Moberly Monitor Index - Hulshof Lauds Declaration for Flooded Areas
Congressman Kenny Hulshof (R-Mo.) today lauded the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) declaration of 22 counties as a Federal Disaster Area. The declaration makes available federal funds for emergency efforts and replacement of flood damaged facilities to the state, local governments and nonprofit relief agencies.
"I am very pleased that a disaster declaration has now been issued for Missouri," Hulshof said. "In the past two weeks communities all along the Mississippi River have given all they had to fight back the flood waters, and they did so hoping that their government would be there to back them up. I am glad that the federal government will now do them right."
On June 16, Hulshof contacted President Bush to request that he push for the declaration, given imminent flooding. This request followed a day after Governor Matt Blunt first requested the declarationas is required under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistant Act. Yesterday six members of the Missouri Congressional delegationincluding Hulshofagain requested that a disaster declaration be provided for Missouri.
"The Mississippi River is bigger than us all, and only by working together do we ever have a chance of guarding our communities against its destructive force. Toward this end, the response to the floods has been refreshingly indiscriminate, bringing together people of all walks of life," Hulshof said. "That universal and united response should be honored and celebrated by all. I hope that as the worst of the flooding passes us and the clean-up begins, all Missourians will continue to work together as one."
Missouri joins Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois as states that have recently seen part or all of their states declared a Disaster Area.
"Growing up in the shadow of Mississippi River levees, I know the stress and anguish a flood brings. I also know that those who sandbag levees to save their neighbor's home or farm are some of the biggest heroes we have in Missouri," Hulshof said. "So I honor Canton Emergency Services Director Jeff McReynolds, Hannibal's Emergency Services Director John Hark, LaGrange City Administrator Mark Campbell, Alexandria Mayor Bob Davis, West Quincy's Roger Sutter and Norman Haerr, Louisiana Mayor Don Giltner, and Clarksville Mayor JoAnne Smiley for leading the efforts to protect their hometowns. I also thank Colonel Setliff and Colonel Sinkler of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. And finally, I thank every citizen and National Guard soldier that helped saved our towns. These men and women are all true heroes."