President declares federal state of emergency for Missouri floodingJuly 1, 2011
JEFFERSON, Mo. – President Barack Obama has issued a federal emergency declaration for the state of Missouri in response to ongoing damaged being caused by rising floodwaters along the Missouri River.
The declaration comes at the request of Gov. Jay Nixon, who said federal intervention will be critical as the state continues to deal with massive flooding, which has already toppled numerous levees in the northwestern corner of the state causing significant damage to homes, businesses and farmland.
“We are in for a long fight this summer against destructive flooding, and every necessary and available resource will be used,” Nixon said while praising the president’s action.
The declaration allows federal agencies to provide emergency services, including setting up long-term shelters, appropriating supplies and assisting in pumping and sandbagging efforts.
Several communities in Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Holt and Platte counties already have been evacuated, or are in the process of evacuation, because of flooding. Missouri River flooding has closed sections of Interstate 29 and U.S. highways 136 and 159 in the area as well.
The counties along the Missouri River that are already affected or will be affected by the flooding are Andrew, Atchison, Boone, Buchanan, Callaway, Carroll, Chariton, Clay, Cole, Cooper, Franklin, Gasconade, Holt, Howard, Jackson, Lafayette, Moniteau, Montgomery, Osage, Platte, Ray, Saline, St. Charles, St. Louis and Warren, as well as the City of St. Louis. Clark and Lewis counties have been impacted by the flashfloods in northeast Missouri.
The President’s emergency declaration covers all of those counties and the City of St. Louis.
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