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Gov. Nixon declares state of emergency due to heavy rain, flooding

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) - Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency in Missouri on Thursday afternoon after continued heavy rain, flooding and flash-flooding continue to effect portions of Missouri.

In a press release. Gov. Nixon mentioned the flooding of many rivers and streams and the flash-flood drowning death of John Lyons in Sullivan, Missouri on Tuesday night.

“As significant flooding continues to impact large portions of the state, I have directed state emergency management personnel and the Missouri State Highway Patrol to take action to assist local communities and protect the public,” Gov. Nixon said in the release. “With more heavy rain in the forecast, we will continue to remain in direct contact with law enforcement and local officials as we work to protect lives and property.”

Rivers and other bodies of water in the St. Louis area are expected to hit flood stage, including the Mississippi, Meramec, Bourbeuse, Cuivre Rivers and Dardenne Creek.

A team developed by the State Emergency Operations Center has been monitoring the storm system, officials said, and the Missouri State Emergency Operations Plan has been activated to coordinate  emergency services between state agencies and local jurisdictions.

The Governor issued a list of safety tips for residents and motorists to stay safe, including:

  • Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.
  • Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle can be quickly swept away. Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control and possible stalling.
  • A foot of water will float many vehicles. Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles, including sport utility vehicles and pick-ups. Even if the water appears shallow enough to cross, don't try it. Water hides dips in the road. Worse yet, there may be no road at all under the water. Flooding can scour away the entire road surface and a significant amount of ground beneath.

Disaster and shelter information is available by dialing the 211 service, which is now available throughout Missouri.
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