• States of emergency declared locally, statewide

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  • Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency in response to the winter storm sweeping across the state.
    Also, Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders has declared a state of emergency, as have the cities of Independence and Lee’s Summit. The National Weather Service has posted reports of up to 10 inches of snow in Eastern Jackson County.
    The county declaration allows the county and its municipalities access to resources to help with costs associated with the storm. County officials – like other local officials – urge citizens to stay in their homes and off of the roads. As conditions worsen, dangers such as falling trees could become an issue.
    Independence police, for example, have urged people to stay off the roads and park off the street, advice they say people are generally heeding.
    Also, Kansas City International Airport is closed but expected to reopen late in the afternoon.
    The Independence/Eastern Jackson County Emergency Operations Center has been activated and will remain active until threats related to the weather have passed.
    Gov. Nixon said the State Emergency Operations Center has been activated. His emergency declaration also allows state agencies to coordinate directly with cities and counties to provide emergency services.
    The governor issued the declaration from his office in the Capitol, where he was one of only a few people actually in the building. The House and Senate canceled their sessions today, and most of their offices were closed.
    National Weather Service, Pleasant Hill: www.weather.gov/kc
    Traveler Information Map: http://maps.modot.mo.gov/timi/
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