Letter to the Editor

Senators Blunt, McCaskill urge President to approve Missouri disaster declaration

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Claire McCaskill (Mo.) sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to approve a disaster designation for 22 Missouri counties that wereaffected by recent flooding and flash flooding in August.

The letter follows a formal request from Governor Jay Nixon earlier this week.

The letter, in part, said: "After joint assessments conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Small Business Administration and state and local agencies, the Governor has specifically requested both public assistance and individual assistance for the counties of Barry, Camden, Dallas, Laclede, Maries, McDonald, Miller, Osage, Ozark, Phelps, Pulaski, Taney, Texas and Webster.

"In light of the serious impact of this event on lives and property in the areas that has occurred, it is our sincere hope that you will grant Governor Nixon's request in a prompt manner, to help in the recovery of residents and communities affected by this disaster," the Senators wrote. "Along with our fellow Missourians, we eagerly await your decision on this request for assistance."

Sincerely,

Claire McCaskill,

United States Senator and

Roy Bunt,

United States Senator.

Additionally, he is seeking Public Assistance for the counties of Cedar, Dade, Shannon and Wright and Individual Assistance for the counties of Dent, Gasconade, Morgan and Polk.

Individual assistance means that eligible individuals and households can seek federal assistance for uninsured losses from severe weather and flooding; public assistance allows local governments to seek assistance for response and recovery expenses associated with the severe weather and flooding.