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
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.