St. Louis Public Radio News
11:22 am
Wed May 7, 2003

Bond, Talent Ask for More Disaster Declarations

Washington, DC – One day after President Bush declared a federal disaster in Missouri, lawmakers are asking him for another one.

This one would cover flooding and damage from subsequent storms, like the tornadoes that touched down in eastern Missouri Tuesday night.

One twister hit De Soto, south of St. Louis. Another struck Jackson, in southeast Missouri, wiping out police and fire buildings. Republican Senators Kit Bond and Jim Talent say that loss of public services makes disaster aid even more important.

Tuesday's declaration covered 39 counties in western and southwest Missouri and was a response to Sunday's storms that rolled through that part of the state.