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Morning Round-up
9:47 am
Tue August 2, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, August 2, 2011

St. Louis lost a sixth person to the excessive heat.
(via Flickr/jetsandzeppelins)

Sixth heat-related death reported in St. Louis City this year

Earline Walker is the sixth person in St. Louis to die of heat-related causes this year.

90-year-old Walker was found last week by her family at her residence in the 3000 block of Semple. She had window air conditioner units, but they were blowing hot air.

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Joplin tornado recovery
5:50 am
Tue August 2, 2011

State to cover Joplin's share in tornado cleanup

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.
(UPI/Tom Uhlenbrock)

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.

Tornado
8:54 am
Mon July 25, 2011

FEMA deadline approaching for St. Louis County homeowners to register for assistance

A home damaged by the "Good Friday" (April 22) tornadoes of 2011 in Ferguson, Mo.
Adam Allington, SLPR news

St. Louis county homeowners or renters who were impacted by the April 22nd tornado or storms must register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency this week to learn if they qualify for grant assistance.

 The deadline to register with FEMA is Friday, July 29th.

 Andrea Jackson-Jennings is the Director of Human Services for St. Louis County. She says, so far, FEMA has taken nearly 1500 registrations in St. Louis County and provided more than $971,000 in grants to individuals and families.

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Southwestern Illinois Levees
11:44 am
Thu July 21, 2011

Council OKs southwestern Ill. levee upgrades

A levee in Granite City, Ill.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

The people who oversee 64 miles of aging Mississippi River levees in southwestern Illinois have signed off on a $151 million plan to upgrade the barriers perhaps by 2014.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the Southwestern Illinois Flood Prevention District Council adopted the proposal Wednesday involving levees in Madison, St. Clair and Monroe counties.

Officials expect the upgrades to be funded largely by a quarter-cent sales tax.

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Joplin Tornado
11:52 am
Tue May 31, 2011

Feds to pay 90 percent of Joplin tornado cleanup

A overturned car sits where a house once stood in Joplin, Mo. on May 24. Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon has announced that the federal government will pay 90 percent of costs associated with expedited debris removal from Joplin.

Updated 5:07 p.m. to reflect that the cleanup work begins Wednesday.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says the federal government has agreed to pay a greater-than-usual share of the cleanup costs from a deadly tornado that struck Joplin.

He says the federal government will cover 90 percent of the expedited debris removal from areas that received extensive damage.

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Joplin Tornado
1:55 pm
Tue May 24, 2011

Recovery efforts in Joplin continue with more storms forecasted

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and First Lady Georganne Nixon talk with police outside Saint .John's Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Missouri on May 23.
(UPI/Tom Uhlenbrock)

Updated at 5:16 p.m. with gallery of aerial photographs from msnbc.com.

Updated at 4:29 p.m. with information on multi-vortex designation from the National Weather Service.

The New York Times brings us this update this afternoon on the continuing situation in Joplin:

About 1,500 people are unaccounted for in this battered city, a Fire Department official said Tuesday, as rescue workers took advantage of a few hours of sunny weather to continue searching for survivors in buildings leveled by the country’s deadliest tornado in more than 60 years.

As of 1 p.m. today, The Missouri State Emergency Management Association, or SEMA, lists the death toll at 117 people, and that number could climb.

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Emergency Preparedness - Earthquakes
5:28 pm
Thu May 19, 2011

Missouri participates in national earthquake drill

USGS 2008 earthquake hazard map showing a high risk zone along the new Madrid fault (PGA, 2% in 50 years).
(U.S. Geological Survey)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is holding drills across six states this week to see how prepared they are for a major earthquake along the New Madrid fault.

FEMA is teaming up with the military, as well as local hospitals, shelters and morgues for the simulation.

Beth Freeman is the FEMA regional administrator for Missouri and several neighboring states.

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Morning round-up
9:45 am
Thu April 28, 2011

Morning headlines: Thursday, April 28, 2011

mbers of the Missouri State Highway Patrol and Missouri National Guard survey a levy breach in Butler County, Missouri on April 26, 2011. The levee along the Black River has breached in several places, forcing authorities to evacuate residents.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Army Corps of Engineers to Decide on Levee Breach this Weekend

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will wait until this weekend to decide whether to punch a massive hole in a Mississippi County, Missouri levee to protect Cairo, Ill.

The mayor of the small city isn't waiting that long to take action.

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Tornado Cleanup
5:41 pm
Wed April 27, 2011

FEMA teams in St. Louis to assess damage from tornadoes

Resident Ron Henderson walks away from his home, totally destroyed, three days after a tornado devastated this area of Bridgeton, Missouri on April 25, 2011. Teams from FEMA are now in the St. Louis area to assess damage from last week's tornadoes.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency are on the ground in St. Louis to assess the damage from last week's tornadoes. Their findings will be part of Missouri's request for Federal assistance.

FEMA investigators are gathering data on a variety of factors-including the number of displaced people, effects on the local economy, and how much property was uninsured.

Josh DeBerg is a spokesperson for FEMA. He says the main criteria for federal aid boils down to a question of resources.

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Southwestern Illinois Levees
9:55 am
Fri March 11, 2011

FEMA shifts course on flood map modeling

A levee in Granite City, Ill.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is giving a reprieve to southwestern Illinois and other U.S. areas guarded by levees it was to have deemed functionally useless.

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate told federal lawmakers Thursday that the agency would hold off on decertifying 64 miles of earthen levees protecting St. Louis' Illinois suburbs.

Fugate says the agency would stop using a questioned assessment technique and turn to a more nuanced measure of the actual protection the levees provide.

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