WHEREAS, I have been advised by the Director of the State Emergency Management Agency that severe storms have caused flooding in Southwest Missouri along the I-44 corridor; and
WHEREAS, the National Weather Service documented the storm system was the result of the remnants of Tropical Storm Erin; and
WHEREAS, this flooding caused one death and numerous water rescues in the impacted counties; and
WHEREAS, this flooding has damaged public roads, bridges, and schools, as well as private property of residents and businesses; and
WHEREAS, the severe storms began August 19, 2007, and the effects continue to cause damage; and
WHEREAS, the protection and safety of the citizens of Missouri require an invocation of the provision of Sections 44.100 and 44.110, RSMo.
NOW, THEREFORE, I MATT BLUNT, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and Laws of the State of Missouri, including Sections 44.100 and 44.110, RSMo, do hereby declare that a State of Emergency exists in the State of Missouri. I do hereby direct that the Missouri State Emergency Operations Plan be activated.
I further authorize the use of state agencies to provide support to the affected areas, as needed.
This order shall terminate on September 20, 2007, unless extended in whole or in part.
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 24th day of August, 2007.
[Matt Blunt's signature]
[Robin Carnahan's signature]
Secretary of State