Federal aid will soon be on the way to Missouri to help the state recover from the severe winter storms. President Bush has granted Governor Matt Blunt’s request for federal assistance. The Governor got the word late Wednesday.

Blunt has announced nine joint federal, state, and local damage assessment teams will canvass Missouri counties, beginning Thursday, to collect information on the storm damage to public infrastructure, public utilities, emergency services, and debris removal issues. The information collected will be used to support Missouri’s request for all categories of federal public assistance which will reimburse communities for their winter storm response and recovery actions for their incurred expenses.

The teams are comprised of local officials as well as officials from FEMA – the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and SEMA – the State Emergency Management Agency.