Missouri pays $15 million for disaster response; costs might rise

Thursday, November 3, 2011 | 7:51 a.m. CDT; updated 11:09 a.m. CDT, Thursday, November 3, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri has spent about $15 million so far this year responding to natural disasters including the deadly Joplin tornado and flooding along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers.

State budget director Linda Luebbering said the tally primarily reflects costs incurred by the Missouri National Guard and the State Emergency Management Agency. Some of those expenses may be reimbursed later by the federal government.

But Missouri's 2011 disaster costs are expected to be much higher. That's because Missouri has not yet received a bill from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the state's share of cleaning up debris from the Joplin tornado.

Luebbering said the state also could end up bearing part of the cost of rebuilding Joplin schools if the total is not fully covered by insurance.


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