A request by Gov. Jay Nixon to extend Missouri's federal major disaster declaration to seven additional counties for flooding, severe storms and excessive rain during June and July was granted today by the federal government. The extended declaration means county and local government agencies in Knox, Linn, Marion, Monroe, Pike, Ralls and Shelby counties are eligible to seek federal funding for disaster-related emergency response and recovery expenses. Those seven counties join 29 other counties that received a disaster declaration last week at the request of Gov. Nixon.
The federal government will reimburse local governments for 75 percent of their emergency response and eligible recovery activities associated with the damaging weather beginning June 12.
"This is welcome news and will help speed the recovery in more of our state by allowing more counties, local governments and communities to obtain needed assistance in recovering their costs," Gov. Nixon said. "I appreciate the Federal Emergency Management Agency extending President Obama's earlier major disaster declaration and recognizing the burden Missouri communities faced due to devastating floods, damaging rain and severe storms."
On Aug. 17, President Barack Obama granted Gov. Nixon's request for a major disaster declaration in 29 Missouri counties. Those counties are Adair, Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Caldwell, Carroll, Cass, Chariton, Clark, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Holt, Howard, Jackson, Lafayette, Lewis, Livingston, Mercer, Nodaway, Putnam, Ray, Schuyler, Scotland, Sullivan and Worth.
Gov. Nixon's major disaster declaration request followed a series of visits by the Governor to affected areas and actions to assist communities respond.
The Governor conducted a visit to Holt County and met with officials there on June 18; declared a state of emergency on June 21; conducted an aerial tour of northwest Missouri and met with response officials in Buchanan and Holt counties on June 22; activated the Missouri National Guard on June 23; and conducted a visit to Buchanan County and met with officials there on June 26.