Obama declares state of emergency in Missouri
3:03 pm
Wed March 23, 2011

Obama declares state of emergency in Mo.

President Obama declared a state of disaster in 59  Missouri counties today as a result of severe winter storms that struck the state between late January and early February. Federal aid has been made available to supplement state and local cleanup efforts.

Federal assistance and funding will be available to state and local governments on a cost-sharing basis in order to help with snow removal, emergency work and repair or replacement of damaged facilities.

Winter storms that devastated many parts of Missouri were called the “worst storms in decades”. Over a foot of snow was dumped on some parts of the state while freezing rain and bitter temperatures followed.

From November till March, St. Louis got 31.9 inches of snow, according to preliminary data from the National Weather Service.

The National Weather Service said the worst storm to hit St. Louis was in 1982 when two feet of snow was dumped on the city.