updated: 6/10/2008 8:16:54 AM

[UPDATED] Daniels Overseeing Relief Efforts

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 Governor Daniels says cancelling his plans to travel to Japan was not an easy decision.

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels feels his "place is here" as many businesses and property owners cope with flooding. He cancelled plans to join an Indiana trade delegation in Japan in order to oversee relief efforts in Indiana. More rain overnight is making it hard for Hoosier home and business owners to clean up already flooded areas.

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Last week some areas in central Indiana received up to 10 inches rain. This, coupled with already saturated ground, resulted in dangerous flash flood conditions. Conservation officers recovered the body of 44 year old Mark Stroud of Coatesville Monday morning in Mill Creek in Morgan County. Hoosiers concerned about contaminated water should contact their local health department for a well water testing kit or getting a tetanus shot.


Press Release

June 9, 2008, 8:10PM

Severe weather update from Department of Homeland Security and other state agencies

Situation:

During the evening of June 6th and into the morning of June 7th, 2008 multiple lines of strong thunderstorms moved through the State of Indiana. Some areas in central Indiana received up to 10 inches rain. This, coupled with already saturated ground, resulted in dangerous flash flood conditions. To coordinate statewide response operations, the State Emergency Operations Center activated at a Level 2 with full State Emergency Support Function activation.

Areas of Concern

Elnora – Levee failure imminent.

Worthington – Town only accessible from the north.

Medora – East Fork White River cresting overnight

Hymera – Will be out of water for up to 7 days.

River Conditions

Major Flooding

East Fork White

Muscatatuck River

Wabash River

White River

Current Situation:

Severe thunderstorms moved through the State during the afternoon. An additional 1/2 to 2 inches reported in some areas of west central Indiana.

National Weather Service anticipates White River cresting 6 to 12 inches above the top of the Levee at Elnora(Daviess County).

Voluntary evacuation of the Town of Elnora has been ordered. Sandbagging operations have stopped have stopped at the recommendation of Army Corps of Engineers.

Kentucky National Guard assets are standing by to assist Indiana flood operations. EMAC request currently being processed.

Army Corps of Engineer teams deployed to Sullivan County to inspect Island Levee system.

Marine Corps and National Guard personnel deployed to Elnora to assist in sandbagging operations. Following evacuation order, Marines have beenrelocated to Bedford.

The White River at Spencer and the East Fork White at Seymour have crested and are falling.

East Fork White River in Lawrence County, White River in Greene County rising.
18 State highways in Owen, Morgan, Bartholomew, Vigo, Sullivan and Greene Counties have re-opened to traffic.

Sandbagging operations underway in Clay, Daviess, Greene, Gibson, Jennings, Knox, Morgan and Wayne.

Interstate 70 re-opened to traffic.
Monroe Reservoir holds steady at 74% full.
Cecil M. Harden Reservoir holds steady at 78% full.
Number of Emergency Personnel in the Field

· Indiana Department of Environmental Management – 3

· Indiana State Police – 50

· Department of Natural Resources – 40

· Indiana National Guard – 1154+

· Indiana Department of Homeland Security – 37

· Indiana Department of Transportation – 110

· Indiana Department of Administration – 2

· Communications – 1

· Utility – 1

· Fire – 2

· Board of Animal Health - 2

· Indiana State Department of Health – 10

· U.S. Coast Guard – 13

-State Agencies Active in Response Operations

· Department of Natural Resources

· Mark Stroud, 44, of Coatesville, has been identified as the drowning victim recovered Monday morning by Indiana conservation officers in Mill Creek in Morgan County.

· DNR engineers have inspected two dams in Brown County and one in Owen County. Division of Fish & Wildlife personnel were delivering pumps to Owen, Putnam and Clay counties for lake drainage relief.

· DNR conservation officers were working in Greene, Knox, Daviess, Lawrence, Morgan and Pike counties on Monday. Conservation officers from District 7 in southwest Indiana were assessing water levels and levees in Daviess, Knox and Pike counties.

· Conservation officers from District 5 delivered baby formula and medication to separate homes in the Worthington area in Greene County. They also helped evacuate several individuals near Worthington.

-Indiana State Police
1. I-70 West bound is open to traffic.

2. State Police deploying personnel to Vigo and Bartholomew County to support local law enforcement.

3. Extra Troopers have been sent to assist with traffic control.

Indiana Department of Transportation
1. I-70 westbound at the 30 mile marker has been closed again. The roadway began to collapse after emergency repairs were conducted today from previous erosion due to flooding.

2. Seymour District (Columbus, Seymour and Martinsville) has deployed 25 dump trucks, two Grade-alls, four backhoes and more than 120 maintenance workers on 12-hour shifts. As flood waters recede, roads and bridges impacted by flooding will be assessed for safety by engineers and bridge inspectors before they are opened to the public.

-State Department of Health
1. The Johnson County Health Department has been relocated, due to flood damage, but can be reached at (317) 346-4368. The temporary address is 98 N. Main St. Franklin, IN 46131. Any mail should be sent to the original offices at 86 West Court St. Franklin, IN 46131. Individuals needing childhood immunizations should contact the Trafalgar Family Health Center at (317) 878-2301, which can provide shots for a $5 fee. At this time, the Johnson County HD cannot provide birth certificates, but can provide death certificates. The environmental division can be reached at the temporary number listed above. They expect to be back in their offices within the next 4 - 6 weeks.

2. The ISDH has announced it will offer free testing of well water samples for Hoosiers in flooded areas. Individuals should contact their local health department for a well water testing kit, which they can send to the ISDH lab for testing. Results can be expected a few days after submission. Well water samples must be submitted to the lab within 30 hours of being collected for valid results.

