Norborne students fill 4500 sandbags

Approximately 60 students gathered to help, including elementary students.

NORBORNE, MO (KCTV/AP) -- Dozens of students in a north-central Missouri town came together to fill thousands of sandbags to stop floodwaters from destroying their community.

Five truckloads of sand were delivered to Norborne R-VIII School District that made 4,520 bags to be shared in Norborne and surrounding communities.

Approximately 60 students gathered to help, including elementary students.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson declared a state of emergency Thursday following flooding that left several people stranded and continues to cause damage and strain levees in several Midwest states.

Parson's action will allow state agencies to work directly with local officials responding to flooding. Parson, along with the state's Emergency Management Agency director and other officials, meet with local leaders and survey damage on Thursday.

"The rising floodwaters are affecting more Missouri communities and farms, closing more roads and threatening levees, water treatment plants and other critical infrastructure," Parson said in a statement. "We will continue to work closely with our local partners to assess needs and provide resources to help as Missourians continue this flood fight and as we work to assist one another."

The Missouri River has swelled following heavy rains and snowmelt earlier this month. The flooding has claimed three lives, damaged thousands of homes and busted about 20 levees in Nebraska,Iowa and Missouri.

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