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President makes federal disaster aid available to Ray

By Sara Seidel/Richmond News Staff

A presidential declaration of a major disaster is making it possible for Ray County to proceed with road repairs and to seek reimbursement from the federal government for those repairs.

Meanwhile, a request that will allow eligible individuals in counties including Ray to seek assistance remains under review.

The county’s road repairs are already under way and will continue following substantial weather-related damage that occurred throughout the county and state this spring and summer, said Eastern District Commissioner Allen Dale.

“We’re very grateful for any kind of assistance we can get here in Ray County,” Dale said.

County officials understand, Dale said, that a lot of problems arose all over the country following the severe weather. Gov. Jay Nixon asked the federal government for a major disaster declaration for 68 Missouri counties, and he announced Friday that President Barack Obama approved Missouri’s request

Teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency have already visited Ray County and formulated preliminary cost estimates. Representatives will now return to the county to help determine actual costs, Dale said.

The county has been through the process before and knows how to prepare for the FEMA visits, Dale said. Even so, the process will be time-consuming.

The complete story is in the Monday, Aug. 10, 2015 Richmond News.

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