WHEREAS, the severe storms and heavy rains that have occurred in the northern areas of Missouri on June 8, 2010, and June 12, 2010, have resulted in flooding and the closure of roadways; and
WHEREAS, the high stream flows from these storm events have resulted in significant scour damage to the bridge piers of the U.S. Route 24 Bridge over the Grand River on the border of Carroll and Chariton Counties; and
WHEREAS, as a result of the scour damage, the Missouri Department of Transportation has had to close the bridge to ensure the safety of the traveling public; and
WHEREAS, U.S. Route 24 is a vital east/west commerce and transportation link for the area; and
WHEREAS, such conditions constitute an emergency as is contemplated by the terms of Sections 125 and 120(e) of Title 23, U.S.C.
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, do hereby proclaim that an emergency exists concerning the damage and structural integrity of the U.S. Route 24 bridge over the Grand River, which is a vital commerce and transportation link for this region of the state.
FURTHER, I direct that this Emergency Declaration shall become effective immediately upon signature and shall continue in effect until the repairs to the U.S. Route 24 Bridge have been made and the bridge deemed safe for use by the traveling public.
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 2nd day of July, 2010.
[Jay Nixon's signature]
Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon
[Robin Carnahan's signature]
Secretary of State