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Silver Jackets Effort During and After the 2011 Floods in Arkansas—Lessons Learned

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  1. Silver Jackets Effort During and After the 2011 Floods in Arkansas—Lessons Learned Chad Dulaney, USACE Jaysson Funkhouser, USGS Angela Gardner, ANRC Josh Rogers, ADEM August 23, 2012 2012 USACE Flood Risk Management and Silver Jackets Conference

  2. Outline • Arkansas Silver Jackets Team • Overview of 2011 Floods in Arkansas • Arkansas Silver Jackets Project • Coordination between agencies • USACE • USGS • ADEM • ANRC • Assessing the storm(s) • Documenting the flood • Lessons Learned

  3. Arkansas Silver Jackets Team

  4. 2011 Floods In Arkansas Courtesy of Tabitha Clarke, Little Rock NWS Courtesy of Mike Biggs, Little Rock USACE April 23 – 27

  5. 2011 Major Flood Peaks

  6. 2011 Floods In Arkansas

  7. 2011 Floods In Arkansas Black River Largest Flood on upper-Black since early 1900’s

  8. 2011 Floods In Arkansas Interstate-40 White River Crossing

  9. Arkansas Silver Jacket’s Project

  10. Arkansas Silver Jacket’s Project • Coordinate with various agencies to assess the flood • Documentation of Flood event • Flag and survey HWM along White, Black, and Cache River Basin in Arkansas and SE Missouri • Develop inundation maps from these data • Compute statistics (for flow and stage) at various gages rivers in these basins

  11. Coordination Daily conference calls with USGS/USACE/NWS and County/State EOM’s Daily email alerts from LR USACE on their efforts Twice-daily phone calls to LR USACE

  12. Coordination Special Q measurements made for LR USACE, NWS and ANRC USGS crews made special Q measurements for White and Black River (called in to NWS and USACE as soon as they were made) Damaged gages were repaired or replaced immediately with temps

  13. Flood Assessment Monday, Apr 25, 2011 Governor Beebe Declares State of Emergency in Response to Severe Storms and Flooding On May 5th, evacuations were ordered at Gregory, McClelland and Cotton Plant (all in Woodruff County) due to overtopping of the levee along the White River and a swollen Cache River.

  14. Flood Assessment On May 5th, President Obama declared the flooding in Arkansas a Federal Disaster As of August 2012, over $65 million in Federal Aid has been distributed to Arkansans

  15. Flood Assessment *Provided technical assistance to local Floodplain Administrators about elevation data

  16. Flood Assessment Monroe County – Non-Compliant Residential Structure, 2011 Prairie County – Compliant Residential Structure, 2012

  17. Flood Documentation

  18. Flood Documentation—High Water Marks

  19. Lessons Learned • Lessons Learned • Determination of Triggers that necessitate an immediate response from the Silver Jackets Team • Early Communication Between Silver Jackets Team Members is Critical • Collaboration for High Water Information • Leverage Resources between agencies to maximize coverage areas

  20. Lessons Learned • Lessons Learned • Funding between agencies • Priorities/missions of each agency • Need for common terminology

  21. QUESTIONS? Photos courtesy of Tabitha Clarke