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The path was possibly 50 miles long and 10-15 miles wide.
SPRINGFIELD, Missouri- The National Weather Service says a destructive swath of wind started in far southeastern Laclede County Saturday afternoon. The path was possibly 50 miles long and 10-15 miles wide. This swath of extreme wind continued across northern Texas County, southern Pulaski County, southern Phelps County, western Dent County, and ended in central Dent County. Areas of large trees were uprooted or snapped off. Utility lines and poles were blown down or hit by falling trees along most of the wind swath, the agency said. Three tornadoes were also confirmed by survey teams in Laclede County.
The hardest hit areas with more concentrated damage, including structural damage, were the communities of Edger Springs, Salem, and along portions of Highway 17, the NWS said. Both communities experienced from minor to major damage inflicted to homes, businesses, and outbuildings. The metal roof and main structure of a church gym in Salem was crushed downward which indicated a downburst wind up to nearly 100 mph.
Vehicle damage, blown off shingles, and blown out glass windows were very common across these communities. Some rural communities such as north of Evening Shade, Palace, Big Piney, and along Highway H sustained some structural damage with numerous trees falling on vehicles and roofs. Several outbuildings were severely damaged or destroyed. Some additional highways like Highway 63, Highway C, Highway DD, Highway 72, Highway 68, Highway 19, and Highway 32 were impacted by these intense straight line winds. Based of the damage, wind speeds of 80 to 95 mph were common, along with several areas of downburst winds that possibly reached up to 100 mph.
LACLEDE COUNTY, Missouri- Laclede Electric Cooperative has provided the following update on utility restoration following Saturday’s storms:
As of 8:00 PM this evening, our workforce has worked 30 straight hours and some even longer. For the safety of our lineman they have been sent home to get some rest and will begin the restoration effort again at 6:00 AM tomorrow morning.
Currently, 759 members remain without power. To ensure that we have all the remaining outages, we ask that members without power call in to report it again tomorrow morning.
“Thank you to all our members for their patience and understanding as crews have worked around the clock to repair the devastating damage of yesterday’s storms.”
“Be thankful with me that no one was injured or worse, and take time to thank our hard-working linemen, police, and fire.”
LEBANON, Missouri- Mayor Josh Ray is asking those without power from Saturday’s storms to b e patient while works work to restore service.
“Folks, please be smart and patient about the electric. I know some have been out for over twelve hours. Our community suffered a tornado and some serious straight line winds. Crews have been out since the storms began yesterday working nonstop all night long. They still have a full days work, probably more, ahead of them just to get your power back on and/or protect from any additional outages. Please be respectful. Our city workers can not be everywhere at once. I am proud of the work they are doing.
I have been to countries where on a normal day citizens are lucky to get two hours of unreliable electricity. Although this is the United States, we also suffered severe storm damage. Be thankful with me that no one was injured or worse, and take time to thank our hard-working linemen, police, and fire.
Also, be extra considerate of those working in the county. I traveled around with Presiding Commissioner Danny Rhoads yesterday and the county has a long road ahead.'”
Despite an above average warm spring the last few weeks leading up to “the opening of the season” Memorial Day, the lake has seen a flood and the weather has seen colder temps. Despite all that the lake is ready for summer.
Lake levels are at normal seasonal levels and business are gearing up for the tourist’s whether there ready or not. Tourism is over a $200 million industry at the Lake of the Ozarks, it drives almost every aspect of the region from retail outlets to the service industry that maintains the needs of residents and tourist alike. With over 54,000 acres of surface area on the lake there are many things to do and discover around every corner. Get a drink and dinner at one of the over 60+ bars and restaurants or rent a boat or waverunnner from one of the many boat rental companies. No matter what you choose to do at the lake just remember to enjoy the nature and all the sites and sounds that all the tourist bring to the lake.
John Morrell and Co. received three complaints of the metal objects inside the and notified the USDA.
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana- John Morrell and Co. has recalled some 200,000 of pounds of beef frank products after receiving complaints of metal objects found inside the packages.
The company announced the recall of ready-to-eat hot dog products Friday.
A statement from the U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture says the recall includes products with the number “EST. 296” on the side of the package.
The items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.
John Morrell and Co. received three complaints of the metal objects inside the and notified the USDA. There are no confirmed reports of adverse reactions or injuries from consumption of the products have been reported.
The beef franks were produced Jan. 26, 2017. The items recalled are:
14 oz. sealed film packages containing “Nathan’s SKINLESS 8 BEEF FRANKS” with a Use By date of Aug. 19, 2017.
