Gov. Nixon issues order to expedite cleanup from tornadoes

April 25, 2011
Executive Order 11-07 will help protect public health and safety, assist St. Louis metro-area families in removing debris and rebuilding more quickly
Jefferson City, MO

Gov. Jay Nixon today took additional action to help Missourians cleaning up after last Friday's tornadoes that hit several parts of the St. Louis metropolitan area. The Governor issued Executive Order 11-07 to allow temporary waiving of appropriate statutes or administrative rules and regulations in order to serve the interests of public health and safety, especially concerning the removal of debris.

"While we are thankful there were no deaths or serious injuries from the tornadoes on Good Friday, they left hundreds of homes destroyed or badly damaged in their wake," Gov. Nixon said. "This order will help families remove debris and rebuild more quickly, and protect public health and safety. My administration will continue to work with local officials to provide the support and resources to help those impacted by the tornadoes to recover."

Executive Order 11-07 is similar to orders the Governor has issued following other natural disasters to expedite debris removal and protect public safety. Those previous orders include Executive Order 11-01, which the Governor issued on Jan. 4, 2011, to help with rebuilding efforts after tornadoes and storms hit several parts of Missouri on New Year's weekend. In certain circumstances, these orders can help local officials and residents expedite cleanup efforts after severe storms.

The order will terminate on May 23, unless extended by the Governor.

On Friday, April 22, Gov. Nixon declared a state of emergency, which activated the State Emergency Operations Center to aid local communities with resource requests. On Saturday, the Governor conducted aerial and ground assessments of communities in the St. Louis area that were hit directly by the violent weather.

"After severe storms and tornadoes, it is important to remove and dispose of debris and other hazards quickly and safely to protect public health and safety," said Missouri Department of Natural Resources Director Sara Parker Pauley. "Our department is ready to support Missourians throughout the process of clearing their land and rebuilding their homes."