FEMA denies disaster declaration for 18 Missouri counties

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Gov. Jay Nixon says he's disappointed that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied a request to provide disaster aid to residents in 18 Missouri counties recently hit by violent weather.

The governor, who declared a state of emergency on Feb. 29, made the request for counties impacted by the tornadoes, hail, high winds and heavy rain on Feb. 28-29.

The severe weather caused three deaths, numerous injuries, and widespread destruction.

A major  disaster declaration would have made additional assistance available for Missourians.

Nixon said the state will do it's part.

"I went to southern Missouri and saw the serious property damage to homes and businesses, and the places where Missourians lost their lives," the governor said.

He added, that while the decision  is disappointing, the state will continue to provide the critical resources, assets and personnel that are necessary to help those affected communities recover and rebuild.

Nixon's request was for Adair, Barry, Barton, Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Cedar, Dallas, Daviess, Laclede, Linn, Madison, Phelps, Polk, Pulaski, Scott, Stoddard, Stone, and Taney counties.

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