Blunt Requests Disaster Label Because of SeMo Storms

OCTOBER 18, 2006 - Posted at 4:31 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - Governor Blunt has asked that nine southeast Missouri counties recently hit by severe storms be declared agricultural disaster areas.

Blunt's request to the U.S. Department of Agriculture says crops and irrigation equipment were damaged by high winds, tornados, heavy rain and flooding.  He says farmers struck by the storms will get lower yields on their crops.

The nine counties are Butler, Cape Girardeau, Dunklin, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Ripley and Stoddard.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)