Governor Parson Activates Missouri National Guard to Assist in Flood Fighting as State Continues to Recover from Severe

Governor Mike Parson today activated the Missouri National Guard as the state continues to respond to damaging flooding, tornadoes, and severe storms and remains under the threat of additional flooding and severe storms this week. The Governor today signed an executive order to activate the Guard. Under Executive Order 19-09, Guard units will be deployed to support Chariton County, by sandbagging to reinforce a stressed levee near Brunswick. The Guard will also be staging and utilizing high-water vehicles to support flood response operations in Jefferson City. Governor Parson made the decision to activate the Guard after conferring with the state emergency management team, including officials from the Missouri Department of Public Safety, State Emergency Management Agency, and the Missouri National Guard Governor Parson also urged Missourians to continue to pay close attention to the weather this week and be prepared to take protective action, as additional severe storms are possible for parts of Missouri on Memorial Day, and there is an elevated risk of potentially damaging severe storms for much of the state on Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

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