WHEREAS, I have been advised by the Director of the State Emergency Management Agency that severe storms have caused statewide flooding along the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers and their tributaries; and
WHEREAS, the National Weather Service is predicting major prolonged flooding across the state; and
WHEREAS, this flooding has also created the need for unplanned water releases from dams and reservoirs into the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers and tributaries; and
WHEREAS,the severe storms began May 5, 2007, and are continuing; and
WHEREAS, in order to protect the citizens of Missouri, I am invoking the provisions 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 June 7, 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 7th day of May, 2007.
[Matt Blunt's signature]
[Robin Carnahan's signature]
Secretary of State