(KMOV) – A tornado that barreled through St. Charles County in late May will cost at least $2.4 million to clean up, according to county officials.
County Executive Steve Ehlmann says the county anticipates collecting about 50,000 tons of tree and limb debris alone.
Ehlmann says the county is still seeking federal disaster reimbursement. If it doesn’t get it, cuts may have to be made elsewhere to balance the budget because the county’s emergency fund contains about $1.8 million.
The National Weather Service says the 1,000-yard-wide twister went on a 22-mile damage path through the southern and eastern parts of St. Charles into north St. Louis County.
The tornado started in Weldon Spring Heights and moved east through Harvester, Earth City, Bridgeton and Ferguson.
Officials say eight people suffered minor injuries during the storms, which damaged more than 350 homes.