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Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon is seeking a federal emergency declaration for the state because of flooding along the Missouri River system. The National Guard is working to hold back the swollen river. This is aerial footage over the St. Joseph, Mo. area.
Nixon seeks federal emergency declaration due to flooding
Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon is seeking a federal emergency declaration for the state because of flooding along the Missouri River system and flash floods in the northeast.
The governor made the request yesterday in a letter to President Barack Obama. Nixon notes that the Missouri has already caused extensive flooding and is expected to threaten 25 counties in all, from the far northwest to St. Louis. He says flash floods have also affected Clark and Lewis counties in the northeastern part of the state.
MoDOT project manager Greg Horn said workers are still out on the piers six days a week, 20 hours a day. But the flooding - the river is about five feet above flood stage - means crews can only work at about 60 percent efficiency.
The federal Environmental Protection Association says it found no evidence of serious contamination in Mississippi River water released by the May 2 breech of the Birds Point levee in southeast Missouri.
The Army Corps of Engineers blew up the levee to relieve the flooding risk to Cairo, Ill. In doing so, it covered 130,000 acres of Missouri farmland with several feet of water.
The Missouri Department of Transportation now says they will have to close the two right lanes of eastbound Interstate 70 at Shreve during Monday morning rush hour to repair a collapsed sewer line. That will leave one lane open between Shreve and West Florissant. MoDOT officials are strongly urging people to avoid the area.