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EDM Wednesday Briefing: 16 Dead in Military Plane Crash, Deadly Measles Outbreak


Emergency and disaster management briefing for July 12, 2017: Emergency management officials confirm 16 deaths in C-130 military crash, a severe weather system across the north spawns damaging tornadoes, heavy rains cause flooding and prompt flash flood warnings for Chicago residents, the search for four missing men in Buck County, Pennsylvania enters day four, the California wildfire burning near Oroville destroys at least 41 homes and 55 other buildings, climate change may have contributed to the 1 trillion ton iceberg that broke off Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf on Wednesday, WHO confirms 35 deaths in measles outbreak in Europe, tainted heroin may be the cause of an uptick in overdoses in Chicago over the weekend.

  1. A military plane crash on Monday in LeFlore County, Mississippi has resulted in the deaths of 16 servicemen who were onboard and traveling to pre-deployment training at the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Arizona. Most of the bodies of the deceased service members who were on board the C-130 aircraft when it crashed, have been recovered. The debris field is scattered across an approximate 5 mile radius and an investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing. 
  2. A weather system that produced severe thunderstorms and spawned several damaging tornadoes in the northern United States continued through Tuesday night and into Wednesday across Minnesota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. One tornado occurred near Cedar Rapids, Iowa, while another multi-vortex tornado touched down near Mayville, North Dakota, causing power outages, uprooted and snapped off trees. In Cedar Rapids, the tornado damaged and destroyed homes, barns, and sheds and uprooted trees before receding back into the cloud.
  3. The severe weather system has also impacted Chicago area residents where heavy rainfall caused widespread power outages, inundated neighborhoods, and snarled morning commutes in its northern suburbs on Wednesday. Rainfall amounts of up to 5 inches, along with the threat of continued rain, prompted flash flood warnings and caused flooding on roadways and rail lines, with standing water levels reaching 10 inches in some areas. The high water also caused the Des Plaines River to rise to near flood level and flooded homes in Mundelein, requiring some homeowners to be rescued by rafts.
  4. Foul play is suspected in the disappearances of four men in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The first one to go missing, Jimi Tar Patrick, a 19-year-old from Newtown, was last seen on July 5. Seen for the last time on July 7, the three other missing men are Mark R. Sturgis, 22, of Pennsburg, Thomas C. Meo, 21, of Plumstead, and Dean A. Finocchiaro, 18, of Middletown. The fourth day of searching a farm in Solebury Township for the missing men began on Wednesday, and the prosecutor has named the son of the property owners, Cosmo DiNardo, as a person of interest in the men's disappearances. 
  5. Fire fighters have gained ground against the Wall Fire, burning near Oroville, California, allowing some evacuated residents to return home on Tuesday. Initial damage assessments by authorities found that the wildfire destroyed 57 buildings and at least 41 homes near Oroville, and fire containment was at 55 percent. Four fire fighters were injured in the blaze that has consumed more than 9 square miles and at least 5,400 structures are still threatened by the wildfire. 
  6.  On Wednesday, scientists confirmed that a 2,240 square mile section of the Larsen C ice shelf, its volume estimated to be twice that of Lake Erie, has broken off of Antarctica. The break occurred over the last several days through a process known as calving, and scientists believe the new iceberg weighs about 1 trillion tons. Scientists have been investigating the Larsen C rift to determine if it has been affected by a warming global climate. The iceberg is one of the largest ever recorded, and scientists have said it is too early to determine if climate change played a part in the break.
  7. The World Health Organization has confirmed that a measles outbreak in Europe has killed 35 people over the last year, with deaths recorded in Portugal, Germany, and most recently, Italy. At least 3,300 measles cases have been documented in Italy including 2 deaths, with 31 recorded deaths in Romania. According to reports, a lack of trust in vaccines has led to fewer parents vaccinating their children which has led to an uptick in the common illness.
  8. Police fear that tainted heroin samples offered for free to individuals may be tied to at least eight overdoses in Chicago over the weekend that resulted in victims being hospitalized. The unusual number of reported overdoses is what flagged area police to the problem, although no deaths have occurred due to the adulterated heroin. An investigation into the overdoses is being conducted by the Chicago police in conjunction with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Kimberly Arsenault Kimberly Arsenault serves as an intern at the Cleveland/Bradley County Emergency Management Agency where she works on plan revisions and special projects. Previously, Kimberly spent 15 years in commercial and business aviation. Her positions included station manager at the former Midwest Express Airlines, as well as corporate flight attendant, inflight manager, and charter flight coordinator. Kimberly currently holds a master's degree in emergency and disaster management from American Public University.