JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KFVS) - Missouri Governor Mike Parson has declared a state of emergency in response to severe weather and continue flooding across Missouri.
Since Monday, the National Weather Service (NWS) has reported several flash floods in urban areas along rivers, creeks and streams. First responders have performed water rescues in Jasper and Newton counties and on Monday night, a severe storm flipped a camper in Hickory County and sent four people to the hospital.
“Missouri is experiencing a very dangerous severe storm system with multiple threats that must be taken seriously,” Governor Parson said. “The very heavy rainfall yesterday and today, combined with saturated soil and very high water levels on many rivers and streams have created dangerous conditions around the state. I urge all Missourians to closely follow their local weather forecasts, take storm warnings seriously, and quickly act to protect themselves and their families when necessary.”
There has been close monitoring of river levels on the Missouri and Mississippi rivers and their tributaries, which are expected to rise again through the weekend.
Gov. Parson also activated the Missouri State Emergency Operation Plan, which allows state agencies to coordinate with local agencies. As of Tuesday, the State Emergency Operation Center was activated to level 3, due to increased flooding and the threat of severe weather.
Gov. Parson also reminds Missourians to always be careful around floodwaters and understand the risk they pose.
- Standing water can carry infectious diseases and hide hazards, including road damage, glass, and sewage.
- Storm drains can create an extremely dangerous situation for anyone caught in the current.
- Avoid walking through floodwater and keep children from playing in it.
- Never attempt to drive over flooded roads.
On Monday, President Donald Trump approved Gov. Parson’s major disaster declaration to help in the recovery efforts.