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Disaster declaration for Ralls County approved

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Ralls County courthouse in New London. Commissioner Wiley said the funding would significantly help the small communities and businesses.

NEW LONDON, Mo. (WGEM) -- Following a Summer full of storm damage, the Federal Emergency Management Agency approved Gov. Mike Parson's request for a disaster declaration in Ralls County.

Ralls joins 20 other counties across Missouri in receiving the disaster declaration.

The bulk of the declaration in Ralls County relates to flooding damage from storms that rolled through at the end of June and in early July. One example of this damage was along Bush Creek Road where culverts were washed out by the raging flood waters.

"Low water crossings washed out, culverts washed out, and we had to make the repairs for our constituents immediately. This will reimburse some of the monies that we spent trying to get those roads back into passable shape," said Ralls County Presiding Commissioner Wiley Hibbard.

The disaster declaration paves the way for more than $100,000 to be used for flood damage repairs.

The area where the culvert washed out along Bush Creek Road in rural Ralls County South of New London.

Nearly $1 million grant approved for wind storm

In addition to the flooding disaster declaration, an emergency grant was approved to help reimburse communities and businesses affected by the wind storm on July 9.

The grant totals up to around $992,000.

This grant is geared toward the damage experienced by the city of Perry, Ralls County Electric Cooperative, Ralls County roads and bridges, and more.

"We had sustained a lot of damages to the RCEC power lines, the fiber optic lines, and then Perry had a considerable amount of damage to their structures, both private and governmental buildings," Wiley said.

He said he plans on releasing more information about the emergency grant and how it will be utilized at a later date.

For more information on the disaster declaration, click here.

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