LACLEDE COUNTY, Mo. (KSDK) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon requested a major disaster declaration from the federal government Tuesday in response to severe storms and flash flooding in the southern part of the state earlier this month.
Nixon made the announcement during a visit to Conway, Mo. Flooding in the town damaged streets and the wastewater treatment system.
"Earlier this month, many Missouri communities saw record rainfall that caused rivers and streams to rapidly overflow and leave widespread and extensive damage to homes, businesses and public infrastructure in their wake," said Gov. Nixon. "The cost in responding to the flooding and in repairing public infrastructure and individual property will be high, and it's appropriate to request assistance with those costs from the federal government."
The disaster declaration request for public and individual assistance for residents in Barry, Camden, Dallas, Laclede, Maries, McDonald, Miller, Osage, Ozark, Phelps, Pulaski, Taney, Texas, and Webster counties.
Public assistance is sought in Cedar, Dade, Shannon, and Wright counties, while individual assistance is requested for Dent, Gasconade, Morgan, and Polk counties.
If individual assistance is granted, eligible individuals and households will be able to seek federal assistance for uninsured losses from the severe weather and flooding. Public assistance allows local governments to seek help for response and recovery expenses.
Nixon declared a state of emergency in Missouri Aug. 6 due to flooding. The following day he ordered Missouri National Guard citizen-soldiers to help local law enforcement officials protect people and property.