Gov. Nixon declares state of emergency due to flooding
JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency Thursday due to the heavy rain, flooding and flash flooding impacting much of Missouri.
The governor's press release says multiple rivers and streams, including the Mississippi River, the Meramec River, the Bourbeuse River, the Cuivre River and Dardenne Creek, are expected to hit major flood stage.
One drowning has been reported in connection with the flooding.
Thousands of acres of agricultural land near the Mississippi and Missouri rivers have been among the most impacted areas, and heavy rains are expected to continue throughout the next few days.
"With more heavy rain in the forecast, we will continue to remain in direct contact with law enforcement and local officials as we work to protect lives and property," Nixon said in the press release.
Nixon encourages residents to remain informed about their local weather warnings and offered these tips in the press release:
- Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.
- Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle can be quickly swept away. Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing a loss of control and possible stalling.
- A foot of water will float many vehicles. Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles, including sport utility vehicles and pick-ups. Even if the water appears shallow enough to cross, don't try it. Water hides dips in the road. Worse yet, there may be no road at all under the water. Flooding can scour away the entire road surface and a significant amount of ground beneath.
Any residents who need disaster information, shelter information or referrals are encouraged to call 211.