Nixon declares emergency following flash flooding

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency after heavy rain caused flash flooding in the south-central part of the state.

Nixon made the declaration Tuesday. He spoke with emergency responders in Pulaski County and Waynesville assuring assistance for the region.

A child was killed and several homes and businesses damaged after several inches of rain Monday night and Tuesday morning caused flooding in Waynesville. The Missouri State Highway Patrol deployed extra troopers, a rescue helicopter and other assets to help emergency responders.

Nixon’s executive order also activates the Missouri State Emergency Operations Plan, allowing state agencies to coordinate directly with local jurisdictions on emergency services.

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