JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- President Barack Obama has approved his request for a major disaster declaration for Missouri as a result of deadly flooding last August.
Gov. Jay Nixon announced late Friday that the federal government has approved public assistance for 18 Missouri counties, which allows local governments and nonprofit agencies to seek assistance for response and recovery expenses associated with the severe weather and flooding.
The counties included in the federal disaster declaration are: Barry, Camden, Cedar, Dade, Dallas, Laclede, Maries, McDonald, Miller, Osage, Ozark, Phelps, Pulaski, Shannon, Taney, Texas, Webster and Wright.
The federal government said the Governor's Aug. 27 request seeking individual assistance for residents in Barry, Camden, Dallas, Dent, Gasconade, Laclede, Maries, McDonald, Miller, Morgan, Osage, Ozark, Phelps, Polk, Pulaski, Taney, Texas and Webster counties is under review.
Gov. Nixon declared a state of emergency in Missouri on Aug. 6, in response to the continuing flooding hazards, and on Aug. 7 ordered the deployment of Missouri National Guard Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen to assist local authorities in protecting lives and property.
The Governor's Aug. 6 order activated the State Emergency Operation Center and enabled the state to mobilize its resources, including the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to assist local authorities.