Governor Jay Nixon has deployed 50 military policemen with the Missouri National Guard to work with local authorities in flood response in southern Missouri.
Governor Nixon has spoken to elected officials in Laclede, Miller, Phelps and Pulaski Counties and yesterday declared a state of emergency after heavy rains caused flash flooding and at least one confirmed death in the Waynesville area. That action activated the state Emergency Operations Plan, allowing coordination between state agencies and local jurisdictions.
The Governor has directed the Highway Patrol to keep additional marine operations troopers, a rescue helicopter and associated assets in place until the threat has passed.
Nixon had earlier cancelled a planned roundtable in Waynesville with emergency management officials in light of the continued flood response.
The State Emergency Management Agency is monitoring conditions.
The forecast for the region includes more rain chances through as late as Tuesday.