Governor Nixon Declares State of Emergency

Governor Nixon has declared a statewide state of emergency because of the impact that the prolonged severe heat and drought are having on both agriculture and public health. Executive Order 12-07, signed by the Governor this afternoon, activates the State Emergency Operations Plan, which authorizes state agencies to assist local jurisdictions with their emergency response. The governor says the high temperatures and dry conditionsare taking their toll on Missourians. Farmers are suffering tremendous losses in crops and livestock, and more heat-related deaths and emergency room visits are being eported, particularly among seniors.A high risk of fire from tinderbox conditions continues, and Nixon says state officials are monitoring how the drought is affecting public water supplies and distribution.

MoDOT Makes Decision on Key Largo

State transportation officials have made a decision about the future of the Key Largo Road intersection with the 54 Expressway, according to MoDOT district engineer Bob Lynch … telling KB on “Ozarks This Morning” they’re just not ready to announce it yet:

The Key Largo intersectionhas been partially closed ever since a fatal crash there in April.

High Fire Danger Warning Issued

The Gravois Fire Protection District has issued a High Fire Danger Warning:

Chief Ed Hancock recommends caution with any ignition source, and says residents should refrain from any open burning until conditions improve:

Hancock says similar conditions exist all around the Lake and virtually statewide. He says the warning will remain in effect until fire danger conditions lessen.

Dock Shock Scare at 5 MM

There was another electrocution scare near another dock on the Lake of the Ozarks this weekend. Thanks to someone’s quick thinking, cutting off the power, this one didn’t end tragically. The three swimmers shocked near a dock in a cove at the 5MM Sunday morning – two of them children – weren’t seriously hurt. In fact, they refused medical treatment.

Road Work This Week

Here’s a rundown of road work scheduled for this week in the tri-county area, according to MoDOT:

Camden County

Route 5 bridge over the Lake of the Ozarks at Hurricane Deck – Bridge replacement continues. Much of the work currently taking place will not affect traffic. However occasional lane closures on the bridge are likely for the next several weeks, as crews work alongside the bridge. * One lane of the current bridge will be closed for approximately 10 to 12 hours NEXT week.

Miller County

Route 17 bridge over Saline Creek south of Saline Road – Bridge replacement continues. The road is closed to traffic during the construction. Motorists are advised to find an alternate route around the construction.

Route 52 bridge over Humphreys Creek west of Whalen Creek Road – Bridge replacement is under way. The bridge is closed to traffic through late August. Motorists are advised to find an alternate route around the construction.

Route E between Route 52 and the end of state maintenance – Roadway maintenance will take place on Wednesday, July 25. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

Route F between Route 17 and the end of state maintenance – Roadway maintenance will take place Tuesday, July 24 through Thursday, July 26. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

Route H between Route 17 and the end of state maintenance – Roadway maintenance will take place Monday, July 23 through Thursday, July 26. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

Route Z between Route W and Route Y – Roadway maintenance will take place Monday, July 23 through Thursday, July 26. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

Route HH between Route 17 and the end of state maintenance – Roadway maintenance will take place Monday, July 23 through Thursday, July 26. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

Route JJ between Route C and the end of state maintenance – Roadway maintenance will take place Tuesday, July 24 through Thursday, July 26. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

Route TT between Route 42 and the end of state maintenance – Roadway maintenance will take place on Thursday, July 26. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

Morgan County

Route 135 between Route 5 and Route 52 – Roadway maintenance will take place Monday, July 23 through Thursday, July 26. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.