Situation Report

JEREMIAH W. (JAY) NIXON, GOVERNOR

Contact:

PAUL PARMENTER, SEMA DIRECTOR

Situation Report #: N09120003

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JEFFERSON CITY

February 29, 2012

Situation Report-Severe Storms-Feb. 29 4 p.m.

Gov. Jay Nixon this morning (Wednesday, Feb. 29) signed Executive Order 12-03 to declare a state of emergency in Missouri in response to severe storms that began late last night and continued into the early morning hours. The weather system has involved tornadoes and high winds and has caused the loss of life, numerous injuries and significant damage to communities across Missouri, including the communities of Branson, Buffalo, Cassville, Kimberling City, Oak Ridge and Puxico.
Personnel at the State Emergency Management Agency have been communicating with local law enforcement and emergency responders and tracking the storms as they moved across Missouri. This Executive Order activates the State Emergency Management Plan, which allows state agencies to assist local jurisdictions with their emergency response.

Initial reports indicate that the storms have resulted in at least three deaths, numerous injuries and significant, widespread damage in several communities in southwest and southeast Missouri. There was significant damage to business and tourist locations in Branson, including hotels and theaters. 

Electric Outages –

Empire electric 9500 without power – approximately 6000 in Branson, the remainder in the Buffalo, Bolivar area.

Troop D is reporting Highway 76 between US65 and Fall Creek Road in Branson will be closed for an indefinite period of time due to damage and utility repairs.

KC Power and Light – 470 customers out in KC metro area

Ameren – 1,000 customers out scattered across the state

Summit Natural Gas – 50 customers out in Branson.

Co-Ops report 7,500 power-outages in Branson

Shelters – Currently there are 4 shelters reported open with 33 residents (Lebanon shelter is expected to close at 5 p.m.).




Forecast information –

WESTERLY WINDS WILL BE SUSTAINED BETWEEN 20 AND 35 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 45 MPH TODAY FOR AREAS NORTH OF INTERSTATE 70. A WIND ADVISORY IS IN AFFECT FOR THIS AREA.

THERE IS A HEIGHTENED FIRE DANGER DURING THE AFTERNOON HOURS FOR MOST OF THE FORECAST AREA DUE TO LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY VALUES AND GUSTY WEST WINDS. THE FUEL MOISTURE IS HIGHER DUE TO
THE RAINFALL OVERNIGHT...BUT IT IS EXPECTED TO DRY OUT By SOMETIME THIS AFTERNOON.

Fatalities – 1 in Barry County and 1 in Dallas County.

Region B

City of Kirksville
            1 roof blown off on a Kirksville business, 250 residents are without power. 

Adair County
            1 pole barn down, 1 building lost its roof, 1 tractor trailer had blown over.

Region C

Southern St. Charles to Northern St. Louis
Little wind and hail reported.  2,000 residents without power at e time.  Now at 500 without power.

Region D

Barry County
North of Cassville, 4 homes were homes destroyed, 4 injuries, and 1 fatality.

Barton County
1,800 residents and homes without power should be back up by 7 p.m. on 2/29/12.  In Lamar 7-8 homes and 6 businesses had moderate to major damage.  All roads and hospitals are open. Hospital ER was closed during storm but has re-opened.

Dallas County - Buffalo
            13 injured, 1 fatality

Shelter - Buffalo High School, 500 West Main, Buffalo, MO 65622

18 homes destroyed, 1 business destroyed

Stone County
45 homes total have damage - 22 homes were destroyed south of Kimberling City.  The Kimberling Inn was destroyed.

1 trailer overturned in Carthage

Shelters – First Baptist Church   161 Heavens Way, Kimberling City, MO 65686

Cedar County
            5 homes were damaged and Stockton Airport was reporting some damage.



Taney County
Branson Downtown - Hilton Hotel has damage.  Some residential trees and structure damage.  Wal-Mart has roof damage.  30 minor injuries.  2 shelters are open. Major damage along business district, including hotels and theaters.

Shelters - Branson Towers, 236 Shepherd of the Hills Expwy. Branson, MO 65616  is being used for the tourists from outside the area, and has a population of 20, Branson Recreation Complex,1500 Branson Hills Parkway Branson, MO 65616 0 is housing local residents.

Region E

Madison County
            3 homes with minor damage and a lot of debris near Marquand, MO

Bollinger County
8 homes in rural Bollinger County have roof damage.  10 machine shops, sheds, and farm out buildings have been destroyed, 0 fatalities, and 0 injuries

Cape Girardeau County
25 square mile area surrounding Oak Ridge affected. 492 homes in the affected area. 250 had moderate damage. 12-18 are unlivable. 1 injury.  1,109 reported without power, should be restored within 24 hours.  Grade school and High school are both closed. 

Stoddard County
Puxico: ½ mile wide from SE Puxico to SE Leray affected.  3 houses and 2 mobile homes were destroyed.  10-15 homes had moderate to severe damage.  80 homes are without power, expected to back up in 4-5 hours.  Many large trees down and heavy roadway debris.  4 area residents were injured and taken to the hospital, 1 passed away.  Rural damage: livestock fatalities and livestock on the road. 

Scott County - Morley
              1 business took a direct hit.  2 homes with major damage. 

Region H

Daviess County
2 homes totally destroyed north of Cameron Missouri off of Highway 6.  150-400 without power, should be back up by the end of the day.

Region I

Laclede County - Lebanon
2 teams have yet reported as of 10:00 a.m.  9 business were affected.  1 Shelter Mills Center, 650 Mills Dr., Lebanon, MO 65536 with 2 people in the shelter as of 10 a.m. Shelter is expected to close at 5 p.m. 5 minor injuries reported. 

Phelps County
In Edgar Springs, 40 homes have minor damage to the roofs.  1 had major damage.  1 business, 2 gas stations were affected; pumps are working and not damaged. 

Pulaski County
            Church damaged in Waynesville. 




ESF #1: Monitoring and responding to roadway issues.

ESF #2: No report. 

ESF #3
: No report

ESF #4 & 9
: No report

ESF #5: SEMA continues to monitor the situation and will host another conference call at 6:00 pm.   SEMA will be in operation from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. unless the situation warrants change

ESF #6:
4 Shelters Open at this time with 33 residents

            
Name
Address
City
County
Status
E/P Capacity
Current
Population
State
Zip
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1500 Branson Hills Parkway
Branson, MO 65616
TANEY
Open
0/70
20
500 West Main
Buffalo, MO 65622
DALLAS
Open
0/500
9
161 Heavens Way
Kimberling City, MO 65686
STONE
Open
500/500
0
650 Mills Dr.
Lebanon, MO 65536
LACLEDE
Open
0/100
4


ESF #7: No Report 

ESF #8:
DHSS is monitoring priority 1 facilities.  Oakridge manor received roof damage.  All patients have been moved to a sister facility.  Department is monitoring hospitals and reports minor surge in capacity.  Mental health reports no consumers are requesting assistance at this time.  Department is also checking with foster care facilities and families to ensure children placed in those homes have been accounted for.

ESF #9: No report

ESF #10:
Dept. of Natural Resources monitoring hazmat response calls

ESF #12:
AMEC reports coops minor to extensive damage and utilizing mutual aid to respond.

ESF #13: Officers responding to affected areas assist

ESF #15
: Receiving requests for situation reports

ESF #16:
Standing by to assist

ESF #17: Two teams from the Humane Society are responding to Stone and Taney counties at their request.
  

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