Nixon seeks federal disaster declaration

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is requesting a major disaster declaration for the state from President Barack Obama, in the wake of storms, tornadoes and floods that have ravaged the state over the past three weeks.

Nixon announced the request Thursday, saying the major disaster declaration would provide assistance both to individuals and public agencies.

Several counties, mostly in eastern and southern Missouri, have seen significant damage from storms and flooding since April 19. A massive tornado damaged more than 700 homes in suburban St. Louis in April, and historic flooding has damaged hundreds of homes and thousands of acres of farmland, especially in southeast Missouri.

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