Missouri governor activates National Guard after storms

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 | 5:07 p.m. CST; updated 5:15 p.m. CST, Wednesday, February 29, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Jay Nixon has activated the National Guard to assist with coordination and recovery in storm-damaged southern Missouri.

National Guard officials said Wednesday about 50 members will also help provide additional security in the Branson area, where high winds damaged numerous buildings.

Nixon issued a disaster declaration Wednesday and said state agencies are working with local officials to coordinate recovery operations and meet the needs of residents affected by the storms.

A violent weather system moved into Missouri late Tuesday and blasted its way across the southern tier into early Wednesday. Three deaths, dozens of injuries and widespread damage were reported from the southwest to the Bootheel.


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