President Trump approves disaster declaration for Missouri

4 weeks 19 hours 23 minutes ago Monday, May 20 2019 May 20, 2019 Monday, May 20, 2019 7:13:00 PM CDT May 20, 2019 in Top Stories
By: Aaron Custer, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
JEFFERSON CITY – Governor Mike Parson announced Monday night President Donald Trump approved his request for a major flooding disaster declaration.
The governor initially requested $25 million in qualifying expenses. The money is set to repair damaged roads, bridges, and other public infrastructure.
The declaration will help local governments and nonprofit agencies in 13 Missouri counties. They include: Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Carroll, Chariton, Holt, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Platte, Ray, and Ste. Genevieve.
Here's a timeline of the past couple of months, according to a press release from the governor's office:
- March 21: Governor Parson declared a state of emergency in response to worsening conditions along the Missouri and Mississippi rivers because of excessive rainfall, upstream reservoirs, and snow melt.
- April 3: Governor Parson, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, and Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts met with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and FEMA to identify regional solutions for recovery and levee repairs along the Missouri River.
- April 26: The Governor held a follow-up meeting with the Iowa and Nebraska Governors. On April 30, Governor Parson extended his executive order giving DNR the authority to temporarily waive or suspend rules or regulations in support of flooding recovery. 
In a press release Governor Parson said, "I appreciate President Trump making the federal assistance available and all those who are already working to help our Missouri communities recover.”

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