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Pres. Biden approves disaster declaration for 7 Heartland Mo. counties

Published: Jan. 11, 2022 at 10:01 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 11, 2022 at 7:37 PM CST
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (KFVS) - President Joe Biden approved Governor Mike Parson’s request for a federal disaster declaration for seven southeast Missouri counties in the Heartland affected on December 10 by tornadoes, severe storms and straight-line winds.

Biden approved the major disaster declaration on Monday, January 10, for Bollinger, Dunklin, Iron, Madison, Pemiscot, Reynolds and Wayne Counties.

The federal disaster declaration allows for the release of funding and resources to help the hard hit communities recover from the tornadoes and severe weather.

According to the White House, additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state.

Gov. Parson requested the Federal Emergency Management Agency for assistance on Dec. 28.

“This federal disaster assistance will help relieve the financial strain on Missouri communities that were significantly impacted by the storms and help repair severe damage sustained by some Missouri electric power cooperatives and other essential public facilities,” Governor Parson said.

All requests for public assistance must be submitted to FEMA within 30 days of the Jan. 10 disaster declaration date, or Feb. 9.

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