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MCCASKILL AND BOND ASK FOR DISASTER DECLARATION IN NORTHERN MISSOURI

Senators send letter to President asking for help for Missouri communities affected by recent storms

July 28, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following massive storm systems that caused severe flooding, high winds, hail and tornadoes throughout the state in June of 2010, U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill and Kit Bond joined together to ask the president to grant Governor Jay Nixon's request to declare 41 counties in Missouri and the city of St. Louis a federal disaster area. In order to access the resources the federal government provides for recovery from natural disasters to help businesses and families get back on their feet, the area must be declared a federal disaster area.

"In addition to the deaths and injuries, these systems created significant problems with damages to roads, bridges, critical utilities and debris removal," the senators wrote. The continued "It is our hope that you will grant Governor Nixon's request promptly, to help state and local governments recover from this disaster."


Affected counties include Adair, Andrew, Atchison, Audrain, Buchanan, Caldwell, Callaway, Carroll, Cass, Chariton, Clark, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Holt, Howard, Jackson, Knox, Lafayette, Lewis, Linn, Livingston, Marion, Mercer, Miller, Monroe, Nodaway, Pike, Putnam, Ralls, Randolph, Ray, St. Louis, Schuyler, Scotland, Shelby, Sullivan, and Worth Counties and the city of St. Louis.

The full text of the letter is below.

July 28, 2010

The Honorable Barack Obama
President
The White House
Washington, DC 20005

Dear President Obama:

On July 27, 2010, Governor Jay Nixon requested a disaster declaration for the State of Missouri as a result of the storm systems that began moving through Missouri on June 12, 2010 and are continuing. These storm systems have generated flooding, flash flooding, high winds, hail and tornadoes throughout the state. These storm systems resulted in two deaths and several storm-related injuries. Utility companies and cooperatives across the area reported more than 19,700 customers without power, some for longer than five days. In addition to the deaths and injuries, these systems created significant problems with damages to roads, bridges, critical utilities and debris removal.

The Governor has requested 41 counties in the disaster request. The amount of damage caused by these storm systems is significant throughout the affected area. As a result, Governor Nixon has determined that this incident is of such severity and magnitude that an effective response is beyond the capabilities of the state and the affected local governments and is requesting Individual and Household Program, Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation.

It is our hope that you will grant Governor Nixon's request promptly, to help state and local governments recover from this disaster. Along with our fellow Missourians, we eagerly await your decision on this request for assistance.

Sincerely,

Claire McCaskill

Christopher S. Bond

 

 

 

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