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July 25, 2012MO | By: Campbell
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has declared an emergency for the state of Missouri because of the recent drought.
The state disaster declaration was made Monday, allowing state agencies to help local officials respond to the drought and heat. Nixon says state health officials have reported 25 heat related deaths so far this summer, with 20 being in the St. Louis area. 829 heat related hospital trips to the emergency room have also been reported. As the excessive heat warning continues until 7PM Wednesday evening, its important to stay cool. Drink plenty of water and stay out of the heat as much as possible. If you must go out, wear loose fitting clothing that covers as much skin as possible. Nixon also says farmers are experiencing major losses in crops and livestock, and fire remains a risk. Fire bans are imposed in many counties, including Nodaway and Andrew. Temperatures are expected to remain in the 100's through tomorrow with high heat index readings ranging from 106 to 111. Our next chance for rain is tomorrow evening.