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At Least 10 Dead After Winter Storms Sweep Across Missouri

At least 10 people were confirmed dead after a winter storm moved across Missouri Monday. Most of them drowned after driving along submerged roads.

Flood waters continued to submerge roads and lowlands across Missouri late Monday, including major highways. Portions of Interstate 44 were closed near Rolla and Fort Leonard Wood. I-70 eastbound was also closed in St. Charles County. 

Despite declaring a state of emergency on Sunday, Gov. Jay Nixon has no plans so far to activate the Missouri National Guard.

“In order to call up the Guard, we would need a security measure or some sort of longer-term flood fight or recovery," he said. "At this particular point we’re hopeful that by staying ahead of this, that we can beef up the levees downstream from St. Louis.”

Numerous roads in northwestern Missouri, including Kansas City, are at least partially covered with ice and snow. 

Marshall Griffin is the Statehouse reporter for St. Louis Public Radio.
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