ST. LOUIS, Mo.(KMOX)– Missouri House members on a tour of disaster sites around the state — including Joplin, Sedalia and the broken levees in southeast Missouri — are coming to St. Louis Friday where the Good Friday tornado struck.
The House Interim Committee on Disaster Recovery is on a fact-finding mission to determine whether local towns need more state money to cleanup and recover.
“What we’re trying to determine,” said Speaker Pro Tem Shane Schoeller, “because our state has incurred so much damage between tornados and floods this year is would it be appropriate to use the rainy day fund?”
The state’s Rainy Day Fund contains more than $500 million set aside for emergencies. Under state law, up to half of it could be tapped into. Schoeller says some towns have costs not covered by federal disaster assistance.
“For instance we began in southeast Missouri where levees are broken,” Schoeller said. “Some of those counties don’t bring in enough tax revenue total to cover the cost of restoring those levees.”
Lawmakers on the disaster tour are scheduled to walk the streets of north county Friday morning, then hold a public hearing at the Maryland Heights government center at 11911 Dorsett Road at one o’clock.
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