Gov. Nixon Set to Visit Waynesville for Briefing

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WAYNESVILLE - Governor Jay Nixon will visit the Waynesville City Hall for a briefing about the devastating flash floods.  Tuesday, the governor declared the natural disaster a state of emergency.

The briefing was originally scheduled for Wednesday, August 7, but it was then pushed back to Thursday afternoon.  The event is scheduled to begin at 3:45 p.m.

The briefing will address the continuing response efforts to the flash flooding in addition to the possibility of more flooding to come with rain in the forecast over the next week.

KOMU 8 News emailed the governor's press secretary for a preview of the conference.

Scoot Holste said, "Obviously, natural disasters can rarely be predicted - but you can respond quickly to protect lives and property to lessen their impact, and that has been our consistent practice."

He also said Governor Nixon and his administration are well prepared to handle this situation.  Holste referred back to other Missouri disasters that have occurred over the past few years such as the Joplin Tornado, the blizzard and record flooding.  All of the disasters listed occurred in 2011.

KOMU 8 News will have continued coverage of the event as news comes later today.