16 oz. sealed film packages containing “Curtis BEEF MASTER Beef Franks” with a Use By date of June 15, 2017.
The recalled hot dogs were shipped nationwide. Anyone who has these items should throw them away or return them to where they purchased them.
Consumers with questions about the recall can call 1 (877) 933-4625. Media with questions about the recall can contact Kathleen Kirkham, director of corporate communications, at (757) 365-1965.
Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.
For almost 20 years there has been an ongoing struggle for Camdenton residents to get answers and results concerning TCE (trichloroethylene) contamination. A dangerous degreaser chemical that had been dumped into their city water supply, buried, dug up, and dumped again at their public airport. Citizens are concerned that the chemical is still in their water supply and is intruding into their homes through the air. While this isn’t lead contamination the citizens here have struggled with many health concerns over the years.
The companies accused of this operated out of the same manufacturing building, Dawson, Sunstrand, and most recently Modine Manufacturing. The most shocking part is nothing has been done for the citizens, or the former factory workers that have serious health issues as well as some residents that have been stricken as well. Modine has been accused of this in the past and in every instance, they have denied responsibility for any of their past actions but have settled lawsuits across the U.S.
Certain residents have had their water, air, and soil tested and it has, in some instances been a thousand times over the acceptable limit for TCE. An independant investigation of the area tried to take a vapor probe reading from a monitoring well, on a public street, and the readings exceeded his instruments capability of 199,999 VOC. MoDNR tested this same well with their insturments and it came back at 1,270,000 for vapor intrusion.
A timeline has been put together of the events on a facebook group page of concerned citizens
1967 Dawson Metal built building and started manufacturing HVAC parts (TCE)
1967 Factory discharged untreated wastewater to Hulett Lagoon
1974 Sundstrand Tubular Products HVAC parts (TCE)
1986 discharged wastewater no longer dumped into Hulett Lagoon
1989 Hulett Lagoon shut down and removed 2000 cu yd (possibly to Camdenton Airport (superfund site #MOSFN0703532 interestingly name ‘Camdenton Sludge Disposal’ from DNR website files since deleted-but saved for reference by concerned citizens)
1990 Modine buys and begins manufacturing HVAC parts (TCE)
1994 11.8 Parts Per Billion in 94 according to this MoDNR document section 35, the MCL is 5.0JG https://dnr.mo.gov/env/hwp/permits/mod062439351/19990809-aoc.pdf
1997 Modine switches production to radiators
1998 or 1994 TCE discovered (68ppb) in Mulberry Well and shut Well down
1998 City pumps Mulberry Well regularly to prevent contaminated groundwater from entering Lake of the Ozarks (pumping water down the hill then released to ground surface)
1999 (JULY) Corrective Action and Abatement Order on Consent with DVR Hazardous Waste program to City of Camdenton and Modine (Sundstrand also assists)
1999 MDNR named on Superfund National Priorities List-left unlisted due to Sundstrand agreeing to take responsibility
2002 Modine removed 7426 tons of contaminated soil from around the building and backfilled with clean soil (possibly to Camdenton Airport superfund site #MOSFN0703532 interestingly named ‘Camdenton Sludge Disposal’ from DNR website files since deleted-but saved for reference by concerned citizens) MoDNR re-uploaded the document after it was noticed.
2003 Modine sampled indoor air 6 areas -TCE at all sampling locations
2006 MDNR conducted soil sampling under building-determined not a significant contributing source of groundwater contamination
2006 MDNR conducted soil sampling along sewer connecting to lagoon results as high as 2570mg/kg- above EPAs residential soil screening for TCE but were acceptable levels
2008 EPA re-reviewed Modines Indoor Air Investigation Report notating levels as high as 330 micrograms per cu meter (1000 times above acceptable levels)
2012 Modine moved operations leaving building empty
2015 (December) 10 homes sampled
2015&2016 Modine restested indoor air quality (after restarting HVAC) all indoor testing sites were unaccpectable – as high as 121 micrograms per cu meter
2016 (March) 21 total homes sampled (1 home has been equiped with mitigation system)
Facts are hard to come by due to the length of time this has been on-going. However TCE will last for hundreds (if not thousands) of years in the ground and it isn’t going away anytime soon for the residents or the current city administration. The city has had a public well on Mulberry street directly next to the contaminated plant, taken offline in 99′ or 97′ and detected as early as 94′ in the city’s public drinking water supply. Confused about the differences in dates? So are we. MoDNR has conflicting reports on their abatement’s about that very subject. They have left a note at the bottom of one of their abatement orders that since it is a legal document they can not change it. Concerned reporters following the story noticed they had taken the 2016 abatement off their website. So if we go by the earliest detection (or the earliest abatement) the city of Camdenton was drinking water contaminated with TCE from 94′ to January of 99′ until that well was taken offline.
