New: Nixon requests disaster declaration for areas impacted by storms

Staff report

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon today — Jan. 14 — requested from President Barack Obama a major disaster declaration for nine counties and St. Louis city to assist individuals and neighborhoods recover in the aftermath of the Dec. 31 tornadoes and severe storms that killed five people and affected much of the state.

“The final day of 2010 was a deadly and destructive day of tornadoes and severe storms for much of the state, and left severe damage for Missourians to clean up and recover from as we begin 2011,” Nixon stated in a news release. “I am asking the president to issue a major disaster declaration so that individuals that have sustained uninsured damage due of the violent storms will have the resources to rebuild and recover.”

Nixon’s request for individual assistance is for the following counties: Carter, Christian, Dent, Franklin, Phelps, Polk, St. Louis, Stone, Webster and the city of St. Louis, the release stated.

In related news, the Sunset Hills Tornado Assistance Fund, or TAF, had raised roughly $92,000 as of Tuesday to help residents displaced by the New Year’s Eve storm, city officials said. The TAF so far has disbursed roughly $28,000 to 12 families, and the city is still accepting monetary donations, officials said.