JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Governor Mike Parson is extending the current state of emergency for a third time in preparation for the potential flooding of the Missouri River.

Parson initially declared a state of emergency through executive order 24-06 on May 2 in response to severe weather causing flooding in the river. He signed executive order 24-07, which extended that order through June 30.

With executive order 24-07 expiring this week, Parson signed Executive Order 24-08 on Wednesday to extend that order even further through July 31. The Missouri River flooding has previously caused damage in regions of Iowa and Nebraska.

“We have seen the tremendous, destructive force of flooding this past week in neighboring states to our north and must ensure resources are available should flooding threaten areas of our state,” Governor Parson said. “This extension allows us to be ready to respond and support our communities. We encourage Missourians to follow their local forecasts and have preparations in place to protect themselves and their loved ones.”

By extending the state of emergency, Missouri will be able to directly assist local recovery efforts in the area and provide resources that can help reduce the potential damage from the flooding.