Ongoing storm systems and heavy rain over much of Missouri and the continuing need from local officials for state assistance today led Gov. Jay Nixon to extend the declaration of emergency he issued last month. Severe storm systems began moving through the state in mid-June and have continued to do so on a frequent basis.
The Governor's emergency declaration activating the Missouri State Emergency Operations Plan was issued on June 21, but was set to expire today. Activation of the plan allows state agencies to coordinate directly with local jurisdictions to provide emergency services.
"Many parts of Missouri, especially in the northern part of the state, have experienced one bout of storms after another," Gov. Nixon said. "Flooding, property damage and closed roads have been a problem in many counties. Extension of this emergency declaration will enable our state agencies to continue their response work with local emergency officials."
Today's executive order extends the emergency declaration until Aug. 19, 2010. The Governor has visited several areas where flooding has occurred to talk with local residents and emergency officials.
Citizens who need disaster information, shelter information and referrals are urged to call 2-1-1. The 2-1-1 service is now available in most areas of Missouri. In areas where the 2-1-1 service is not operational, citizens may call 800-427-4626. Updated information on flood levels also is available on the state's website, MO.gov.