Missouri receives major disaster declaration

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) — Following a string of severe thunderstorms, tornadoes and prolonged flooding that led Governor Jay Nixon to declare a state of emergency in Missouri, a major disaster has been declared.

It was announced Friday that President Barack Obama approved Governor Nixon’s request for the declaration as a result of the severe weather that occurred from May 29 to June 10.

Agencies in 27 of Missouri’s counties are now eligible for public assistance. This approval allows agencies to seek assistance from local governments and nonprofits.

Governor Nixon’s July 3 request seeking individual assistance for residents in Callaway, Lincoln, Montgomery, Osage, Pike, St. Charles and St. Louis counties is currently under review.