Missouri governor asking federal government for major disaster declaration

Missouri governor Jay Nixon is asking the federal government to declare a major disaster for Missouri.

Two severe storms in late December brought historic flooding to much of the state.

The storms, and flooding that followed, led to 15 deaths and destroyed or significantly damaged nearly 1,000 homes.

In his request to President Obama, Nixon asked for Individual Assistance and help from the Small Business Administration.

Individual Assistance will allow eligible residents in 41 Missouri counties the opportunity to apply for federal assistance. This could include help with temporary housing and replace household items damaged or lost due to flooding.

Assistance from the Small Business Administration would help businesses in those same counties.

Nixon says the state is still doing damage assessments to determine the costs for state and local governments.

A state of emergency was declared in Missouri on December 27. 

The 41 counties are:
Barry
Barton
Callaway
Camden
Cape Girardeau
Cole
Crawford
Dade
Douglas
Franklin
Gasconade
Greene
Hickory
Howell
Jasper
Jefferson
Laclede
Lawrence
Lincoln
Maries
McDonald
Miller
Morgan
Newton
Oregon
Osage
Ozark
Phelps
Pike
Polk
Pulaski
Scott
St. Charles
St. Francois
St. Louis
Ste. Genevieve
Stone
Taney
Texas
Webster
Wright

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