3. Flooding sanitation tips and West Nile virus information are available on ISDH Web site at: www.statehealth.IN.gov.

4. Tetanus is a concern for people who receive wounds while in floodwaters. Local health departments can provide tetanus shots. For more information on tetanus, visit www.in.gov/isdh/22437.htm.

5. Individuals exposed to floodwaters should wash their hands thoroughly with warm, soapy water. For household cleaning after floodwater contamination, disinfect all surfaces. A bleach solution of Ό cup chlorine bleach to one gallon of water works well.

6. If concerned about mosquitoes or other health issues, Hoosiers are urged to contact their local health department.

-Indiana Department of Environmental Management

1. Drinking water utilities: IDEM is receiving information that several local utilities have issued boil water orders. Communities in affected areas should contact their local Emergency Management Agency to request water, as appropriate.

2. Wastewater treatment plants and sewers; Outages and disruptions are expected due to flooding, and IDEM is receiving reports of problems in impacted areas. IDEM advises residents that flood water, in general, is considered to be contaminated, and residents should avoid contact, avoid ingestion, and wash hands thoroughly after coming in contact with flood water.

3. Spill incidents: IDEM on-scene coordinators are responding to spill incidents including (1) release in Nashville, (1) release in Terre Haute, and numerous tank and service station spills in the Martinsville area. Numerous incidents have been reported, including a report from Franklin about a sheen around its flooded courthouse.

4. Livestock operations: IDEM, with the assistance of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, is in the process of assessing conditions at manure lagoons around the state.

Agriculture – IBOAH and ISDA
In an effort to provide assistance for Hoosier farmers, the Indiana State Department of Agriculture is working with USDA officials to get additional information to farmers within the next 24 hours. If farmers have livestock losses (deaths), they should go to the Indiana Board of Animal Health website at www.in.gov/boah or call 317-227-0300 for proper methods to dispose of dead livestock. If farmers have manure, pesticides or other farm chemicals that have spilled due to flooding, they should contact the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s Spill Hotline at 317-233-7745 or 1-888-233-7745.

Indiana National Guard
1. JTF (Joint Task Force) 81 has located its headquarters in Vincennes Indiana and has taken control over all units in the state except the 38th and Air Guard units.

2. Additional Guard personnel are being deployed to Vigo County for sandbagging efforts.

3. The Kentucky National Guard is sending additional Public Affairs support.

4. The 38th Division is deploying 50 Soldiers for sandbagging operations in Shelby County located near the Flatrock Post Office 2732 W SR 252.

Local Disaster Declaration – Bartholomew, Boone, Brown, Clay, Daviess, Dearborn, Decatur, Franklin, Greene, Henry, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Johnson, Lawrence, Madison, Monroe, Morgan, Ohio, Owen, Randolph, Ripley, Rush, Shelby, Sullivan, Union, Vermillion, Vigo, and Wayne.

Health, Safety & Security

2 fatalities: Morgan and Bartholomew counties.
Shelter Operations:

Total Shelter Population: 273 (Down from 1,230)

Bartholomew County - Northside Middle School, 1400 27th St, Columbus, IN 47201

Owen County - Spencer Elementary, 151 E Hillside Ave, Spencer, IN 47460

Vigo County - North High School, 3434 Maple Ave, Terre Haute, IN 47804

Clay County - Eastside Elementary, 936 East National Ave., Brazil, IN 47834

Vermillion County - Hillcrest Community Center, 503 N. 8th St., Clinton, Indiana 47842

Greene County - Lyons Community Center, 600 W. Broad St, Lyons Indiana 47443

Johnson County - Community Church of Greenwood, 1477 W Main St, Greenwood, IN

Morgan County - Martinsville High School, 1360 E Gray St, Martinsville, IN 46151

Brown County - Brown County YMCA, 105 Willow Street, Nashville, Indiana 47448

Shelby County - Salvation Army Shelter, 136 E. Washington, Shelbyville, IN

Critical Infrastructure and Facilities

Status of Utilities:

Gas

Outages reported in Johnson, Morgan, Jackson, Decatur, Bartholomew, Vigo and Owen

County. Approximately 3,500 customers affected. Water

Boil Orders-

Shelby and Johnson County residents that are serviced by IN American Water do not need to boil water

Town of Jasonville

Cordry/Sweetwater Lake Communities-Johnson County

Although service has been restored to nearly all 1500 customers, water users are still advised to boil water for three minutes prior to consumption, pending lab analysis. IW Customers south of SR 37 and Waverly Road, and north of SR 252/Old Morgantown Road are included in this precautionary boil alert.

Water System Failures

Waverly (Morgan)

Town of Jasonville (Greene) – Water main break, boil order

Cordry / Sweetwater Lake (Johnson) – Boil order

Gosport (Owen)

Freedom (Owen)

Hymera (Sullivan County)

Vigo County – Widespread well contamination

Sewer

Wastewater treatment plant at Switz City (Greene County) shut down due to flooding.

Power

15,600 customers without power

Gibson Power Plant (Gibson County) prepared for flooding on Wabash. Levee system

and pumping equipment in place. Does not anticipate service interruptions due to

flooding.

Road Closures

Please check http://www.in.gov/isp/files/high_water_6_9_1pm.pdf

Flood Control

Reported Levee Breaches

Lyons-Marco Levee (Greene County)

Summary of State Agency Response Operations

Total Number of State Personnel Deployed

Indiana Public Safety Commission – 1

Indiana Department of Environmental Management – 4

Indiana Department of Transportation – 110

Indiana Department of Administration - 2

Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission – 1

Indiana State Police – 50

Department of Natural Resources – 40

Indiana National Guard – 1000

Board of Animal Health – 2

Indiana State Department of Health – 10

Indiana Department of Homeland Security – 38

Indiana Department of Corrections - 62

Source: Department of Homeland Security

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