Bi-State Region Offering Help to Hurricane Zone

Brad Choat (Twitter: @choatsnews)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Missouri is sending an environmental debris specialist to Florida to help with Hurricane Matthew relief efforts.

Governor Jay Nixon says the state’s emergency management authority offered an expert in safe removal and disposal of hazardous material.

Nixon says Missouri has had help from other states in the past to help with natural disaster relief efforts, so he’s glad to return the favor.

Meanwhile, plans are “on hold” for military bases on the eastern seaboard to send planes to southern Illinois’ Scott Air Force Base and get them out of the path of Hurricane Matthew.

375th Operations Support Squadron Commander Matthew Getty says the track of the storm no longer requires their help, “Where we were awaiting 25 to 30 aircraft, nearly all have re-planned and intend to stay in place.”

Lt. Col. Getty says the planes were coming from Naval bases in Virginia and Maryland.

He says there’s always a possibility that some hurricane relief missions could be flown out of Scott AFB – involving personnel airlifts or medical evacuation operations.

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