ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has called in the National Guard to assist with flood-fighting efforts.
Nixon says guard members will be used to assist first responders in providing security in evacuated areas, and to help direct traffic away from road closures. Roads are closed in nearly 500 locations across the state.
A release from the Governor's office states:
Guard responsibilities will include directing traffic away from road closures and providing security around breached levees and evacuated areas. Flooding has already led to the evacuation of West Alton and caused hundreds of road closures across Missouri, including in St. Louis and all lanes of I-44 at Jerome near Rolla.
The Governor reiterated his call for motorists to never drive around barricades or into standing water on roadways. There have been a total of 13 flood-related deaths in Missouri, 12 of which were caused by vehicles being swept from flooded roadways.
As part of the state’s ongoing emergency response efforts, Gov. Nixon and members of his state emergency management team today met with local officials in Perry County and will meet later with experts at the National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office in St. Charles County to prepare for record high river levels.