The governor has declared a State of Emergency
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri- Governor Eric Greitens took to social media to thank emergency workers responding to current and life flooding affecting Missouri:
“Thank you to our first responders for their courageous and capable work to keep Missouri families safe and to protect property. Together, we took early action to prepare for this storm, and our pre-staged rescue teams are now executing operations across Missouri. So far, there have been 93 evacuations and 33 rescues. Please stay safe and stay away from rising water.”
Yesterday the governor said two-thirds of Missouri is under a Flash Flood Watch starting at 7:00 PM. The National Weather Service expects that many of us will get 3-5 inches of rain between tonight and Sunday night. In parts of southern and eastern Missouri, it could be eight or more inches.
Dangerous flash flooding is very likely. Earlier this week, I directed Missouri’s public safety team to prepare a response plan. We have resources in place to protect life and property.
“Right now, professionals from the State Emergency Management Agency, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Missouri National Guard, Missouri’s Task Force 1, and swift water rescue teams from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, are deploying resources on land, on water and in the sky to protect you and your family. They’ll be working throughout the weekend, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with your local first responders to ensure a coordinated, rapid response to any danger, ” Greitens said.
“Our outstanding emergency operations team will be working through the night. Their top priority is your safety. We will continue to provide updates.”