Missouri Gov. declares state of emergency amid severe flooding

Missouri Gov. declares state of emergency amid severe flooding
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Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R) declared a state of emergency Thursday in response to severe flooding.

Parson's declaration will free up state resources to assist local efforts to recover from the effects of floods that have been coming from the Missouri River.

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“The rising floodwaters are affecting more Missouri communities and farms, closing more roads and threatening levees, water treatment plants and other critical infrastructure,” Parson said in a statement.

“We will continue to work closely with our local partners to assess needs and provide resources to help as Missourians continue this flood fight and as we work to assist one another.”

Heavy rains in the last week triggered flooding across the Midwest by rapidly melting snow left by a massive late-winter storm.

The flooding has killed three people, damaged thousands of homes and busted about 20 levees in Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri.

Earlier Thursday, President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats' CNN town halls exposed an extreme agenda Buttigieg says he doubts Sanders can win general election Post-Mueller, Trump has a good story to tell for 2020 MORE approved federal disaster assistance for Nebraska.