Obama issues federal disaster declaration for Missouri

Monday, May 9, 2011 | 10:14 p.m. CDT; updated 10:20 p.m. CDT, Monday, May 9, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — President Barack Obama has ordered federal aid for Missouri to help the recovery from severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that started last month.

Obama on Monday declared a major disaster in Missouri. The declaration allows federal funding for individuals in Butler, Mississippi, New Madrid, St. Louis and Taney counties. The federal assistance includes grants for temporary housing, home repairs and loans for uninsured property losses. Federal funding also can be used by some government agencies and nonprofit groups for emergency work and repairs or replacements to damaged facilities.

Gov. Jay Nixon had requested the major disaster declaration.

Several counties have seen significant damage from storms and flooding. A massive tornado damaged more than 700 homes in suburban St. Louis in April.

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Nathan Whitaker May 10, 2011 | 6:19 a.m.

If these liberal union farmers had any integrity, they'd refuse this federal welfare money that will only add to the deficit. It's not the government's job to bail out everyone who gets a bit of water in their basement. Just think of the extra debt this will dump on our grandchildren! All we need to do is repeal personal income tax and replace it with sales taxes and all these so-called "disasters" would vanish.

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Paul Allaire May 11, 2011 | 11:40 a.m.

Right on Nathan. As soon as they get rid of the income tax it will not flood anymore. And the federal government won't blow up any more levees.

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