JEFFERSON CITY, Mo (KTVI) – Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency for Missouri Friday afternoon after a heavy rainfall caused flash flooding throughout the state. Nixon activated the Missouri National Guard to assist the city of Clarksville and others along the Mississippi River to fight the flood and the rising river.
“We will work closely with local officials and volunteers to support and protect communities, and the men and women of the National Guard will play a vital role in this fight,” Nixon said.
Nixon activated the Missouri State Emergency Operations Plan that allows state agencies to work directly with local jurisdictions to provide emergency services. The State Emergency Operations Center has already been monitoring the storm system since last week when severe storms hit Missouri on April 10.