Apparently the New Year's Eve tornadoes in St. Louis, Sunset Hills and eight other Missouri counties weren't disastrous enough. FEMA denied Governor Jay Nixon's request for a federal disaster declaration which would mean federal dollars for those who lost their homes.
We talked to St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay about this Thursday morning and he shook his head when he said, "I'm very disappointed in that decision... I haven't seen exactly all the reasons why that happened. I'm going to find out why that occurred and if there's any recourse to try to appeal the decision."
He went on to talk about what he'd seen in visiting some of the people in North St. Louis after their homes were severely damaged.
"Unlike some areas in the region, in these particular neighborhoods these families don't have insurance," said Slay. "This is devastating to them."
Now the Governor is applying for low-interest Small Business Administration loans that apparently homeowners can get after a tornado, but the mayor points out, these families can't afford to take on more debt no matter how low the interest may be. They need help in the form of money they don't have to pay back.
Mark Schnyder is a reporter at KMOV-TV. He can be reached at MSchnyder@kmov.com.