Emergency and disaster management briefing for March 20, 2017: The EPA awards $100 million to Flint, Michigan to improve water infrastructure, a wildfire burning near Boulder, Colorado forces hundreds of evacuations, authorities in East Baltimore, Maryland are searching for Public Enemy #1, another law enforcement officer was shot and killed in the line of duty in East Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Madagascar is seeking international assistance following a devastating impact from Cyclone Enawo, an officer involved shooting in Cape Canaveral leaves one suspect dead, a small town in Brazil on high alert after yellow fever kills one, and authorities are still searching for a missing Tennessee teen suspected of being abducted by her former teacher.
- On Friday, Flint, Michigan was awarded $100 million by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to upgrade its drinking water system. The city switched water systems in April of 2014 from Detroit to the Flint River in an attempt to save money, but never installed a corrosion control system. The water became contaminated with lead and other toxins, leading to an emergency declaration by then President Obama, and the distribution of bottled water for months.
- A wildfire that broke out Sunday morning in Sunshine Valley in Colorado has caused the evacuation of more than 400 homes as it rages southeast toward the City of Boulder. At least another 800 homes have been warned they may need to evacuate as nearly 250 fire fighters work to contain the blaze. Persistently warm and dry conditions, along with gusty winds and low humidity are help fueling the fire, and a red flag warning has been issued.
- In Maryland, a firebombed house in East Baltimore killed two teens and injured six others early Saturday morning and police believe they have identified the suspect. Officials have launched a massive manhunt for Antonio Wright, 26, the individual they believe was responsible for throwing two Molotov cocktails into the home, and have named him Public Enemy #1. Wright has not yet been arrested.
- Another law enforcement officer has been shot and killed in the line of duty. The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office is mourning the loss of Sgt. Shawn Anderson who was shot and killed during a rape investigation late Saturday night. According to reports, Anderson and another officer were conducting an investigation into a rape allegation inside a Classic Cuts salon in East Baton Rouge, Louisiana when Anderson was shot after struggling with someone. An unnamed suspect was also injured during the incident. Anderson was a U.S. Army veteran who received several awards during his tenure with the Sheriff's Department.
- Madagascar is seeking support from the international community after declaring a national disaster from Cyclone Enawo , which hit the island last week and was the most powerful cyclone to impact the nation since 2012. At least 78 people have died, another 250 are injured, and 18 individuals are still missing. Officials report that over 390,000 individuals were affected by the cyclone, causing more than 240,000 people to now be homeless with many of them are in urgent need of food, water, and shelter.
- In Brevard County, Florida, a man was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy after a call was made to 911 about an attempted robbery. Deputies spotted the alleged suspect around 8:00 p.m. just a short distance from the attempted robbery location. The suspect allegedly had a firearm and confronted the deputies and one deputy fired at the individual because he believed his life was in danger.
- The small city of Casimiro De Abreu, Brazil in the state of Rio de Janeiro is extremely concerned after the death of an individual, Watila Santos, 38, confirmed to have died from yellow fever on March 11. Officials are investigating several other suspected cases of yellow fever, including four relatives of the victim who are 9 and 13-years-old. Authorities have set up tents in two locations within the area of concern to vaccinate residents against the disease, and at least 30,000 of the city's approximate 42,000 people have already received the vaccine.
- Authorities have gone at least six days without a credible tip regarding the abduction of Tennessee teen, Elizabeth Thomas, a 16 year-old-student at Culleoka Unit School. Thomas was last seen in Columbia, Tennessee, a town about 45 miles south of Nashville, by a friend who dropped her off at a restaurant there on Monday, March 13. Police believe she was taken by a former teacher from her school, Ted Cummins, 50, who took out a $4,500 loan the day before the abduction occurred. Cummins, the suspected kidnapper, has been placed on the Tennessee's most wanted list and is believed to have two handguns in his possession.
— G.Alexander(BRKNEWS) (@MajorNews911) March 19, 2017
Sheriff Ivey Releases Information on Deputy Involved Shooting https://t.co/uDdxUEMvrg
— Brevard Online (@BrevardOnline) March 20, 2017
— ISGlobal (@ISGLOBALorg) March 20, 2017
Let's not forget the still missing Elizabeth Thomas. If you see her or her armed kidnapper, call 1-800-TBI-FIND. pic.twitter.com/yULPa0USST
— 1075 The River (@1075theriver) March 20, 2017