Missouri Department of Public Safety News Release

JERRY LEE, DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC SAFETY

News Release ID: N01140005

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JEFFERSON CITY

July 04, 2014

State of Missouri increasing response to rising Mississippi River flooding

Clarksville sandbagging effort to increase with arrival of 50 Department of Corrections offenders Saturday

At the direction of Gov. Jay Nixon, the Department of Public Safety is coordinating the state's ongoing response to Mississippi River flooding, which is expected to crest in the city of Clarksville next week. As part of the response effort, approximately 50 Missouri Department of Corrections offenders will arrive in Clarksville on Saturday morning, July 5, to assist with sandbagging efforts in the historic downtown area. They will be joining the ongoing efforts of members of the Missouri Governor's Faith-Based and Community Service Partnership for Disaster Recovery, which have been conducting sandbagging operations in the Mississippi River community this week. AmeriCorps St. Louis has been playing a key role in the response effort.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is also supplying additional law enforcement patrol and other assistance in the affected area.

The state has also been working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which has supplied sandbags and additional resources to assist in the response effort.



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For more information, call (573) 751-4819 or e-mail mike.oconnell@dps.mo.gov