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Governor Requests Disaster Declaration for Flood-Damaged Counties

CONWAY, Mo. -- The governor made the announcement Tuesday in Conway, Mo., one of the many sites hit hard by the flooding between Aug. 2 and 14. He met with local leaders and emergency responders.
CONWAY, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon has asked the federal government to issue a major disaster declaration for several Missouri counties following this month's fatal flooding.

The governor made the announcement Tuesday in Conway, Mo., one of the many sites hit hard by the flooding between Aug. 2 and 14. He met with local leaders and emergency responders.

Twenty-two Missouri counties were assessed; fourteen were included in the disaster declaration request: Barry, Camden, Dallas, Laclede, Maries, McDonald, Miller, Osage, Ozark, Phelps, Pulaski, Taney, Texas and Webster.

Gov. Nixon says he is also seeking public assistance in four additional counties -- Cedar, Dade, Shannon and Wright -- and individual assistance in four other counties: Dent, Gasconade, Morgan and Polk.

Individual assistance means that eligible individuals and households can seek federal assistance for uninsured losses from severe weather and flooding; public assistance allows local governments to seek assistance for response and recovery expenses associated with the severe weather and flooding.

On Aug. 6, the Governor declared a state of emergency because of the flooding, and on Aug. 7 ordered the deployment of Missouri National Guard Citizen-Soldiers to assist local authorities in protecting lives and property from flooding. 

The Governor's Aug. 6 order activated the State Emergency Operations Center and enabled the state to mobilize its resources, including the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to assist local authorities.
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