Coast Guard Responds to Flooding in Missouri.

ST LOUIS – Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River’s Command Center activated its Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) after a request for assistance was received from the State of Missouri’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on March 18th.

As of 7 a.m. this morning, Coast Guard assets from Saint Louis, New Orleans and Paducah, Ky have rescued 16 people from the flood waters in southeastern Missouri.

From the number rescued, nine have been air evacuations utilizing two Coast Guard HH-65 helicopters from Air Station New Orleans and seven have been rescued by Coast Guard DARTs.

A DART Team consists of three flat bottom boats known as flood punts, capable of navigating in shallow flood waters. Eight crewman trained in flood response accompany each DART.

As of 9 a.m. the Coast has responded to a request by the State EOC to preposition three DARTs to the Eureka , Mo. area for possible flooding of the Meramec River.

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