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Greitens activates Missouri National Guard as state responds to flooding



With parts of Missouri facing historic flooding, Gov. Eric Greitens has activated Missouri National Guard troops to help with flood relief.

Two deaths have been reported from this weekend’s flooding in Missouri — one in Clever, and the other in Jefferson County.

Fallen tree limbs, downed power lines and swift water have been reported in several parts of the state. Some of Missouri’s bridges and structures have been washed out. More than 700 state roads have been closed.

Missouri State Treasurer Eric Schmitt has activated a disaster relief program for small businesses and farms impacted by the flooding. The Harmed-area Emergency Loan Priority system, or HELP, authorizes 24-hour approval of support for low-interest loans obtained through participating lenders.

Greitens say he’s communicating with White House officials about federal support if and when the threshold of a federal disaster declaration is reached.

Read more: Missourinet, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Kansas City Star

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