Miller is among several counties in Missouri to be declared a major disaster as a result of storms in late May and early June.
Gov. Jay Nixon announced that President Obama has approved his request for a major disaster declaration for Missouri as a result of the severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and prolonged flooding that affected large portions of the state from May 29 to June 10.
The counties included in the federal disaster declaration are: Barton, Callaway, Cape Girardeau, Chariton, Clark, Howard, Iron, Knox, Lewis, Lincoln, Maries, Marion, Miller, Montgomery, Osage, Perry, Pike, Putnam, Ralls, Shelby, St. Charles, St. Louis, Ste. Genevieve, Stoddard, Sullivan, Texas and Webster.
The federal government has approved public assistance for 27 Missouri counties, which allows local governments and nonprofit agencies to seek assistance for response and recovery expenses associated with the severe weather and flooding.
“This declaration will help communities affected by the severe weather receive reimbursement for the high response and recovery costs,” Gov. Nixon said. “Rebuilding roads and other infrastructure as quickly as possible also will help residents and businesses in these areas, and keep our economy moving forward.”
Gov. Nixon declared a state of emergency in Missouri effective May 31, as continuing severe weather elevated river levels and tornadoes and straight-line winds caused extensive damage in the state. The order activated the State Emergency Operation Center and enabled the state to mobilize its resources, including the State Emergency Management Agency and the Missouri State Highway Patrol, to assist local authorities.