Miller County is among 27 counties declared a disaster area relating to storms in May and June.

Miller County is among 27 counties declared a disaster area relating to storms in May and June.

Gov. Jay Nixon announced Friday that President Barack 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 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.

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.

“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.”

The federal government said the Governor’s July 3 request seeking individual assistance for residents in Callaway, Lincoln, Montgomery, Osage, Pike, St. Charles and St. Louis counties is under review.

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.