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Nixon pledges to help area rebuild

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

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Gov. Jay Nixon addresses a standing-room crowd at the Fifth and Sixth Grade Center Tuesday afternoon. Nixon and numerous state and county officials were in town to provide assistance to residents following recent flooding. Jill Bock, staff
SIKESTON -- "We are in this for the long haul," said Gov. Jay Nixon as he pledged $25 million in state funds to help counties and communities with their costs of responding to flooding that has affected much of southern and southeast Missouri.

The money will help local governments with rebuilding efforts and also will help pay the costs of deploying nearly 800 members of the Missouri National Guard to help with flood response efforts, Nixon said. Missouri law gives the governor authority in times of emergency to direct resources from the state budget to pay for state and local disaster recovery efforts and to defray the costs of the National Guard when deployed to help in those emergencies.

Monday just before 10 p.m., the President issued a major disaster declaration for individual assistance in five Missouri counties -- Butler, Mississippi, New Madrid, St. Louis and Taney -- and public assistance in St. Louis County. Additional counties may be designated as public or individual disaster areas, pending completion of damage assessments, Nixon said adding in his discussion with federal officials, they understand the seriousness of the situation faced by Missourians.

A major disaster declaration for public damage assistance means the federal government will pay for 75 percent of the eligible costs incurred by state and local authorities in responding to the disaster and for damage to roads and other public infrastructure and buildings. The Governor noted the $25 million from the state will also be used to match Federal Emergency Management Agency funds, giving Missouri access up to $100 million.

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