Amid slow flood recovery, Nixon requests federal disaster declaration

Record flooding along the lower Meramec River in the days after Christmas caused at least minor damage to some 1,300 dwellings, and nearly 270 of those may have to be razed. A return to normalcy in communities like Pacific and Arnold has barely begun.

On Friday, Gov. Jay Nixon requested a federal disaster declaration for 41 Missouri counties. Approval of that request by President Barack Obama would make residents and business owners in the state eligible for federal assistance.

Nixon said the state is still tabulating damage from the floods, but unofficial reports from the American Red Cross give an idea of the damage sustained in several counties:

  • Jefferson County – 831 dwellings affected, 197 destroyed, 424 with major damage (including nine destroyed and 146 with major damage in Arnold)
  • Franklin County – 374 dwellings affected, 48 destroyed, 229 with major damage
  • St. Louis County – 265 dwellings affected, 18 destroyed, 90 with major damage
  • St. Charles County – 108 dwellings affected, four destroyed, 58 with major damage

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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