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Missouri to pay Joplin's share in tornado cleanup

Monday, August 1, 2011 | 1:43 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — The city of Joplin won't have to pay the tab for the first couple months of debris removal following the devastating May 22 tornado.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Monday that the state will pick up the 10 percent share not covered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency under the expedited debris removal program that runs through next Sunday. It's not clear exactly how many millions of dollars that will be.

Nixon said about two-thirds of the properties have been cleared so far in the hard-hit area designated for FEMA's enhanced cleanup payments. The federal government is paying 90 percent of the cost in that area, instead of its typical 75 percent share.

Nixon said the state is covering Joplin's share because the tornado caused the city to lose tax revenues.


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