Missouri Gov. Nixon declares flood emergency, activates National Guard

Friday, April 19, 2013 | 6:23 p.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS — Gov. Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency and activated the Missouri National Guard to aid flood-fighting efforts.

Nixon issued his emergency declaration Friday after strong storms earlier this week led to flooding.

The National Guard said about 50 soldiers and airmen are being sent to the Clarksville area to help local sandbagging efforts and build a retaining wall. Clarksville is located along the Mississippi River between St. Louis and Hannibal.

Nixon also activated the Missouri State Emergency Operations Plan, which allows state agencies to better coordinate with local jurisdictions for emergency services.

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