Disaster Declaration Request Granted by?President Obama
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A request by Gov. Jay Nixon for a major disaster declaration for areas across Missouri hit by May’s storms, tornadoes and flooding was granted today by President Barack Obama. The declaration paves the way for counties and local governments affected by the storms to seek millions of dollars in federal funds for disaster-related costs, and allows individuals to receive reimbursement for qualifying, storm-related damages.
The federal government will reimburse local governments for 75 percent of their emergency response and eligible recovery activities associated with the May 8-16 severe weather.
"I appreciate the President making this declaration so that our counties, communities and affected individuals can have the help they need in recovering their costs," Gov. Nixon said. "Local officials responded very quickly to these devastating storms, and this declaration will help speed their recovery."
The President's declaration will assist 46 counties in recovering from the damage caused by this major storm. Those counties are Adair, Barton, Bollinger, Camden, Cape Girardeau, Cedar, Crawford, Dade, Dallas, Dent, Douglas, Greene, Hickory, Howell, Iron, Jasper, Knox, Laclede, Lewis, Madison, Maries, Marion, Miller, Newton, Oregon, Ozark, Perry, Phelps, Polk, Pulaski, Ray, Reynolds, Ripley, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Saline, Shannon, Shelby, Stone, Sullivan, Texas, Vernon, Washington, Wayne, Webster, and Wright.
Additionally, the declaration will make funds available to individuals in certain counties for eligible, storm-related damages and expenses. Those counties are Adair, Barry, Barton, Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Dent, Douglas, Greene, Howell, Iron, Jasper, Jefferson, Laclede, Lawrence, Madison, Newton, Ozark, Polk, Reynolds, Ripley, St. Francois, Shannon, Texas, Washington, and Webster