Gov. Nixon declares state of emergency amid heavy flooding

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Governor Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency in response to the dangerous floods in Missouri.

The flooding has heavily impacted much of the eastern and southern parts of the state and has claimed at least eight lives.

The National Weather Service estimated three to six inches of rain fell on Missouri over the weekend, and up to four more inches of rain are expected through Monday. That means river levels will continue to rise.

The Governor’s office released a statement on Sunday.

“The State Emergency Operations Center has been actively monitoring the storm system, and Gov. Nixon has been receiving updates from his emergency management team to assess the current weather situation and address local needs. The team includes senior officials from the Missouri Department of Public Safety, Missouri National Guard, Missouri State Highway Patrol and the State Emergency Management Agency. The Missouri State Emergency Operations Plan also has been activated, allowing state agencies to coordinate directly with local jurisdictions to provide emergency services.”