Department of Public Safety Director Drew Juden detailed the local efforts to coordinate staging areas for those coming to assist, the location of sandbagging operations and the emergency shelters. On Monday, Juden said, some two dozen swift-water boats arrived which will be used should water rescues be needed.
The Commerce levee is a major concern for Sikeston because if it breeches, the water would come into Sikeston, he said. He said it is being monitored hourly.
"Public safety is our No. 1 concern," said Major General Michael J. Walsh, commander of the Mississippi Valley Division. "Folks are just beginning to realize the immensity of this flood."
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