Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Friday declared a state of emergency in response to flooding and activated the Missouri National Guard.
Heavy rainfall led to flash flooding in many parts of the state and to rapidly rising rivers levels on the Mississippi and Missouri rivers.
Nixon said the National Guard and citizen-soldiers are being deployed to assist the city of Clarksville and other communities along the Mississippi River.
Nixon said his staff will work closely with local officials and volunteers to support and protect communities, and the National Guard will play a vital role in this fight.
The State Emergency Operations Center has been actively monitoring the storm system since its activation last week to respond to the severe storms and tornadoes that impacted Missouri on April 10.
Nixon also activated the Missouri State Emergency Operations Plan, which allows state agencies to coordinate directly with local jurisdictions to provide emergency services.