Massive cleanup efforts are underway in North Central Missouri and in the Ozarks after back-to-back storm systems leave a path of destruction in their wake.
Two powerful storm systems, spawning heavy rains, hail, powerful winds and tornadoes, have cut a wide swath across Missouri in less than a week. The two systems have killed seven people and left more than 20 with injuries.
Susie Stonner is with the State Emergency Management Agency. She says there’s a 211 phone system to team up volunteers with those in need. It’s set up by the United Way in Kansas City and St. Louis. Those who need assistance with debris removal, food donations or other help can register by calling 211. Likewise, those wanting to help or donate goods can call. The United Way will pair up situations that work best for everyone.
Stonner says more storms could be on the way, and Missourians need to be proactive in being prepared for severe weather. She points out that standing water remains a threat, and if you’re driving and there’s water over the road, "turn around and don’t drown." Several swift water recoveries have been executed across the Midwest this spring; a couple was killed when swift waters carried their car downstream. The young woman was from Missouri, the man from Kansas.
About 10,000 people are still without power, most of them from last Friday’s powerful systems that tore through the Ozarks.
Friday, Governor Jay Nixon signed an Executive Order declaring a State of Emergency.
Hundreds of buildings sustained damage, many are a complete loss.