A major disaster declaration has been requested by Governor Nixon to assist Missouri communities impacted by recent severe storms and flooding. Governor’s spokesman Scott Holste says the request includes 70 of Missouri’s 114 counties.
“Missouri has been hit hard over the last couple of months by a series of storms and storm systems that have gone through and done widespread damage,” says Holste.
The request seeks assistance for damage to public infrastructure in 70 counties and also asks for individual assistance for property ruined in 15 counties.
The counties in Gov. Nixon’s disaster declaration request for public assistance include: Adair, Andrew, Atchison, Audrain, Barry, Bates, Benton, Buchanan, Caldwell, Chariton, Christian, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Cole, Crawford, Dade, Dallas, Daviess, DeKalb, Douglas, Gentry, Harrison, Henry, Hickory, Holt, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Laclede, Lafayette, Lewis, Lincoln, Linn, Livingston, McDonald, Macon, Maries, Marion, Miller, Moniteau, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Osage, Ozark, Perry, Pettis, Pike, Platte, Polk, Putnam, Ralls, Ray, Ste. Genevieve, Saline, Schuyler, Scotland, Shannon, Shelby, Stone, Sullivan, Taney, Texas, Washington, Webster, Worth and Wright.
The counties the Governor is seeking individual assistance for are: Barry, Clay, Christian, Greene, Jackson, Jefferson, Knox, Lewis, Lincoln, Marion, Osage, Ray, Ste. Genevieve, Stone and Webster.
Holste says he hopes to get an answer from the federal government in the next few weeks.
“We think we have met some of the thresholds for damage to public infrastructure. There were many counties across the state where roads, bridges and low water crossings were severely impacted,” says Holste.
Holste says it’s still too early to determine if an agriculture declaration will be requested.