ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was in St. Louis on Thursday for a previously scheduled earthquake drill, but many were more interested in discussing tornado aid.
When asked if the devastation in the South would make it less likely that St. Louis would get as much aid, Napolitano said that would not happen because assessments are not linked in that way.
Before any federal decision is made, Missouri must first apply with damage figures. Governor Jay Nixon says that’s complicated because the same storm system that spawned tornadoes is responsible for flooding in southern Missouri.
That flooding could be made worse if the Army Corps of Engineers releases water into Missouri farmland to spare the city of Cairo, Illinois.
FEMA says there is no timetable yet for when money, if any, might come.