Situation Report

JEREMIAH W. (JAY) NIXON, GOVERNOR

Contact:

PAUL PARMENTER, SEMA DIRECTOR

Situation Report #: N09110082

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jefferson City

June 18, 2011

Spring 2011 Severe Storms Situation Report 12 p.m. June 18

NEW INFORMATION IN BOLD


Summary

The State of Missouri continues to aid Jasper and Newton counties and the City of Joplin 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 recovery efforts.


SEMA is monitoring the potential flooding impacts from the Missouri River in the north-western and north-eastern parts of the state.

Electric Outages –
KCPL has reported damages due to morning thunderstorms. KCPL is currently reporting 15,057 outages in Missouri.  Ameren is reporting 3,621 outages. 

Shelter –
The current number of individuals sheltering from Joplin is 18. The shelter is open at the Webb City Junior High School (807 West 1st Street, Webb City 64870).

Forecast information –Severe weather potential exists across the entire state of Missouri this weekend. 

Joplin & Southwestern Missouri

Showers and thunderstorms have impacted central Missouri overnight and have developed across the eastern Ozarks this morning.  Morning temperatures were generally in the middle 70s to near 80 degrees.  
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Seasonably hot and humid weather can be expected this weekend with afternoon index values in the 90s to near 100 degrees.  Scattered showers and thunderstorms will redevelop late today and tonight.  Some of the storms could be severe. 


St. Joseph & Northwestern Missouri

Mostly cloudy to the north, light rain still lingered over Schuyler county.  Kirksville received an additional .19 of an inch of rain.  Temperatures ranged from 70 degrees in St. Joseph to 78 degrees in Sedalia..

Additional thunderstorms will be possible later this afternoon and tonight.  Very warm and humid air will be over the area and combined with several outflow boundaries.  Additional threat for thunderstorms activity will continue tonight and come to an end Sunday morning.  Storms that do develop will have the potential to be severe with damaging winds and large hail as the primary threat.  Thunderstorm threats return Sunday evening into Monday.

Region A                 

Carroll County Levees are being checked daily.

Clay County: Continuing to monitor river levels.  Missouri City has 2500 sandbags stockpiled ready to use.  River levels have dropped 2 to 2 ½ feet at Missouri City. Officials are continuing to prepare for sandbagging in the area

Jackson County: Jackson County has requested 25 persons to assist with sandbagging. SEMA is working to fill the request.

Pettis County (SEDALIA)  Pettis County has been declared for individual assistance and public assistance based on tornado damage. 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.

Platte County Hosted a joint meeting with USACE at Farley.  County will begin additional sandbagging on Monday 06/20.  At this time levees are holding.  Will be holding a meeting tonight to meet with local citizens. Farmers are sandbagging around their property in Weston.

Region B

Chariton County: Monitoring situation.

Clark County:  Four pumps should arrive today from Louisiana and will be in place and working by Saturday. The east side of Alexandria is just wet and the west side of Alexandria is under water.


Region D

Jasper County   On June 17, 2011 Americorp reported 251,575.1 total volunteer hours utilized in Joplin.  This report provides for volunteer hours reporting from College Heights Christian Chuch, St. Peters Catholic Church, College View Baptist Church, Joplin Family Worship Center, Ignite Church, Mystery Church, and Forest Park/Sams Purse. 

Over 160 National Service members have been engaged in the response and recovery activities including Americorps of St. Louis, Washington Conservation Corp, Americorps NCCC, Iowa and Minnesota Conservation Corps, HEAL, AR, Trail Rangers of St. Louis, Environmental Corp at American Youthworks Texas, Northern Arkansas Habitat for Humanity, Harvester's of Kansas City, Missouri Riverways and Americorp Alums. 

Region H

Andrew County: The town of Nodaway is mostly evacuated with the exception of a few citizens providing property security, who are ready to evacuate if water levels increase. There are two county roads closed. Continuing to monitor Nodaway River.  Levee 476 at Amazonia and there is self evacuation going on.  Offenders will be needed for tomorrow.  Had 30 volunteers start filling sandbags in Amazonia, have 4000 completed. Continuing to monitor situation. 

Atchison County:  Sandbagging operations continue. 11,000 more sandbags will be requested.  The levee around water plant in Rockport is almost complete. Reviewing law enforcement missions that may be needed in the future.

