FEMA approves Gov. Nixon's additional funding request

1 year 5 months 2 weeks ago February 10, 2016 Feb 10, 2016 Wednesday, February 10 2016 Wednesday, February 10, 2016 1:06:00 PM CST in News
By: Katie Grunik, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY - The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved on Wednesday Governor Jay Nixon's request to expand the major federal disaster declaration from flooding in late December of last year. 

FEMA approved the request to expand the coverage to 37 counties and the City of St. Louis to help local governments and non-profits recover from historic flooding on Dec. 23 through Jan. 9. 

“From the western to the eastern borders of the state, Missouri was hit by devastating flooding and severe weather that left a trail of destruction to roads, bridges, public structures and other infrastructure, along with significant response costs,” Gov. Nixon said. “This expanded federal disaster declaration will provide vital assistance to communities as they rebuild infrastructure that is essential to residents and businesses as they move their communities forward.”

According to the governor's office, damage assessment teams estimated $41 million in damages to nearly 1,000 homes that were destroyed or severely damaged. 

The expanded disaster declaration includes the following counties: Barry, Bollinger, Camden, Cape Girardeau, Cedar, Crawford, Dade, Dallas, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Greene, Howell, Iron, Jasper, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lincoln, McDonald, Newton, Ozark,  Perry, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, St. Charles, St. Clair, Ste. Genevieve, St. Louis, Scott, Stoddard, Stone,  Taney, Texas, Washington and Webster, and the City of St. Louis. 

President Obama granted Gov. Nixon's major disaster declaration for 33 Missouri counties on Jan. 21, which gave residents access to the Individual Assistance program. The program helps with temporary housing, housing repairs, replacement of damaged belongings, vehicles and other expenses as a result of flooding. 

The governor's office said as of Tuesday, crews removed 98 percent of debris in Franklin, Jefferson, St. Charles and St. Louis counties. Crews removed more than 2,600 tons of construction and demolition debris, 1,201 tons of sand, more than 25,000 hazardous household items. 

Governor Nixon's office said people who qualify for damages in the 33 counties included in the Jan. 21 Individual Assistance disaster declaration may register for disaster aid online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling FEMA’s registration line at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).

The deadline for applying for most individual assistance programs is March 21. 

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