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President Approves Disaster Declaration for Missouri

WASHINGTON, DC -- More than two dozen counties in Missouri are covered under a disaster declaration approved today by President Obama. Several of the counties are in the Ozarks.
WASHINGTON, DC -- More than two dozen counties in Missouri are covered under a disaster declaration approved today by President Obama.  Several of the counties are in the Ozarks. 
The declaration covers damage from severe storms, flooding and tornadoes in late May to early June.

The White House today said the President issued the declaration and ordered federal aid to help pay for recovery efforts for state and local government and some non-profit groups.  The declaration does not cover individual losses. 

Counties covered by this action include:  Barton, Callaway, Cape Girardeau, Chariton, Clark, Howard, Iron, Knox, Lewis, Lincoln, Maries, Marion, Miller, Montgomery, Osage, Perry, Pike, Putnam, Ralls, Shelby, St. Charles, St. Louis, Ste. Genevieve, Stoddard, Sullivan, Texas, and Webster.

Damage to these counties happened from May 29 through June 10 from a series of storms and heavy rainfall.


The news release from the White House:

President Obama Signs Missouri Disaster Declaration

The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Missouri and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes, and flooding during the period of May 29 to
June 10, 2013.

Federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes, and flooding in the counties of Barton, Callaway, Cape Girardeau, Chariton, Clark, Howard, Iron, Knox, Lewis, Lincoln, Maries, Marion, Miller, Montgomery, Osage, Perry, Pike, Putnam, Ralls, Shelby, St. Charles, St. Louis, Ste. Genevieve, Stoddard, Sullivan, Texas, and Webster.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

W. Craig Fugate, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Michael L. Parker as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. 

FEMA said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.


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