Obama Grants Missouri's Disaster Declaration
WASHINGTON - President Obama declared that major disaster exists in Missouri, granting Governor Nixon's major disaster declaration for areas across Missouri hit by the severe winter storm and blizzard that began on January 31. Federal funding is available to State and eligible local governments as well as certain private nonprofits on a cost sharing basis for emergency work. Local and state governments estimate more than $14 million in eligible costs.
The federal government will reimburse the state and local governments for 75 percent of their eligible emergency response expenses associated with the storm. 59 Missouri counties are eligible to receive aid.
"I appreciate the President making this major disaster declaration so that our communities can recover some of their expenditures as a result of this storm," Gov. Nixon said in a press release. "The amount of snow received in the affected areas created dangerous conditions, and many communities were burdened with extremely high costs for emergency protective measures."
The storm deposited up to 23 inches of snow in the sate causing Nixon to close I-70 between St. Louis and Kansas City and I-44 between Springfield and Oklahoma. FEMA said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the State and warranted.