JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The federal government has denied Missouri's request for full federal reimbursement for debris removal and emergency measures taken as result of deadly tornadoes that swept through the state last month.
Gov. Bob Holden and members of Missouri's congressional delegation had requested full funding of the estimated $20 million in state and local costs related to tornado damage in 76 counties.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency said in a letter to Gov. Bob Holden it would cover 75 percent of the total cost, while requiring state and local governments to make up the difference.
The letter said Missouri does not meet specific federal criteria to make it eligible for full assistance.