severe storms

Disaster specialists are assessing flood and storm damage across Missouri in the wake of storms and severe flooding.

Gov. Eric Greitens said Wednesday that local, state and federal disaster specialists are working to determine the size and scope of the damage as part of the state's application seeking a federal disaster declaration.

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens says two people have died in the weekend flooding across his state.

Greitens said Sunday that additional flooding is expected in the days ahead as rivers crest at historic levels.

So Greitens says he has activated the National Guard, so troops can help cities fill sandbags and prepare for the flooding.

First responders performed 111 evacuations and 135 rescues across Missouri over the weekend.

Flood warnings remain in place for much of Missouri with the heaviest flooding expected in the southern third of the state.

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 Severe weather has left tens of thousands without power, temporarily trapped two people in a cave near Columbia and closed some highways.

Crews were making repairs after Wednesday's storm knocked out power to nearly 185,000 Ameren customers in Missouri and Illinois, largely near St. Louis. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that about 58,000 in the St. Louis area were still without power Thursday morning.

Columbia Water & Light outage map

Columbia line workers are continuing to make progress with power restoration and repairs in neighborhoods damaged by Monday night's storms. The city's most recent outage map indicates that the number of customers currently without power is down from 16,000 Monday night, to a little more than a thousand customers affected this morning.

City of Columbia

Last night's storms had the Columbia Fire Department and the Boone County Fire District very busy. The two departments responded to over 30 calls between the hours of 4 am and 9 am. Battalion Chief John Metz said this was challenging because of weather conditions, as well as the nature of the calls. "Many of them were lines down, or trees in the power lines, any associated water rescues with the heavy rains that we have," Metz said.

Newscast for May 17, 2012

May 17, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Movement on bills in the Missouri House and Senate 2 days before the legislative session closes
  • A report on the $750 million in taxes Missouri and Kansas have given up in the battle for Kansas City jobs
  • A report shows the frequency of severe storms across the Midwest has doubled in the past 50 years