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Gov. Nixon Declares State of Emergency Due to Deadly Flooding

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Tuesday morning, Nixon says he spoke with emergency response and elected officials from Pulaski County and Waynesville to tell them the state of Missouri would continue to provide any assistance needed.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency after heavy rain led to flash flooding and at least one death in the Ozarks.

Tuesday morning, Nixon says he spoke with emergency response and elected officials from Pulaski County and Waynesville to tell them the state of Missouri would continue to provide any assistance needed. 

"We have moved resources into the region to assist local authorities, but it is extremely important for the public in affected areas to pay close attention to weather conditions, have an evacuation plan and immediately move to higher ground if needed." 

Nixon says the Missouri State Highway Patrol has deployed additional marine operations troopers, a rescue helicopter and associated assets to the region to assist local emergency responders. At the Governor's direction, those resources will remain in place until the threat has passed.  The State Emergency Management Agency is actively monitoring conditions and will continue to work with local response agencies to provide additional support as needed.

The Governor's executive order also activates the Missouri State Emergency Operations Plan, which allows state agencies to coordinate directly with local jurisdictions to provide emergency services. 

Residents of flood-affected areas of southern Missouri are urged to pay close attention to weather warnings and follow the safety instructions of local officials as the potential for additional dangerous flooding continues. 

Gov. Nixon also plans to host a roundtable discussion Wednesday, Aug.7, at Waynesville City Hall on continuing emergency response efforts and the potential for additional flooding in Missouri this week.

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