Federal government to pay 90 percent of Joplin cleanup costs

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 | 2:58 p.m. CDT; updated 11:09 a.m. CDT, Thursday, June 16, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Jay Nixon said the federal government agreed to pay a greater-than-usual share of the cleanup costs from the deadly tornado that struck Joplin.

He said the federal government will cover 90 percent of the expedited debris removal from areas that received extensive damage. That's the same proportion the federal government is paying for deadly tornadoes that hit Alabama last month.

Typically, the federal government pays 75 percent of the cost of responding to disasters, with state and local governments picking up the rest.

Nixon has directed the Missouri National Guard to lead the cleanup effort in Joplin. He said the 90 percent federal aid will be a great assistance.

Sen. Roy Blunt had asked the federal government to pay the full cost.

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