St. Louis Public Radio News
9:13 am
Mon June 16, 2008

Kinder asks Bush to expedite disaster declaration

SAINT LOUIS,MO – Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder is asking President Bush to expedite a disaster declaration to help Missouri deal with record flooding along the Mississippi River.

With Governor Blunt out of the state, Kinder has deployed 15 more National Guard members to help manage relief efforts in West Quincy, MO. In a statement, Kinder asks Bush for swift action as we move more National Guard members into areas where flooding looks inevitable.

In tiny Alexandria in far northeast Missouri, all residents have been told to get out by Monday.

Officials say the predicted crest of just under 29 feet there will be a foot higher than 1993 levels and probably too much for the levee to withstand.