Situation Report

JEREMIAH W. (JAY) NIXON, GOVERNOR

Contact:

PAUL PARMENTER, SEMA DIRECTOR

Situation Report #: N09110102

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jefferson City

July 11, 2011

Missouri River Flooding Situation Report 11:45 a.m. July 11

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.

The Corps of Engineers began releasing 160,000 cfs as of 06/23/2011. SEMA is monitoring the potential flooding impacts from the Missouri River in the north-western and north-eastern parts of the state.

River Stages:

 
Minor Stage
Moderate Stage
Major Stage
Record Stage
Current Level
4 Day Out
Likely Range of Flows with Normal Rain
Time from Gavins Point
Low End
High End
Brownville
33
37
43
44.3
39.2
38.9
Above 43’
2.75 days
Rulo
17
21
25.6
26.3
24.9
24.8
Above 25.5’
3 days
St. Joseph
17
21
27
32.07
28.5
28
27
32
3.5 days
Atchison
22
27
30
31.63
29.92
29.1
30
34
3.75 days
Leavenworth
20
24
30
35.34
29.4
28.6
27
33
3.85 days
Kansas City
32
35
49
48.87
32.1
31.2
30
39
4 days
Sibley
22
29
31
35.9
30.88
29.9
28
30.3
4.25 days
Napoleon
17
25
30
28.86
27.4
26.8
25
27.1
4.3 days
Waverly
20
29
31
31.15
30.38
29.8
28
30.09
4.5 days
Miami
18
28
29
32.6
28.1
27.7
27
28.28
5 days
Glasgow
25
27
32
39.5
30.8
29.7
29
30.9
5.25 days
Boonville
21
35
36
37.1
27.23
26.3
26.9
27.3
5.5 days
Jefferson City
23
25
30
38.3
26.6
25.5
25
26.8
5.6 days
Shelter – There was one shelter open overnight in St. Charles with a population of 8. There are 6 shelters on stand-by.

Forecast information –

St. Joseph & Northwestern Missouri

Today: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 97. Heat index values as high as 107. South southwest wind around 8 mph.

Tonight: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 75. South wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 97. Heat index values as high as 103. South southwest wind between 6 and 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Region A                 

Carroll County There was a 150 feet wide break in a primary levee between the mile markers 272 and 273. There was a successful rescue mission this morning to get an individual out of their home. Requested a sand bagging machine and inmates to assist. Red Cross will bring in food for individuals. Primary and secondary levees are overtopped, but should be able to be recovered by sandbagging efforts. 2 helicopters were on site to help move sandbags. The Red Cross was on scene to feed workers. There are 200 sand bags and 400 tons of sand in place to protect a levee. Water is backing up creeks and affecting farm land. There are a couple private levees overtopping in Carrollton. Levees are being checked daily.

Clay County: Finished pumping water out of Missouri City. Old Highway 210 is closed as it has 3-4 feet of water on it from Range Road to New Highway 210. Four county roads are underwater. Farmers have reported sand boils along agricultural levees.  Farmers continue to pump water. Water levels went up one foot overnight and Old highway 210 will be covered by tomorrow (07/01/2011). Two people have evacuated their residence. Minor backup from river in farm fields. Continuing to monitor river levels.  Missouri City has 2500 sandbags stockpiled ready to use. 

Jackson County: No homes have been impacted by flooding, however agricultural lands in Levasy have been affected. Eastern EOC is on alert status and Public Works are on standby.

Platte County. The Levee District is starting a third pump to remove water from rain that resulted yesterday (07/07/2011). 95% of the EH Young Riverfront park in Riverside is underwater. Highway 45 is closed. There is overtopping at Sugar and Bean Lakes in the northwestern corner of the county. KCP&L reported that the Iatan Plant has activated their emergency operations plan and are evacuating non-essential personnel. The levee district is pumping water out of low-lying areas around Riverside. Overtopping and breach at northern end of the county. The county had  a meeting with Burlington/Northern regarding bridge.  Bean Lake levee is overtopping and there is flooding south of Iatan. Riverside has water in unprotected parts of their levee and their Levee District will be bringing in a 200,000 gallon portable pump to pump water out as it builds up. Continuing sandbagging operations for levees 408 and 400. Levee's expected to overtop this weekend: Platte County Drainage District #1, Section #1 and 2. These two levees are perpendicular to Missouri River, essentially an extension of Rushville-Sugar Lake Levee tying into higher terrain; no communities affected. Bean Lake Levee.  A southern extension of Rushville-Sugar Lake Levee; protects farmland only; no communities affected.

