President Obama signs Mo. disaster declaration

President Obama signs Mo. disaster declaration

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WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 09: U.S. President Barack Obama answers questions during a press conference in the East Room of the White House August 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. Obama answered questions on national security issues and related matters during the press conferece. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

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Posted on September 7, 2013 at 5:56 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has signed a major disaster declaration for 18 Missouri counties hit hard by last month’s floods.

The floods that resulted from nearly two weeks of heavy rain caused widespread damage across the southern tier of the state and left at least three people dead.

The White House said in a news release that federal funding is available to help local governments and nonprofits recover. The counties that will benefit are Barry, Camden, Cedar, Dade, Dallas, Laclede, Maries, McDonald, Miller, Osage, Ozark, Phelps, Pulaski, Shannon, Taney, Texas, Webster and Wright.

Federal funding is also available for hazard mitigation measures statewide. 

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