Flooding prompts Obama to issue emergency declaration for Missouri

Thursday, June 30, 2011 | 7:59 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — President Barack Obama has issued a federal emergency declaration for Missouri because of flooding along the Missouri River system and flash floods in the northeast.

Gov. Jay Nixon said his request for the declaration was granted Thursday.

The declaration covers all 25 counties along the Missouri River, from the far northwest to St. Louis. It also applies to northeastern Missouri's Clark and Lewis counties, which have been coping with flash floods.

Nixon said the declaration clears the way for federal assistance in efforts to protect lives and property. Such assistance includes material to support long-term shelter operations, plus help and flood-fighting equipment, such as pumps, sand and sandbags.

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