Ray County: Several levees near topping. Corps of Engineers technicians are looking at boil on a pipe and the National Guard is putting a ring around it.

Region F

Cooper County: Finished flood preparations at Wooldridge. Two sand boils have been mitigated.

Region H

Andrew County: Evaluating damage and working security issues. A second checkpoint will be established on the north end of the Township of Nodaway.  Properties near State Highway T have three feet of water inside of them and 50-75 individuals have evacuated. The National Guard is on-site to maintain patrols at Amazonia. A security checkpoint will be set up at the township of Nodaway to restrict access to evacuated homes and to keep people off of the levees.

Atchison County:  Estimates 7,200 acres of land are flooded. Report that Levee 550 is overtopping again. Levee 550 at mile marker 535.5 (vic US 136) is overtopping along a 20-30 ft span.  USACE and County EMD predict levee will completely fail at anytime. 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:  3 sand boils were found behind levees 460 and 471. The Corps of Engineers began a sand berm Saturday that is 1000 feet long. All four of the 12" pumps are running. There are two pumps in place to pump water away from Lake Contrary. National Guard is patrolling levee 455. boils at levees 460 and 471 were sandbagged and water is being pumped 24/7. 450 residences and 35/40 businesses have been affected by flooding. 25 businesses and 250 residences have electricity and gas lines shut off. The county has ten pumps pumping water over the levee. The Public Works facility has been evacuated and there are ten pumps working to keep water out of the wastewater treatment facility. One shelter was opened yesterday and had a population of zero. It is currently on stand-by. Has 9 pumps in place to keep water behind the levee. Corps of Engineers has completed two relief wells at Lake Contrary and will drill four more.

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: Inmates are in Forest City working on sandbagging efforts. Sandbagging operations occurred  (07/05) at Craig, National Guard and offenders are stockpiling sandbags. 120,000 acres, over 50 roads, and 800 homes (500 of which are full time residences) are affected.  Water has crossed into Fortescue. Levee 9 has overtopped and the levees around Forest City have sand boils. Bigelow and Fortescue have evacuated. Flood fight operations are underway and a four foot earthen levee is being constructed to protect the water treatment plant in Craig. Corning is under 8' of water due to a break on the Mill Creek Levee. There has been a breach on the eastern side of the Big Tarkio and on a private levee.  Water infrastructure is protected at this time. There is an evacuation order in place for the City of Craig. 

ESF #1: MODOT placed 1 mile of sandbags on the south bound shoulder of Highway 65 in Carroll County. 61 road closures state-wide due to flooding. Overnight storms impacted a few MODOT maintenance facilities and there are downed power lines in some areas.

ESF #2 Nothing to Report

ESF #3: Public Drinking Water reported that the Atchison County Public Water Supply District #1 had cut off lines to Langdon, Phelps City, and Watson due to levee breaches.  City of Independence has two wells that are out of service, however there are many more in place to serve citizens. 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.

ESF #5: The State Emergency Operations Center have 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 will be at 11:00 am and will continue over the weekend.

ESF #6: There was a shelter open overnight in St. Charles (2950 Kings Crossing
St. Charles, MO 63303)
with a population of 8. AmeriCorps has reported 240,275 total volunteer hours in Joplin.  The shelter in Webb City has closed.  There are 6 shelters on stand-by. 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 is coordinating with the Ozark Center in Joplin on case management. Dept. of Mental Health had 6 volunteers that made 115 calls.  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: Crews out cleaning up orphaned containers in SE Missouri. 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. 

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.

ESF #13: Offender Labor: There are offenders out in Ray and Carroll Counties to assist with flood fighting efforts.

MSHP Troop H is working with Holt and Atchison Counties for safety patrols. 

ESF #16
: Working sandbagging operations. Reports of a Levee Breach 4 miles away from Forest City on Cannon Creek and Kennison.  The breach is 60 feet wide.  Working requests for security missions in Holt and Atchison Counties. In the northwest L & O are in place in 7 counties and MONG is preparing for the possible displacement of Rosecrans. 

ESF #17: The Humane Society is locating shelters in the affected areas. 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.

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