The federal government has granted a request by Gov. Jay Nixon to include Perry County in Missouri's federal major disaster declaration for flooding, severe storms and excessive rain during June and July. The extended declaration by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) means that county and local government agencies in Perry County are eligible to seek federal funding for disaster-related emergency response and recovery expenses.
Perry County joins 36 other counties that received a disaster declaration last month at the request of Gov. Nixon. The federal government will reimburse local governments in those counties for 75 percent of their emergency response and eligible recovery activities associated with the damaging weather that began June 12.
"This is good news because now the same important financial assistance that is helping speed the recovery in 36 other Missouri counties will be available to help local governments and communities in Perry County recover a significant portion of their disaster-related costs," Gov. Nixon said.
In addition to Perry County, the counties covered by the disaster declaration include Adair, Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Caldwell, Carroll, Cass, Chariton, Clark, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Holt, Howard, Jackson, Knox, Lafayette, Lewis, Linn, Livingston, Marion, Mercer, Monroe, Nodaway, Pike, Putnam, Ralls, Ray, Schuyler, Scotland, Shelby, Sullivan and Worth.