White House approves Gov. Nixon’s emergency declaration request - KMOV.com

White House approves Gov. Nixon’s emergency declaration request

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(KMOV.com) – President Barack Obama has approved Missouri Governor Jay Nixon’s request for a federal emergency declaration to speedily remove the debris from flooded areas.

“The fast-rising flood water inundated several thousand homes and businesses and left behind a trail of destruction, debris and refuse that will have to be cleaned up quickly so that rebuilding can begin and the region can recover,” Gov. Nixon said. “I appreciate the debris removal assistance the federal government has agreed to provide, and the speed with which the president responded to our request. Federal assistance with debris removal can help ensure the region moves forward from this historic disaster.”

The Missouri National Guard will manage the program and coordinate with the federal and local governments. At the federal level, the U.S Army Corps of Engineers will be requested to facilitate the collection and disposal of both debris left behind by flood water and household debris, including construction materials, carpeting, furniture, and appliances.

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Nixon says the sooner the debris is cleaned up, the better, however, getting rid of it is a huge burden to those already struggling financially. He’s hoping more help will speed up debris removal and relieve the strain of recovery costs in the St. Louis region.

Some of the regions that were hit the hardest by flooding are Eureka, Valley Park, and Pacific. Hundreds of businesses have been damaged and the floods have affected thousands of people.

Nixon is encouraging more volunteers to come forward to help with the recovery. 

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