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Missouri Flood Event 2015


Eureka, MO

$1.79M

USEPA Region 7

For each task order, the short-term approach involved immediate mobilization of crew and equipment to begin curbside collection of residential debris and household hazardous waste, as well as recovery of orphan containers from flood impacted counties. A staging area was established by creating separate containments constructed of absorbent boom and polyethylene sheeting for each anticipated waste stream. ER was integrated into the Unified Command and began attending daily briefings with various government agencies including USEPA, FEMA, Missouri National Guard, as well as local stakeholders. During the short-term phase ER identified and solicited bids for T&D of the residential debris to CERCLA approved landfills located within the four impacted counties. T&D and recycling was also arranged for HHW waste streams being collected. ER and EPA conducted damage assessments via road, water, and aerial flyovers to establish priorities and identify target areas.

High priority areas with denser populations were addressed first to remove debris and HHW from the right of way. For the long-term solution, a grid system was established with crews systematically sweeping grids and reporting progress daily to EPA’s GIS analysts. In addition to regular sweeps, coordination began with AmeriCorps so crews could shadow volunteer groups cleaning out flooded properties to expedite debris and HHW collection. Hazard categorization of unknown containers was conducted and waste consolidation/bulking was performed with compatible waste streams as a volume reduction technique.

ERs Site management team concurrently managed two TOs enabling efficient resource allocation ensuring maximum utilization of resources between the TOs. Additionally, ER’s corporate office was located within the flood impacted areas allowing expedited resource availability and flexibility to fluctuate with project demands. This job was completed in March of 2016.