Buchanan County: EOC will not be activated over the weekend. Have 200,000 sandbags filled. The city will buy sand and the county will buy sandbags to provide to citizens in the event that they need them. Citizens in low lying areas have been advised of evacuation scenarios in the event that they are implemented. Over the weekend volunteers and offenders continued filling sandbags and the county has now 350,000.  Training is taking place on patrolling levees.  Evacuation plans are in place for Rosecrans and the Lewis and Clark Village. Levees 455, 460, and 470 have been reinforced and pumps are in place. 

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.

Holt County Levee 10 received extensive damage due to storms overnight and will be making additional requests for sandbagging machines.  The county received a report that there was a levee breach south of Rulo, however that report was unfounded.  Have new sand boils reported at the Cannon Levee District which will be checked by the guard liaisons when they arrive.  The local public health agency has identified two infection cases which are related to exposure to flood water.  Levees are holding and stable at this time. 4000 sandbags were stockpiled at Craig with the help of inmates. 475 homes have been disconnected from power. Sandbagging at Forest City and Levee 10 near Big Lake has been completed. 12 roads are closed at this time. The levee breach is currently 100 yards wide and there are 11 flood related road closures.  Ag levee breach north of 159 east of the Rulo bridge yesterday affecting Levee 10 went from 4' freeboard to 1 ½'.  Forest City has 10,000 sandbags stockpiled. MSHP will be contacting the county sheriff to coordinate security patrols. The county is requesting 4 vehicles and 14 personnel for levee patrols.


ESF #1: MoDOT has been monitoring Iowa conference calls to determine reroutes and impacted zones.  There are 21 road closures at this time. The bridge at Brownville has re-opened.  Highway 27 opened up this morning (06/16/2011). I-29 in NW Missouri may closed due to flooding in Iowa. Hwy 61 is closed at Alexandria. If I-29 has to close due to flooding detours will be routed to IA I-35.  Continuing to assess resources and continue to plan for responses.   Resources are being positioned throughout the potentially impacted areas.

ESF #2: MSHP has relocated an MSHP transmitter from a cellular tower site near Watson to another tower in Rock Port to avoid rising waters.  It is unknown if the cellular site is still active.  Sprint has shutdown a tower site near Weston due to flooding concerns as well.  Maintaining Joplin and monitoring northwest area. 


ESF #3
: Corp of Engineers will continue to host public meetings along the impacted zones over the next week.  Corps of Engineers have four more teams checking federal levees along the river.  Corps of Engineers reported full breech on Levee 575 in Atchison county.  Reinforcement of R471 and 460 are taking place. Gavins Point is scheduled to release 150,000 CFS starting 6/14.

ESF #5: The State Emergency Operations Center will close at 5 pm this evening (06/17/2011) and will begin operations Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm. They will operate at partial activation over the weekend from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. 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.


ESF #6
: A stand-by shelter has been identified in Osage County. There are five shelters on standby: Two in Buchanan County, two in Atchison County, and one in Holt County. Efforts are continuing to help residents achieve long-term housing.   Continuing to feed and hydrate sandbag workers.  American Red Cross is providing meals and snacks for the volunteers in the northern part of the state.

ESF #7: Processing and tracking requests and coordinating with USACE to provide resource support for the Northwest Missouri flood fight. 


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

ESF #10: There is one employee working the spill line today (06/18) with two on standby. 
DNR has identified RMP facilities in the potential flood areas and are contacting the facilities to see if needs are met.  Continuing to contact facilities and assist in Joplin.  DNR is monitoring Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO's) and RMP facilities along the potential flood areas. 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 placeEPA reports that air sampling in Joplin is ongoing.

ESF #12: The electric co-ops would like to remind everyone that when working around power lines to always assume they are still energizedMERC 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
: MSHP Troop H is working with Holt and Atchison Counties for safety patrols.  Dept. of Correction has offender labor at Rockport, St. Joseph, and Rosecrans.  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
:There have not yet been any calls in reference to flooding and calls in reference to Joplin have decreased significantly, with an average of 5 a day.  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
:There are 59 National Guard troops in the northwestern part of the state, 107 in Joplin, with an additional 9 Guardsman at the Joint Operations Center on State Emergency Duty. In Joplin continued support for MSHP patrols and debris removal.  In the northwest L & O are in place in 7 counties and MONG is preparing for the possible displacement of Rosecrans. 

ESF #17: Standing by to assist as needed.
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. 

FEMA: Has asked local jurisdictions wanting to have aerial images of specific locations to submit a resource request to SEMA. Processed a mission for the Civil Air Patrol with the focus to be from downtown Kansas City to Iowa to take photos of the affected areas.  Photos will be on FEMA's website.

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