Bush Declares Disaster in Missouri
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ President Bush declared a disaster in 33 northern Missouri counties and 35 counties in Kansas on Thursday to assist in cleanup from last week’s snow and ice storm.
The declaration means individuals in the counties will be eligible for government assistance. Federal assistance will also be available to state and local governments in some of those counties.
Bush also issued a disaster declaration for 28 Oklahoma counties last week.
``This assistance will be a tremendous boost for local governments who have been burdened by the costs of restoring power and stability to the region,″ Missouri Republican Sen. Kit Bond said.
The storm was blamed for more than 25 deaths last week as it crashed through the southern Plains and stretched all the way to New England.
At the height of the outage, 412,000 Missouri customers were without electricity, 225,000 homes and businesses were blacked out in Oklahoma and some 435,000 Kansas residents had no power.
Missouri’s cleanup cost has been estimated at more than $22 million, and Kansas’ adjutant general’s office reported $17 million in damage in two counties alone.