Lake of the Ozarks Council of Local Governments
CDBG Disaster Planning Element III Projects 2018
The City of Lebanon identified a specific need to develop an evacuation plan in the event of a natural or man-made disaster.
The City of Lebanon has an active railroad system that runs through the middle of the downtown area. There was an incident several years ago where a person committed suicide on the railroad tracks, and it completely shut down the city as well as cut the city in half. This demonstrated at that time that there was limited access to medical facilities on one side of the tracks and a very long distance of travel on the other side of the tracks. The City identified this as a serious issue because if there was a railroad accident or incident involving any kind of hazardous materials, they needed to have a plan in place to safely evacuate the residents of the community.
The City of Lebanon also has a major interstate off, I-44 which is a major truck route with an exit to Hwy 5 that also runs through the downtown area. During the flooding in 2017 I-44 was shut down, and all traffic was being diverted through the City of Lebanon up to Hwy 5 through the Lake Ozark region. The traffic congestion because of this detour put a stain on the local community. It also posed a threat in the event of an accident. With both the railroad and the major roadway, the city needed to have a plan to safely evacuate the residents.
With the help of CJW, a traffic engineering firm a detailed evacuation plan has been developed that gives the city a clear communication on how to best evacuate the residents in the event of a natural or man-made disaster.
Village of St. Elizabeth Utilities Mapping Project
The Village of St. Elizabeth asked us to create a digital, online map of their existing water and wastewater systems. The online map was transcribed from the paper copies of the maps that were provided to the Village from the engineering firm who installed the systems. The old hard-copies of the maps were created with CAD software, which drew the utility lines, roads, houses, and other points of interest in black and white; one of the main desires of the current Public Works Director was to have a map layered over a satellite image to expedite the orientation process in the field. They will now be able to view an online map of both water and wastewater systems with his phone or a laptop. Utilizing Arc Online, he will be able to 'tap' on several categories of utility objects to view of host of information about them. To ensure the greatest accuracy possible, we recorded the GPS locations of all of the various points of interest, in-person. The types of categories are: water pipes, water meters, shut off valves, sewer pipes, control panels & grinder pumps, air vacuum release valves, and parcels of land. Information stored in each of these points includes pipe size, address, serial numbers, manufacturers, clean-out date, maintenance dates, and other notes. Clicking on a parcel will allow the Public Works Director to view assessor information such as owner name, address, parcel number, acreage, etc.
In order to maintain the data and update the stored information in the online maps, we have provided the Village with a form they can fill out and send to us on a quarterly. We will then go in and add the updated information.
to the digital maps, the Village requested hard copy maps for reference. We
created two folders, one for the sewer system and one for the water system, each
containing maps of all of the different sections of satellite images of the Village,
complete with the respective systems' points of interest as referenced above. The
index of these section-maps is an overview map of the Village with the
corresponding sections of streets outlined by different-colored rectangles with
their identifying name and page number (e.g. "Oak Ridge Road, Pg. 1").
The information stored in the points of interest in the hard-copy maps is not view-able; however, their locations are visible over a satellite image. We have
also created large, poster copies of each of the systems for the Village to
hang up. They consist of a satellite overview of the entire Village with all of
the points of interest shown.
The Village felt the need to upgrade to a more modern form of mapping would help the community respond to an emergency where flooding has recently occurred and being able to access the data available while in the field will help the Village staff make immediate decisions on how to best correct the problem based upon the location and information available.
The City of Versailles identified resilience planning as a need to help elected officials and citizens within the city understand how to plan and develop a more resilient community. Severe storms and flooding have had a direct impact on our small rural communities. The Resiliency Plan will help identify key areas to consider when planning for future development opportunities. Resiliency planning will help our small communities recover more quickly from a disaster because they have identified areas such as continuity of operations for their local government operations.
The City of Laurie identified resilience planning as a need to help elected officials and citizens within the city understand how to plan and develop a more resilient community. Severe storms and flooding have had a direct impact on our small rural communities. The Resiliency Plan will help identify key areas to consider when planning for future development opportunities. Resiliency planning will help our small communities recover more quickly from a disaster because they have identified areas such as continuity of operations for their local government operations.