Nixon asks for major disaster declaration

Friday, February 6, 2009 | 2:21 p.m. CST; updated 2:30 p.m. CST, Friday, February 6, 2009

ST. LOUIS— Gov. Jay Nixon is asking President Barack Obama to declare 21 Missouri counties as major disaster areas, a move aimed at speeding recovery for regions hit hard by last week's winter storm.

Nixon announced that he made the request during a meeting on Friday with county commissioners in Jefferson City.

Nixon's request also seeks a waiver of some or all of the 25 percent match that state and local governments normally have to pay for disaster funding.

By Friday afternoon, 13,325 homes and businesses were still dark. Officials say it could be two weeks before all power is restored.

The storm on Jan. 26 and 27 dumped more than an inch of ice on parts of southern Missouri, snapping trees and downing hundreds of power lines and substations.


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