WHEREAS, the State of Missouri remains under a state of emergency due to the historic winter storm that began on January 31, 2011 and has created a condition of distress and hazard to the safety, welfare, and property of its citizens; and
WHEREAS, many counties across the state received record or near record snowfall and are dealing with snow clearance that is beyond their capabilities; and
WHEREAS, impassable residential and secondary roadways place residents at risk and impede emergency responders from timely reaching citizens in need of their services; and
WHEREAS, the state will continue to be proactive where the health and safety of the citizens of Missouri are concerned; and
WHEREAS, the Missouri Department of Transportation continues to address snow clearing activities on the roadways under their direct supervision; and
WHEREAS, the use of snow clearing assets of the Missouri Department of Transportation to assist local jurisdictions in dealing with this unprecedented event will help relieve the condition of distress and hazard being experienced by our fellow Missourians.
NOW THEREFORE, I, JEREMIAH W. (JAY) NIXON, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Missouri, and Chapter 44, RSMo, hereby order the Missouri Department of Transportation to assist local jurisdictions in counties that: 1) received record snowfall amounts as certified by the State Emergency Management Agency; and 2) continuing snow clearance efforts exceed their capabilities. This order should not be implemented in a manner that impedes the Missouri Department of Transportation's snow clearance efforts on roadways under their primary jurisdiction.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Missouri, in the City of Jefferson, on this 4th day of February, 2011.
[Jay Nixon's signature]
Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon
[Robin Carnahan's signature]
Secretary of State
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