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Local Governments, Nonprofits Now Qualified for Flooding Disaster Assistance

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A major disaster declaration granted to assist residents in dozens of Missouri counties last month has been expanded to include local governments and nonprofit agencies.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Wednesday approved Gov. Jay Nixon’s request for the expansion, which will help said agencies in 37 counties impacted by flooding late last year.

Damage assessment teams identified an estimated $41 million in damage to infrastructure and response expenses for the storms that also led to 16 deaths and destroyed or significantly damaged nearly 1,000 homes.

“From the western to the eastern borders of the state, Missouri was hit by devastating flooding and severe weather that left a trail of destruction to roads, bridges, public structures and other infrastructure, along with significant response costs,” Gov. Nixon said in a statement. “This expanded federal disaster declaration will provide vital assistance to communities as they rebuild infrastructure that is essential to residents and businesses as they move their communities forward.”

The 37 counties included in the expanded disaster declaration are: Barry, Bollinger, Camden, Cape Girardeau, Cedar, Crawford, Dade, Dallas, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Greene, Howell, Iron, Jasper, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lincoln, McDonald, Newton, Ozark,  Perry, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, St. Charles, St. Clair, Ste. Genevieve, St. Louis, Scott, Stoddard, Stone,  Taney, Texas, Washington and Webster, as well as the City of St. Louis.

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