Thirteen people have died as a result of floods

11 months 6 days 15 hours ago December 29, 2015 Dec 29, 2015 Tuesday, December 29 2015 Tuesday, December 29, 2015 3:44:00 PM CST in News
By: Katie Hynes, KOMU 8 Reporter

ST. LOUIS - Governor Jay Nixon said the death toll of the flooding rose to thirteen on Tuesday. 

Nixon said Missouri is in a historic and dangerous flooding event that is predicted to be worse than the flood of 1993. The Missouri National Guard was activated Tuesday morning to help local communities and keep people safe. The National Guard will also help direct traffic around road closures. 

"The threat has changed," Nixon said. "But is by no means over."

The National Weather Service is forecasting there will be no more rain in the near future. Jim Kamper, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service, said there is a lot of rain that needs to leave the state. 

"Countless roads will stay underwater for several days," Kamper said. "You cannot drive on the roads." 

Nixon asked people not to drive through water. 

"We've had twelve preventable deaths already," Nixon said. "Twelve out of the thirteen people drove through water."

 

 

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