The Big Piney River roars out of control at about 7 a.m. Friday.

Texas County was included Friday in a federal disaster declaration that will trigger aid to repair bridges and roads damaged in two earlier floods, said Gov. Jay Nixon.

In all, 68 counties are included as a result of prolonged flash flooding and several storms across the state from May 15 to July 27.

Local governments and nonprofit agencies in the 68 counties included in the declaration —  the most for any disaster in Missouri since the Great Flood of 1993 — can seek federal assistance for response and recovery expenses associated with the flooding and severe weather.

“The prolonged severe weather system that repeatedly hit Missouri with flooding and severe storms caused an estimated $38 million in damage to roads, bridges and other public infrastructure and resulted in at least 10 deaths,” Nixon said. “This declaration will help bring much needed financial assistance to the many communities that have sustained excessive response costs and heavy damage to essential public infrastructure.”

Public assistance allows local governments and eligible nonprofit agencies to seek assistance for response and recovery expenses associated with the severe weather and flooding. The governor said he will likely request that additional counties be added to the federal declaration.

Nixon first declared a state of emergency in Missouri on June 18. The governor’s order activated the State Emergency Operations Center and enabled the state to mobilize its resources, including the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to assist local authorities. The governor has extended the state of emergency until Aug. 14.

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