Gov. Jay Nixon declares state of emergency in response to deadly flooding in south-central Missouri

1:46 PM, Aug 6, 2013   |    comments
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  • Photo by Tracy Clemons, KSDK
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  • Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon
  • Photo by Tracy Clemons, KSDK

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KSDK) - Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency Tuesday in wake of flash flooding in south-central Missouri that has left a 4-year-old boy dead and forced dozens of people out of their homes.

"Parts of southern Missouri have been hit with heavy rain for several days, causing deadly flash-flooding, and that threat is not over," Nixon said in a news release. "We have moved resources into the region to assist local authorities, but it is extremely important for the public in affected areas to pay close attention to weather conditions, have an evacuation plan and immediately move to higher ground if needed."

Nixon met with emergency response and elected officials from Pulaski County and Waynesville Tuesday morning, according to a news release.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has deployed additional marine operations troopers, a rescue helicopter and other assets to the region to assist emergency responders. These resources will remain in place until the threat has passed.

Nixon's executive order activates the Missouri State Emergency Operations Plan, which allows state agencies to coordinate directly with local jurisdictions to provide emergency services.

Fort Leonard Wood's east gate is closed due to high water from excessive rainfall and runoff. 


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