Bush Declares Major Storm Disaster for Bootheel

APRIL 6, 2006 - Posted at 7:55 a.m. CST

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush has declared a major disaster in parts of Missouri hit by storms, tornadoes and flooding in a recent five-day span.

The president's action makes federal funding available in Pemiscot County to help rebuild and repair property damaged from March 30 to April 3.  A tornado Sunday caused massive destruction in the Bootheel county, with Caruthersville taking the brunt.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing, home repairs and low-cost loans to cover uninsured property damaged in the storms.

Federal funding also is available to state and eligible local governments and some nonprofit groups on a cost-sharing basis in Andrew, Pemiscot, and Pettis counties.  That money could be used for debris removal and other emergency measures.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)