The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied Governor Matt Blunt’s disaster request for the 12 counties impacted by the tornadoes and other violent weather that struck September 22nd and 23rd. The Governor says he’s disappointed by the denial and is gathering additional information to present to FEMA on appeal. Disaster Assistance had been requested for Butler, Crawford, Dunklin, Howell, Iron, Madison, New Madrid, Perry, Phelps, Reynolds, Ripley, and St. Francois Counties. Blunt’s original request noted over 600 homes and over 75 businesses sustained damages from tornadoes, hail, high winds, and flooding. The state has until November 18th to appeal the FEMA decision.