Emergency and disaster management briefing for February 15, 2019: Heavy rainfall causes multiple issues across California including widespread flooding, mudslides, and road closures; a man was fatally shot at a naval base in Texas after charging security officers; the arsonist who pled guilty to setting the Cranston Fire in 2018 in California was sentenced on Thursday; a Delta flight was diverted to Reno, Nevada after five passengers were injured by severe turbulence; new regulations for High Hazard Flammable Trains take effect in August; WHO says nearly 1,000 children have died in the current measles outbreak in Madagascar; an alleged kidnapper is dead follow an hours long, multi-state police chase; and raw, unpasteurized milk from Pennsylvania likely exposed people in 19 states to the drug-resistant Brucella RB51 bacteria.
- Heavy rains from an atmospheric river pummeled California through Thursday, and caused multiple weather related issues including widespread flooding, mudslides, debris flows, downed trees, power outages, and road closures. A woman had to be rescued from her house and several homes were destroyed in Sausalito, California, after her home collapsed and slid down a hill. Mandatory evacuation orders were issued for residents near the Holy Fire and Camp Fire burn sites, including residents in Lake Elsinore, while multiple road closures--due to mudslides and flooding--created travel woes throughout the state.
- A man was fatally shot by security personnel after he crashed a stolen vehicle into a northern gate at a Texas naval base early Thursday. The man allegedly stole a Ford Edge at a nearby gas station, then drove it through a south gate at Naval Air Station-Corpus Christi, where he was pursued by security personal before he attempted to exit the base through a northern gate. The man crashed into a barrier, jumped from the vehicle when it caught fire, then charged at security forces, who shot and killed him.
- The man who set fire to multiple buildings and started the Cranston Fire in California in 2018, Brandon McGlover, 33 of Temecula, California, was sentenced to just over 12 years in state prison at court on Thursday. His motive for starting the wildfire remains unknown, however McGlover, who started a total of nine fires--the Cranston Fire being the largest--was also ordered to make restitution to victims. The Cranston Fire forced the evacuations of at least 7,000 people, including residents and campers of the Mt. San Jacinto State Park, and scorched over 13,000 acres before firefighters were able to fully contain the blaze.
- Five passengers were injured, including three who were transported to a local hospital, during severe turbulence on a Delta flight from California to Washington on Wednesday. Delta Flight 5763, operated by Compass Airlines, departed from John Wayne Aiport, Orange County, California with 59 passengers and 4 crew members onboard. The flight encountered severe turbulence that, according to passengers, sent the plane into a nose dive twice, tossed the beverage cart around--dumping its contents--and forced the plane to divert to Reno, Nevada, where it landed safely at around 1:30 p.m. local time.
- A series of high-profile rail accidents in recent years involving hazardous material spills, has led to the introduction of new rules for railroads regarding oil spill response plans. The new rules apply to High Hazard Flammable Trains, carrying 35 loaded petroleum oil tank cars, which will now require carriers to disclose details of shipments to states and tribal governments. The new regulations, which go into effect in August, will also require rail carriers to establish geographic response zones--staged with equipment and personnel--and to be prepared to rapidly respond to an accident.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday, that official records show that nearly 1,000 children in Madagascar have died from the measles since October--a number that is likely incomplete. The current number of measles cases stands at around 66,000, despite an emergency vaccination effort that has seen 2.2 million people of the nation's 26 million vaccinated. According to WHO, the current outbreak is likely due to a low national vaccination rate, which was only about 58 percent of the population in 2017.
- A suspect believed to have kidnapped a woman and a 10-year-old girl was shot and killed following an hours long, multi-state police chase. The pursuit of the suspect, who was identified as Leslie Austin, 39, began in Jefferson City, Missouri and ended in Greenville, Illinois hours later after police deployed stop sticks. The vehicle slowed considerably and allowed the alleged kidnap victims to escape the vehicle, and the adult female, who had suffered multiple gunshot wounds, was taken to a local hospital where she was listed in critical condition.
- Raw, unpasteurized milk from a biodiversity farm in Pennsylvania may have exposed people in multiple states to a drug-resistant bacteria. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), raw milk carrying the Brucella strain, RB51, likely from an infected milk-producing cow at Miller's Biodiversity Farm in Quarryville, was purchased by people in 19 states, including Alabama, Georgia, and Virginia, with at least one case of the bacterial infection diagnosed in New York in December. RB51 is resistant to first-line drugs and is difficult to diagnose due to limited testing options.
California was battered by heavy rain, strong winds and mountain snow on Thursday. Mudslides, water rescues & significant flooding were reported. The town of Lake Elsinore, in Southern California, was hit particularly hard: https://t.co/d5FQMgreUW pic.twitter.com/8kY1GyzIuJ
— AccuWeather (@breakingweather) February 15, 2019
A dramatic series of events came to a fiery end at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi Thursday. https://t.co/lwxZDpNF5C
— KRIS 6 News (@KRIS6News) February 15, 2019
— NBC Palm Springs (@NBCPalmSprings) February 14, 2019
EXTREME TURBULENCE: Multiple passengers were injured on a Delta flight from California that had severe turbulence. The plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Reno. https://t.co/as97QwGa2h pic.twitter.com/9U7I2Yyo1R
— FOX 5 DC (@fox5dc) February 14, 2019
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) February 15, 2019
"The Indian Ocean island is among Africa’s poorest countries, and in 2017 only 58 percent of the population had been vaccinated against #measles. The lack of a big outbreak since 2003 also means many have had no chance to develop immunity." via @Reuters https://t.co/XbTnWzlFba
— Direct Relief (@DirectRelief) February 14, 2019
— US Breaking News (@breakingnewsma) February 15, 2019