August 05, 2022

Rep. Bush, Sen. Blunt, Missouri Delegation Back Request for Major Disaster Declaration


Joint assessment determines over $35 million in damages


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Cori Bush (MO-01) and Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) led the Missouri delegation - Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), and Representatives Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03), Ann Wagner (MO-02), Vicky Hartzler (MO-04), Emanuel Cleaver, II. (MO-05), Sam Graves (MO-06), Billy Long (MO-07) and Jason Smith (MO-08) - in a letter to President Joseph R. Biden in support of Missouri Governor Mike Parson’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration for the City of St. Louis, as well as St. Louis, St. Charles, and Montgomery counties in Missouri impacted by severe weather and flash flooding.  Last week, St. Louis and Eastern Missouri experienced the highest rainfall in recorded history in 24 hours, causing flash flooding leading to hundreds of home evacuations, reports of submerged vehicles and, tragically, two deaths.  A Major Disaster Declaration from the Biden administration would unlock much-needed federal resources, such as debris removal, infrastructure and home repairs, rental assistance, and small business disaster loans. Specifically, Governor Parson is requesting Individual Assistance, Public Assistance, and Hazard Mitigation. 


“We respectfully request your prompt action to ensure that these communities receive the immediate federal support needed to respond to the disaster,” wrote the Missouri lawmakers. “Along with our fellow Missourians, we appreciate your attention to this request and stand by ready to assist in any way possible.”


A copy of this letter can be found HERE.


This request for a Major Disaster Declaration would apply to the City of St. Louis, as well as, St. Louis, St. Charles and Montgomery counties.




Congresswoman Cori Bush sits on the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees, serves as the Progressive Caucus Deputy Whip, and proudly represents St. Louis as a politivist in the halls of the United States Congress.