MO Gov. activates National Guard - KAIT-Jonesboro, AR-News, weather, sports

  • Breaking NewsMore>>

  • River Stages

    River Stages

    JONESBORO, Ar (KAIT) - Here are the latest Arkansas, Missouri, and Tennesssee river stages. ARKANSAS http://www.nws.noaa.gov/oh/hic/current/river_flooding/AR.shtml MISSOURI http://www.nws.noaa.go

MO Gov. activates National Guard

Posted: Updated:
2nd Street in Poplar Bluff 2nd Street in Poplar Bluff
2nd Street in Poplar Bluff 2nd Street in Poplar Bluff
2nd Street in Poplar Bluff 2nd Street in Poplar Bluff
2nd Street in Poplar Bluff 2nd Street in Poplar Bluff
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Body found in I-55 Ark. ditch

    Body found in I-55 Ark. ditch

    Thursday, July 31 2014 6:15 PM EDT2014-07-31 22:15:02 GMT
    (WMC) – Arkansas State Police are on the scene of a report of a body found near the Interstate 55 exit to Jericho, Arkansas, which is about 17 miles from Memphis. Reports are a body may have been found
    A body was found Thursday near the Interstate 55 exit to Jericho, Arkansas, which is about 17 miles from Memphis.
  • Man arrested for lighting woman on fire

    Man arrested for lighting woman on fire

    Thursday, July 31 2014 3:56 PM EDT2014-07-31 19:56:54 GMT
    A Stone County man is in jail accused of pouring gasoline on a woman and then lighting her on fire.
    A Stone County man is in jail accused of pouring gasoline on a woman and then lighting her on fire.
  • Goldman Sachs downgrades Walmart stock

    Goldman Sachs downgrades Walmart stock

    Thursday, July 31 2014 4:11 AM EDT2014-07-31 08:11:05 GMT

    Although it posts close to half a trillion dollars in annual sales, Walmart has seen sales drop for five straight quarters.

    Although it posts close to half a trillion dollars in annual sales, Walmart has seen sales drop for five straight quarters.

By Brandi Hodges - bio | email

 POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KAIT) – Gov. Jay Nixon activated the Missouri National Guard Monday to help with response efforts in parts of the state impacted by flooding and threats to levees after receiving significant rain, particularly in southern and southeast Missouri.

"I have directed Maj. General Danner to immediately move Guard units into place where they can best help in protecting health and property," Gov. Nixon said. "The Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen of the Missouri National Guard have demonstrated their ability to help with natural disasters numerous times over the years, most recently in the work they did before, during, and after the blizzard and record snowstorm this winter. I have full confidence in the Guard to assist local emergency officials around the state."

Under the Governor's order, Guard units will be deployed immediately to assist local emergency responders with threats to levees near Poplar Bluff and other communities.

The rising water of the Black River in Butler County is forcing many in the area to evacuate their homes.  

"Getting out of bed and walking through the water first thing wasn't what I was anticipating," said Kenneth Kimbro.

Kimbro is one of more than a hundred Poplar Bluff residents who evacuated his home.  At three o'clock Monday morning, a knock on his door alerted him to the imminent danger.

"Coming out of the house I had at least three and a half feet of water to wade through to get to the vehicle," said Kimbro.

Rising water along the Black River has led to several breeches along the levees.  The Butler County Sheriff's Department has closed several county roads and deputies are going door to door asking residents to evacuate while they can.

"This is the levee.  The road would be to my right. I was here no more than ten minutes ago and where I'm standing now wasn't under water," said Sheriff Mark Dobbs.

Dobbs said he believes the water flowing over the levee is rising at a rate of a foot an hour and as that water continues to flow out, residents along county roads 605, 607 and 608 are in danger.

"At this point it is getting to where the roads are impassible there is so much water spilling over the levee," said Dobbs.

Jeanette Elliott lives about a mile from the levee.  She and her family are getting ready to leave.

"I'm going to ship my kids to three different family members and I'm going to go to one of them," said Elliott.

It is very hard for people to leave their homes.  This is the first time flooding has forced Kimbro from his house and he worries about what he will go back home to.

"My heart is hurting already I couldn't think it could get any worse," said Kimbro.

As rain continues to fall and the water continues to rise so does the level of fear.  Many evacuees are staying at a shelter that is set up inside the Black River Coliseum and are leaning on each other.

"I'm overwhelmed, very overwhelmed and I'm scared inside and I think I'm just going to have to be praying," said Kimbro.

A shelter has been set up at the Black River Coliseum. If you have any questions or concerns you're asked to contact the Poplar Bluff Police Department at 573-686-8685.

Copyright 2011 KAIT. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

472 Craighead Co. 766
Jonesboro, AR 72401
(870) 931-8888

FCC Public File
publicfile@kait8.com
(870) 336-1816
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KAIT. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.