Debris from the May tornado that ripped through Joplin, Mo. The federal government will cover 90 percent of the costs in the hard-hit area designated for FEMA's enhanced cleanup payments, and the state of Mo. will pick up the remaining 10 percent.
The city of Joplin is off the hook for paying for the first couple of months of debris removal following a devastating tornado in May.
The federal government is paying 90 percent of the cost in the hard-hit area designated for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's enhanced cleanup payments, instead of the usual 75 percent. The state will be picking up the 10 percent not covered by FEMA under the expedited debris removal program that runs through next Sunday. Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon said two-thirds of the properties have been cleared so far.
The month of July was the sixth-hottest month on record for the state of Missouri, dating back to 1895 -- and it was the hottest month overall in the Show-Me State since the 1980 heat wave.
Pat Guinan is both the state's official climatologist and a climatology professor at the University of Missouri -- Columbia. He says there have been numerous days this month where much of the state experienced triple-digit temperatures.
The nearly three-week heat wave has claimed another victim.
St. Louis City officials announced today that 90-year-old Earline Walker died July 24 at her home on Semple Ave. Window air-conditioning units were blowing hot air when her family found her body that morning.
Semple is the sixth confirmed victim in the city. As of July 29, there were 14 heat-related deaths in the St. Louis region.