Even more unusual, is their (the city of Camdenton’s) methodology for containing the TCE. The Mulberry Well is 900 feet deep. It has been estimated that the TCE plume has hit the towns water aquifer and has spread out miles outside of the contamination zone. The method follows a process known as “air stripping” here is an EPA document on how to do so. (EPA PICTURES)
Here is how the city of Camdenton currently deals with the TCE contamination in their well.
A New York times article used the EWG (enviormental working group) data findings that Camdenton, Missouri https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/projects/toxic-waters/contaminants/mo/camden/mo3010130-camdenton/index.html has some of the dirtiest water in the state. 50 contaminates found in the public drinking supply. Twice during that time the city of Camdenton’s water has tested above the legal limit in 2006 and 2009. (EWG stopped doing assessments for the area 2009)
Disturbingly enough, that number has been raised to 56 in 2016 according to the M0DNR this report. http://drinkingwater.missouri.edu/maparchive/swip2009/temp/report_3010130.pdf?0.5711743
It is past time for the citizens of the city to have an honest conversation about their town. The amount of cancer, auto-immune diseases and nuerological disorders in the area is shockingly high for a town this size. If the city has answers, they owe it to their people to give them those without trying to stay the course on a sinking ship. In August 2017 MoDNR is going to release their findings on who is at fault for the contamination, the city says they are victims while in several of the MoDNR abatements and corrective actions they list the city as responsible for allowing the dumping to happen at the Hullet Lagoon.
LEBANON, Missouri- The Lebanon R3 School District says that during a Lebanon R-3 Board of Education special meeting held on Wednesday, May 17, Shalyn Howe was named as the new principal of Esther Elementary. Howe has been the assistant principal at Esther for the past six years and will replace Dr. Sheila Moore, who has accepted the position of Director of Early Childhood for Lebanon Schools.
“It is an honor to have the opportunity to serve the students and staff of Esther,” said Howe. “Over the past six years, it has been my privilege to work with the Esther team. I look forward to what the future holds as we strive to meet the needs of our students. I consider it a blessing to be able to help lay the foundation for our community’s youngest learners.”
Prior to Howe’s role as assistant principal at Esther, she was a 5th grade teacher in the Conway School District for 11 years. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree and Elementary Education Certificate from Missouri State University, and completed her Masters Degree in Elementary Administration through William Woods University. She lives in Conway with her husband Donnie and three children Sophie, Claire, and Thomas.
“Mrs. Howe is a proven leader who cares deeply about students and their learning,” said Lebanon R-3 Assistant Superintendent Dr. Brad Armstrong. “She has the necessary knowledge and skills to be an outstanding principal, and we are fortunate to have her at Esther Elementary.”
Chris Cornell died Wednesday night in Detroit, said his representative, Brian Bumbery, in a statement that called the death “sudden and unexpected” and that said the singer’s family would be “working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause.”
Born in 1964 in Seattle and helped form Soundgarden 20 years later. Sub Pop, then a fledgling record label, released the group’s first single, “Hunted Down,” in 1987, as well as two subsequent EPs. The group’s debut album, “Ultramega OK,” came a year later.
“Badmotorfinger,” released in 1991, benefited from the swell of attention that was beginning to surround the Seattle scene, where Soundgarden, along with Nirvana and Pearl Jam, were playing a high-octane, high-angst brand of rock ’n’ roll. The singer pushed the edge with lyrics and gritty voice.
“If there’s one thing he taught us in his 37 years it’s that the world always needs more laughs.”
LEBANON, Missouri- In a Facebook post that is now widely being shared, Tim Cole shared words about his brother Nathan who passed following complications from a cancer battle.
“Crying is fine, remembering is better, Smiling is best. Don’t spend today crying, instead spend it making someone else smile by seeing your smile. Spend it being generous and kind. Spend it laughing at yourself, and with and at your friends, or total strangers. Be selfless today and every day after. Tell everyone in your life you love them every day. He never went a day without telling someone he loved them, and he loved everyone. If there’s one thing he taught us in his 37 years it’s that the world always needs more laughs. Spend today, and every day being like my brother. He loved you all. I love you all.”
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing’s going to get better. It’s not”.