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Gov. Jay Nixon, center, met with state and local officials in Orrick Wednesday to update progress in clean-up and rebuilding following the May 10 tornado. Nixon said it’s unlikely federal assistance would be approved, but he said he’d make all possible state resources available. Local officials, pictured from left, include Fire Chief Mike Arnold, Police Chief Ray Dinwiddie, Presiding Commissioner Bob King, Mayor Cindy Lampton and Superintendent Aerin O’Dell. (Photo by David Knopf/Richmond News)

Gov. Jay Nixon, center, met with state and local officials in Orrick Wednesday to update progress in clean-up and rebuilding following the May 10 tornado. Nixon said it’s unlikely federal assistance would be approved, but he said he’d make all possible state resources available. Local officials, pictured from left, include Fire Chief Mike Arnold, Police Chief Ray Dinwiddie, Presiding Commissioner Bob King, Mayor Cindy Lampton and Superintendent Aerin O’Dell. (Photo by David Knopf/Richmond News)

By David Knopf/Richmond News

Gov. Nixon mixed praise and encouragement Wednesday with a realistic assessment of what the future might hold for Orrick following its May 10 tornado.

The tornado damaged around 200 homes and displaced 50 or so families, Mayor Cindy Lampton said, adding statistical perspective to the rebuilding effort Nixon discussed at a roundtable meeting at the fire station.

Responding to comments made by Art Endsley, a minister and president of the school board, Nixon said residents who faced gaps in insurance reimbursement would need a combination of community, faith-based and state support.

“We’ll make sure there are resources out there to close those gaps,” Nixon said. “Don’t leave people alone. People get tired; the summer gets hot. Those problems are going to be here long after I’m gone.”

Nixon said it was unlikely that damage in Orrick would surpass the $8.4-million threshold needed to qualify for federal disaster assistance.

“I don’t see us getting to that threshold,” he said. “We’re going to work these problems with all the state resources we have available.”

 

 

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