Gov. Jay Nixon today announced that President Barack Obama has approved his request for a major disaster declaration for severe flooding along the Missouri River this spring and summer.
The declaration means eligible individuals and families in Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Holt, Lafayette and Platte counties can seek federal assistance for uninsured losses from flooding that has affected the state since June 1. Eligible uninsured losses include expenses such as temporary housing, home repair and replacement of household items.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is reviewing Gov. Nixon's request for assistance to local and county governments that would allow them to seek assistance for their response and recovery expenses associated with the flooding.
"This declaration means that Missouri families will get the additional support and assistance they deserve to more quickly recover and rebuild, following the record flooding," Gov. Nixon said. "Many communities are still affected by the floodwaters, and families continue to face heavy expenses. Missourians have stood together and supported each other through 2011's turbulent weather, and we will continue to move forward together."
Gov. Nixon first declared a state of emergency in Missouri effective Friday, April 22, due to high winds, tornadoes and severe flooding that had affected the state. The initial order activated the State Emergency Operations Center and enabled the state to mobilize its resources - including the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), the Missouri National Guard and Missouri State Highway Patrol - to assist local authorities.
Because of the continuing need for state resources to assist Missouri communities, the Governor extended the emergency declaration until Sept. 15.