State agencies responding to flood threat in Missouri
By Marshall Griffin, KWMU
Jefferson City, MO – State officials are working to provide resources to cities and towns across Missouri hit hard by flood waters.
More flooding is expected across portions of southern and mid-Missouri, as creeks and rivers are expected to rise over the next two days.
Lt. John Hotz with the State Highway Patrol says preparations are underway.
"They are sandbagging, particularly around levees that the water may be getting close to the top of them...they've also been sandbagging around some schools in various areas," Hotz said.
So far, over 240 state roads in Missouri have some level of water covering them.
"Any time you see water, it may not look like it's very deep, but if it's running across the roadway, it is strong enough that it could not only cause a person to be swept away, but it could cause a vehicle to be swept away as well," Hotz said.
Five people in Missouri have died so far either directly or indirectly as a result of the flooding.
The most recent fatality was 19-year-old Mark Spier. Authorities report that he apparently drowned while swimming in a flooded creek in Lawrence County.
The Department of Health and Senior Services is urging people to avoid contact with flood waters, and for those who have done so to get a tetanus shot.
State Health officials are also assessing the flooding's impact on hospitals, health clinics, and nursing homes.
Under 30 Missouri National Guard troops have been assigned to assist in flood-prone areas. Guard Captain Tammy Spicer says more may be deployed as needed.
Missouri residents who need assistance, or anyone who would like to volunteer in the response effort, can call 211 or 800-427-4626.
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