Joplin, southeast Missouri residents to receive $21 million for storm recovery

Monday, June 13, 2011 | 2:56 p.m. CDT; updated 5:27 p.m. CDT, Monday, June 13, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri residents have been approved for more than $21 million of federal disaster aid following tornadoes and flooding. That number is likely to keep rising.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Monday that more than $12 million has gone to individuals affected by the Joplin tornado. The rest has gone to those affected by flooding in southeast Missouri, a tornado that struck St. Louis, and other severe weather that has occurred since May 9.

FEMA spokesman Josh deBerge said Missouri residents have been approved for more than $13 million in temporary housing aid. The rest of the aid money has gone to other needs such as funeral expenses, clothing, household items, transportation and legal aid.

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