The federal government has approved Gov. Mike Parson’s request for a major disaster declaration resulting from the multiple severe weather systems that impacted Missouri from July 29 through Aug. 14.
The request is to help local governments and nonprofit agencies in 33 Missouri counties. They include Adair, Barry, Barton, Bates, Benton, Bollinger, Camden, Christian, Clark, Crawford, Dade, Gentry, Greene, Grundy, Henry, Iron, Knox, Madison, Maries, Mississippi, Morgan, New Madrid, Ozark, Perry, Scotland, Scott, Shelby, St. Clair, Ste. Genevieve, Taney, Vernon, Wayne, and Worth.
Federal public assistance is made available to repair damaged roads, bridges, and other infrastructure as well as reimbursing emergency response and recovery costs. Assistance is also being made available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Hazard Mitigation Program.
The program helps reduce the possibility of future impacts to public infrastructure due to natural disasters.
“This is important news for the communities that have been repeatedly impacted by severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding this summer,” Governor Parson said. “We appreciate the President making federal assistance available, which will provide millions of dollars in much needed support to help repair roads, bridges, and other vitally important infrastructure across the state.”
Parson’s Sep. 5 request included more than $14 million in qualifying expenses that already had been identified.
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