FEMA diverts some Joplin money to East Coast

Monday, August 29, 2011 | 11:22 a.m. CDT; updated 1:26 p.m. CDT, Monday, August 29, 2011

ST. LOUIS — Some federal money pledged to Joplin and other disaster sites is being diverted to help victims of Hurricane Irene, a move that is raising the concern of Sen. Claire McCaskill.

Bob Josephson of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Monday that FEMA's Disaster Relief Fund is running low. He said individual aid to victims of the May 22 tornado that destroyed about one-third of Joplin will continue, but money for long-term public repair and rebuilding projects will be used for immediate disaster relief on the East Coast.

Josephson said it will be up to Congress to restore full funding to Joplin and other places hit by disasters this year.

McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, told The Associated Press she will work to ensure that Joplin gets the promised funding.


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Ray Shapiro August 29, 2011 | 2:16 p.m.

There are plenty of intact homes available in Columbia for Joplin Tornado survivors to consider as possible new homes.
I've also noticed that more and more homes in Columbia now sit empty and/or are being offered as rentals.
It's not good for Columbia to have vacant homes.
Opportunities abound for our Joplin neighbors who just might want to consider relocating.

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Ellis Smith August 29, 2011 | 4:10 p.m.

It's not good for ANY city to have more than a few vacant homes, yet that situation exists in several major United States cities today.

If homeless Joplin residents were to relocate in Columbia, what are their job prospects? Better possibly than in Joplin, but how good?

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Paul Allaire August 29, 2011 | 4:24 p.m.

Send them to IRAQ!!!

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