The Big Piney River at Dog's Bluff access in April 2011. The water was at the 16-foot mark above flood stage. (File photo)

Gov. Jay Nixon on Friday requested that the federal government cover 100 percent of the costs associated with public assistance in the wake of storms and floods that have hit Missouri since April 19.

Texas County is included in the disaster declaration. Townships reported more than $1 million in damage.

At a minimum, Gov. Nixon requested that the federal government adjust its typical cost-share arrangement for public assistance to allow for a 90 percent federal match, with a 10 percent match from the state and local governments.

Under the federal Public Assistance Program, the Federal Emergency Management Agency typically covers 75 percent of the uninsured costs associated with recovery and repair for public buildings and infrastructure. Non-federal agencies, including the state and local governments, must then provide a 25 percent match.

In his request to Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Nixon stressed the historic devastation caused by tornadoes, high winds, hail and flooding across Missouri in recent weeks, especially in the City of Joplin and in southeastern Missouri, where thousands of acres were flooded after the intentional breach of the Birds Point levee. He noted that federal, state and local agencies continue to work with volunteer and non-profit groups on critical response and recovery efforts, and that the full extent of the uninsured damage to public buildings and infrastructure is unknown.

Earlier this week, FEMA committed to cover 90 percent of the costs of expedited debris removal in the City of Joplin.

“Mother Nature has inflicted severe damage and destruction to communities across Missouri this spring,”  Nixon said. “We still don’t know the total extent of the damage tornadoes, floods and other disasters have caused, but we are committed to recovering and rebuilding from these storms. I appreciate the continued support of our federal partners in these efforts, and this adjusted cost-share would make a real difference for our state. These funds will go directly to rebuilding local communities and moving our entire state forward.”


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