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Nixon tours flood-fighting, recovery efforts in Missouri counties

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Gov. Jay Nixon speaks to reporters in Clarksville Gov. Jay Nixon speaks to reporters in Clarksville
Gov. Jay Nixon in Winfield Gov. Jay Nixon in Winfield
(KMOV) -- Gov. Jay Nixon and members of the emergency management team visited Lincoln and Pike counties Saturday to meet with responders and view flood-fighting and recovery efforts.

The Mississippi River is above flood stage and continuing to rise. The Missouri State Emergency Agency (SEMA) has been directed to provide resources to Clarksville, located in Pike County. 

In Clarksville, in addition to coordinating the provision of pumps, generators, lighting equipment, sand and other flood-fighting supplies, the state will be sending offender labor from the Missouri Department of Corrections to assist in the effort. SEMA is also coordinating with emergency managers to send flood-response supplies to other areas, including Kimmswick and Silex.

On Thursday night, severe thunderstorms and strong straight line winds affected much of the state. Winds in excess of 80 miles an hour downed numerous trees. In Audrain County, six rail cars were toppled near the town of Laddonia. 

At the peak of outages early this morning, more than 160,000 Missouri utility customers were without power, with the largest number of outages in the Kansas City and Independence areas. The Kansas City region experienced downed power lines, tree damage and water over roadways as a result of severe thunderstorms that produced winds of 70 to 80 miles an hour.

On June 18, Gov. Nixon declared a state of emergency in Missouri as heavy rain, flooding and flash flooding continued to impact large portions of the state. 

The State Emergency Operations Center continues to assist local communities, and Gov. Nixon has been receiving updates from his emergency management team to assess the current weather situation and address local needs. The team includes senior officials from the Missouri Department of Public Safety, Missouri National Guard, Missouri State Highway Patrol and the State Emergency Management Agency. The Missouri State Emergency Operations Plan also has been activated, allowing state agencies to coordinate directly with local jurisdictions to provide emergency services.

Missourians who need disaster information, shelter information, and referrals are urged to call 211. The 211 service is now available throughout Missouri.
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