Governor Jay Nixon is activating the Missouri National Guard to help with response efforts to flooding in different parts of the state. Poplar Bluff, Branson and other communities have had flood evacuations. The Black River flowed over the levee. And, there’s more rain in the forecast, there, today.
Ironically, the Air National Guard is dealing with its own emergency operations. The tornado that hit Saint Louis County on Friday did some serious damage to the Missouri Air National Guard facility at Lambert Airport, which houses the 131st Mission Support Group and several tenant units. 16 buildings on the south side of the base were damaged. No injuries were reported.
Missouri lawmakers get back to work today, after taking a long weekend for Easter break. The Legislature is still trying to redraw the state’s U-S House districts based on population changes from the 2010 Census. Committees worked late into the night, last Friday, but did not come to an agreement on redistricting, so that’s on the table today. House and Senate members are also expected to try and hammer out a final version of the 23 billion dollar operating budget for the State. The two chambers differ on money going to public colleges and universities, school busing and prescription drug subsidies for senior citizens.
The Lake Regional Health System has been recognized by Heartland Lions Eye Bank for its work in organ donation. April is Donate Life Month, and this year, the focus is on corneas. Lake Regional had 42 consented cornea donations, which meant transplants for 58 people. You can find out more about how to make your wishes known in advance at Missouri organ donor dot com.
Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder left his keys in his Ford Flex crossover, when he was in Cape Girardeau to speak at a naturalization ceremony last weekend. The vehicle was stolen, driven into a gun shop and set on fire. Kinder says he was notified early Monday morning that it was found, torched, on a county road.
The Camdenton Board of Alderman passed a resolution approved the city’s participation in the Federal Emergency Management Agency National Flood Insurance Program. The Board will present an ordinance about that to the Camdenton City Planning and Zoning Commission at their next meeting, May tenth.
There’s more rain in the forecast. And, water levels are rising. There have been flood evacuations in Poplar Bluff and Branson. At Branson Landing, water has risen over the boardwalk along Lake Taneycomo, but the Convention and Visitors Bureau says there’s no water in any of the businesses. They’ve shut off power and propane in the lower level of the landing , as a precautionary measure, which does affect restaurants on the east side, along the lakefront.