9 am.  Conference calls will continue over the weekend. The State Emergency Operations Center continues to operate from 7 am to 7 pm until further notice.

ESF #6: Overnight, 78 residents were sheltered in Joplin. Efforts are continuing to help residents achieve long-term housing.  Five shelters are on standby in the northwestern part of the state.  Multi-agencies are working to find additional warehouse space for donations. 
American Red Cross is providing meals and snacks for the volunteers in the northern part of the state.  In Atchison County there was 1 shelter open with a 0 population with 4 others on standby. Continuing to support shelter operations.  There have been five shelters identified in the Northwest in the event sheltering becomes necessary. Two shelters in Atchison, two in Buchanan, and one in Holt counties are on standby in North West Missouri.

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: Processing requests for Northwest Missouri. 5,000 doses of Tetanus vaccination acquired for Jasper county health department. 

ESF #8:
Dept. of Mental Health had 6 volunteers that made 115 calls.  On Sunday, mental health had 8 volunteers that made 360 contacts. Standing by ready to serveThe Dept of Mental Health (DMH) opened up a new local crisis and coordination phone line, (417) 347-7070, at Ozark Mental Health.

ESF #10: Doing a shift change in Joplin and will have 5 staff in the area.  Continuing to contact Tier II and RMP facilities along the potential flood areas to ensure plans are in place. 
EPA reports that air sampling in Joplin is ongoing. DNR and MERC are reviewing and contacting Tier II and RMP facilities along the potential flood areas to ensure they have plans in place for safety and chemical releases. Dept. of Natural Resources is currently contacting facilities along the potentially impacted flood areas to determine needs and assistance.  Continuing to work with vehicle damages in Joplin and monitoring the northwest corner.  Working with insurance industry trying to identify vehicles.

ESF #12: The electric co-ops would like to remind everyone that when working around power lines to always assume they are still energized.  MERC 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
: Dept of Corrections will be furnishing offender labor in Holt County to support sandbagging efforts on Monday 6/13.  MSHP is working with the locals to determine the initial response.  Corrections has inmates in St. Joseph for the week.  A request for inmate labor has been received from Parkville, 30 will be sent there from the Community Release Center.  MSHP Troop H is working with local jurisdictions for boats if needed.  MO Dept. of Corrections is working on requests for offender labor

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: Missouri National Guard is attempting to obtain warehouse space for critical assets. 
Continuing to support security operations in Joplin.  In the northwest part of the state establishing liaisons with the county EOC's and the Army Corps of Engineers.  In Joplin – currently have 225 soldiers that continue to support local law enforcement with traffic control in the Joplin area. Missouri National Guard continues to prepare for the flooding in the Northwest corner of the state.  

ESF #17:
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. 

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