Gov. Nixon requests federal recovery assistance after floods

1 year 2 months 6 days ago January 15, 2016 Jan 15, 2016 Friday, January 15 2016 Friday, January 15, 2016 1:33:00 PM CST in News
By: Eric Yount, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Nixon asked President Obama for aid to help with recovery efforts underway after storms flooded much of Missouri in late December.

Nixon is specifically asking for individual assistance. This program would allow individual residents to seek federal aid directly to help with repairs, temporary housing or replacing household items lost to the flood. He also requested help from the Small Business Administration to help businesses hurt by the flooding.

“Even as we continue to tally the costs of emergency response and of repairing roads, bridges and other public infrastructure, I’m asking for federal assistance from FEMA and the SBA to help Missourians with the uninsured losses to their homes and businesses,” Gov. Nixon said in a news release. “This was historic flooding with devastating impacts on many Missourians, and it will be a long recovery process. A major disaster declaration will help in that effort.”

Missourians in 41 counties would be eligible for the Individual Assistance. The counties in mid-Missouri are: Callaway, Camden, Cole, Maries, Miller, Morgan, Osage, and Phelps.

MoDOT received $1 million in aid on Jan. 12 from the Federal Highway Administration to help repair roads and bridges.

Nixon declared a state of emergency on Dec. 27 because of the flooding and the president approved his request for a federal emergency declaration on Jan 2. This helped to speed the recovery in and around St. Louis with help from the Missouri National Guard, the U.S. Environmental protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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