Gov. Nixon updates state of emergency

1 year 3 weeks 1 day ago December 28, 2015 Dec 28, 2015 Monday, December 28 2015 Monday, December 28, 2015 3:02:00 PM CST in News
By: Alex Dostaler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer and Emma Balkenbush, KOMU 8 Reporter
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JEFFERSON CITY - In a news conference Monday afternoon Gov. Jay Nixon said ten people have died since flooding began.  He "fully expects" more people to lose their lives.

Nixon had declared a state of emergency on Sunday.  "We know this event is not over and we will be glad to see it through until the end," Nixon said.

"We work a lot of scenarios that are challenging, but I want to stress that the Mississippi is getting to highest it's ever been."

Gov. Nixon said currently there are 280 roads either closed or that will be closed due to flooding.

Nixon likened the flooding to snowstorms that shut down highways in 2011, and said had the weather been below freezing, even more roads would be closed.   Missouri State Highway Patrol Superintendent Col. J. Bret Johnson also spoke before Nixon took questions, suggesting people needed to avoid stepping into or driving into high water.

Nixon and Johnson assured that efforts to control damage and save lives were ongoing and strong.

"It's not a race to who gets it done first, it’s the first to get it done correctly," Nixon said.

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