Trump approves 2nd disaster declaration for Missouri

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Flood waters from the Mississippi River surround stop sign, Commerce, Missouri (AP)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — President Donald Trump has granted Missouri a second federal disaster declaration in response to damage from tornadoes and flooding throughout the state.

Trump on Tuesday approved federal assistance for 20 Missouri counties hit by severe weather since April 29. Missouri had asked for help in 41 counties.

Available aid includes housing for displaced residents, low-interest loans and crisis counseling.

Gov. Mike Parson has said that almost 1,000 homes and 125 businesses were destroyed or heavily damaged by tornadoes and storms that hit the state in late May.

On May 20, Trump approved Parson’s first request for a major disaster declaration to help local governments and nonprofit agencies in the northwest and southeast Missouri counties deal with damage from storms between March 11 and April 16.

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